Markets opened higher, but expected testing of yesterday's lows has not happened breaking three-day slump. Watch for volatility, short term indicators remaining slightly bearish as markets trade on low volume.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed today. The S&P 500 is up 0.83% while the IPC gains 0.47%. The Bovespa is off 0.31%.
The U.S. Dollar fell through its support this morning, but retreated fractionally still worrying the dollar bulls that it may fall further.
$NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
U.S. financial markets climbed in midday trading Thursday following some encouraging news on the U.S. job market. Applications for unemployment aid fell last week, sending the four-week average down to its lowest level in 15 years. Investors also had their eye on the latest batch of corporate earnings and deal news.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 155 points, or 0.9 percent, to 18,216 as of 12:14 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 15 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,114. The Nasdaq composite added 48 points, or 1 percent, to 5,030.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: The Labor Department said that fewer people applied for unemployment aid last week, pushing the four-week average down to its lowest level since April 2000.
Look into the data on lobbying by the financial industry and the numbers are astounding. Big stockbrokers are spending millions to sway lawmakers to see things their way.
"Their way" means keeping fees high and responsibilities low. The stockbrokers would vastly prefer, for instance, to keep a potential new rule on fiduciary duty from seeing the light of day.
If enacted, the rule would force brokers to disclose their conflicts of interest to clients before doing business. Their hope seems to be that by lobbying hard they can smother the proposed rule in the cradle, just like they did a few years back.
(Reuters) - Pimco's global equities Chief Investment Officer Virginie Maisonneuve is leaving the firm, the company said in a statement on Thursday, after a little more than a year after she was brought in to build up the firm's equity business.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. corporate spending on capital projects could fall this year to the lowest level since 2011, with steep reductions by the energy industry and companies in other sectors cutting spending amid broad concerns about global growth.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brent crude futures edged up in choppy trading as the June contract headed to expiration on Thursday, while U.S. crude prices pulled back as an ample global supply picture weighed on sentiment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to near a 15-year low, indicating the jobs market was on solid footing even as the economy struggles to regain momentum after abruptly slowing in the first quarter.
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the United Auto Workers union claiming that General Motors Co was required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for an affiliate's retirees.
For the second time in a week, amid ongoing discussions on infrastructure spending, a train has derailed in Pennsylvania. As CBS Pittsburgh reports, emergency crews have been called to a freight train derailment in Hazelwood. At least 10 cars are off the track but no injuries have been reported yet.
A train derailment caused several rail cars to overturn in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood Thursday morning, according to investigators.
The derailment happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. along Second Avenue, near the Hot Metal Bridge. A command post has been established at Second Avenue and Greenfield.
Channel 11 has learned that the cars were empty.
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#BREAKING Train derailment near Irvine St in #Hazelwood. No injuries reported.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co on Thursday recalled close to 5 million vehicles fitted with potentially faulty Takata Corp air bag inflators, as investigations showed the problem behind one of the biggest auto safety crises may be more widespread than thought.
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Poland have emerged as Citigroup's top consumer markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, a senior executive told Reuters, as the bank focuses on growth areas.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Repayment of what Greece owes to the European Central Bank should be pushed into the future, but it is not an option because it fills ECB chief Mario Draghi's "soul with fear", Greece's finance minister said on Thursday.
Confirming Gallup's demise of the confidence of the consumer, Bloomberg's non-government-sanctioned Consumer Comfort index has now fallen for the 5th straight week - the longest streak of uncomfortableness since Nov 2013. The index is barely above unchanged for 2015 with people in The South and NorthEast feeling the misery the most in the last week (and rather oddly, only the 65+ age cohort saw an improvement - rising rates?).
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