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Wall St ends 4-day skid on late tech rally NEW YORK: US stocks rose modestly on Friday after late news of merger talks in the semiconductor space boosted the technology sector and helped major indexes snap a four-day losing streak. The Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival Altera Corp, citing people familiar with the matter, sending the PHLX semiconductor index up 2.8 percent. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent to $32 as the biggest boost to the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes.Altera shares surged 28.4 percent to $44.39. "We've seen a lot of M&A news recently and it's helping the market," said Stephen Massocca, chief investment officer at Wedbush Equity Management LLC in San Francisco."There is definitely an M&A cycle going on, so that is a good thing." Equity markets were largely unfazed by Fed Chair Janet Yellen's comments at a monetary policy conference in San Francisco.She said the US Federal ...

TSX drops as energy, financial shares lead losses TORONTO: Canada's main stock index finished lower on Friday in a retreat led by financial stocks and by energy companies, which were pulled down by a sharp fall in crude prices. The price of oil sank some 5 percent as the likelihood of an Iran nuclear deal with the West, which could result in more crude supply on the market, trumped concern over an air strike in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its allies that ...
Chipmaker deal helps Wall St rebound, oil slumps anew NEW YORK: Wall Street on Friday closed higher for the first time in a week, lifted by rising tech stocks, while oil prices slumped 5 percent on receding fears about Middle East fighting disrupting supplies. US Treasury debt prices jumped on government data indicating US economic growth was slowing and the dollar was down, while gold had its first losing day after a seven-session rally. The major US stock indexes snapped a four-day losing streak ...
US stocks snap 4-day slide NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks rose Friday, snapping a four-day losing streak as traders shrugged off weaker-than-expected US economic growth in the fourth quarter.The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 34.43 points (0.19 percent) at 17,712.66.The broad-based S&P 500 rose 4.87 (0.24 percent) to 2,061.02, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 27.86 (0.57 percent) at 4,891.22.US economic growth came in at an annual rate of 2.2 percent for the final quarter of 2014, less than ...
Wall St flat ahead of Yellen; biotechs bounce NEW YORK: US stocks held near the unchanged mark on Friday, putting major indexes on track to barely snap a four-session losing streak, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street. Healthcare stocks helped buoy indexes with biotech stocks bounced 2.3 percent higher after suffering a 7-percent drop in the prior four sessions, while energy was the worst performing S&P sector as crude prices ...
US stocks rise NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks rose early Friday, shrugging off data showing weaker-than-expected US economic growth as the market sought to snap a four-day losing streak.About 35 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 17,710.53, up 32.30 points (0.18 percent).The broad-based S&P 500 added 5.40 (0.26 percent) at 2,061.55, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 25.52 (0.52 percent) to 4,888.88.US economic growth came in at an annual rate of 2.2 percent ...
Wall St falls in choppy session but ends off lows NEW YORK: US stocks fell for a fourth straight session on Thursday, but indexes ended well off session lows with support from economic data and earnings, including Accenture's. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 40.31 points, or 0.23 percent, to 17,678.23, the S&P 500 lost 4.9 points, or 0.24 percent, to 2,056.15 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 13.16 points, or 0.27 percent, to 4,863.36. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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