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8/22 S&P 500 ends lower Friday, pulling back from record

Administrator - Friday, 22 August 2014 07:35

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S&P 500 ends lower Friday, pulling back from record
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks closed mostly lower on Friday, with the S&P 500 pulling back from Thursday’s record close as Ukraine-Russia worries ramped up again.

Investors also appeared to shrug at speeches by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, as their comments largely matched expectations.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.20% slipped by 3.97 points, or 0.2%, to finish at 1,988.40, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.22% shed 38.27 points, or 0.2%, to end at 17,001.22, according to early FactSet data. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.14% bucked the negative trend, tacking on 6.45 points, or 0.1%, to close at 4,538.55.

The three main indexes all achieved their third weekly gain in a row. The S&P 500 advanced by 1.7% for the week, while the Dow rose 2% and the Nasdaq, 1.7%.

Stocks traded roughly flat after Yellen’s speech, then slumped to session lows after fresh Ukraine-Russia reports before paring losses. The reports said NATO viewed a buildup of Russian forces near Ukraine as alarming, and the organization condemned the entry of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.

Careful comments in Jackson Hole: Yellen, at her speech at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyo., said the economy is getting closer to the Fed’s goals of full employment and stable inflation, and the debate at the central bank is “naturally shifting” to when the central bank should begin to raise interest rates. Balancing this more hawkish tone, Yellen said that indicators followed by the Fed suggest the unemployment rate’s ecline overstates the improvement in overall labor market conditions.

“I think the most important takeaway is that as one of the most dovish members of the board, she’s clearly much less dovish than she was,” Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank, told MarketWatch. He said Yellen is now making “more an argument for patience rather than dovishness.”

Draghi said the European Central Bank stands ready to take more unconventional action if needed, but it can’t solve the euro zone’s unemployment problem all by itself. Beyond the central bankers talking, there were no major U.S. economic reports on Friday’s schedule. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-futures-slip-ahead-of-yellen-speech-2014-08-22

Stocks to watch: Keurig Green Mountain Inc. GMCR, +0.22%   surged 13.2% for the best gain in the S&P 500, helped by news of a new licensing deal with Kraft Foods Group Inc. KRFT, -0.07%

Salesforce.com Inc. CRM, -0.08% Ross Stores Inc. ROST, +7.39%  and GameStop Corp. GME, +0.58%  were also big winners in the S&P 500 as investors cheered each company’s quarterly report.

On the downside, Aéropostale Inc. ARO, -10.00%  shares dropped 10% after the clothing retailer’s forecast a wider-than-expected loss for the fiscal third quarter.

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Gold snaps losing streak on Yellen, geopolitics
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures snapped a five-session losing streak to rebound Friday on slightly more hawkish comments from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and Ukraine-Russia tensions. December gold GCZ4, +0.47% rose $4.80 for the session to settle at $1,280.20 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The precious metal shed 2% for the week. Yellen, speaking in Jackson Hole, Wyo., said the debate at the central bank is shifting to when the Fed should begin to tighten monetary policy. Reports that NATO expressed alarm over the buildup of Russian forces near Ukraine also supported gold.

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NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday the alliance had observed an alarming build-up of Russian ground and air forces in the vicinity of Ukraine.
“We have also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery to separatist groups in eastern Ukraine,” Rasmussen said in a statement.
Rasmussen said Russia continued to escalate the crisis in eastern Ukraine and that this could lead to further isolation of Moscow. http://news.yahoo.com/nato-sees-alarming-build-russian-forces-near-ukraine-151906404.html

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Opinion: Coming soon: the ‘September of Yellen’
How the media sum up the Fed chairwoman’s tenure will reverberate in the securities markets http://www.marketwatch.com/story/coming-soon-the-september-of-yellen-2014-08-22

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U.S. stocks: Futures slip ahead of Yellen speech
LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures slipped Friday before Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen was set to capture center stage at a high-profile gathering of the world’s central bankers.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJU4, -0.24% were off 2 points at 17,014, while those for the S&P 500 index SPU4, -0.16% shed 1 point to 1,988.90. Nasdaq 100 index NDU4, +0.05% futures gave up less than 1 point at 4,047.00.

The major benchmarks are on track to log weekly advances of at least 1.5% each. Thursday’s session ended with the S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.29% marking its 28th record closing high this year and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.12% ending at its highest level since March 31, 2000.

