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US stocks rise on declining jobless claims NEW YORK: US stocks moved higher Thursday after jobless claims declined for the third straight week.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 39.70 (0.27 percent) to 14,494.98.The broad-based S&P 500 rose 4.57 (0.29 percent) to 1,559.09. The index is now only about six points below its all-time closing record.The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index jumped 9.98 (0.31 percent) to 3,255.09.Briefing.com analyst Patrick O'Hare said the decline in new claims for unemployment benefits, a sign of the pace of layoffs, was an encouraging sign for the economy.Claims totaled 332,000 in the week ending March 9, a drop of 10,000 from the prior week, according to the Department of Labor. "Once again, there is a good basis for the stock market to maintain an upward bias and for trading volume to increase," O'Hare said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Dow at record again, ends higher for 9th day NEW YORK: US stocks edged up on Wednesday, with the Dow rising for the ninth straight session to another record, buoyed by surprisingly strong retail sales that suggested the economy is gaining momentum.The Dow Jones industrial average's nine-day winning streak is the longest consecutive run since November 1996.But trading volume was light. Moves have been muted in recent days as investors consolidate positions after a strong run-up in the first three months of the year. ...
US stocks slip despite strong retail sales report NEW YORK: US stocks slipped in early trade Wednesday despite a strong report on retail sales in February.Fifteen minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 24.91 points (0.17 percent) to 14,425.15.The broad-based S&P 500 slipped 3.43 (0.22 percent) to 1,549.05, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost 7.69 (0.24 percent) to 3,234.63.Retail and food services sales in February rose 1.1 percent from January, the Commerce Department reported, much stronger than the 0.5 ...
US stocks open with dip after bull run NEW YORK: US stocks opened lower Tuesday as investors took a pause after a series of gains took the Dow to a record close for five days in a row. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 6.60 points (0.05 percent) at 14,440.69.The broad-market S&P 500 fell 1.95 points (0.13 percent) to 1,554.27, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite dropped 10.13 points (0.31 percent) to 3,242.74. With no major economic data on ...
US stocks push higher; Dow in fresh record NEW YORK: US stocks brushed off an early move toward a correction and added to the bull run, with the Dow setting a fresh record for the fifth day straight.A late thrust upward by Apple shares, which finished 1.4 percent higher, also took the S&P 500 tantalizingly close to its all-time record.At the close the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 50.22 points (0.35 percent) at 14,447.29.The broader S&P 500 gained 5.04 (0.32 percent) to ...
US stocks near 5-1/2-year highs; oil rebounds NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks edged up on Monday, approaching a 5-1/2-year high, on optimism about the US economy and easy monetary policy from the Federal Reserve, while US oil prices rebounded after falling due to disappointing Chinese industrial data.Fitch Ratings' cut in Italy's credit rating late on Friday spurred some selling in European shares and Italian government bonds while supporting safe-haven bids for gold, US and German government debt and other perceived lower-risk assets.The ...
Stocks mixed on Italy, China worries: GLOBAL MARKETS NEW YORK: European stock prices dipped on Monday as weak economic data from China and worries about Italy following a credit downgrade undermined optimism generated by last week's strong US employment report. US stocks were little changed, while a measure of global equities edged higher. The dollar clung to gains from the payrolls data, trading near a 3-1/2-year high against the yen and a 3-month peak versus the euro and keeping pressure on gold and ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,279.74 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,579.79 0.30
Arrow S&P 2,010.40 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,837.92 0.27
Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
Arrow CAC-40 4,461.22 0.08
Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
Arrow Sensex 27,090.42 0.08





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