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    Consumer prices fell again in January and inflation turned negative compared to 12 months ago, a reversal fueled by sharply lower oil prices that's offered financial relief to workers and U.S. households. The consumer price index dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.7% last month, marking the third decline in a row, the Labor Department said Thursday. Over the past year prices have actually declined by an unadjusted 0.1%, the first time consumer inflation has been negative since the...

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    Stock futures were edging higher on Thursday, pointing to new trading highs for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average at the open, as core U.S. consumer inflation came in higher than estimates and durable goods in January recovered from December's lull.

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    The Nasdaq resumed its recent advance on Thursday after deal news in the technology sector, while the Dow and S&P 500 dipped as energy shares sank with oil prices. The day's move put the Nasdaq within just 12 points of the 5,000 mark, which it last hit in March 2000 along with its all-time high of 5,132.52 at the height of the dot-com frenzy.

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    * Initial claims, CPI, durable goods data on tap. * Salesforce.com (CRM) climbs after results, outlook. * Futures up: Dow 16 pts, S&P 2.75 pts, Nasdaq 6.75 pts. By Chuck Mikolajczak. U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of a flurry of economic data, after the Dow edged up to a new record a day earlier while the Nasdaq snapped a 10-session winning streak.

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    Updated from 6:52 a.m. EST. Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Feb. 26: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were bouncing upward on Thursday, as investors await a flood of data on consumer prices, jobless claims and housing. European stocks were mixed on Thursday. 2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday is busy.

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    The stock indexes closed moved higher on Wednesday, although they closed off of the day's high. What appears to be of more importance from a risk management standpoint is the lack of volume, especially in the S&P 500 Trust Series ETF , Wednesday saw another new low-volume day following the new low-volume day on Tuesday. This will gain more importance once the stock indexes start to sell off.

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    NEW YORK-- The 10- year Treasury yield closed lower for the third consecutive session Wednesday, while short-term yields finished higher after declining for two sessions. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen didn't offer and new pearls in her testimony to the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday, mostly underscoring her remarks made Wednesday to the Senate Banking Committee. While the chairwoman's remarks featured a distinctly dovish tone, there was a slight...

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    Shares of California Resources Corp. closed up 5% at $7.14 as oil prices rose. Both benchmarks were up, with West Texas Intermediate up 3.41% to $50.96 at 4:14 p.m. in New York. Falling refined product inventories reported by the government helped lift U.S. crude and countered data showing a larger-than-expected U.S. crude inventory build, Reuters reports.

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    * HP drops after results, outlook. * New home sales fall less than expected. * Indexes: Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq down 0.02 pct. By Caroline Valetkevitch. The S&P 500 closed down and the Nasdaq snapped a 10-session winning streak on Wednesday as investors took profits in Apple shares, while the Dow eked out another record high close.

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    Shares of salesforce.com (CRM) were gaining 7% to $67.28 in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the cloud enterprise software company reported its results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 that fell in line with analysts' estimates. salesforce reported earnings of 14 cents a share for the fourth quarter, in line with analysts' estimates.

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    Of the four-year presidential cycle, pre-election year tends to be the best, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average averaging a 16% return in those years and the S&P 500 doing slightly better. It's "generally a very positive year," said Jeffrey Hirsch, editor-in-chief at Stock Trader's Almanac.

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    When markets turn volatile, at least one group seems to benefit: financial exchanges and brokers. For example, shares of futures exchange CME Group and energy derivatives giant Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) are up about 28% and 24% respectively over the past six months.

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    Market moves may have been small on Wednesday but they were enough to push the Dow Jones Industrial Average to close at a new record high. The S&P 500 closed 0.08% lower, but was still within a six-point range of all-time trading highs. HP fell 9.9% after guiding for earnings below analysts' forecasts, citing a stronger U.S. dollar.

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    ended Wednesday's choppy session virtually unchanged. But the Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a small gain to close at a fresh record. The blue-chip index added 15.38 points, or 0.1%, to 18,224.57, scoring a record for the third time this year.

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    The S&P 500 closed down and the Nasdaq snapped a 10-day winning streak on Wednesday as investors took profits in Apple shares, while the Dow eked out another record closing high. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 14.16 points, or 0.08 percent, to 18,223.35, the S&P 500 lost 1.76 points, or 0.08 percent, to 2,113.72 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.99 points, or 0.02 percent, to 4,967.14.

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    * HP drops after results, outlook. * New home sales fall less than expected. * Indexes: Dow up 0.04 pct, S&P down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq down 0.1 pct. By Caroline Valetkevitch. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq edged lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, led by losses in Apple shares, but gains consumer discretionary shares limited the decline. Energy shares also climbed along with oil prices.