Journey to Jackson Hole: Yellen, at her speech at the annual gathering of central bankers in Wyoming, is expected to focus on the labor market. Her remarks are slated to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Yellen has previously outlined the lineup of indicators she’s watching to gauge the health of the labor market, including wages and the number of people working part time who want to work full-time.

The “hawkish noises coming out of the recent [Fed] meeting minutes will add extra spice to what Yellen has to say,” said Richard Perry, market analyst at Hantec Markets, in a Friday note. “It would be surprising if she did anything other than hold a steady ship and that the Fed will maintain an accommodative monetary policy for a considerable period of time.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-futures-slip-ahead-of-yellen-speech-2014-08-22

 

8/21 U.S. stocks: S&P 500 ends at record high for 28th time this year; Dow regains 17,000

Administrator - Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:03

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After-hours buzz: Gamestop, Gap, Aeropostale & more
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Gap- Shares moved higher after the apparel maker beat earnings estimates by a penny and revenue topped expectations, boosted by firm sales at its low-priced Old Navy business. The company also announced that it plans to open stores in India.

Gamestop – The stock rallied after the videogame retailer said its second-quarter revenue jumped to $1.73 billion, up 25 percent from a year ago, lifted by solid Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One sales.

Intuit- Shares tumbled in after-hours trading after the financial solutions software provider posted an unexpected quarterly loss of 1 cent per share, missing Street projections for earnings of 7 cents per share, as it shifts its focus to cloud computing.

Salesforce.com- The software provider posted earnings of 13 cents per share, topping expectations by a penny, while revenue came in at $1.32 billion, versus expectations of $1.29 billion. It also raised its full-year guidance.

Aeropostale – The struggling teen retailer beat earnings and revenue expectations, but it projected a wider-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter loss, sending shares nearly 10 percent lower in after-hours trading.

Brocade – The networking equipment maker posted fiscal third-quarter earnings of 23 cents per share on $545 million in revenue, surpassing Street expectations of 19 cents per share on $535 million in sales. The stock rose after the bell.

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U.S. stocks: S&P 500 ends at record high for 28th time this year; Dow regains 17,000
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks advanced Thursday, with the S&P 500 logging its fourth straight daily gain and closing at a record high.

Reports on existing-home sales and manufacturing topped forecasts, and expectations of dovish notes in Friday’s speech from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen also boosted sentiment.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.30% gained 5.86 points, or 0.3%, to finish at 1,992.37, topping its July 24 all-time closing high of 1,987.98 to set its 28th record close in 2014. During the session, the index hit an intraday record at 1,994.76. Read more: Why a new all-time high doesn’t mean a crash is due

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.36% rose 60.43 points, or 0.4%, to 17,039.56, as the blue-chip index moved back above 17,000 and held about 0.5% below its July 16 record close. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.12% rose 5.62 points, or 0.1%, to 4,532.10.

Today’s market-moving economic data: An August reading for the Philadelphia Fed index, a manufacturing gauge, came in at 28, besting forecasts for a reading of 18, and a manufacturing gauge from Markit also jumped. Meanwhile, sales of existing homes rose 2.4% in July to 5.15 million, above expectations, and initial weekly jobless claims came in basically in line with forecasts.

Thursday’s encouraging economic reports have provided a lift to U.S. stocks, said Kim Caughey Forrest, a portfolio manager and senior equity analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group. The good news might have been bad news for the stock market, spurring worries the Fed could pull back sooner from its stimulus efforts, but the central bank has been offering “soothing words,” she told MarketWatch.

““It looks like regardless of how long the Fed hawks are talking, the doves are winning at this point,” Forrest said.

