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Mar 4 2014 | 6:06 PM | Posted by:

Each year, investors file shareholder proposals with public companies to requesting that their proposals be included for a vote at the next annual meeting of shareholders. 

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Asia Pacific Markets
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Even as an improving US economy sparked renewed interest in US stocks last year, trading in international equities listed on NYSE markets remained solid, approaching $3.1 trillion.

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April 24, 2014
Market Drivers
Apr 24 2014 | 5:49 PM

With the struggles in the technology sector having subsided, U.S. equity markets spent the first part of the week forging higher before a midweek slowdown. Earnings were a major focus for traders as well as M&A action in the biotech space. Here are three things that have been driving the market this week:

Winning streak for S&P

After notching six straight days of gains, the S&P finally slipped on Wednesday finishing lower by a point and breaking the winning streak. Marking the longest string of consecutive gains for the index this year, the upturn brought the index back to unchanged for the month of April. It all but erased the sharp losses caused by the sell-off in “momentum” stocks from two weeks ago. This has also set up the market for a renewed run at new all-time highs as earnings season kicks into high gear.

Earnings Week

This week promises to be the busiest of the quarter for earnings releases. Eleven Dow components and 159...

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Posted by: Ronald Bohlert
Managing Director, Global Corporate Client Group
End of Day Report
Apr 24 2014 | 4:32 PM

Stocks were mixed to slightly higher on Wall Street as investors digested a busy round of earnings, increasing geopolitical concerns out of Ukraine and some mixed economic data. Tech and Utilities led positive sectors on the S&P, while Telecom and Materials topped declines.  Crude oil and gold are both higher while the dollar lost ground against its major rivals.   


 


Although Geopolitical concerns have largely been on the backburner, resurging tensions surrounding Ukraine cast a shadow over the markets today.  The latest development is that Russia started another round of military drills near the Ukrainian border. The move came in response to Kiev's military operations against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine (which it has now suspended) and NATO exercises in eastern Europe.   


 


There wasn’t too much of a reaction from today’s US economic news, as Durables beat...

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Specialist, Market Watch
NYSE MAC Desk
Apr 24 2014 | 10:19 AM

From The Trading Floor: Stocks are trading in mixed territory  on renewed concerns over tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine



  • Durable Goods orders came in better than expected at 2.6% for March

  • Initial Jobless Claims for the period ending April 19th rose to 329,000 from 305,000 the previous period.

  • Consumer confidence rose last week to -25.4, its highest level since August

  • The Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Activity Index is at 11:00

  • President Barack Obama has warned Russia of further sanctions if it doesn't act to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, as agreed upon in a peace deal signed last week.

  • German corporate optimism has increased in April, with the Ifo institute's business climate index rising to 111.2 from 110.7 in March and beating consensus of 110.5.

  • The European Central Bank would consider broad-based asset purchases if the outlook for...
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Posted by: Charles Brown
Managing Director, The Capital Markets Desk
Ahead of the Bell
Apr 24 2014 | 8:33 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 40 points and S&P futures are trading up 7 points. Investor sentiment appears strong again on upbeat corporate earnings from the tech sector. Apple and Facebook both reported better than forecasted quarterly results with a positive outlook going forward, which has helped shake off some of the jitters that has hit the sector in recent weeks. Investors are concerned that recent improvements in euro zone data has bolstered the view that the bank is unlikely to initiate any aggressive quantitative easing for now. The political upheaval in Ukraine appears to be at a standstill after Kiev cleared some government buildings of pro-Russian forces a day after the US promised to support the pro-western government, and a warning to Russia not to interfere in Ukraine.


 



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Posted by: Parasnand Madho
Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions
Ahead of the Bell
Apr 24 2014 | 8:20 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 40 points and S&P futures are trading up 7 points. Investor sentiment appears strong again on upbeat corporate earnings from the tech sector. Apple and Facebook both reported better than forecasted quarterly results with a positive outlook going forward, which has helped shake off some of the jitters that has hit the sector in recent weeks. Investors are concerned that recent improvements in euro zone data has bolstered the view that the bank is unlikely to initiate any aggressive quantitative easing for now. The political upheaval in Ukraine appears to be at a standstill after Kiev cleared some government buildings of pro-Russian forces a day after the US promised to support the pro-western government, and a warning to Russia not to interfere in Ukraine.


 



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Posted by: Parasnand Madho
Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions