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Jun 2, 2014

Futures flat with Dow, S&P at record levels

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were
little changed on Monday, with investors finding few reasons to
keep pushing shares higher with the Dow and S&P 500 at record
levels.

* Equities have been strong performers lately, with the Dow
and S&P ending their fourth straight monthly rise in May and the
Nasdaq up for its third straight week last week. However, those
gains have recently come on anemic volume, a trend that looks to
continue Monday, suggesting the rise lacks conviction.

May 19, 2014

Wall St rises; Internet, biotech names lift Nasdaq

NEW YORK, May 19 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Monday,
with a rally in high-growth names among Internet and biotech
shares giving the Nasdaq a gain of almost 1 percent.

Equities have been pressured recently, with the S&P 500
coming off its first two-week decline since January as investors
have become concerned about the economy’s growth prospects.

May 19, 2014

Wall St advances; Internet stocks lift Nasdaq

NEW YORK, May 19 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Monday,
with another drop in bond yields supporting equities and gains
in Internet and biotech stocks giving the Nasdaq an outsized
advance.

Equities have been pressured recently, with the S&P 500
coming off its first two-week decline since January as investors
have become concerned about the U.S. economy’s growth prospects.
Last week, readings on retail sales and consumer sentiment fell
shy of expectations while labor and housing data provided reason
for optimism.

May 16, 2014

Wall St dips as small-caps underperform again

NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks slipped on Friday,
trimming some of their earlier declines after some positive
earnings, though investors remained wary of lingering weakness
in small-cap names.

Despite the S&P 500 hitting a record on Tuesday, the indexes
were on track for a negative week, with small-caps down for a
fourth straight session.

May 16, 2014

Wall St dips as small-caps again weigh

NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged lower on
Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 on track for their third
straight daily decline as small-cap stocks once again
underperformed the market.

The Russell 2000 index of small companies briefly
entered correction territory on Thursday, defined as a 10
percent decline from a recent high. It subsequently pulled back
and is currently 9.8 percent below its high, suggesting that
level is serving as support.

May 16, 2014

Stock futures point to lower open, on track for weekly drop

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower on Friday, indicating the Dow and S&P 500 could extend their decline to a third day as investors continued to be wary of weakness in small-cap names.

Small-caps weighed on Wall Street on Thursday, as the Russell 2000 .TOY briefly hit correction territory before pulling back. Investors are concerned prolonged weakness in small names could be a precursor of broader losses.

May 16, 2014

Futures point to lower open, on track for weekly drop

NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a lower on Friday, indicating the Dow and S&P 500
could extend their decline to a third day as investors continued
to be wary of weakness in small-cap names.

* Small-caps weighed on Wall Street on Thursday, as the
Russell 2000 briefly hit correction territory before
pulling back. Investors are concerned prolonged weakness in
small names could be a precursor of broader losses.

May 16, 2014

Stock futures lower, on track for down week

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, indicating that the Dow and S&P 500 could extend their decline to a third day as investors continued to be wary of weakness in small-cap names.

Small-cap stocks weighed on Wall Street on Thursday, as the Russell 2000 .TOY briefly hit correction territory before pulling back. Investors were worried that prolonged weakness in small names could be a precursor to broader losses.

May 16, 2014

Futures lower, on track for down week

NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures fell
on Friday, indicating that the Dow and S&P 500 could extend
their decline to a third day as investors continued to be wary
of weakness in small-cap names.

* Small-cap stocks weighed on Wall Street on Thursday, as
the Russell 2000 briefly hit correction territory before
pulling back. Investors were worried that prolonged weakness in
small names could be a precursor to broader losses.

May 15, 2014

Major U.S. hedge funds sold ‘momentum’ Internet names in first-quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top hedge funds shed their stakes in high-profile Internet names such as Netflix Inc and Groupon Inc in the first quarter, moving to peers viewed as more mature and less volatile.

High-growth Internet software and biotech companies were the darlings of 2013, but their shares started to fall sharply in early March. Netflix, last year’s biggest S&P 500 gainer and an important hedge fund holding, is down more than 24 percent from its closing high this year.