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    NEW YORK-- Nigerian stocks surged Wednesday, as investors cheered that country's recent election results. The Global X MSCI Nigeria ETF (NGE) was up 16% at last check. It's gained 27% over the past month, as shown in the chart below, though the exchange-traded fund is coming off a slump of 43% last year.

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    Shares on Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR) are higher by 3.09% to $7.51 in early-afternoon trading on Wednesday, as the energy sector gets a boost today from the rally in oil prices. Crude oil is gaining by 5.84% to $50.38 per barrel and Brent crude is rising by 4.41% to $57.54 per barrel this afternoon, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC) are higher by 6.03% to $2.38 in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, as some mining related stocks rise along with the price of gold, which is advancing today as a result of a weak dollar. Gold for June delivery is up by 1.98% to $1,206.60 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

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    Which company had the worst stock performance in the first quarter? Despite the low bar set by the S&P 500 for the first quarter, the index inching just 0.44% higher for the three-month period as a result of market volatility, these stocks, which were the worst performers in the S&P 500, had significant underperformance.

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    By Sam Forgione NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) - Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pulled $1.1 billion out of stock funds in the week ended March 25 as a stronger dollar and weak durable goods data hurt U.S. shares, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Wednesday. The outflows were the first total withdrawals from stock funds in 11 weeks. Funds that specialize in U.S. stocks posted $4.5 billion in outflows, marking their second straight week of withdrawals and their biggest in 11 weeks. Foreign-focused stock funds, meanwhile, attracted $3.3 billion to mark their 12th straight week of inflows. Bond funds attracted $2.5 billion, marking their biggest inflows in three weeks and their 11th straight week of inflows. "It's a risk-off trade by a lot of individual investors given the choppiness in the market, plus the more or less spotty data," said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management in Birmingham, Alabama. He said investors sought international stocks on the view that the European Central Bank's recently launched bond-buying stimulus program could boost European shares. While data on home sales, inflation and manufacturing indicated the U.S. economy remained strong, figures showing weak U.S. durable goods orders for February hurt investor sentiment. The benchmark S&P 500 stock index slumped 1.8 percent over the period. Hellwig added that the U.S. dollar has negatively impacted U.S. corporate earnings. The greenback has risen about 24 percent since early May against a basket of major currencies. Municipal bond funds attracted $727 million of the total inflows into bond funds, marking their biggest inflows in four weeks. Hybrid funds, which can invest in stocks and fixed income securities, attracted $545 million. That marked their 11th straight week of inflows. The following table shows estimated ICI flows for the past five weeks (all figures in millions of dollars): 3/25/15 3/18 3/11 3/4 2/25 Total equity -1,146 1,948 3,932 999 2,434 Domestic -4,464 -1,759 12 -1,933 72 World 3,318 3,706 3,920 2,932 2,362 Hybrid* 545 913 854 528 1,051 Total bond 2,492 455 1,298 4,984 2,955 Taxable 1,765 261 999 4,310 1,951 Municipal 727 194 299 675 1,003 Total 1,891 3,316 6,084 6,512 6,439 * Hybrid funds can invest in stocks and/or fixed-income securities. (Reporting by Sam Forgione, editing by G Crosse)

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    Shares of Yamana Gold (AUY) were gaining 3.3% to $3.71 Wednesday as gold prices increased ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs report. U.S. gold futures for June delivery were up 1.6% to $1,201.90 an ounce on the Comex early Wednesday afternoon. Gold prices were rising Wednesday as the dollar retreated, falling 0.1% against a basket of currencies, following a downbeat U.S. jobs report, according to Reuters.

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    Stocks traded in the red by midday Wednesday as a mix of weak economic data and soft March sales from Ford and General Motors (GM)  pressured markets. The S&P 500 declined 0.45%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.53%, and the Nasdaq was down 0.7%. Construction spending declined 0.1% to $967.2 billion in February, missing estimates for a 0.2% increase as harsh winter weather took its toll.

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    By Anora Mahmudova and Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch. Private sector adds 189,000 jobs in March. NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks began the new month and quarter on a sour note, with the main benchmarks falling sharply in early trade as investors assessed a batch of economic indicators and car sales.

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    Shares of Barrick Gold (ABX) were gaining 5.7% to $11.58 Wednesday as gold prices increased ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs report. U.S. gold futures for June delivery were up 1.5% to $1,200.40 an ounce on the Comex late Wednesday morning. Gold prices were rising Wednesday as the dollar retreated, falling 0.1% against a basket of currencies, following a downbeat U.S. jobs report, according to Reuters.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury yields plummeted at the beginning of the second quarter, following a weak ADP payrolls report, which investors took as a bad omen for the more closely followed nonfarm payrolls report set for Good Friday. A falling manufacturing index along with a decline in auto sales stoked the downward trend, and cast serious doubts on whether the Federal Reserve will be able to hike interest rates soon as some Fed officials, including Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker,...

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    * S&P 500, Nasdaq ease off a 9th quarter of gains. * ADP data misses expectations, raising payroll concerns. * Indexes down: Dow 0.4 pct, S&P 0.4 pct, Nasdaq 0.6 pct. By Ryan Vlastelica. U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as a pair of weaker-than-expected economic indicators raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions.

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    Boeing Co.' s stock slumped 1.9% in morning trade Wednesday, enough to make it the biggest percentage loser among Dow Jones Industrial Average components, after Sterne Agee cut its estimates for aircraft deliveries first-quarter earnings because of a weaker-than-anticipated March performance. Analyst Peter Arment said deliveries of both 737 and 777 model aircraft were below expectations, with 777 deliveries hurt by delays at a seating supplier. He trimmed his 2015...

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    Airline stocks dropped in morning trade Wednesday, after Analyst Michael Linenberg at Deutsche Bank downgraded a number of sector heavyweights on worries that the companies' international businesses will be a source of earnings disappointment for the next few quarters. Shares of American Airlines Group (AAL) slumped 3.9%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) shed 3.9% and United Continental Holdings (UAL) slid 3.4%, after they were all downgraded to hold from buy. He wrote in a note to clients that "the...

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2647 or 79.07 U.S. cents * Bond prices mostly higher across the maturity curve By Solarina Ho TORONTO, April 1 - The Canadian dollar gained modestly against the greenback on Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected report on U.S. jobs and slightly stronger crude prices.

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    NuVasive Inc. (NUVA) said Chairman and Chief Executive Alex Lukianov resigned after an investigation overseen by the medical- device company's board found he didn't comply with some of its expense reimbursement and other policies. Shares fell 5.4% to $43.52 in recent premarket trading. The company also said it expects its first-quarter revenue will exceed $190 million, above estimates of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters for $189 million.

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    * S&P 500, Nasdaq coming off 9th quarterly rise. * ADP data misses expectations, raising payroll concerns. * Indexes down: Dow 0.4 pct, S&P 0.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.3 pct. By Ryan Vlastelica.