U.S. stocks are poised for a slightly higher open Friday, in what is expected to be a very quiet session ahead of the Labor Day weekend. With many traders away from their desks getting a head start on the last summer holiday, stocks are likely to hold monthly gains despite mounting tensions between...
Trading in the U.S. index futures suggests that Wall Street stocks may open slightly higher on Friday after yesterday's lackluster showing. Asian stocks closed mixed in an uneventful session, while the European markets are trading in a lackadaisical fashion. The domestic markets may now focus on a couple of economic data on consumer spending and regional manufacturing activity.
Asian stock markets are mostly trading lower on Friday, tracking the negative lead overnight from Wall Street and on worries about the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
U.S. stocks finished lower on Thursday, with the S&P 500 snapping a three-session win streak to end below 2,000. The optimism that has recently driven the major averages to strong gains was never present today despite a better-than-expected reading on second quarter GDP. Revised figures announced...

Stock Futures Rebound After Upbeat GDP, Jobless Claims

U.S. stocks are poised for a decent start to Thursday's session after a better-than-expected reading on second quarter economic growth. The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 4.2 percent annual pace in the second quarter, up from the 4 percent growth rate first reported, the Commerce Department...

Japanese Market Trades Weak

The Japanese stock market is trading lower on Friday, as investors reacted to worries over the escalating tensions in Ukraine as well as a mixed bag of local economic data. In late-morning trades, the benchmark Nikkei 225 Index is down 82.29 points or 0.53 percent to 15,377.57, after opening lower...

Indian Shares Rise On Global Cues

Indian shares rose on Wednesday, with upbeat U.S. economic reports and continued speculation of further policy stimulus in the euro zone supporting sentiment. The S&P 500 closed above 2000 points for the first time in its history overnight and the Asian markets rose broadly on optimism over the U.S....

Dollar Extends Yearly Highs As Europe Waits On Stimulus

The dollar rallied to its highest in almost a year versus the euro on Friday, capping its best month since last September. A slew of disappointing data from the euro zone has heightened expectations that the European Central Bank will offer stimulus next year. Any hope that the region's economic...

Swiss Stocks Storm Higher In Final Hour

Swiss stock inched higher on Friday, rallying into positive territory after spending much of the day in the red. The Swiss Market Index rose 0.43 percent, and is up 7.6 percent year-to-date, outperforming other European markets. Banks rebounded from yesterday's losses, with Julius Baer picking...

Canadian Stocks Trend Higher At Noon On Upbeat Data

Canadian stocks rebounded to trade higher Friday morning, with investors tracking some upbeat economic data from Canada and the U.S., while monitoring developments in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The S&P/TSX Composite Index moved higher after some upbeat data showed the Canadian economy...

Gold Ticks Lower As Dollar Strengthens

Gold futures were trading lower Friday morning, with the dollar trending higher on some upbeat economic data from the U.S. with consumer sentiment improving unexpectedly even as the pace of consumer spending slackened. Nonetheless, investor concerns over the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine...

Treasuries Close Nearly Flat Following Choppy Trading Day

Treasuries showed a lack of direction throughout the trading day on Friday before eventually ending the session nearly flat. Bond prices spent much of the session bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line.