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Dec 3, 2013

Dow, S&P fall for third straight day; retail weighs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Dow and the S&P 500 fell for a third straight day on Tuesday, dropping from record levels in a broad decline as investors took profits amid signs of a weak holiday shopping season.

Retail and consumer discretionary stocks were among the weakest of the day. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) slipped 2 percent to $384.66 and was one of the biggest drags on the S&P 500. The S&P retail index .SPXRT shed 0.8 percent after the holiday shopping season got off to a tepid start.

Dec 2, 2013

Wall St ends lower as mining companies slump

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed lower on
Monday, with investors unable to find new reasons to keep
pushing shares higher after eight straight weeks of gains, while
the mining sector slid alongside sharp drops in precious metals
prices.

The major U.S. stock indexes hovered near break-even levels
for much of the day after some encouraging economic data limited
early losses, but turned lower in the last hour of the trading
day.

Dec 2, 2013

Wall St flat after ISM, construction spending data

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks barely moved on
Monday as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares
higher after eight straight weeks of gains despite data pointing
to stronger growth in manufacturing and construction spending.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of
national factory activity rose to 57.3 in November – its best
showing since April 2011 – from 56.4 in October, while the pace
of hiring in the sector also accelerated.

Dec 2, 2013

Global factory growth picks up, U.S. hits 2-1/2-yr high

LONDON/NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Increased demand boosted
global manufacturing activity last month as U.S. factories
expanded at their fastest pace in 2-1/2 years and Chinese output
suggested improvement in the world’s second largest economy.

The 17-country euro zone’s manufacturing sector also showed
improvement in November, though some economies appeared to be
holding up better than others.

Nov 29, 2013

Wall Street edges higher in shortened session

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged higher at the
open on Friday, with investors reluctant to make big bets in an
abbreviated session, though major indexes remained on track for
their third straight month of strong gains.

Trading will likely be anemic, as it has been all this week,
with many U.S. investors out for the Thanksgiving holiday. The
stock market will close three hours early at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT),
following an all-day closure on Thursday.

Nov 29, 2013

Futures point to slight gains in shortened session

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with investors
reluctant to make big bets in an abbreviated session, though
major indexes remained on track for their third straight month
of strong gains.

Trading will likely be anemic, as it has been all this week,
with many investors out for the Thanksgiving holiday. The stock
market will close three hours early at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT),
following an all-day closure on Thursday.

Nov 29, 2013

Stock futures edge higher, on track for strong month

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with investors reluctant to make big bets in an abbreviated session, though major indexes remained on track for their third straight month of strong gains.

Trading will likely be anemic, as it has been all this week, with many investors out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Markets will close three hours early at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), following an all-day closure on Thursday.

Nov 29, 2013

Futures edge higher, on track for strong month

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) –
U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with investors
reluctant to make big bets in an abbreviated session, though
major indexes remained on track for their third straight month
of strong gains.

* Trading will likely be anemic, as it has been all this
week, with many investors out for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Markets will close three hours early at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT),
following an all-day closure on Thursday.

Nov 27, 2013

Wall St edges higher on data, techs show strength

NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged higher on
Wednesday as a round of positive data boosted optimism about the
pace of global growth and Hewlett-Packard rallied after
announcing its results.

Weekly jobless claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly
fell in the latest week, a sign of steady improvement in the
labor market. Analysts were expecting a rise in claims.

Nov 27, 2013

Futures point to flat open, but HP rallies on results

NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a flat open on Wednesday as investors found few
reasons to buy before the Thanksgiving holiday, with major
indexes near historic highs, though Hewlett-Packard rallied
after its results.

Trading is expected to be light, with many traders out for
the holiday. The stock market will be closed on Thursday and
will close at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Friday. The light volume
could add to market volatility.