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Jan 15, 2015

Wall St. starts fourth-quarter earnings season under cloud of worry

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Investors opened this earning season weighted down by worries, as weak December retail sales, plummeting copper prices and some high-profile misses raised the specter of a disappointing reporting period.

It is still too early to get a proper view of the fourth quarter, with just seven percent of S&P names reporting results so far. But the combination of the global economic decline spreading through the market and the sharp decline in oil prices since June to below $50 a barrel is troubling investors.

Jan 8, 2015

Analysis – Utilities may keep rising, but investors should tread carefully

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Utilities stocks bested all other S&P sectors in 2014, and with cold winds blowing across much of the United States investors may be hoping for more of the same.

The sector is generally considered the stodgiest of stocks given their slow-and-steady revenue growth and attractiveness to careful investors looking for high dividends.

Jan 8, 2015

Utilities may keep rising, but investors should tread carefully

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Utilities stocks bested all other S&P sectors in 2014, and with cold winds blowing across much of the United States investors may be hoping for more of the same.

The sector is generally considered the stodgiest of stocks given their slow-and-steady revenue growth and attractiveness to careful investors looking for high dividends.

Jan 6, 2015

Energy shares lead Wall Street to worst day since early October

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The S&P 500 had its worst day in almost three months on Monday, with energy shares leading the decline as global economic concerns were compounded by swooning oil prices.

The S&P closed off 1.8 percent in its first four-day losing streak since December 2013 and its biggest drop since Oct. 9. It fell as much as 1.99 percent in the session while the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled as much as 2 percent.

Jan 5, 2015

Energy shares lead Wall St to worst day since early Oct

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 had its worst day in
almost three months on Monday, with energy shares leading the
decline as global economic concerns were compounded by swooning
oil prices.

The S&P closed off 1.8 percent in its first four-day losing
streak since December 2013 and its biggest drop since Oct. 9. It
fell as much as 1.99 percent in the session while the Dow Jones
Industrial Average tumbled as much as 2 percent.

Jan 5, 2015

Energy stocks lead Wall St lower in broad retreat

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Energy shares led a broad
decline on Wall Street on Monday in the wake of a drop in crude
prices to fresh 5-1/2 year lows amid concerns economic problems
elsewhere in the world could hurt the United States.

The S&P was set for its first four-day losing streak since
December 2013 as crude oil futures prices dropped to their
lowest since May 2009 amid a global supply glut and lackluster
demand.

Jan 5, 2015

Energy stocks lead Wall St lower in broad selloff

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Energy sector stocks led a broad
selloff on Wall Street on Monday as crude prices fell to fresh
5-1/2 year lows and a strong dollar also weighed on other
commodities.

Crude oil futures prices dropped to their lowest since May
2009 amid a global supply glut and lackluster demand. Russia’s
oil output hit a post-Soviet high last year, and Iraq’s oil
exports in December were highest since 1980.

Jan 2, 2015

Weight Watchers shares fall 13.3 percent

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Weight Watchers International Inc
shares fell more than 13 percent on Friday, continuing a string
of losses as the company tries to boost sales, which in October
hit a four-year low.

The stock, which has lost almost a quarter of its value in
the last eight trading sessions, fell as low as $21.21 on the
New York Stock Exchange in heavy trading. The stock closed at
$21.53, down 13.3 percent.

Dec 26, 2014

Wall Street Week Ahead: Big questions for markets for 2015

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014 than in previous years, but that doesn’t mean the stock market was devoid of drama.

Big selloffs in biotechnology and social media stocks had strategists predicting doom in the spring, and the plunge in oil prices has clouded the outlook for the coming year. It was a year when Cynk Technology, a development-stage company with no revenue, was briefly worth $6 billion, and when a long-forgotten closed-end fund focused on Cuba – the Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund – saw more trading in one day in December than it had in six years.

Dec 26, 2014

Big questions for markets for 2015

Dec 26 (Reuters) – Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014
than in previous years, but that doesn’t mean the stock market
was devoid of drama.

Big selloffs in biotechnology and social media stocks had
strategists predicting doom in the spring, and the plunge in oil
prices has clouded the outlook for the coming year. It was a
year when Cynk Technology, a development-stage company
with no revenue, was briefly worth $6 billion, and when a
long-forgotten closed-end fund focused on Cuba – the Herzfeld
Caribbean Basin Fund – saw more trading in one day in
December than it had in six years.

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      "Sinead is a telecommunications industry correspondent. Her coverage area spans U.S. service providers, cellphone makers and chip makers. Before joining Reuters in 2002, she covered technology and telecoms for various trade publications."
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