Investors further shrugged off the Fed minutes released Wednesday that showed some officials arguing the groundwork should be laid for raising interest rates sooner than expected. A hike is hardly imminent. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-futures-up-as-fed-china-given-the-brush-off-2014-08-21

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Gold skids 1.5% to two-month low settlement
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures sank 1.5% to a two-month low settlement Thursday as strong economic data fanned fears of tighter monetary policy. December gold GCZ4, -1.51% fell $19.80 for the session to $1,275.40, its lowest settlement since June 18. U.S. jobless claims dropped by 14,000 to 298,000 in the week ended Aug. 16, according to the Labor Department

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Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts ‘super-cold’ winter in East
CONCORD, N.H. — The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.
Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a “super-cold” winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The West will remain a little bit warmer than normal. http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/20/old-farmers-almanac-predicts-super-cold-winter/

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Existing-home sales rise 2.4% in July
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sales of existing homes rose 2.4% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million, the fastest pace this year, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected the sales rate to decline to 5 million in July from an originally reported 5.04 million in June. On Thursday NAR tweaked June’s sales rate to 5.03 million. July’s sales pace was down 4.3% from a year earlier. The median sales price of used homes hit $222,900 in July, up 4.9% from the year-earlier period. July’s inventory was 2.37 million existing homes for sale, a 5.5-month supply at the current sales pace. The number of homes available for sale was up 5.8% from the year-earlier period.

U.S. manufacturing PMI reaches highest level since April 2010
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The flash Markit manufacturing purchasing managers index jumped to a reading of 58 in August from 55.8 in July to reach the highest level since April 2010. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. Output and new order components accelerated, and employment rose to the highest level since March 2013. The flash estimate is typically based on approximately 85%-90% of total PMI survey responses each month.

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Gold extends losing streak on strong dollar
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Gold prices remained under pressure on Thursday after hawkish minutes from the latest Federal Reserve Policy meeting showed that the central bankers were surprised at the speed of the jobs recovery.

At last check, gold for December delivery GCZ4, -1.51% was down another $15, or 1.1%, to $1,280.20 an ounce. September silver SIU4, -0.88% lost 17 cents, or 0.9%, to $19.34 an ounce.

A day earlier, gold prices pushed below the $1,300 level as traders positioned themselves ahead of the Fed minutes and as the S&P inched closer to another record high.

Today’s slate of data is more than just an appetizer leading up to Janet Yellen’s speech on Friday. The first to hit will be the initial weekly unemployment claims report followed by existing home sales and the Philly Fed manufacturing survey at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-slips-ahead-of-housing-data-yellen-2014-08-21

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U.S. stocks: Futures up after claims; S&P eyes record
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures moved north Thursday, though they trimmed their gains slightly following a report on weekly jobless claims that roughly matched expectations.

Neither downbeat Chinese data nor a perceived hawkish set of Federal Reserve minutes deterred upbeat sentiment. Friday’s speech from Janet Yellen remains a market focus, and the S&P 500 is within spitting distance of setting a fresh record close.

Futures for the S&P 500 SPU4, +0.16% added 3 points, or 0.2%, to 1,986.30, while those for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJU4, +0.25% rose 34 points, or 0.2%, to 16,984. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 NDU4, +0.14% rose 4 points, or 0.1%, to 4,043.50.

Initial jobless claims fell by 14,000 to 298,000 last week, basically in line with the 300,000 claims expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch.

Three other economic reports are due at 10 a.m. Eastern, the most closely watched of which may be existing-home sales for July, which economists expect to hold steady. Also out at that time: the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey for August and leading indicators for July.

With time to mull it over, investors appeared to further shrug off the Fed minutes released Wednesday that showed some officials arguing the groundwork should be laid for raising interest rates sooner than expected. A Thursday report showing a three-month low for Chinese factory data was also brushed aside. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-futures-up-as-fed-china-given-the-brush-off-2014-08-21?dist=beforebell

8/20 S&P 500 tries for record close, recovers from post-Fed dip

Administrator - Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:29

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After-hours buzz: Hewlett-Packard, L Brands & more
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Hewlett-Packard – The provider of software and personal computers reported third-quarter earnings of 89 cents a share, excluding items, on $27.59 in revenue, versus expectations of 89 cents a share on $27.01 billion in sales. Shares declined in after-hours trading.

L Brands – The specialty retailer posted second-quarter earnings per share of 63 cents, beating expectations by a penny. The company also hiked its guidance. Shares jumped in after-hours trading.

Bank of America – The Associated Press reported the bank had reached a $17 billion settlement related to mortgage-backed securities. Shares edged higher in after-hours trading.

Hertz Global Holdings – A regulatory filing showed activist investor Carl Icahn had taken an 8.48 percent stake in the car-rental company. Shares edged lower in after-hours trading.

CACI International – The simulation-technology company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.49 a share on $905.7 million in revenue, versus estimates for $1.43 a share on $892 million in sales. Shares gained in after-hours trading.

