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  • 08/31/2017 21:53:00

    US oil prices open above $50 for first time since May

    U.S. oil opened above $50 per barrel for the first time since late May on Tuesday, supported by strong fuel demand.

  • 08/19/2017 10:15:31

    Gulf project awards slumped in H1 but will pick up -MEED study

    DUBAI, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Contracts awarded to build economic projects in the Gulf's rich Arab oil exporting states slumped in the first half of this year but are expected to pick up in the second half, a data service tracking the industry said on Saturday.

  • 08/18/2017 16:40:23

    Want to be a nurse? 10 of the top nursing programs in the U.S.

    So you want to be a nurse? That’s great! You’ll have to study up and get certified as the first few steps on the exciting journey to come. That’s where a nursing program comes in. We've compiled a list of the best places to complete your training....        

  • 08/18/2017 15:34:02

    McDonald's could face first UK strikes

    Staff at two UK outlets vote for action over secure working hours and a £10 per hour wage.

  • 08/18/2017 14:36:16

    Fitch upgrades Greece's debt one notch to B-

    Fitch Ratings late Friday upgraded its rating on Greece's sovereign debt one notch to B-, from CCC, with a positive outlook, saying that country's economy is "gradually recovering" and public finances are improving. The country's debt sustainability "will steadily improve," underpinned by on-going compliance with the terms of the European Stability Mechanism program, and reduced political risk, sustained GDP growth, and additional fiscal measures to take effect through 2020, Fitch said in a statement. The B-rating is "highly speculative." Greece last month returned to the bond market for the first time since 2014, selling 3 billion euros of five-year bonds, on offer that was oversubscribed. Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service in June also upgraded Greece's debt. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/18/2017 13:18:26

    Eclipse mania sends Americans scurrying to find safe glasses

    Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years.

  • 08/17/2017 17:02:08

    Salmon sales surge as UK food exports hit record high

    UK food and drink exports rise to £10.2bn in the first half of the year, the largest value on record.

  • 08/17/2017 14:52:35

    Dow industrials just marked the first tumble of at least 1% in 64 sessions

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday closed with its first drop of at least 1%, snapping a streak that had run for more than 60 sessions. The Dow finished 274 points, or 1.2%, lower at 21,750, as the broader stock market faced its biggest selloff since last week's North Korea-fueled jitters. The blue-chip gauge's absence of down days of at least 1% was the longest since a 69-day streak ended Oct. 25, 1995, or about 22 years, according to WSJ Market Group Data. Thursday's fall for the Dow came as the broader market appeared to be fretting about a number of bearish factors, including a record-setting market that has been viewed as too rich and due for a pullback, concerns about the health of the economy and the Federal Reserve's comfort in normalizing interest rates amid levels of inflation that have run below their 2% target, considered indicative of a normally functioning economy. Heightened questions about President Donald Trump's ability to pass a raft of pro-growth policies amid the business world's fervent denouncement of his reaction to a white-supremacist rally also has helped to erode bullish sentiment. "Markets have been looking for an excuse to sell off for a few months. We may now have that excuse," said David Schiegoleit, managing director of investments at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. "The most recent political discourse coming out of Washington adds further risk of the President's tax reform agenda being jeopardized. This would be a fundamental blow to stocks," he said. The S&P 500 index , meanwhile, ended down 1.5% at 2,430 and the Nasdaq Composite Index shed 1.9% at 6,221. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/17/2017 14:41:07

    BRIEF-Biostage ‍enters securities purchase agreement with First Pecos

    * Biostage Inc - ‍entered into a securities purchase agreement effective as of August 11, 2017 with First Pecos - SEC filing​

  • 08/17/2017 14:34:42

    35 pictures from the first Homesense store in the U.S. that will make you swoon

    We went shopping at HomeGoods' sister store—and it was life-changing        

  • 08/17/2017 14:23:07

    Ross Stores shares rally as Q2 earnings top views, company forecasts sales growth

    Shares of Ross Stores Inc. rose more than 11% late Thursday after the retailer reported second-quarter earnings and sales above Wall Street expectations and forecast sales and earnings growth for the second half of the year and for the full fiscal year. Ross said it earned $317 million, or 82 cents a share, in the quarter, compared to $282 million, or 71 cents a share, in the prior-year quarter. Sales rose 8% to $3.43 billion, from $3.18 billion a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected earnings of 76 cents a share on sales of $3.37 billion. Comparable-store sales were up 4% on top of 4% growth last year, the company said in a statement. An operating margin of 14.9% outperformed the company's projections, "mainly due to a combination of higher merchandise margin and leverage on our above-plan sales gains," Ross said. Ross forecast same-store sales gains between 1% and 2% in the third quarter, and third-quarter per-share earnings to be between 64 cents and 67 cents, up from 62 cents a share in the third quarter of 2016 and compared with analyst expectations of 67 cents. The company forecast fourth-quarter same-store sales growth of 1% to 2%, with per-share earnings between 88 cents and 92 cents. Based on the results for the first half of the year, the company guided for fiscal 2017 per-share earnings to rise 12% to 14% to between $3.16 and $3.23. The analysts surveyed by FactSet expect full-year EPS of $3.17 for Ross. Shares ended the regular trading session down 1.9%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/17/2017 14:20:24

