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Feb 25, 2014

Futures slip, but Home Depot rises in premarket

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures edged
lower on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy
following a rally that took the S&P 500 to an all-time intraday
high.

* Monday’s advance to record levels fully erased the S&P’s
biggest pullback in more than a year and raised new questions
about what catalysts will drive shares decisively higher from
here. Despite Monday’s climb, Wall Street ended off its highs
and the S&P failed to close at a record.

Feb 25, 2014

Stock futures slip; results lift Home Depot in premarket

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy following a rally that took the S&P 500 to an all-time intraday high.

* Monday’s advance to record levels fully erased the S&P’s biggest pullback in more than a year and raised new questions about what catalysts will drive shares decisively higher from here. Despite Monday’s climb, Wall Street ended off its highs and the S&P failed to close at a record.

Feb 25, 2014

Futures slip; results lift Home Depot in premarket

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures edged
lower on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy
following a rally that took the S&P 500 to an all-time intraday
high.

* Monday’s advance to record levels fully erased the S&P’s
biggest pullback in more than a year and raised new questions
about what catalysts will drive shares decisively higher from
here. Despite Monday’s climb, Wall Street ended off its highs
and the S&P failed to close at a record.

Feb 24, 2014

S&P 500 at record in broad rally, Nasdaq at 14-year high

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks jumped 1 percent on
Monday, with the S&P 500 climbing to an all-time high as
optimism over merger activity helped Wall Street erase this
year’s early weakness.

Gains were broad, with nine of the 10 S&P 500 sectors up on
the day and a number of bellwethers, including Caterpillar Inc
and Merck & Co, hitting 52-week highs.

Feb 24, 2014

S&P 500 hits record in broad market rally

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Monday,
advancing in a broad rally as merger activity boosted the S&P
500 to an all-time high.

Despite the day’s gains, many investors were concerned that
markets were getting overvalued with recent data failing to meet
expectations, though the latter has largely been blamed on harsh
winter weather rather than worsening fundamentals.

Feb 24, 2014

Futures point to higher open, S&P 500 near record

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a higher open on Monday, putting the S&P 500 within
points of its record high, though investors may have few reasons
to push shares decisively above that level.

* Geopolitical uncertainty will continue to be in focus
after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted following
deadly street protests, leaving a potential power vacuum and an
ailing economy. Ukraine’s finance ministry said the economy
required $35 billion in foreign aid over the next two years,
with the first tranche needed within two weeks.

Feb 24, 2014

Futures edge higher, S&P 500 near record

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Monday, with the S&P 500 within points of its record high, though investors may have few reasons to push shares decisively above that level.

Geopolitical uncertainty will continue to be in focus after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted following deadly street protests, leaving a potential power vacuum and an ailing economy. Ukraine’s finance ministry said the economy required $35 billion in foreign aid over the next two years, with the first tranche needed within two weeks.

Feb 21, 2014

Wall St edges higher, on track for third weekly gain

NEW YORK, Feb 21 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged higher on
Friday, with the S&P 500 within grasp of record levels in the
wake of strong results at Priceline, though investors found
little reason to push shares solidly higher following a recent
rally.

Traders continued to watch the political situation in
Ukraine, with EU mediators expecting an agreement between
Ukraine’s pro-European opposition and Russian-backed President
Viktor Yanukovich, though the former was seeking last-minute
changes to the deal.

Feb 21, 2014

Futures edge higher with tech shares in focus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock futures rose on Friday, indicating that a rally that lifted the S&P 500 close to record levels in the previous session could continue, following some strong results from technology companies.

Market participants are looking ahead to data on January existing home sales, due at 10:00 a.m. EST, which will give the latest glimpse into how the economy is faring as the U.S. Federal Reserve dials back its stimulus. Sales are seen falling 4.3 percent.

Feb 20, 2014

Wall St ticks up after mixed data, Wal-Mart falls

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged higher in
volatile trading on Thursday, as a strong read on manufacturing
offset weak results from Wal-Mart and geopolitical and economic
uncertainty around the world.

Major indexes swung between slight gains and slight losses,
indicating markets lacked direction a day after the S&P 500′s
biggest daily decline in more than two weeks.