Semtech – The supplier of semiconductor products tallied second-quarter earnings of 42 cents a share, excluding items, on $145.7 million in revenue, versus estimates of 39 cents a share on $142 million in sales. Shares rose in after-hours trading.

Synopsys – The developer of electronic systems reported third-quarter earnings of 65 cents a share, excluding items, on $521.8 million in revenue, compared to expectations of 60 cents a share on $521 million in sales. Shares were down in after-hours trading.

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S&P 500 tries for record close, recovers from post-Fed dip
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks stepped higher on Wednesday afternoon, shaking off a dip that came after Federal Reserve minutes indicated that policy makers talked at their last meeting about hiking interest rates sooner than anticipated.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% rose by 6 points, or 0.3%, to 1,987. The benchmark turned negative shortly after the minutes came out at 2 p.m. Eastern, but it has bounced back and briefly traded above its July 24 record close of 1,987.98.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.35% tacked on 67 points, or 0.4%, to 16,987, while the Nadaq Composite COMP, -0.02% gained 3 points, or 0.1%, to 4,531.

Fed officials debated at their July meeting whether to move faster than expected to start raising interest rates in light of an improving job market and rising inflation, said a Wall Street Journal report on the minutes. But the officials decided they needed more evidence before concluding that was the right approach. Read more: Fed more divided on U.S. labor market gains

“The center of gravity is moving gradually to the hawkish side,” said Jerry Webman chief economist at OppenheimerFunds. The stock market “likes accommodation,” so it gave up a little ground after the minutes, he told MarketWatch. But there wasn’t a more extreme negative reaction because the minutes don’t give a reason to get pessimistic about corporate earnings, which are the market’s main driver, he added.

The minutes didn’t contain “anything shocking,” and there wasn’t a big drop by stocks, so the market resumed its two-week uptrend, said Joe Bell, senior equity analyst for Schaeffer’s Investment Research.

While investors are reading the minutes for clues about the Fed’s strategy, markets may also quickly move past them to focus on Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech at 10 a.m. Eastern Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-markets-futures-dip-ahead-of-fed-minutes-2014-08-20

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Spot gold slides after Fed; futures log slight loss
Spot gold prices extended earlier losses on Wednesday after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting showed the central bank was surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101929054

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Sales of existing homes seen holding steady in July
The sales pace of previously owned homes likely held steady last month, staying close to the fastest pace since late 2013, according a consensus forecast.

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Economists polled by MarketWatch expect the annual sales rate for existing home ticked down to 5 million last month from 5.04 million in June, which was the fastest pace since October. If data show that sales declined in July, that would be the first decrease in four months.

Economists expect total deals this year to wind up below 2013’s tally, pulled down by a weak first half of the year. A July pace of 5 million would mean the sales rate was down 7% from the year-earlier period.

An unusually harsh winter, escalating mortgage rates and prices, limited inventory and tight credit standards have all contributed to holding back home sales. Households are also increasingly interested in renting than owning.

The National Association of Realtors will release the home-sales data at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Earlier Thursday, the government will release its most recent report on unemployment benefits, and economists expect that initial claims for jobless benefits declined to 300,000 in the week that ended Aug. 16 from 311,000 in the prior week.

Claims readings are trending near pre-recession levels, signaling a slow pace of layoffs – a good sign for workers and the greater employment environment. The U.S. Labor Department will release the claims report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2014/08/20/sales-of-existing-homes-seen-holding-steady-in-july/

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The ‘short of the decade’ and one willful bull’s call for Dow 19,000
The Nasdaq’s rally to March 2000 levels and Google’s 10-year IPO birthday have cast a nostalgic light on markets so far this week. And the way things are going these days (up, a lot) nostalgia seems to be suiting traders just fine.

The S&P, after a rough stretch, is now within a whisper of another record; Apple has entered uncharted territory; and Fed Chair Janet Yellen is about to unleash the doves on a receptive Teton audience at the end of the week.