    Dow books worst one-day decline in three months, down 274 points, as stock market swoons

    U.S. stock-index benchmarks finished sharply lower on Thursday, marking the first time all three major benchmarks closed with a decline of at least 1% on the same time in three months. The broad-market downdraft saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average register its worst single-session drop also in about three months and comes as investor sentiment was derailed by a terror attack in Barcelona and doubts about President Donald Trump's ability to push through legislation that is beneficial to Wall Street after a fervor over his response to a violent, white-supremacist rally in Charlotesville, Va. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 1.2%, while the S&P 500 closed 1.5% lower, marking its lowest level since July 11. The Nasdaq Composite , which is skewed toward tech stocks, fell 1.9%, erasing its gains in the week to date. Cisco Systems was the worst performer on the Dow following poor fiscal fourth quarter earnings yesterday. The one-day decline for the Dow marked its sharpest since May 17, which was also the same day all the main equity benchmarks finished with a decline of at least 1%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/17/2017 14:19:57

    Energy sector ETF tumbles into first bear market in 18 months

    The SPDR Energy Select Sector exchange-traded fund fell 1.4% Thursday to close at a 16-month low, enough to kick off a new bear market. Many market participants define a bear market as a decline of 20% or more from a bull market peak. And the ETF tracking the energy sector (XLF), which is one of the S&P 500's 11 key sectors, has now lost 20.3% since closing at a bull-market peak of $77.83 on Dec. 13, 2016, which at the time was an 18-month high. Of the XLE's 32 components, 15 have tumbled more than 20% year to date, and 11 of lost more than 30%. The last bear market for the XLE had ended on March 7, 2016, when the XLE closed 20.5% above its previous bear market low of $51.77 on Jan. 20, 2016. On Thursday, 30 of the XLE's components closed lower, with shares of Marathon Oil Corp. down 3.3% to pace the decliners. Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s stock slumped 3.0%, and was the most active component with 36 million shares traded. The XLE's losses Thursday come a rally in oil prices, as September crude oil futures settled up 0.7%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/17/2017 13:46:17

    Dow industrials threaten to book first tumble of at least 1% in 64 sessions

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday was on pace to close with its first drop of at least 1%, snapping a streak that had run for more than 60 sessions. The Dow was trading down 243 points, or 1.1%, at 21,782, as the broader stock market faced its biggest selloff since last week's North Korea-fueled jitters. The blue-chip gauge's absence of down days of at least 1% was the longest since a 69-day streak ended Oct. 25, 1995, or about 22 years, according to WSJ Market Group Data. Thursday's fall for the Dow came as the broader market appeared to be fretting about a number of bearish factors, including a record-setting market that has been viewed as too rich and due for a pullback, concerns about the health of the economy and the Federal Reserve's comfort in normalizing interest rates amid levels of inflation that have run below their 2% target, considered indicative of a normally functioning economy. Heightened questions about President Donald Trump's ability to pass a raft of pro-growth policies amid the business world's fervent denouncement of his reaction to a white-supremacist rally also has helped to erode bullish sentiment. TheS&P 500 index , meanwhile, was down 1.4% at 2,433 and the Nasdaq Composite Index was shedding 1.7% at 6,237. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/17/2017 12:18:46

    Russell 2000 falls below 200-day moving average for first time in 14 months

    The Russell 2000 index of small capitalization stocks fell 0.9% in afternoon trade Thursday, to peek below the widely-watched 200-day moving average (MA) line for the first time in nearly 14 months. The 200-day MA is viewed by many chart watchers as as dividing line between longer-term uptrends and downtrends. The Russell 2000 was last below that line intraday on June 29, 2016, but last closed below the line on June 28. The 286-session stretch that the index has closed above the line would be the longest since the 363-session stretch ending May 5, 2014. The Russell 2000 is seen by many as a leading indicator for the larger cap indexes, as small cap stocks tend to be less liquid than large caps so they tend to underperform during market declines and outperform during market rallies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently 1,286 points, or 6.3% above its 200-day MA, while the S&P 500 is 4.2% above it and the Nasdaq Composite is 6.8% above it. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/17/2017 11:00:00

    How to make sense of your credit card number

    Here’s a fun trick to entertain friends and win bar bets: Guess the first number on somebody’s credit card tucked away in their wallet.        

