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Stock Index Futures - August 2010
- Stock index futures slip as Americans' income stagnates: [2010 Aug 30 11:02 AM] Stock index futures fell as traders processed news that American personal incomes failed to meet estimates in the last month, as consumers struggle with the weight of their debts and the threat of unemployment. For the first time since January, the government reported, disposable personal income fell after being adjusted for inflation. Read more
- Stock futures respond favorably to GDP news: [2010 Aug 27 10:17 AM] As expected, the gross domestic product was revised downward on Friday, but that didn't seem to place a considerable damper on the mood of investors. Read more
- Stocks respond to improved unemployment data: [2010 Aug 26 10:49 AM] Stock futures around the world responded favorably on Thursday to reports that first-time unemployment claims fell more than expected this week. Read more
- Stock futures continue losing ground this week: [2010 Aug 25 04:53 PM] Investors are clearly wary of any further economic setbacks this week, in light of Wednesday stock futures that were once again trending firmly downward. Read more
- Stock futures reflect investor pessimism: [2010 Aug 24 10:01 AM] A dour mood among investors carried over into Tuesday's stock futures, which were down to varying degrees in many parts of the world. Read more
- Merger activity helps spur stock futures: [2010 Aug 23 09:16 AM] Stock futures around the world appeared to be starting the week on an optimistic note Monday morning, with futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average up to 10,230, a change of 28 points. Read more
- U.S. stock index futures point to another grim day: [2010 Aug 20 11:03 AM] Futures on all of the world's major stock indexes dropped on Friday morning, indicating that the markets would likely finish off the week in a disappointing fashion. Investors are still reeling from the unexpected surge in U.S. unemployment that was announced yesterday, in addition to the slump in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's Mid-Atlantic manufacturing index. Read more
- Equity index futures crash as jobless figures soar: [2010 Aug 19 11:40 AM] Initial jobless claims jumped by 12,000 to a total of 500,000 in the week ending on August 14, far higher than even the most pessimistic estimates of analysts. That left the four-week moving average at 482,500, up 8,000 from last week's figure. Read more
U.S. stock futures head down as BHP and Potash battle:
[2010 Aug 18 09:54 AM] Commodity producers took center stage on Wednesday as BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, made a $40 billion hostile takeover offer for Potash, the world's biggest producer of fertilizer. The deal has roiled the markets, boosting Potash's share price 30 percent in just two days. BHP is offering $130 per share in cash for all of the Saskatchewan-based firm's outstanding shares.
- Equities shrug off housing data, focus on upside: [2010 Aug 17 09:28 AM] Stock index futures in the U.S. and abroad seemed to ignore some disappointing data about the American housing market and focused on other signs of potential recovery in the global economy. The Japanese government indicated that it might engage in some stimulus to help buoy the stagnant economy, and U.S. manufacturing rose by 1 percent in July, more than the 0.5 percent that analysts and economists had predicted. Read more
- U.S. equity index futures slightly lower on Japanese data: [2010 Aug 16 10:44 AM] Disappointing gross domestic product growth data from Japan - formerly the world's second largest economy, but eclipsed this week by China - helped push U.S. stock index futures slightly lower on Monday morning, as the general pessimism from last week asserted itself once again. A slightly brighter spot, however, appeared in the form of improved manufacturing figures from the New York Federal Reserve. Read more
- Stock index futures continue their four-day slide: [2010 Aug 13 10:23 AM] Investors looked for potential sources of optimism on Friday morning, but they failed to find much. If there was a bright spot, it was in U.S. auto sales, which rose 1.6 percent, boosting total retail sales by 0.4 percent. Read more
- Unemployment claims point to another day of pain in equities: [2010 Aug 12 10:02 AM] Stock market futures projected another disappointing day on Thursday morning, as traders eyed yesterday's losses and unemployment claims rose unexpectedly in the last week. Initial jobless claims climbed 2,000 to 484,000, more than analysts expected. Read more
- Federal Reserve's words continue to haunt the markets: [2010 Aug 11 08:44 AM] Investors processed the news that the Federal Reserve would engage in further debt buying and then turned their attention to the central bank's statement of fundamental weakness in the economy. Stock index futures dropped sharply on Wednesday morning, as many feared that the markets had reached unsupportable levels. Read more
- Stock index futures sharply down as Fed begins meeting: [2010 Aug 10 10:07 AM] Equity index futures across the Western Hemipshere were down sharply on Tuesday morning, as the Federal Reserve began a meeting that many believe will signal the central bank's new direction in terms of interest rates and potential quantitative easing. In addition, data from the Department of Labor showed that nonfarm productivity slipped at an annual rate of 0.9 percent in the second quarter, after increasing 3.9 percent in the first quarter of 2010. Read more
- Stocks rise as investors eye potential Fed stimulus: [2010 Aug 09 08:37 AM] European equity indexes rose and delivered a boost to U.S. stock index futures on Monday morning. The persistent weakness in U.S. labor markets led many to believe that Federal Reserve chairman Benjamin Bernanke will extend the central bank's efforts to stimulate the economy. Read more
- Stocks react to unexpectedly high jobless claims: [2010 Aug 05 10:02 AM] Seasonally adjusted jobless claims rose 19,000 to a 3-month high of 479,000 for the week ending July 31, according to the Department of Labor's weekly report. The data showed a persistent weakness in the U.S. labor market, indicating that despite solid earnings from many companies, recovery remains tenuous. Read more
- American equities looking optimistic after ADP jobs data: [2010 Aug 04 09:50 AM] A hopeful report from ADP Employer Services, a major payroll firm, helped boost the spirits of U.S. equities traders, pushing up stock index futures. The report found that private companies added 42,000 workers in the month of July, higher than a projected increase of 30,000. The survey also revised last month's estimate up to 19,000 created jobs. Read more
- Geithner comments spook economy and markets: [2010 Aug 03 10:34 AM] It will be hard to repeat yesterday's performance. After solid earnings figures from a number of banks and financial companies helped stoke optimism, the markets looked again to economic fundamentals and didn't like what they saw. Read more
- Stocks boom as earnings continue to surpass projections: [2010 Aug 02 09:37 AM] Futures on the major stock indexes bounced upwards on Monday, reflecting the drumbeat of outstanding corporate profits that has characterized this earnings season. Among the major winners was HSBC, the biggest bank in Europe, which saw its earnings double to $11.1 billion in the first half of the year. Read more
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