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Indications: U.S. futures offer mild retreat amid mixed data

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By Steve Goldstein & Kate Gibson, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures on Thursday pointed to modest losses after a five-day run culminated in the prior day's rally as investors digested the first round of a heavy slate of economic releases.

Stocks retained mild losses after the Labor Department reported its count of those filing for first-time jobless benefits rose by 24,000 to 484,000 in the latest week.

"While the uptick in claims this week appears disturbing, the Department of Labor is suggesting the Easter holiday is still having an effect on data computation. Once again, we must wait another week to get a better view of the underlying strength, or lack thereof, of claims data," Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak, wrote in a research note.

Separately, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said manufacturing activity in the New York region improved at a fast pace in April.

S&P 500 futures fell 1.9 points to 1,204.7 and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 3 points to 2,026.50. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15 points.

TODAY'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET STORIES

Global Dow

• MarketWatch Topics: Greece • Asia Markets | Europe Markets | LatAm Markets • Canadian Markets | Israel Stocks | London • U.S.: Market Snapshot | After Hours

Tools• Latin American/Canadian indexes • European indexes | Asian indexes

More on the Markets • Bond Report | Oil News | Earnings Watch • Currencies | U.S. Economic Calendar

/conga/story/misc/international.html 53366

Strong results from Intel Corp. /quotes/comstock/15*!intc/quotes/nls/intc (INTC 24.10, +0.58, +2.47%) and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. /quotes/comstock/13*!jpm/quotes/nls/jpm (JPM 47.91, +0.18, +0.38%) along with a surprisingly robust gain in retail sales helped power U.S. stocks to the best one-day performance in more than five weeks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumping by 103 points, or 0.9%. The broad-based S&P 500 rallied 1.1% and the Nasdaq Composite surged 1.6% as tech stocks moved broadly higher.

"Investors are more convinced now that the recovery is gaining momentum," said Howard Ward, portfolio manager for the Gamco Growth Fund.

One of the key drivers of profit and economic growth has been China, which on Thursday said its economy expanded at an 11.9% clip during the first quarter. See related China story.

There's another heavy day of economic releases ahead: February inflows, March industrial production, the April Philly Fed index and the April NAHB housing index. Fully five Federal Reserve officials will also deliver speeches.

Thursday's key earnings report comes after the close of trade, when Google /quotes/comstock/15*!goog/quotes/nls/goog (GOOG 594.94, +5.94, +1.01%) reports results. See Google preview.

On the rise, United Parcel Service /quotes/comstock/13*!ups/quotes/nls/ups (UPS 69.14, +3.69, +5.63%) shares rose 4.8% in the pre-market after the parcel delivery firm hiked its annual earnings outlook.

Meanwhile, fast-food restaurant operator Yum Brands /quotes/comstock/13*!yum/quotes/nls/yum (YUM 43.03, +1.35, +3.23%) -- a beneficiary of growing Chinese consumption -- may also be in focus after stronger-than-forecast earnings.

Several names could attract attention in the energy sector.

Peabody Energy /quotes/comstock/13*!btu/quotes/nls/btu (BTU 47.75, -0.11, -0.23%) raised its bid for Australia's Macarthur Coal to $3.8 billion. See story.

Apache Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!apa/quotes/nls/apa (APA 105.43, -2.63, -2.43%) said it's agreed to pay $2.7 billion for Mariner Energy /quotes/comstock/13*!me/quotes/nls/me (ME 25.42, +7.33, +40.51%) . Shares of Mariner were up around 40% in pre open trading.

Shares of Entergy Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!etr/quotes/nls/etr (ETR 80.96, -0.42, -0.52%) could be in focus. The power utility group cut its full-year profit to reflect potential restructuring charges.

Vodafone Shares Ideal For Yield, Says Broker

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Meanwhile, the airline sector could be affected as U.K. air travel ground to a halt, due to volcanic ash spewing from Iceland. Other Northern European travel was disrupted as well. See related story.

In Europe, early gains dissipated, with worries about Greece back in focus as the debt-burdened country attempts to sell dollar-denominated bonds. Yields on Greek debt were again more than four percentage points higher than German debt of equivalent maturity. See Greece story.

The Greek concerns weighed on the euro /quotes/comstock/21o!x:seurusd (CUR_EURUSD 1.3539, -0.0114, -0.8350%) , which dropped sharply vs. both the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen.

In Asia, Hong Kong shares edged higher while mainland stocks finished marginally lower after the China data. Slowing consumer price growth was cited as a reason for the Hong Kong rise.

Steve Goldstein is MarketWatch's London bureau chief. Kate Gibson is a reporter for MarketWatch, based in New York.


Indications: U.S. futures pull back before data; euro drops

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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pulled back Thursday after the prior session's rally as investors got ready ahead of a heavy slate of economic releases.

S&P 500 futures fell 2.8 points to 1,203.80 and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 5 points to 2,026.50. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 19 points.

TODAY'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET STORIES

Global Dow

• MarketWatch Topics: Greece • Asia Markets | Europe Markets | LatAm Markets • Canadian Markets | Israel Stocks | London • U.S.: Market Snapshot | After Hours

Tools• Latin American/Canadian indexes • European indexes | Asian indexes

More on the Markets • Bond Report | Oil News | Earnings Watch • Currencies | U.S. Economic Calendar

/conga/story/misc/international.html 53366

Strong results from Intel and J.P. Morgan Chase along with a surprisingly robust gain in retail sales helped power U.S. stocks to the best one-day performance in more than five weeks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumping by 103 points, or 0.9%. The broad-based S&P 500 rallied 1.1% and the Nasdaq Composite surged 1.6% as tech stocks moved broadly higher.

