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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

U.S. stock futures slip before Bernanke testimony - MarketWatch

U.S. stock futures slip before Bernanke testimony - MarketWatch

Oil futures rose 12 cents to $101 a barrel and gold futures rose $14.70 to $963.60 an ounce.


Yields on 10-year Treasury bonds fell to 3.82%.
Elsewhere, Amgen (AMGN:
AMGN
and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ:
JNJ
each lost 2% in Frankfurt after a study published late Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that treating anemia with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents increases the risk of certain blood clots and death among cancer patients.
Autodesk (ADSK:
ADSK
fell 12% in pre-open trade after the design software maker's virtually flat earnings came in below analyst estimates.
Microsoft (MSFT:
MSFT
was fined 899 million euros ($1.35 billion) by the European Commission for failing to comply with its 2004 antitrust ruling. It brings the fines levied by the European Commission against Microsoft for alleged anti-competitive activity to 1.68 billion euros.
Luxury home builder Toll Brothers (TOL:
TOL
swung to a fiscal first-quarter loss of $96 million and said "ceaseless talk" about a recession is dampening the mood of consumers.
Nortel Networks (NT:
NT
announced a plan to cut 2,100 jobs and shift another 1,000 to low-cost destinations as the Toronto telecom-equipment maker reported an $844 million fourth-quarter loss. Nortel shares fell 3.9% in pre-open trade.
International markets were mixed. Asian stocks generally rose, led by a 3.1% advance from the Hang Seng after a Hong Kong tax break package, while stocks in Europe were lower, with the FTSE 100 losing 0.7% in London. End of Story


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