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Friday, April 30, 2010

Indications: U.S. stock futures pare rise after GDP report

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By Steve Goldstein & Kate Gibson, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures retained slight gains Friday after the government estimated the economy grew 3.2% in the first-quarter, as consumer spending accelerated the most in three years.

The Commerce Department estimate came in as analysts polled by MarketWatch expected. Read more about drivers of growth.

S&P 500 futures rose 0.4 points to 1,205.7 and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 2.5 points to 2,043.50. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 7 points.

"The economy is gradually laying the foundation for a sustainable recovery," said Peter D'Antonio, economist for Citigroup Global Markets, in a note to clients.

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

Strategy and Outlook • Southern Europe stocks swim against tide • The euro zone's undoing is now plausible • Latin American inflation not the threat it was • The Emerging Markets Report

Earnings • Barclays profit climbs 29% as provisions fall • Total's profit up 14% on higher oil prices, output • WPP forecasts better first-half profit

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Overseas, Spain's jobless rate rose to over 20% in the first quarter as the euro-zone jobless rate held at 10% in March. See Spain story.

Greek stocks extended gains, with the ASE Composite up 1.3%, and the euro /quotes/comstock/21o!x:seurusd (CUR_EURUSD 1.3304, +0.0065, +0.4910%) also advancing amid reports Greece has agreed to a 24 billion euro austerity package in exchange for joint aid from the International Monetary Fund and the euro zone. See story.

Asian markets also generally were stronger.

On Friday, ratings agency Moody's Investors Service downgraded the bank financial strength ratings and the deposit and debt ratings of nine Greek banks. The move reflects "their weakening stand-alone financial strength and the anticipated additional pressures stemming from the country's challenged economic prospects," the agency said.

Goldman Sachs /quotes/comstock/13*!gs/quotes/nls/gs (GS 146.02, -14.22, -8.87%) fell more than 4% as The Wall Street Journal reported federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into whether it or its employees committed securities fraud, following a referral from the Securities and Exchange Commission on its complaint over the sale of collateralized debt obligations.

The report said the Goldman probe, by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office, is at a preliminary stage. Many criminal probes are launched without the government bringing charges, the report noted.

Barclays /quotes/comstock/13*!bcs/quotes/nls/bcs (BCS 20.73, -1.60, -7.17%) dropped in London trade as the U.K. bank reported a 29% profit rise that disappointed analysts, particularly as the group's fixed income division didn't match some peers. See Barclays story.

BP /quotes/comstock/13*!bp/quotes/nls/bp (BP 52.90, +0.34, +0.65%) rose while Transocean /quotes/comstock/13*!rig/quotes/nls/rig (RIG 74.33, -4.19, -5.33%) fell in early premarket action, following their steep losses as analysts debate the costs from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's market capitalization has dropped by around $25 billion since a rig fire was announced. See related story.

The IntercontinentalExchange /quotes/comstock/13*!ice/quotes/nls/ice (ICE 119.13, +0.31, +0.26%) said it's buying Climate Exchange for around $600 million in cash. See full story.

U.S. stocks rallied Thursday, helped by supportive economic data, earnings from the health sector, apparent diluting of financial legislation and moves in Germany to bring forward a debate on delivering Greek aid. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 122 points in its best one-day advance since March 5.

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


Indications: U.S. stock futures edge up before GDP report

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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures inched up Friday in anticipation that first-quarter GDP won't derail the positive outlook several companies have delivered during earnings season and that a Greek aid package may be locked up by the weekend.

S&P 500 futures rose 1.5 points to 1,206.80 and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 3.75 points to 2,044.70. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 14 points.

Traders on Friday will be awaiting U.S. GDP data at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, expected to show slower but more balanced growth compared to the fourth quarter.

U.S. real GDP probably grew at a 3.2% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the first three months of the year, down from 5.6% in the fourth quarter, according to economists surveyed by MarketWatch.

"The economy is gradually laying the foundation for a sustainable recovery," said Peter D'Antonio, economist for Citigroup Global Markets, in a note to clients.

