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Stock futures little changed as investors wait for more news on the economy

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stock futures were little changed Thursday, as traders waited for more news about the U.S. economy. The stock market has gained for four days straight on optimism that the economy is emerging from a winter slump. KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones industrial average futures rose six points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 16,493 as of 9:03 a.m. Eastern time. Standard

Tokyo shares open higher

Tokyo shares opened higher Wednesday tracking a rise on Wall Street, where US stocks rallied on solid economic data and Federal Reserve reassurance of support for the recovering economy. The headline Nikkei index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange surged 0.77 percent, or 113.29 points, to 14,905.28 in the first minutes of trading. Signs of a gradual US economic recovery and the Fed's reassurance of low rates going forward lifted sentiment, said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment Management.

Biotech shares rebound as US stocks open higher

US stocks opened higher Monday with biotechnology and other stocks heavily sold last week showing a rebound. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 121.37 points (0.74 percent) to 16,444.43. The broad-based S&P 500 added 12.80 (0.69 percent) at 1,870.42, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite gained 34.73 (0.84 percent) to 4,190.49. Gilead Sciences, which lost nearly 5 percent last week, was up 2.0 percent in opening trade, as was Biogen Idec, which lost 7.7 percent last week. bur-pmh/jm

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall St gains

Asian markets mostly rose Monday following a rally on Wall Street as attention turns to the release of key data from Japan and the United States later in the week. The yen eased slightly against the dollar in early currency deals in response to worse-than-expected Japanese industrial output figures that raise the possibility of further monetary easing by the country's central bank. Tokyo climbed 0.43 percent by the break, Hong Kong added 0.81 percent and Sydney was 0.79 percent higher but Shanghai dipped 0.20 percent and Seoul was flat.

Tokyo stocks open 0.98% higher

Tokyo stocks rose 0.98 percent at the start of trade Monday, with exporter shares boosted by a weaker yen and after Wall Street gained on upbeat US data. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 143.51 points to 14,839.54 in opening trade. The Japanese market's upbeat start to the week came after better-than-expected numbers on US consumer incomes and spending gave Wall Street a boost. "A fairly positive lead from the US and European markets overnight Friday" would help Asian stock markets, said Brad Gordon, investment advisor at Macquarie Equities in New Zealand.

Microsoft leads the Dow Jones industrial average higher; CBS Outdoor jumps in market debut

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks are ending broadly higher as traders were encouraged by an increase in consumer spending last month. Microsoft helped technology companies recover from a week of losses. The biotech sector took another tumble, and the maker of "Candy Crush Saga" fell for the third straight day after its market debut. The Standard The Dow Jones industrial average rose 58 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,323 and the Nasdaq composite rose four points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,155.

US stocks end in red

US stocks closed in the red on Thursday, as investors weighed a batch of mixed economic data. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down a scant 5.49 points (0.03 percent) at 16,263.50. The S&P 500, a broad measure of the markets, shed 3.50 (0.19 percent) at 1,849.06, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index was the worst performer, falling 22.35 (0.54 percent) to 4,151.23. vs/pmh

US stocks open lower; tech stocks sink

US stocks opened lower on Thursday, extending the prior day's losses, with tech stocks again leading the way down. After 10 minutes of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 63.77 points (0.39 percent) at 16,205.22. The S&P 500, a broad measure of the markets, shed 9.34 (0.50 percent) at 1,843.22, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 34.48 (0.83 percent) to 4,139.10. "Stocks are searching for direction as investors weigh economic data and the situation in Ukraine," Wells Fargo Advisors said in a market note. vs/pmh

US stocks finish higher; biotech sector steadies

US stocks Tuesday finished higher as biotechnology companies and other high-tech equities steadied following a two-day skid. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 91.19 (0.56 percent) to 16,367.88. The broad-based S&P 500 rose 8.18 (0.44 percent) to 1,865.62 while the tech-rich Nasdaq added 7.88 (0.19 percent) at 4,234.27. Tuesday's trade was choppy, with the Nasdaq veering into negative territory at midday before recovering in the afternoon.

US stocks finish higher; biotech sector steadies

US stocks Tuesday finished higher as biotechnology companies and other high-tech equities steadied following a two-day skid. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 91.19 (0.56 percent) to 16,367.88. The broad-based S&P 500 rose 8.18 (0.44 percent) to 1,865.62 while the tech-rich Nasdaq added 7.88 (0.19 percent) at 4,234.27. Tuesday's trade was choppy, with the Nasdaq veering into negative territory at midday before recovering in the afternoon.
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