Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 28 points and S&P futures are trading up 3 points as investors become more bullish on the economy and the equity market. Economist believe the economy expanded more than expected in the 4th quarter, as much as 0.5%, after the latest reading by the Commerce Department showed the trade deficit shrank in December, amid higher exports and a slump in oil imports narrowed the trade gap. However, renewed worries over Italy and Spain continued to spook financial markets. Most of the Asian markets, including Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and South Korea are closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.
On the economic calendar today, no reports are due. The dollar is up against the British pound and down against the euro and the Japanese yen. Gold is trading at $1,658. Crude oil is currently trading at $95 a barrel.
Het Nationaal Epilepsie Fonds, de Epilepsie Vereniging Nederland, de Nederlandse Liga tegen Epilepsie en de Epilepsiecentra SEIN en Kempenhaeghe vragen met een slag op de gong op de Europese Epilepsie Dag 2013 aandacht voor de impact en ernst van epilepsie.
Miryanna van Reeden, ambassadeur van het Nationaal Epilepsie Fonds, luidt de gong namens de epilepsieorganisaties. Miryanna over epilepsie: “Wat ik zo heftig vind, is de onvoorspelbaarheid van deze aandoening. Als je epilepsie hebt, kun je op ieder moment van de dag een aanval krijgen. Dat heeft zo’n invloed op je dagelijkse leven. Dat grijpt me erg aan. Je zou denken dat er met alle technieken van deze tijd toch een oplossing zou moeten zijn voor epilepsie? Daarom verdient epilepsie meer aandacht.”
On Tuesday, February 5, the SEC held a roundtable to discuss the impact that decimalization has had on securities markets and consider if larger tick sizes are necessary “to promote fair and efficient trading, the protection of investors and vigorous capital formation.”
As part of the Jumpstart Our Small Business Startups (JOBS) Act enacted into law last April, Congress directed the SEC “to solicit the views of investors, companies, market professionals and academics to study the effects of decimalization on IPOs, trading, and liquidity for small andmid-cap companies,” said Craig Lewis, SEC’s Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation.
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