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    * Fourth-quarter GDP growth revised downward. * Indexes: Dow off 0.5 pct, S&P down 0.3 pct, Nasdaq off 0.5 pct. By Caroline Valetkevitch. The S&P 500 posted its best monthly gain since October 2011 on Friday, but U.S. stocks ended lower for the day as U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter.

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    * Treasuries set for weakest month since May 2013. * Yields fall on week after Yellen testimony. * Month-end buying pushes yields lower on day. By Sam Forgione. U.S. Treasuries appeared on track on Friday for their biggest monthly loss since May 2013 after strength in U.S. economic data over the month boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would take a less dovish stance on monetary policy.

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    Stocks closed February with big gains thanks to early-month rallies tied to a rebound in oil prices. For the full month, the S&P 500 added 5.5%, ending 15 points from its record, and its best month since October 2011. Stocks closed out the final trading day of February with modest losses, pressured by a broad decline across the majority of S&P 500 sectors.

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    ended the month with a whimper, closing lower on Friday. The main indexes finished the week roughly where they started it, but still booked hefty monthly gains. Analysts cited stabilization in oil prices, accomodative central bank policies around the world and hopes for resolution in Greece debt drama as well as a tentative peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine as the main drivers for monthly advances on Wall Street.

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    Shares of Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) are higher by 5.78% to $4.49 in afternoon trading on Friday, as oil prices climb after Baker Hughes  reported that the number of U.S. rigs actively drilling for oil and natural gas as of today decreased by 43 rigs to 1,267 rigs, MarketWatch reports.

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    * Fourth-quarter GDP growth revised downward. * Indexes: Dow off 0.3 pct, S&P down 0.2 pct, Nasdaq off 0.5 pct. By Caroline Valetkevitch. U.S. stocks dipped Friday afternoon as data showed U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter, though the Dow and S&P 500 were on track for their best monthly performance since October 2011.

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    Shares of Energy XXI Ltd. (EXXI) are gaining by 5.51% to $4.79 in mid-afternoon trading on Friday, as some stocks within the oil and energy sectors get a jolt from the rise in the commodity's price. Crude oil is advancing by 3.16% to $49.69 per barrel and Brent crude is rising by 4.08% to $62.50 per barrel this afternoon, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    Gold futures, but fell for the month of February. Gold saw gains this week amid "robust demand from China" and mixed economic data, "which suggests the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates near zero percent for longer than had been expected," said Mark O'Byrne, director at GoldCore. But after an 8% price climb in January, gold suffered a decline of 5% for the month.

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    The U.S. stock market has been quiet this week - too quiet. Wall Street has traded in a tight range of late, with both volatility and trading volumes drying up as the earnings season winds down and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's recent Congressional testimony delivered no surprises.

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    The U.S. stock market has been quiet this week - too quiet. Wall Street has traded in a tight range of late, with both volatility and trading volumes drying up as the earnings season winds down and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's recent Congressional testimony delivered no surprises.

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    * Fourth-quarter GDP growth revised downward. * Indexes: Dow off 0.1 pct, S&P up 0.1 pct, Nasdaq off 0.1 pct. By Caroline Valetkevitch. U.S. stocks were little changed in early afternoon trading on Friday as mixed economic data was offset by some upbeat corporate earnings.

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    The S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones Industrial Average were near session lows in Friday's afternoon session despite crude oil closing with its first monthly gain since June. The S&P 500 was down 0.24%, the Dow fell 0.38%, and the Nasdaq declined 0.43%. West Texas Intermediate crude rose more than 1% in February.

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    * Fourth-quarter GDP growth revised downward. * J.C. Penney (JCP) tumbles after earnings. * Indexes: Dow off 0.09 pct, S&P up 0.03 pct, Nasdaq off 0.05 pct. By Chuck Mikolajczak. U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, as a mixed batch of economic data provided investors with little incentive to push equities to new records. Data continues to point to a slowly improving U.S. economy.

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    * U.S. Q4 GDP revised lower to 2.2 pct. * U.S. Chicago PMI weaker-than-expected. * U.S. consumer sentiment beats expectations. * Traders eye next week's U.S. employment data. By Sam Forgione. U.S. Treasuries prices were mostly flat on Friday after mixed U.S. economic data created uncertainty over the Federal Reserve's timeline for hiking interest rates.

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    Shares of CSX Corp.   are higher in early trading today, up 0.23% to $34.39, as BMO Capital Markets upgraded the railroad company to "outperform" from "market perform," and raised its price target to $40 from $38. "We believe that CSX enjoys a significant cost reduction opportunity, improving pricing environment, and robust demand in the merchandise and intermodal segments," analysts said.