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    On Thursday morning, it was confirmed that Avago Technologies (AVGO) has agreed to acquire fellow chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) in a deal worth $37 billion, a day after reports of the deal sent Broadcom's (BRCM) shares spiraling 21%. All 30 components of the PHLX Semiconductor Index, also known as the SOX, rose on Wednesday on reports that the two components of the index were close to a deal.

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    Abercrombie& Fitch Co.' s stock inched 0.1% lower in premarket trade Thursday, after the teen apparel retailer reported a larger-than-expected loss but same-store sales that fell less than anticipated. For the quarter ended May 2, the net loss widened to $63.2 million, or 91 cents a share, from $23.7 million, or 32 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, the adjusted per-share loss came in at 53 cents, compared with the FactSet consensus loss...

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    - U.S. stocks eased on Thursday as mixed messages about Greece's debt talks kept investor uncertainty high along with a sharp drop in Chinese shares after brokers tightened margin rules. Seven of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with the industrials sector falling the most, 0.4 percent, a day after the Nasdaq closed at a record high.

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    * Futures down: Dow 34 pts, S&P 3.25 pts, Nasdaq 5.5 pts. U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, weighed down by concerns about Greece's ability to strike a deal with its creditors. * European officials downplayed talk that Greece and its lenders were drafting an agreement that would provide Athens much-needed debt relief.

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    Updated from 6:59 a.m. Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, May 28: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were sinking slightly as investors readied for unemployment numbers and pending home sales data. European stocks were mixed to lower on Thursday as the U.K. left its first-quarter GDP growth estimate unchanged and worries over Greece continued ahead of next week's loan payment deadline.

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    It will not be pretty, as bonds reprice and stocks hit a wall. If you're thinking of investing in stocks because you can't think of anywhere better to put your money, you might want to take a pause and ponder what Stanley Fischer, the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, just said at a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Fischer, speaking this week, said the Fed expects to raise short-term interest rates from its current 0% to around 3.25% to 4% within the next three or four years.

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    * TSX ends up 59.66 points, or 0.40 percent, at 15,110.47. * Most sectors broadly positive but energy weighs. By Alastair Sharp. Canada's main stock index bounced back on Wednesday, with gains for banks and industrial stocks leading the charge and overshadowing losses among energy names, which wilted along with underlying commodity prices.

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    opened slightly higher on Wednesday, rebounding from a sharp selloff during a previous session. The S&P 500 opened 2 points, or 0.1%, higher at 2,106. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 30 points, or 0.2%, to 18,071. The Nasdaq Composite began the session up 7 points, or 0.2%, at 5,040.. (END) Dow Jones Newswires 05-27-15 1642 ET Copyright (c) 2015 Dow Jones& Company, Inc..

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    ended sharply higher on Wednesday, recovering most of the losses from the previous session. Tech stocks outperformed other sectors, sending the Nasdaq Composite to a record level. The index gained 73.84 points, or 1.5%, to 5,106.59.

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    By Anora Mahmudova and Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch. S&P 500 rebounds to near record levels. U.S. stocks ended Wednesday with solid gains, recovering most of the losses from the previous session on the back of a big rally in tech stocks, which propelled the Nasdaq Composite to a fresh record close.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2459, or 80.26 U.S. cents * Bond prices flat to higher across maturity curve By Alastair Sharp TORONTO, May 27 - The Canadian dollar regained a little ground against the greenback on Wednesday but still ended the day weaker after the Bank of Canada said it is standing pat on interest rates, a stance that contrasts with the U.S. Federal Reserve's moves to ready markets f...

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    * Tech rally lifts Nasdaq to record closing high. * Euro rises against dollar as Greece default fears fade. * Michael Kors slumps on weak sales, weighs on rivals. * Chipmakers Broadcom, Avago surge on M&A talks. * Indexes end up: Dow 0.7 pct, S&P 0.9 pct, Nasdaq 1.5 pct. By Noel Randewich.

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    * Month-end portfolio readjustments help 30-year bonds. * Greece worries support Treasuries prices. * Treasury sells $35 bln in 5-year notes to solid demand. By Sam Forgione. Long-dated U.S. Treasury yields edged lower on Wednesday on month-end buying and lingering concerns over Greece, while shorter-dated yields were mostly stable after the fears over Greece offset new supply.

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    Stocks snapped back from Tuesday's selloff on Wednesday, seemingly undeterred by a higher dollar, lower oil and mixed earnings. Benchmark indexes recorded their biggest gains in two weeks. Markets had heavily sold off a day earlier as signs of economic recovery from the housing sector and durable goods numbers exacerbated fears the Federal Reserve would hike rates sooner than expected.

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     JetBlue Airways (JBLU) shares are up 3.07% to $20.16 in trading on Wednesday as falling oil prices prop up the airline sector today.Industry standard Brent crude for July delivery is down 2.12% to $62.37 per barrel, while West Texas crude for July delivery is down 0.67% to $57.64 per barrel.Earlier today analysts at Credit Suisse (CS) wrote a note advising investors to take advantage of excessively specul...

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    Five months into 2015, the S&P 500, grinding its way through the seventh year of a bull market, is barely 3% higher than where it ended 2014. But a handful of energy stocks have managed to outperform the benchmark on the back of rebounding oil prices. The most notable gainer in the energy universe is Newfield Exploration Co., which has rallied 37% this year, making it the eighth best performer in the S&P 500. The stock has bounced back after hitting a 52- week low of $22.31 on Jan. 14..