Stocks, Commodities & Currencies

Facebook’s Initial Public Offering: $11.8 Billion

May 4, 2012

“Facebook is offering about 337.4 million shares for $28 to $35 each, according to a regulatory filing today.”

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at a 4-year high

May 1, 2012

“The manufacturing news jolted stock indexes out of a morning stupor, although the gains waned throughout the afternoon. The Dow added 65.69 points to 13,279.32, its highest closing mark since Dec. 28, 2007, during the first month of the recession.”

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In the latest auction of Government bonds, borrowing costs up for both Spain and Italy

April 24, 2012

“And Italy raised nearly €3.5 billion in a short-term bond sale today but at sharply higher interest rates amid fresh concerns over the euro zone outlook, the Bank of Italy said. The Spanish treasury said it raised €1.933 billion but the timing could hardly have been worse, with financial markets slumping on concern that Europeans are wavering in their commitment to austerity.”

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The Euro gains on a positive Spanish bond auction and improved prospects for additional IMF assistance

April 19, 2012

“Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, said Thursday she expects the fund’s resources to be expanded significantly this week.”

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FT: Oil rivals exploit the West’s oil sanctions against Iran

April 19, 2012

““Sanctions are a kind of good opportunity for us,” says a Ukrainian oil executive.”

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Japanese and Australian stock futures fall

April 19, 2012

“Japanese and Australian stock futures fell after a surge in bad loans held by Spanish banks and disappointing earnings reports by Intel Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. dimmed the earnings outlook for Asia’s exporters.”

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President Obama asks Congress for help in policing oil markets to prevent price manipulation by speculators

April 18, 2012

“The president wants six times more staff at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to supervise the market. He also wants to raise penalties for market manipulation and give regulators the ability to require more money to back up speculative trades.”

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Analysis: Why the Dow bounced back today

April 11, 2012

“Despite holding the second smallest weighting of Dow Jones Industrial Average components, the market gleefully welcomed Alcoa’s earnings beat and gained 0.70% today to snap its longest losing streak since last August. Here’s what else happened that affected today’s market, and what to look forward to for the rest of the week.”

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Analysis: Oil Refineries closing across the Developed World

April 11, 2012

“Half the refining capacity on the populous US east coast is set to disappear.”

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Sudan says that South Sudan’s army now controls the largest oil field

April 10, 2012

“Clashes between the two sides started two weeks ago, and are among the worst since South Sudan gained independence last July after a long civil war.”

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Average Daily Volume of Equity Shares in March 2012 was at their lowest level since December 2007

April 10, 2012

“Credit Suisse tried to solve the riddle by blaming the growing popularity of options and futures markets, a drop in high frequency trading and stock splits.”

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U.S. Stocks post their largest weekly decline in 2012

April 8, 2012

“The last session of the week on Thursday was lackluster as the major indexes ended largely unchanged after suffering some major volatility earleir in the week. Volatility may return on Monday as markets digest the latest employment numbers.”

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South Sudan: Sudan attempted to build an illegal oil pipeline

April 5, 2012

“The two former civil war foes have been locked in a bitter dispute over oil payments and other issues, and clashes in the ill-defined border region last week gave rise to concern they might blow up into a new war.”

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Treasury Secretary Geithner: Iran, Oil, and Europe pose risks to the U.S. Economy

April 4, 2012

“You have, obviously, the fear of Iran and oil prices, even though that is not hurting the economy today, people can still feel that in their pocketbook today,” he said.”

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World food prices likely to increase for a third consecutive month

April 4, 2012

“Food prices grabbed world policy makers’ attention after hitting record highs in February 2011 and stoking protests connected to the Arab Spring wave of civil unrest in some north Africa and middle eastern countries.”

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