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

Strategy and Outlook • Southern Europe stocks swim against tide • The euro zone's undoing is now plausible • Latin American inflation not the threat it was • The Emerging Markets Report

Earnings • Barclays profit climbs 29% as provisions fall • Total's profit up 14% on higher oil prices, output • WPP forecasts better first-half profit

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Overseas, Spain's jobless rate rose to over 20% in the first quarter as the euro-zone jobless rate held at 10% in March. See Spain story.

Greek stocks extended gains, with the ASE Composite up 1.3%, and the euro /quotes/comstock/21o!x:seurusd (CUR_EURUSD 1.3324, +0.0085, +0.6420%) also advancing amid reports Greece has agreed to a 24 billion euro austerity package in exchange for joint aid from the International Monetary Fund and the euro zone. See story.

Asian markets also generally were stronger.

Goldman Sachs /quotes/comstock/13*!gs/quotes/nls/gs (GS 160.24, +3.23, +2.06%) fell nearly 4% as The Wall Street Journal reported federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into whether it or its employees committed securities fraud, following a referral from the Securities and Exchange Commission on its complaint over the sale of collateralized debt obligations.

The report said the Goldman probe, by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office, is at a preliminary stage. Many criminal probes are launched without the government bringing charges, the report noted.

Barclays /quotes/comstock/13*!bcs/quotes/nls/bcs (BCS 22.33, +0.85, +3.96%) dropped in London trade as the U.K. bank reported a 29% profit rise that disappointed analysts, particularly as the group's fixed income division didn't match some peers. See Barclays story.

BP /quotes/comstock/13*!bp/quotes/nls/bp (BP 52.56, -4.78, -8.34%) rose while Transocean /quotes/comstock/13*!rig/quotes/nls/rig (RIG 78.51, -6.32, -7.45%) fell in early premarket action, following their steep losses as analysts debate the costs from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's market capitalization has dropped by around $25 billion since a rig fire was announced. See related story.

The IntercontinentalExchange /quotes/comstock/13*!ice/quotes/nls/ice (ICE 118.82, +2.37, +2.04%) said it's buying Climate Exchange for around $600 million in cash. See full story.

U.S. stocks rallied Thursday, helped by supportive economic data, earnings from the health sector, apparent diluting of financial legislation and moves in Germany to bring forward a debate on delivering Greek aid. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 122 points in its best one-day advance since March 5.

Steve Goldstein is MarketWatch's London bureau chief.


NYSE Arca Morning Update - 08:30:00 ET

NYSE Arca Morning Update for Friday, Apr 30, 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 Thursday's Close Current Price Pct Change Current NYSE ARCA Vol
RTP $215.73 $52.89 (75.5%) 43,543
APKT $21.11 $26.91 27.5% 13,901
CSTR $38.20 $47.04 23.2% 17,966
PWER $5.75 $7.06 22.8% 5,400
ATHN $35.38 $30.05 (15.1%) 400


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 $61,718,203 $121.16 0.3% | C 2,553,101 $4.57 0.2%
GS $54,199,033 $154.50 ( 3.5%) | XLF 1,902,290 $16.52 ( 0.2%)
XLF $31,289,047 $16.52 ( 0.2%) | SPY 509,880 $121.16 0.3%
DNDN $26,569,280 $53.70 7.0% | DNDN 497,420 $53.70 7.0%
C $11,651,930 $4.57 0.2% | GS 350,966 $154.50 ( 3.5%)
BP $11,103,725 $53.27 1.3% | NOK 232,580 $12.13 0.7%
RIG $10,703,972 $76.87 ( 2.3%) | RPRX 221,097 $1.09 24.6%
GLD $10,612,428 $114.95 0.6% | FAZ 219,339 $11.51 0.8%
QQQQ $6,202,574 $50.36 0.3% | BAC 211,892 $18.28 0.0%
AAPL $6,102,313 $270.01 0.5% | BP 208,024 $53.27 1.3%


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