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Parasnand Madho
18 janv, 2012 | 08:58 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 40 points and S&P futures are trading up 5 points. Higher commodity prices and the anticipation of good earnings reports seem to be outweighing a World Bank’s warning to developing countries that the global economy will slump back into a downturn similar to the financial crisis of 2008 if the sovereign debt crisis in Europe does not get resolved. The report shows Europe could already be in a recession and the bank cut its global growth forecast to 2.5% for 2012 and 3.1% for 2013 from a forecasted 3.6% for each year, last June. ...
Parasnand Madho
17 janv, 2012 | 09:02 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 116 points and S&P futures are trading up 11 points after China reported better than expected GDP data, over shadowing Standard and Poor's downgrade of the euro zone rescue fund. The figures released by the Chinese government showed growth slowed less than anticipated in the last three months of 2011, to 8.9%, compared with a forecast of 8.6%. ...
Parasnand Madho
13 janv, 2012 | 09:13 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading down 10 points and S&P futures are trading down 2 points. The banking sector will be in focus today after JPMorgan reported earnings in line with expectations. Investors will also be following the Italian bond auction after Spain’s successful auction yesterday. Italy hopes for the same appetite from investors for its debt as seen for Spanish notes. The ECB said it sees tentative signs the euro zone economy is stabilizing, but left the door open for further interest rate cuts.     ...
Parasnand Madho
12 janv, 2012 | 09:04 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 68 points and S&P futures are trading up 8 pointsfollowing successful bond auctions in Italy and Spain. The European Central Bank will be in focus today. The agency kept its key interest rate unchanged, after it cut rates at its last meeting. Investors will watch for hints from ECB President, Mario Draghi, who will hold a press conference after the meeting. China reports its inflation rate eased to a fifteen month low in December, but food prices remain a risk as the government considers boosting growth. ...
Parasnand Madho
10 janv, 2012 | 08:59 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 106 points and S&P futures are trading up 12 points after Alcoa reported 4Q earnings slightly below expectations, however, revenues were better than anticipated. Investors were encouraged with prospects of the US economy improving led by a demand for industrial and manufacturing materials. Auto sales are forecasted to rise  this year, as car makers increase demand for aluminum products. Commodities prices were up and traders are speculating China might act to spur growth. ...
NYSE Staff
9 janv, 2012 | 05:13 PM
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Q4 earnings season is about to kick off with Alcoa’s release after the bell today. Expectations for Alcoa’s profits have been dramatically scaled back in recent months, along with the overall market. Analysts have been curbing their enthusiasm for Q411 earnings since last summer, when their consensus estimate for the S&P 500 peaked at 17.6%. ...