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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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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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Ahead of the Bell
Feb 22 2013 | 9:26 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 66 points and S&P futures are trading up 7 points as the equity market looks to bounce back following two consecutive days of losses triggered by minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting released earlier in the week, which suggested stimulus measures may end earlier than anticipated.  Market sentiment was lifted this morning on better than expected data out of Germany and Hewlett Packard’s Q4 results, which exceeded expectations.  The German Ifo business climate indicator for February rose to 107.4, its best one-month rise in more than two years.

  • On the economic calendar today, there are no major reports due out.

  • The dollar is up against the euro and down against the Japanese yen and British pound.  Gold is trading at $1,580. Crude oil is currently trading at $93 a barrel.

  • Yesterday, stocks slipped as investors...
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Posted by: Parasnand Madho
Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions
Amsterdam Gong
Feb 22 2013 | 4:44 AM

The President of the Week for Arts Foundation, David Polak, starts the trading day by sounding the gong.

This year the Week for Arts Foundation is already 10 years dedicated to promoting art in general and enhancing the reputation and appreciation of visual artists and their works of art and designs in particular, plus maintaining the interests of visual artists, art mediators and art lovers. The Week for Arts Foundation organizes the elections Artist of the Year and Gallery of the Year. In addition the Week for Arts Foundation publishes art books, including the Artists Yearbook and art fairs, including the ADAF (English Annual Art Fair).

For more information: www.kunstweek.nl

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End of Day Report
Feb 21 2013 | 5:58 PM

Stocks ended lower as investors eyed less than stellar economic reports and continued concern over the Federal Reserve’s possible shortened timetable for the bond buying program.  Global shares slid and the euro fell to a six-week low against the U.S. Dollar.

On the economic front, initial jobless claims jumped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000.  However, February 16th was a four day work week which increases the impact of seasonal adjustments.

The Consumer Price Index remained unchanged from December.  This was mostly due to weak gasoline and food prices.

Monthly growth for the nation's manufacturing sector is solid but may be slowing very slightly based on the PMI flash index which is at 55.2 for February vs. 55.8 for the final January reading.

A shortage of homes on the market is holding down sales of existing homes which did rise slightly in January, up 0.4%.

Have a good...

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Market Watch & Corporate Actions Specialist, Global Corporate Client Group
Market Drivers
Feb 21 2013 | 2:54 PM
English: The Dettifoss in Iceland on 31 Jul 19...

English: The Dettifoss in Iceland on 31 Jul 1972. Picture taken and uploaded by Roger McLassus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After spiking to new highs earlier in this holiday shortened week, it appears that “the rally of 2013” may be slowing down. For the time being, fear over the health of the financial recovery, as well as concern surrounding next week’s sequester cuts have kept...

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Posted by: Ronald Bohlert
Managing Director, Global Corporate Client Group