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Ahead of the Bell
Mar 12 2013 | 8:07 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading down 20 points and S&P futures are trading down 2 points following the record setting territory by the DJIA and the S&P 500 indices. The blue chip index set another all-time high, while the broader index closed up for a seventh straight session. Investors are weighing whether this bull market has enough legs to keep the rally going. The NFIB small-business survey reported activity picked up in February, a sign the economy is improving, despite the fiscal contraction, and the impact of the payroll tax implemented earlier this year.     

  • Other reports on the economic calendar today, the Treasury Department will release February surplus or deficit for the federal government, $-205.0B is forecasted versus $2.9B for January.

  • The dollar is up against the major currencies.  Gold is trading at $1,590. Crude oil is currently trading at $91 a barrel.
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Posted by: Parasnand Madho
Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions
Amsterdam Gong
Mar 12 2013 | 5:21 AM

The gong ceremony marks the National Week of Healthcare and Welfare that takes place from 11 till 16 March.

During the first week of National Healthcare and Welfare more than 1,600 healthcare and welfare organizations across the country open their doors to the public. Local residents, students, school classes, families, job seekers and all other interested parties can have a look in the heart of care and welfare during this week. The Week of Health and Welfare precedes the Open Day of National Healthcare and Welfare that is organized for the 13th time on March 16. Both activities are initiatives of the seventeen regional employers' organizations working in the  RegioPlus Foundation. Joke ter Stege, managing director of RegioPlus, sounds the gong to draw attention for the work in care and welfare. "Our industry is one of...

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The Bell
Mar 11 2013 | 5:32 PM

On Mon., March 11, executives and guests of Texas-based USA Compression Partners, LP will visit the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the company’s initial public offering.  USA Compression Partners, LP began trading on the NYSE on January 15, 2013 under the ticker symbol “USAC”.


To mark this occasion, Eric D. Long, P.E., USA Compression President and Chief Executive Officer, joined by members of the company’s executive management team, will ring the NYSE Closing Bell.


About USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE: USAC)

USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE: USAC) is a growth-oriented Delaware limited partnership that is one of the nation’s largest independent providers of compression services in terms of total compression unit HP. The company partners with a broad customer base...

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End of Day Report
Mar 11 2013 | 5:08 PM

Stocks closed higher although investors noted weak economic data from China and concerns about Italy after a credit downgrade from Fitch Ratings on Friday.  The dollar was near a 3-1/2-year high vs. the yen on U.S. jobs growth data released on Friday.

Have a good Monday night!                                                                                                     

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Market Watch & Corporate Actions Specialist, Global Corporate Client Group
NYSE Amex Options
Mar 11 2013 | 4:03 PM

We continue our look into minis along with these pieces: Mini Options at NYSE, Hedging with Mini Contracts and Covered Writes 10 Shares at a Time.

Now we’ll talk about short puts. Before we get into the minis let me remind you what a short put is and what it can do. A short put is an obligation to buy the underlying security at the strike price at any time until expiration. In exchange for accepting this obligation the seller receives a premium, which is hers to keep. Readers familiar with selling puts already know that this is a strategy that generates income and may allow the seller to acquire the underlying security below current market prices. Let’s take a look at short mini puts.

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Posted by: Bill Ryan
Managing Director, NYSE Amex Options