RTNews Morning Market Briefing - December 17, 2014

Commentary
After moving sharply lower over the past few sessions, stocks are likely to move back to the upside in early trading on Wednesday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 68 points. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
Economic News
New Zealand posted a seasonally adjusted current account deficit of NZ$2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 891.859 billion yen in November, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday - remaining in the red for the 29th consecutive month. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
Singapore posted a merchandise trade surplus of SGD6.69 billion in November, International Enterprise Singapore said on Wednesday - down 6.7 percent on year. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
The Asian Development Bank downgraded its growth outlook for Developing Asia as momentum slowed in the second half of 2014, the Manila-based Asian Development Bank said Wednesday. In its supplement to Asian Development Outlook 2014 releasedWednesday, the bank said the region will grow 6.1 percent in 2014 instead of 6.2 percent estimated in September. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
Eurozone inflation came in line with flash estimate in November at a five-year low, final data from Eurostat showed Wednesday. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
Bank of England policymakers decided to leave the key rate at a historic low of 0.50 percent in a split vote for the fifth straight time at the meeting held on December 3 and 4. The Monetary Policy Committee governed by Mark Carney voted 7-2 to retain the base rate at 0.50 percent, the minutes showed Wednesday. Ian McCafferty and Martin Weale sought a quarter point hike. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
The U.K. unemployment rate eased to a 6-year low in the three months to October and earnings growth exceeded inflation, boosting scope for strong private spending in coming months. The jobless rate fell to 6 percent during August to October from 6.2 percent seen in the May to July period, the Office for National Statistics reported Wednesday. (Dec 17, 2014)Full Article 
Consumer prices in the U.S. fell by more than anticipated in the month of November, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, with the decrease reflecting another sharp drop in energy prices. (Dec 17, 2014Full Article 
Todays WS Events
FedEx Q2 15 Earnings Conference Call At 8:30 AM ET
FedEx Corporation (FDX) will host a conference call at 8:30 AM ET on December 17, 2014, to discuss its Q2 15 earnings results. To access the live webcast, log on athttp://investors.fedex.com/investor-home/default.aspx (Dec 17, 2014
General Mills Q2 15 Earnings Conference Call At 8:30 AM ET
General Mills (GIS) will host a conference call at 8:30 AM ET on December 17, 2014, to discuss Q2 15 earnings results. To access the live webcast log on towww.generalmills.com (Dec 17, 2014)  
Jabil Circuit Q1 15 Earnings Conference Call At 4:30 PM ET
Jabil Circuit Inc (JBL) will host a conference call at 4:30 PM ET on Dec. 17, 2014, to discuss its Q1 15 earnings results. To access the live webcast, log on at http://www.jabil.com/investors/ To hear the live call, dial (800) 837-7537 (US) or (706) 634-1268 with Conference ID# 44928993. A replay of the call can be heard by dialing (855) 859-2056 (US) or (404) 537-3406 with Conference ID# 44928993. (Dec 17, 2014)  
Oracle Q2 15 Earnings Conference Call At 5:00 PM ET
Oracle Corp. (ORCL) will host a conference call at 5:00 PM ET on December 17, 2014, to discuss Q2 15 earnings results. To access the live webcast log on towww.oracle.com/investor (Dec 17, 2014
Pentair 2015 Outlook Conference Call At 9:00 AM ET
Pentair Inc. (PNR) will host a conference call at 9:00 AM ET on December 17, 2014, to discuss its 2015 financial outlook. To access the live webcast, log on athttp://www.pentair.com/en/investors/investor-events (Dec 17, 2014
VisionChina Media Q3 14 Earnings Conference Call At 8:00 PM ET
VisionChina Media Inc. (VISN) will host a conference call at 8:00 PM ET on December 17, 2014, to discuss Q3 14 earnings result. To access the live webcast, log on atwww.visionchina.cn To participate in the call, dial +1-866-519-4004 (US) or +65-6723-9381 (International) with passcode is VisionChina. A replay of the call by dialing +1-855-452-5696 (US) or +61-2-8199-0299 (International) with Conference ID: 38606096. (Dec 17, 2014)  
Whirlpool Investor Day At 11:00 AM ET
Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) will host an Investor Day at 11:00 AM ET, on December 17, 2014 in Chicago, IL. To access the live webcast, log on to www.whirlpoolcorp.com To listen to the call, dial (800) 895-1549 (US) or (785) 424-1057 (International) with confirmation code Whirlpool. (Dec 17, 2014
Stocks To Watch

The company comes on our radar, in view of the recent correction in the stock price. The stock is now more than 30% off its 52-week high reached in March this year. (Dec 17, 2014)Full Article

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