If that last one disappoints and the hawks come out instead, markets could be in store for a stiff pullback. But even that could be Yellen’s gift to traders. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/need-to-know/2014/08/20/the-short-of-the-decade-and-one-willful-bulls-call-for-dow-19000/

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U.S. stocks: Futures dip ahead of Fed minutes, Apple up
MADRID (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures pushed south on Wednesday amid some concerns the rally could be running out of some steam, though no big action was expected ahead of the minutes of the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

Shares of Apple Inc. were slightly higher in premarket after setting a closing record on Tuesday, while Lowe’s Cos. fell on results.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJU4, -0.12% fell 18 points to 16,863, while those for the S&P 500 index SPU4, -0.04% eased 2.6 points to 1,974.60. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NDU4, -0.06% fell 2.75 points to 4,031.50.

No economic events are on Wednesday’s calendar beyond the minutes of the July 29-30 FOMC meeting. Some of the language in the July policy statement was more hawkish, with the Fed dropping language describing the jobless rate as “elevated,” instead noting “a range of labor market indicators suggests that there remains significant under-utilization of labor resources.”

“The question which everyone will be asking is if the Fed are ready to increase the interest rate sooner rather than later. Some hawkish members have certainly started beating the drums of an early increase,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Ava Trade. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-markets-futures-dip-ahead-of-fed-minutes-2014-08-20

8/19 S&P 500 jumps back near record; Apple at new high

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S&P 500 jumps back near record; Apple at new high

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks climbed Tuesday after a better-than-expected jump in July housing starts and upbeat earnings reports.

Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.01% achieved an all-time split-adjusted closing high, while Home Depot Inc. HD, +0.00% was the biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the wake of quarterly results that topped forecasts.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.50% advanced 9.86 points, or 0.5%, to close at 1,981.60, while the Dow industrials DJIA, +0.48% rose 80.85 points, or 0.5%, to end at 16,919.59, according to early FactSet data. The S&P 500 is nearing its July 24 record close at 1,987.98, recovering from its drop in late July and early August.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.43% advanced 19.20 points, or 0.4%, to finish at 4,527.51. The tech-laden index scored its highest close since March 2000 for the second day in a row, and it’s on a five-day winning streak.

The Commerce Department on Tuesday said construction on U.S. new homes rose 15.7% in July to an annual rate of 1.09 million, well above forecasts, and the June drop in new construction was revised to a much smaller decline.

“I think investors will be encouraged to an extent by the revisions in the data,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers. He also said geopolitical concerns seem to be receding, even though there’s no resolution in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and that “just gives added impetus to the bulls.”

In other economic news, the Labor Department said U.S. consumer prices rose 0.1% in July, matching forecasts and signaling inflation isn’t flaring up.
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Gold loses ground as stocks gain
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold prices retreated again Tuesday as investors pushed the Nasdaq Composite to 14-year highs ahead of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech at the end of the week. Gold for December delivery GCZ4, -0.25% fell $2.60 to settle at $1,296.70 an ounce. September silver SIU4, -1.25% shed 20 cents to $19.41 an ounce. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-stays-glued-to-1300-level-2014-08-19

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July $ Dollar share volume was even lower than last year. Explains alot

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Stocks gain after strong housing data; Apple tops $100
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks advanced Tuesday after a better-than-expected jump in July housing starts and upbeat earnings reports.
Home Depot Inc. HD, +6.12% was the biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the retailer’s quarterly results topped forecasts, and Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.04% moved up to levels last seen in September 2012.
The S&P 500 SPX, +0.39% climbed 7 points, or 0.4%, to 1,979, while the Dow industrials DJIA, +0.39% rose 67 points, or 0.4%, to 16,906. The S&P 500 is nearing its July 24 record close of 1,987.98.
The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.24% advanced 9 points, or 0.2%, to 4,517 after the tech-laden index on Monday scored its highest close since March 31, 2000.

The Commerce Department on Tuesday said construction on U.S. new homes rose 15.7% in July to an annual rate of 1.09 million versus 973,000 in June. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had penciled in July starts of 975,000. The decline in new construction in June also was revised to a much smaller drop.
“I think investors will be encouraged to an extent by the revisions in the data,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers. He also said geopolitical concerns seem to be receding, even though there’s no resolution in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and that “just gives added impetus to the bulls.”

