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Stock futures rise after German vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures rose on Thursday after a German vote approving new powers for the euro zone’s crisis fund was approved and before data on U.S. economic growth and the labor market. Germany’s parliament voted new powers for the crisis fund but it was not clear…

Futures gain as normal Wall St operations expected

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures jumped on Monday, signaling a strong open on Wall Street, as investors were relieved to see Hurricane Irene caused less damage than feared in New York City over the weekend. The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will operate as normal, although…

Stock futures indicate another day of losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures pointed to a sharply weaker open for equities on Wall Street on Friday, a day after the Nasdaq ended more than 5 percent lower and the S&P 500 slipped 4.5 percent on rising recession fears. Futures for the S&P 500, for the Dow…

Stocks set to plunge ahead of bad jobless numbers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 2 percent, Dow Jones futures down 1.5 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures down 2.2 percent at 5:17 a.m. EDT. Japan’s Nikkei stock average dropped 1.3…

Global markets sinking in response to failure of GOP vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures fell on Friday after lawmakers in Washington delayed a vote on a Republican proposal to raise the U.S. government’s debt limit. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s failure to round up enough votes for his plan late Thursday exposed a rift in the…

Stock futures up on optimism over Greek vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures rose on Tuesday as expectations grew that a solution will be found for Greece to avoid a default and a short-term contagion risk to other euro zone countries could be contained. Euro zone finance ministers said the Greek government had until July 3 to approve new steps to…

Consumer spending up for eighth consecutive month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose for an eighth straight month in February as households tapped savings to cover higher food and energy prices. Spending rose 0.7 percent in February after a 0.3 percent increase in January, and inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since June 2009, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Adjusted…

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