"Investors are more convinced now that the recovery is gaining momentum," said Howard Ward, portfolio manager for the Gamco Growth Fund.

One of the key drivers of profit and economic growth has been China, which on Thursday said its economy expanded at an 11.9% clip during the first quarter. See related China story.

There's another heavy day of economic releases: weekly jobless claims, February inflows, March industrial production, the April Philly Fed index and the April NAHB housing index. Fully five Federal Reserve officials will also deliver speeches.

Thursday's key earnings report comes after the close of trade, when Google /quotes/comstock/15*!goog/quotes/nls/goog (GOOG 589.00, +2.23, +0.38%) reports results. See Google preview.

On the rise, United Parcel Service /quotes/comstock/13*!ups/quotes/nls/ups (UPS 65.45, +0.57, +0.88%) shares rose 4.8% in the pre-market after the parcel delivery firm hiked its annual earnings outlook.

Meanwhile, fast-food restaurant operator Yum Brands /quotes/comstock/13*!yum/quotes/nls/yum (YUM 41.68, +0.73, +1.78%) -- a beneficiary of growing Chinese consumption -- may also be in focus after stronger-than-forecast earnings.

Several names could attract attention in the energy sector.

Peabody Energy /quotes/comstock/13*!btu/quotes/nls/btu (BTU 47.86, +0.30, +0.63%) raised its bid for Australia's Macarthur Coal to $3.8 billion. See story.

Apache Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!apa/quotes/nls/apa (APA 108.06, +1.27, +1.19%) said it's agreed to pay $2.7 billion for Mariner Energy /quotes/comstock/13*!me/quotes/nls/me (ME 18.09, +0.44, +2.49%) . Shares of Mariner were up around 40% in pre open trading.

Shares of Entergy Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!etr/quotes/nls/etr (ETR 81.38, -0.28, -0.34%) could be in focus. The power utility group cut its full-year profit to reflect potential restructuring charges.

Vodafone Shares Ideal For Yield, Says Broker

Vodafone shares could be a good defence for yield-hungry investors who fear a market correction; as an alternative, a September options play could work well, says a broker

Meanwhile, the airline sector could be affected as U.K. air travel ground to a halt, due to volcanic ash spewing from Iceland. Other Northern European travel was disrupted as well. See related story.

In Europe, early gains dissipated, with worries about Greece back in focus as the debt-burdened country attempts to sell dollar-denominated bonds. Yields on Greek debt were again more than four percentage points higher than German debt of equivalent maturity. See Greece story.

The Greek concerns weighed on the euro /quotes/comstock/21o!x:seurusd (CUR_EURUSD 1.3555, -0.0098, -0.7178%) , which dropped sharply vs. both the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen.

In Asia, Hong Kong shares edged higher while mainland stocks finished marginally lower after the China data. Slowing consumer price growth was cited as a reason for the Hong Kong rise.

Steve Goldstein is MarketWatch's London bureau chief.


NYSE Arca Morning Update - 08:30:00 ET

NYSE Arca Morning Update for Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 :

STOCKS TRADING ON NYSE Arca AT A PRICE 15% OR MORE AWAY FROM
THE PREVIOUS TRADE DAY'S CONSOLIDATED CLOSE PRICE (AS OF 08:30:00 ET)

Stock Wednesday's Close Current Price Pct Change Current NYSE ARCA Vol
ANDS $2.62 $3.63 38.6% 52,995
ME $18.10 $25.04 38.3% 1,617,146
HGSI $33.30 $22.14 (33.5%) 600
SNTS $5.35 $3.65 (31.9%) 273,690
IDIX $4.07 $4.73 16.3% 10,610
WTI $11.05 $12.79 15.8% 8,900


10 MOST ACTIVE STOCKS ON NYSE ARCA AS OF 08:30:00 ET

BASED ON DOLLARS TRADED: | BASED ON SHARES TRADED:
Stock $ Volume Price PctChg | Stock Share Vol Price PctChg
SPY $41,195,211 $120.95 ( 0.2%) | C 6,806,001 $5.02 1.6%
ME $40,559,113 $25.04 38.3% | ME 1,617,146 $25.04 38.3%
C $33,973,112 $5.02 1.6% | ABK 707,725 $2.01 8.6%
BAC $8,106,493 $19.60 0.9% | SIRI 532,354 $1.10 2.2%
APA $7,615,051 $103.48 ( 4.2%) | BAC 414,732 $19.60 0.9%
DG $6,166,899 $26.98 ( 2.2%) | SPY 340,841 $120.95 ( 0.2%)
AAPL $5,659,130 $245.44 ( 0.1%) | AEZS 328,658 $1.67 20.3%
UPS $4,108,552 $68.34 4.4% | MPW 299,622 $9.94 ( 2.3%)
XLF $3,721,044 $17.08 0.2% | SNTS 273,690 $3.65 (31.9%)
QQQQ $3,384,287 $49.84 ( 0.1%) | DG 227,250 $26.98 ( 2.2%)


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