In other economic news, the Labor Department said U.S. consumer prices rose 0.1% in July, matching forecasts. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-futures-up-with-cpi-housing-starts-ahead-2014-08-19

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10:43am .0011 x .0012 still on RADAR I still think it turns off bottom & goes soon

Google, Rackspace, Apple stand out as tech stocks rise: SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. GOOGL, +0.58% and Rackspace Hosting Inc. RAX, +4.05% were among the notable tech stocks on the rise Tuesday. Google was up by $3.25 a share at $596.08 on the tenth anniversary of the company’s IPO. Rackspace shares rose almost 4%, to $33.04, after activist investor Blue Harbour Group disclosed it increased its stake in the cloud-services company to 6.5%. Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.62% also flexed its muscles and reached a 52-week-high of $99.76 a share. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.22% rose 10 points to 4,518.

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Early movers: HD, BHP, BAC, URBN, RDEN, LLY & more
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101929673

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Gold ticks up on fund inflows, safe-haven demand
Gold snapped a two-day losing streak on Tuesday as geopolitical tensions and fund inflows boosted the safe-haven metal, but gains were kept in check by strength in equities and the dollar.

Equity markets rose after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said all issues around a humanitarian convoy sent by Moscow to relieve needy areas of eastern Ukraine had been resolved. Moscow said it would like a ceasefire to allow aid to get to people trapped by the fighting.

However, tensions remain high, with Ukraine saying that dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101926203

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Nasdaq revisits March 2000 peak, and it’s the saddest party ever http://blogs.marketwatch.com/need-to-know/2014/08/19/nasdaq-revisits-march-2000-peak-and-its-the-saddest-party-ever/

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U.S. stocks: Futures up with CPI, housing starts ahead
MADRID (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures pushed higher early Tuesday, as investors waited to see if Wall Street will build on a strong close, and looked ahead to data that is expected to show slowing inflation and faster home building.

Home Depot Inc. was among the companies reporting early.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJU4, +0.32% rose 39 points to 16,832, while those for the S&P 500 index SPU4, +0.15% added 3 points to 1,970.50. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NDU4, +0.19% gained 7.75 points to 4,021.

On Monday, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.97% rose 1%, or 43.39 points, to 4,508.31, its highest close since March 2000, while the Dow industrials DJIA, +1.06% jumped 175.83 points, or 1.1%, to 16,838.74, the biggest point gain since Aug. 8.

Wouter Sturkenboom, strategist at Russell Investments in London, said he is modestly positive on markets. “Yesterday was probably a reaction to the unwarranted volatility on Friday, but the rest of the week is going to be about the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) minutes and Jackson Hole conference,” he said in emailed comments.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-futures-up-with-cpi-housing-starts-ahead-2014-08-19

8/18 U.S. stocks rally; Nasdaq eyes highest close in 14 years

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Urban Outfitters- The retailer handed in second-quarter earnings that met Wall Street expectations, while revenue topped expectations by $6 million. But shares slumped in extended-hours trading as same-store-sales fell some 10 percent.

Aeropostale – The apparel maker said sales at comparable stores plunged 13 percent during the second quarter. But the company forecast a second-quarter adjusted loss of between 42 cents per share and 45 cents per share, versus projections of a loss of 58 cents per share. Separately, CEO Thomas Johnson announced that he will step down from his role effectively immediately. Shares rallied more than 10 percent.

Rackspace Hosting – The stock gained in after-hours trading after billionaire activist investing firm Blue Harbour disclosed an approximate 6.5 percent stake in the cloud computing company.

Jumei International – The online cosmetics retailer said it earned 13 cents per share in the second quarter, beating Street expectations by a penny a share. The company topped sales projections as well with $154 million in revenue, versus expectations of $150 million. But shares fell in extended-hours trading.

PDL BioPharma – The stock rallied after the pharmaceutical firm reported second-quarter earnings of 52 cents per share on $163 million in revenue, up about 10 percent from $148.5 million a year ago.

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U.S. stocks rally; Nasdaq eyes highest close in 14 years
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks on Monday built on last week’s advance, helped by deal news and waning Ukraine-Russia tensions.
A better-than-expected reading on the housing market also boosted sentiment and kicked off a big week for economic data.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.85% rose 14 points, or 0.7%, to 1,969, adding to its 1.2% weekly gain last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.06% jumped 163 points, or 1%, to 16,826, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.97%  climbed 38 points, or 0.9%, to 4,503.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq traded as high as 4,509.16 — a new intraday high for the year and a level last seen in March 2000. Yahoo Inc. YHOO, +0.02%  and Google Inc. GOOGL, +1.54% GOOG, +1.51%  rose 2.4% and 1.9%, respectively, as tech stocks enjoyed broad gains.

