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Apr 2, 2015

Futures point to modestly lower open after data

NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday, with indexes off
their lows of the premarket session, as a read on the labor
market came in better than expected, a positive sign for the
upcoming payrolls report.

Jobless claims unexpectedly fell in the latest week,
suggesting the labor market continues to expand at a solid clip
even as economic growth has stalled.

Apr 2, 2015

Futures fall as investors await data

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, as investors held off on making big bets ahead of a critical payrolls report that will be released on Friday, a market holiday.

Trading could be volatile as market participants will be unable to trade off the March nonfarm payrolls report until Monday, as financial markets will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Some traders may close out positions or adjust their portfolios ahead of time.

Apr 1, 2015

Wall St falls after data; first quarter’s winners weaken

NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday
as a pair of weaker-than-expected economic indicators raised
concerns that Friday’s impending jobs report could also point to
worsening conditions.

In the first session of the second quarter, some of the
day’s biggest losers were in the sectors that were the strongest
during the first quarter. The S&P health care sector
fell 1.6 percent; it was the strongest sector in the first
quarter, up 6.2 percent. The consumer discretionary index
, another big first-quarter gainer, fell 0.9 percent.

Apr 1, 2015

Wall St edges lower after ADP report

NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks dipped at the open
on Wednesday as a weaker-than-expected report on private sector
employment raised concerns that Friday’s impending jobs report
could also point to worsening conditions in the labor market.

The ADP National Employment Report showed that U.S. private
employers added 189,000 jobs last month, well below economists’
expectations for 225,000 jobs. The report was the weakest since
January 2014.

Apr 1, 2015

Futures point to lower open after ADP report

NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a lower open on Wednesday as a weaker-than-expected
report on private sector employment raised concerns that
Friday’s impending jobs report could also point to worsening
conditions in the labor market.

The ADP National Employment Report showed that U.S. private
employers added 189,000 jobs last month, well below economists’
expectations for 225,000 jobs. The report was the weakest since
January 2014.

Apr 1, 2015

Stock futures flat at start of second quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to keep pushing shares higher after both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed out their ninth straight quarter of advances.

* Trading will likely be driven by economic data for the rest of the week and investors also anticipate the start of the first-quarter earnings season. Key reports on manufacturing will be released after the market opens on Wednesday, while a report on private sector employment is due at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 GMT)

Apr 1, 2015

Futures flat at start of second quarter

NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were
little changed on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to keep
pushing shares higher after both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed
out their ninth straight quarter of advances.

* Trading will likely be driven by economic data for the
rest of the week and investors also anticipate the start of the
first-quarter earnings season. Key reports on manufacturing will
be released after the market opens on Wednesday, while a report
on private sector employment is due at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 GMT)

Mar 31, 2015

Wall St dips after rally; indexes set for quarterly gain

NEW YORK, March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. stock fell on Tuesday in
a modest retreat from the previous session’s sharp rally, though
major indexes remained on track for a positive first quarter and
the S&P 500 was set for its ninth straight quarterly rise.

Energy shares will be in focus as crude oil fell 1.4
percent to $48 per barrel, sending the S&P Energy index
down 1 percent and Exxon Mobil Corp down 1.1 percent to
$84.73. Oil is set for its third straight daily decline, losing
about 7 percent over that period.

Mar 31, 2015

Futures point to lower open but quarterly rise

NEW YORK, March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. stock were poised to
open lower on Tuesday, indicating a modest retreat from the
previous session’s rally, though the S&P 500 remained on track
for its ninth straight quarterly rise.

Energy shares will continue to be in focus as crude oil
fell 1.3 percent to $47.58 per barrel, sending Exxon
Mobil Corp down 0.6 percent to $85.10 in premarket
trading. Oil is set for its third straight daily decline, losing
more than 7 percent in the three days. U.S. crude futures were
volatile on Monday, swinging between a gain of 0.6 percent and a
decline of 2.6 percent.

Mar 31, 2015

Futures pull back after strong advance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday, indicating a modest retreat from the previous session’s rally, including the strongest session for the Dow in more than a month.

* Energy shares will continue to be in focus as crude oil CLc1 fell 2.3 percent to $47.58 per barrel, sending Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) down 0.7 percent to $85 in premarket trading. Oil is set for its third straight daily decline, losing more than 7 percent in the three days. U.S. crude futures were volatile on Monday, swinging between a gain of 0.6 percent and a decline of 2.6 percent.