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Feb 19, 2015

Energy pressures Wall St, Priceline boosts Nasdaq

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell modestly on Thursday with energy shares leading the drop amid a slump in oil prices, and investors remained cautious as uncertainty continued over the prospects of a debt deal with Greece.

Losses were outsized in the Dow after Wal-Mart Stores cut its sales outlook, citing the impact of a stronger dollar. Shares fell 2.5 percent to $84.08.

Feb 19, 2015

Energy leads Wall St lower, Wal-Mart falls on results

NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Thursday,
with energy shares leading the way lower amid a sharp decline in
oil prices, while continued uncertainty over the prospects of a
debt deal with Greece added to the cautious tone.

Losses were outsized in the Dow after Wal-Mart Stores
cut its sales outlook, citing the impact of a stronger
dollar. Shares fell 2.7 percent to $83.97.

Feb 19, 2015

Futures point to flat open, crude oil falls

NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Thursday, with major
indexes near record levels, as investors continued to digest
ongoing uncertainty over Greece.

Energy shares looked to be in focus with crude oil
down 4.2 percent at $49.94 per barrel, as another big weekly
build in U.S. crude inventories and possible rise in Saudi
output fueled concerns about oversupply. Exxon
Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $89.95 in premarket trading
while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent to $43.43 and
ConocoPhillips fell 2.2 percent to $66.25.

Feb 19, 2015

Futures flat, but crude oil sharply lower

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data on the labor market and continued to digest recent comments by Federal Reserve officials.

* Fed policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, according to minutes from the Fed’s Jan. 27-28 meeting. Stocks generally have risen with any sign the Fed could raise rates later rather than sooner.

Feb 18, 2015

Wall St pulls back from record, investors await Fed

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were modestly lower
on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 ended above 2,100 for the
first time, as investors looked ahead to comments from the
Federal Reserve.

Minutes from the January meeting of the Federal Open Market
Committee will be released Wednesday afternoon, and market
participants will scour them for hints about whether the central
bank might change the language of its next policy statement to
flag a possible increase in interest rates, which could come as
early as June.

Feb 18, 2015

Futures point to quiet open with S&P at record

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a very slightly lower open on Wednesday, a day after
the S&P 500 ended above 2,100 for the first time, as investors
waited to see whether a debt deal would be reached with Greece.

Wall Street stocks have been tied to signs of progress or
difficulty with Greece’s bailout program of late, even though
the United States has little direct exposure to the country.
Market participants are concerned that if a deal isn’t reached
by Feb. 28, when a bailout program for Greece expires, increased
volatility could spread through the euro zone.

Feb 18, 2015

Futures flat as Greece clarity sought; S&P at record

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were
flat on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 ended above 2,100 for
the first time ever, as investors waited to see whether a debt
deal would be reached with Greece.

* Wall Street stocks have been tied to signs of progress or
difficulty with Greece’s bailout program of late, even though
the United States has little direct exposure to the country.
Market participants are concerned that if a deal isn’t reached
by Feb. 28, when a bailout program for Greece expires, that
could lead to higher volatility throughout the euro zone.

Feb 17, 2015

Wall St flat, paring losses on Greece hopes

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were flat on
Tuesday, paring modest early losses and putting the S&P 500 back
near record levels as optimism grew that a debt deal would be
reached with Greece.

A source told Reuters that Greece intends to ask for an
extension of a loan agreement tomorrow. The report follows a
collapse of deal negotiations on Monday, which led to European
Union finance ministers pressuring the country to remain in an
international financial rescue program.
U.S.-listed shares of the National Bank of Greece fell
8.7 percent to $1.47.

Feb 17, 2015

Wall St edges lower amid overseas issues; energy falls

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged lower on
Tuesday, with the S&P 500 pulling back from record levels as
investors continued to grapple with the uncertainty over a Greek
debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce.

Equities have been in an uptrend lately, with major indexes
notching a second week of solid gains last week. Much of the
advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in Greece,
as well as reduced tension between Russia and Ukraine.

Feb 17, 2015

Wall St dips amid overseas concerns; energy weakens

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged lower on
Tuesday, with the S&P 500 pulling back from record levels as
investors continued to grapple with the uncertainty over a Greek
debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce.

Equities have been in an uptrend lately, with major indexes
notching a second week of solid gains last week. Much of the
advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in Greece,
as well as reduced tension between Russia and Ukraine.