“The political concerns that whipped markets around on Friday subsided over the weekend with Ukraine and Russia apparently talking and making some progress,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, in a note. He also emphasized encouraging news from Iraq, noting that “Kurdish forces regained control of the key Mosul Dam from ISIS.”

Alastair McCaig, market analyst at IG, pointed out the Dow might regain a big round number.

“Wall Street is once again coming up to tackle technical resistance, but with the momentum built up over the last week, conversations are likely to turn towards when, not if, it can tackle the 17,000 level again,” McCaig said in a note. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/market-snapshot-futures-up-as-russia-ukraine-tensions-ebb-2014-08-18

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Gold back below $1,300 as Yellen looms
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold took a hit on Monday, dipping back below $1,300 an ounce, as investors kept one eye on what’s going on in geopolitical hotspots and the other looking ahead to what Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen might say at the end of the week. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-back-below-1300-as-yellen-looms-2014-08-18

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12:01pm Bottom Play  churning .0013/.0014 about to breakout again imo

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Home-builder confidence highest in 7 months
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A gauge of confidence among home builders is the highest in seven months, with readings showing growing optimism about present and coming sales of single-family homes, according to data released Monday. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/home-builder-confidence-highest-in-7-months-2014-08-18?link=MW_home_latest_news

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U.S. stocks: S&P 500 gains as Russia-Ukraine tensions ebb
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks built on last week’s advance, helped by waning Ukraine-Russia tensions and deal news.

Investors also looked for a fresh reading on the housing market due at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, as that report kicks off a big week for economic news.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.54% rose 10 points, or 0.5%, to 1,965 early Monday, adding to its 1.2% weekly gain last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.64% jumped 93 points, or 0.6%, to 16,756, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.51% climbed 25 points, or 0.6%, to 4,490.

“Wall Street is once again coming up to tackle technical resistance, but with the momentum built up over the last week, conversations are likely to turn towards when, not if, it can tackle the 17,000 level again,” said Alastair McCaig, market analyst at IG, in a note. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/market-snapshot-futures-up-as-russia-ukraine-tensions-ebb-2014-08-18

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Gold cuts losses on Ukraine; holds near $1,300
Gold recovered modestly on Monday to trade just above $1,300 an ounce as escalating tensions in Ukraine sapped risk appetite, hurting stocks and bidding up safe-haven assets. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101925684

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U.S. stocks: Futures up as Russia-Ukraine tensions ebb
MADRID (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock market futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Monday, as a turnaround that began in the final session of last week got fresh momentum from waning geopolitical tensions.
Investors were also looking foward to a big week of economic events and appearances by Federal Reserve officials. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will give a speech at the annual central bankers’ summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming toward the end of the week.
A home builders’ index for August kicks off a busy week of data on Monday.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJU4, +0.51%  rose 73 points, or 0.4%, to 16,704, while those for the S&P 500 index SPU4, +0.47%  added 8.6 points, or 0.4%, to 1,961. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index NDU4, +0.39%  gained 17.5 points, or 0.4%, to 4,002.125.

“Wall Street is once again coming up to tackle technical resistance, but with the momentum built up over the last week, conversations are likely to turn towards when, not if, it can tackle the 17,000 level again,” said Alastair McCaig, market analyst at IG, in a note.  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/market-snapshot-futures-up-as-russia-ukraine-tensions-ebb-2014-08-18

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Why this is the week traders have been waiting for
Fed has a lesson plan, but traders just want facts

Markets are more likely to get a schooling on the labor market than a road map for rate hikes when the Fed meets in Jackson Hole in the week ahead.

The annual Fed symposium is a highlight of the summer, and has been widely anticipated as an event where Fed Chair Janet Yellen may disclose some hints about the process to normalize rates when she speaks Friday.

The symposium is titled, “Reevaluating Labor Market Dynamics,” and Fed watchers expect to hear more about the ongoing debate within the Fed on labor slack. They also say Jackson Hole may have a limited impact on markets and the release of Fed minutes two daysearlier may be even more market moving if there is any discussion of operations the Fed might use after its quantitative easing program ends.

“I think there are great expectations about what might come out of this … In recent years, Jackson Hole has been the spring board to policy changes,” said Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101924025

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