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Stocks eased off their lows but still closed in the red in lackluster trading Tuesday a day after

the Dow and


S&P 500 hit fresh highs. More >>
New orders for U.S.-made factory goods rose for the third consecutive month in April and automakers
reported robust vehicle sales in May, boosting the outlook for economic growth. More >>
Semiconductor stocks ranked among the market's leaders, with the PHLX semiconductor index up 0.9
percent. The sector rallied after Skyworks Solutions Inc raised its earnings and revenue outlook. More >>


OIL (WTI $102.78/bl, +0.37%; BRENT $108.86/bl, +0.03): Oil advanced on speculation that inventories
declined at Cushing, Oklahoma, and on growth in U.S. factory orders. More >>

CORN ($457.38/Bushel; -1.67%): Corn futures fell to a 13-week low on mounting speculation that output
will rise to an all-time high in the U.S., the worlds top producer. More >>

COFFEE ($170.88/lb, -0.84%): Coffee futures entered a bear market after rains eased drought damage for
plants in Brazil, the worlds top producer and exporter. More >>
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European stocks declined from a six-year high as a report showing lower-than-estimated inflation in the
euro area prompted investors to weigh the outlook for interest. More >>
Eurostat reported that the euro zones unemployment rate ticked down to a seasonally adjusted 11.7% in
April from 11.8% in March. Analysts had expected the jobless rate to hold steady at 11.8%. More >>
Consumer price inflation in the euro zone rose less than expected in May, underlining concerns over the
threat of deflation in the region. CPI increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.5% last month More >>
The main index of the national market lost 0.48% to 7126.15 points. The PSI-20 was essentially penalized
for drops in about 1% of PT and EDP and 2% of BCP and Mota-Engil. More >>
Ten-year yields drop by 3.4 basis points to 3.631%, while the five-year interest rate shrink 4.3 basis points
to 2.587%. The two-year rates fell to 1.153%. More >>
Portuguese Unemployment Rate drops for the 12
th
consecutive month. The rate was 14.6% in April,
compared to 14.8% in the previous month. More >>
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May 2014
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PSI20: -0.48% DAX30: -0.31% FTSE100: -0.41% S&P500: -0.04% NIKKEI225: +2.07%
Asian stocks rose to a six-month high after a gauge of Chinas manufacturing expanded and policymakers
said they will cut the reserve requirement ratio for some lenders. More >>
Japanese manufacturing firms saw a decline in output for the second month running in May alongside a
continued fall in new orders and new export orders. More >>
An index measuring manufacturing sector activity in Australia jumped to a score of 49.2 in May, the
Australia Industry Group said on Monday. More >>