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U.S. stock futures sink; jobs data, banks in focus: U.S. Stock Futures Indications | MarketWatch

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By Kate Gibson and Polya Lesova , MarketWatch  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures extended Friday premarket losses after a flat U.S. payrolls reading.  “Today’s jobs report represents what many realists already have known: There’s a tremendous lack of confidence in consumer-related companies,” said Todd Schoenberger, managing director at LandColt Trading LLC.  “The country desperately needs the president to be a positive influence on Thursday,” he added of President Barack Obama’s address next week.  Already lower, stock-index futures fell harder after the Labor Department reported payrolls were unchanged in August while the jobless rate held at 9.1%, as the first downgrade of the country’s credit, political bickering over the U.S. budget, and worries about European debt had both companies and consumers curbing expenditures.  Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJ1U

U.S. stock futures drop on euro-zone debt jitters Aluminum giant Alcoa to report earnings later on Monday : MarketWatch | Indications

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By Polya Lesova , MarketWatch   LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures slumped Monday, pressured by growing fears about the potential spread of the euro-zone debt crisis to nations such as Italy and Spain.  Chinese inflation data and a much weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report further undermined investors’ appetite for assets perceived as risky such as stocks and commodities.  Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJ1U -1.25%  dropped 93 points to 12,522 and those of the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index SP1U -1.10%  fell 13.30 points to 1,328.50.    Obama still aiming for big debt deal U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the Obama Administration is still looking fo

Stock futures steady ahead of nonfarm payrolls SemiLEDs, WD-40 may drop after quarterly results: MarketWatch | Indications

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Indications Archives By Simon Kennedy , MarketWatch  LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures held steady Friday ahead of a closely-watched payrolls report, which is expected to show jobs growth accelerated in June.  Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJ1U +0.09%  rose 4 points to 12,685 and those on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index SP1U -0.04%  were down 1.20 points at 1,350.50. Nasdaq 100 futures ND1U +0.10%  rose 1.25 points to 2,416.75.    Asia's Week Ahead: Bank of Japan Monetary-policy decisions in Japan and South Kore

U.S. stock futures rise; retailers, ECB in focus ADP’s June jobs report, weekly jobless claims also before the bell: MarketWatch | Indications

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By Barbara Kollmeyer , MarketWatch  MADRID (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock market futures rose on Thursday, as investors began to pore over same-store sales from retailers, ahead of employment data and an interest-rate decision from the European Central Bank.  Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJ1U +0.25%  rose 29 points to 12,598, while those for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index SP1U +0.32%  gained 4.10 points to 1,339.90. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 ND1U +0.28%  rose 6.75 points to 2,382.    Expect the sphinx act from Trichet The markets would probably like

U.S. stock futures slip; economic data in focus Dollar gains against euro after Portugal debt rating downgrade: MarketWatch | Indications

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By Simon Kennedy , MarketWatch  LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock market futures dropped Wednesday, mirroring losses across the Atlantic as sovereign-debt fears once again weighed on Europe, while investors also looked ahead to key employment data later in the week.  Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJ1U -0.34%  dropped 21 points to 12,512 and those on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index SP1U -0.43%  fell 3.40 points to 1,333.30.   News Hub: Twitter valued at as much as $7 billion Twitter, the Internet-messaging service, is privately raising hundreds of millions of dollars in a new financing round that values the company at as high as $7 billion. Nasdaq 100 futures

U.S. stock futures edge up; jobs,PMI data due Weekly jobless claims, Chicago PMI data will be released later: MarketWatch | Indications

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By Polya Lesova , MarketWatch  LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures edged higher Thursday, extending recent gains, as investors awaited data on jobless claims and regional business conditions for more clues on the state of the recovery.  Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 24 points to 12,242 and those on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index gained 2 points to 1,306.30. Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 5.25 points to 2,299.20.   digits: Zynga targets IPO & $20 billion valuation Who knew virtual corn could be so valuable? Online gaming company Zynga is set to file for an IPO that could value it at $20 billion.  The blue-chip Dow index DJIA +0.60%  gained 0.6% on Wednesday, rising for a third consecutive trading day, buoyed by news that the Greek parliament ha

Futures higher with Greece vote, data in focus General Mills, Monsanto, Dell, Wal-Mart Stores also in focus: MarketWatch | Indications

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By Barbara Kollmeyer , MarketWatch  MADRID (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock-market futures pushed higher on Wednesday, with investor attention focused on a parliamentary vote out of Greece over austerity measures, and with results from General Mills and home-sales data ahead.  Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average index rose 17 points to 12,158, while those for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 2.5 points to 1,297. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index rose 6 points to 2,290.    News Hub: Dow posts biggest gain in two months The Dow jumped 145 points, its biggest one-day move since April 20, on strength in energy and consumer-discretionary shares and optimism about Greece's debt crisis. Laura Mandaro has details.  Futures followed European and Asian stocks higher on optimism surrounding a vote on the Greek austerity measures, expected to come due sometime Wednesday afternoon in Europe. The unpopular measures, which have triggered near

U.S. stock index futures slightly lower: MarketWatch | Indications

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By William L. Watts , MarketWatch  FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock index futures moved slightly lower Tuesday, as investors sat on the sidelines amid ongoing uncertainty over the ability of the nation’s economy to recover from its current soft patch as well as nervousness ahead of crucial votes by Greece’s parliament on additional austerity measures.  Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 13 points to 11,977. Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 1.8 points to 1,274.50, while Nasdaq 100 futures slipped 3.75 points to 2,245.25.  .  China risks property-bubble burst Chinese real-estate prices are declining, which has investors asking whether the country's economy is over-leveraged. Could China's real-estate bubble burst in coming years-and, if it does, how might that affect other countries?  The Friday release of the Institute of Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing managers index for June “is on e

U.S. stock futures edge up; Greek crisis in focus China’s premier is in the U.K. for a summit with David Cameron : Market Watch | Indications

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By Polya Lesova , MarketWatch  LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures were slightly higher on Monday after last week’s losses, as investors monitored the euro-zone debt crisis and awaited data on consumer spending.  Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 32 points to 11,913 and those on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index gained 3.8 points to 1,267.70. Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 9 points to 2,216.70.    Obama's weekly address: U.S. manufacturing Speaking from Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama discusses the vital role advanced manufacturing will have in strengthening our economy and creating good, middle-class jobs. Video courtesy of whitehouse.gov.    The blue-chip Dow index DJIA -0.96%  slumped 1% on Friday, falling for a third consecutive trading day. It finished last week wi

U.S. stock futures fall on growth worries Successful trial for blood thinner boosts Pfizer in premarket trade: MarketWatch | Indications

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By William L. Watts , MarketWatch  FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures dropped on Thursday, pressured by signs of slowing growth in China and Europe a day after the Federal Reserve lowered its U.S. growth outlook but offered no hint of an additional round of quantitative easing.  Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index fell 8.1 points to 1,271.70, while Nasdaq 100 futures declined 12.25 points to 2,217.25. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 56 points to 11,967.    News Hub: Fed cuts growth forecast Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy was recovering more slowly than expected, but central bank officials gave no indication they intend to take new steps.  The Fed on Wednesday cut its growth forecast for the second time this year, putting the midpoint of its 2011 growth projection at 2.8%, down from 3.2% in April and 3.65% in January. The central bank affirmed pla