  • 08/17/2017 10:23:21

    Germany's Lufthansa gets first say on Air Berlin asset sale: union

    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A first round of formal talks for the sale of insolvent German airline Air Berlin's assets will be held with its bigger local rival Lufthansa on Friday, ahead of other prospective bidders, a senior labour union official said.

  • 08/17/2017 05:47:49

    Asda grows again after three-year slump

    The Walmart-owned supermarket reports its first quarterly like-for-like sales growth since 2014.

  • 08/16/2017 15:23:55

    BRIEF-First Mid-Illinois Bancshares announces "at-the-market" offering

    * First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. Announces “at-the-market” offering of shares of common stock

  • 08/16/2017 14:21:50

    Cisco shares fall after company predicts another drop in sales

    Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. fell more than 1% late Wednesday after the networking company reported fiscal fourth-quarter revenue and adjusted earnings in line with expectations but predicted another drop in revenue in the next quarter. Cisco said it earned $2.4 billion, or 48 cents a share, in the fiscal fourth quarter, compared with $2.8 billion, or 56 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned $3.1 billion, or 61 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with $3.2 billion a year ago. Revenue fell 4% to $12.1 billion in the quarter, from $12.6 billion a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected adjusted earnings of 61 cents a share on sales of $12.1 billion. Cisco said it expects fiscal first-quarter revenue to fall between 3% and 1% year-over-year, and GAAP per-share earnings of 48 cents to 53 cents and adjusted per-share earnings between 59 cents and 61 cents for the quarter. The analysts surveyed by FactSet expect adjusted earnings of 60 cents a share in the fiscal first quarter. Cisco shares ended the regular session up 0.8%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/16/2017 12:17:45

    BRIEF-Georgia Power says first steam generator has been placed at Vogtle nuclear expansion

    * First steam generator has been placed at Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

  • 08/16/2017 09:56:21

    Wells Fargo board shakeup marks latest response to unauthorized accounts scandal

    Wells Fargo names former Fed governor Elizabeth Duke as chair, making her the first woman to lead one of the nation's largest banks.        

  • 08/16/2017 07:12:18

    Goldman Sachs adds Biogen to its Americas Conviction List

    Goldman Sachs added Biogen Inc. to its Americas Conviction List on Wednesday. Biogen shares surged as much as 1.4% in premarket trade Wednesday. Biogen was previously upgraded to buy in late July by Goldman. Goldman Sachs analyst Terence Flynn said there could be a 17% upside to his $338 price target, and that Biogen's lead Alzheimer's drug, aducanumab, "could be one of the first disease-modifying drugs to reach the market," with a peak sales projection of $12 billion. "On BIIB's base [multiple sclerosis] franchise, we view investor concerns on competition and pricing as overblown," Flynn said. "Finally, BIIB has a relatively under-leverage balance sheet, and we expect [free cash flow yield] and US cash to grow." Biogen shares have surged 11.8% over the last three months, compared with a 2.7% rise in the S&P 500 .Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/15/2017 18:06:03

    Woodside says expects first Wheatstone LNG cargo in Sept

    MELBOURNE, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Woodside Petroleum expects the first cargo from the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project in September, Chief Executive Peter Coleman said on Wednesday.

  • 08/15/2017 15:01:49

    Elizabeth Duke to become next chairwoman of Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo says Elizabeth Duke will become its chairwoman next year, making her the first woman to hold the position at a major Wall Street bank

  • 08/15/2017 15:00:25

    Elizabeth Duke to become next chairwoman of Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo says Elizabeth Duke will become its chairwoman next year, making her the first woman to hold the position at a major Wall Street bank.

  • 08/15/2017 12:33:14

    UPDATE 9-Oil prices little changed as dollar gains, China demand weak

    * Coming Up: API U.S. crude stocks data, 4:30 p.m. ET/2030 GMT (Updates trading and recasts first paragraph)

  • 08/15/2017 11:06:22

    UPDATE 1-Zambia reduces power supply to First Quantum Minerals copper mines

    LUSAKA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Zambia's state power company reduced electricity supply to two First Quantum Minerals copper mines on Monday, after a dispute over new, higher prices, Energy Minister David Mabumba said on Tuesday.

  • 08/15/2017 10:02:33

    Zambia partly cuts power supply to First Quantum Minerals mines

    LUSAKA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Zambia's state power company partly cut power supply to First Quantum Minerals mines on Monday, following a dispute over new prices, Energy Minister David Mabumba on Tuesday.

  • 08/15/2017 09:50:44

    NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' first round of talks: U.S. official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an ambitious first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the pact by early next year.

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