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Wall Street flat as telecom gains offset by earnings

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market's opening in New YorkWindstream Holdings jumped 12.8 percent to $11.88 in its busiest trading day on record after the company filed to spin off assets into a tax-efficient publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Merck's new drugs offset declining sales of ones facing generic competition and Pfizer was helped by growing sales of its cancer medicines.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:27:13 -0400
IMF warns of potential risks to global growth

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a conference about the future of the Euro zone in ParisBy Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sharply higher interest rates around the world could combine with weaker growth in emerging markets to slice as much as 2 percentage points off global growth in the next five years, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a report assessing how individual national policies could interact to undermine the world economy, the IMF also warned the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could reverberate to the rest of the region if sanctions against Russia escalate, hitting natural gas supplies to Europe and weakening European banks. The resulting impact could prompt further gyrations in financial markets, in contrast to the recent period of market calm, the IMF said in its 'spillovers' report. In its worst-case scenario, the IMF said the United States and United Kingdom could tighten monetary policy sooner than expected, leading to higher borrowing costs worldwide, even as key emerging market growth slows a further 0.5 percentage point over the next three years.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:01:59 -0400
U.S. home prices down in May, but consumer confidence strong

A vacant home is shown in North Las VegasBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices fell unexpectedly in May, declining for the first time in more than two years in the latest signal of the wobbly state of the housing market. Still, U.S. consumers remained confident in the broader economic picture, with a key measure of consumer attitudes at its highest since October 2007 and views of the job market the brightest in six years.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:40:49 -0400
Sprint, T-Mobile merger not expected before September: sources

T-Mobile CEO Legere announces the T-Mobile Test Drive at his company's Uncarrier 5.0 event in SeattleBy Marina Lopes, Soyoung Kim and Liana B. Baker WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The long-anticipated merger of Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc is not expected to occur before September, with the companies continuing due diligence and preparing a detailed case for a deal before U.S. regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. Japan's SoftBank Corp , which controls Sprint, and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG have agreed to broad terms of a deal, under which Sprint would pay around $40 per share for T-Mobile, valuing the smaller rival at nearly $32 billion, Reuters reported in early June. Representatives for Deutsche Telekom could not be immediately reached for comment, while representatives for Sprint, T-Mobile and SoftBank declined to comment.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:12:52 -0400
A mixed quarter for bets on U.S. stock volatility

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market's opening in New YorkBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - With some of Wall Street's more volatile names set to report in the next couple of days, traders who bet on big swings in shares are hoping to see moves more like Facebook than Netflix. Netflix, along with Gilead Sciences and several other stocks famous for their sharp gyrations, were unusually calm following their latest quarterly reports.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:39:41 -0400
Pfizer leaves investors guessing on intentions for Astra

A man walks past Pfizer's world headquarters in New YorkPfizer Inc, which in May abandoned its $118 billion bid to buy AstraZeneca Plc, on Tuesday left investors guessing whether it would renew its pursuit of its British rival, but said it was considering other deals. Under UK takeover rules, AstraZeneca can attempt to re-engage with Pfizer in August, and Pfizer can make another run at AstraZeneca in November. Pfizer officially gave up its six-month quest to buy AstraZeneca after its final bid was rejected. Pfizer shares have been flat this year, against an 11 percent gain for the drug sector, due to declining revenue.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:42:32 -0400
JPMorgan to cut tech support jobs as revenue dips: Bloomberg

People walk by the JP Morgan & Chase Co. building in New York(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co , the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is slashing its technology support workforce in corporate and investment banking division following a revenue dip, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. JPMorgan spokesman, Brian Marchiony, declined to comment on the report.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:42:35 -0400
U.S. seasonally adjusted home prices fall in May: S&P/Case-Shiller

A real state sign is seen near a row of homes in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San FranciscoU.S. single-family home prices fell in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, falling short of expectations calling for a slight gain, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.3 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis. "Housing has been turning in mixed economic numbers in the last few months," said David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in a statement.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:23:41 -0400
Tyson to sell Mexico, Brazil poultry businesses to JBS

Traders gather at the post that trades Tyson Foods on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA for $575 million and use the proceeds to pay down debt from its pending $7.7 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands Co. Tyson, the world's second-biggest meat processor behind Brazil's JBS, also reported a 4.4 percent increase in third-quarter profit and forecast sales for the fiscal year ending September 2015 above Wall Street analysts' estimate. Shares in Tyson were up 2.7 percent in midday trading. Tyson in June outbid JBS' Pilgrim's Pride with a $63 per share offer for Hillshire, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, in what would be the biggest deal yet for the global meat business. Pilgrim's Pride declined to raise its bid from $55, saying that paying more was not in the best interest of shareholders.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:31:46 -0400
Exclusive: Goldman unit eyes foray into China amid metals financing scandal

Goldman Sachs sign is seen above floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Josephine Mason, Melanie Burton and Susan Thomas NEW YORK/SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc's metals warehousing unit is exploring its first foray into China, and privately held C Steinweg has expanded capacity there, sources said, as a financing scandal in a major Chinese port fuels a scramble for market share. It has intensified a battle between new entrants and entrenched rivals in the multi-billion dollar business of securely storing the world's commodities in China, the world's biggest producer and user of base metals. As Goldman ponders a possible move into China, Western warehousing companies already operating there, including Glencore Plc unit Pacorini Metals and Trafigura-owned Impala [TRAFGF.UL], are scrambling to defend their turf. Detroit-based Metro International Trade Services, a major warehousing company that Goldman bought in 2010, is looking at setting up shop in Shanghai and other bonded locations in the country, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:52:05 -0400
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