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Crude oil prices ease Thursday

New York -- Crude oil prices eased back Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, sliding under $82 per barrel, as stock markets on Wall Street closed mixed.

The trading tone was set with the Bank of England and the European Central Bank keeping their lending rates intact at 0.5 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Currency rates, which shifted when the Bank of Japan lowered its overnight lending rate to zero to 0.1 percent this week, had triggered a run up in commodities most of the week. The correction in oil prices came Thursday.

The dollar index, at nearly 87 in June was flat in Thursday's trading, up 0.02 percent.

The index measures the dollar against six major currencies with a pro-rated formula.

Midday market gains fall flat Tuesday

New York -- Two positive reports gave U.S. markets a temporary boost Tuesday after the Dow Jones industrial average dropped below 10,000 points in early trading.

The Conference Board said consumer confidence rose in August after two months of declines, although the index is still at historically low levels. Housing prices, also in a long slump, rose 4.4 percent in the second quarter over the first, the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller home price index report said.

Markers rose modestly higher, but gains mostly faded by close of trading. The DJIA, up 35 points in midday, closed up 4.99 points, 0.05 percent, to 10,014.72. The S&P 500 added 0.04 percent, 0.41, to 1,049.33. The Nasdaq composite index lost 0.28 percent, 5.94, to 2,114.03.

Markets stumble, then head higher

New York -- U.S. markets wavered Tuesday morning, the Dow Jones industrial average falling below 10,000 points, before recent trading rescued the index.

The Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller home price index released Tuesday said U.S. housing prices rose 4.4 percent in the second quarter, compared to the first, of late a rare indication of economic progress.

In midmorning trading, the DJIA swing higher, up 25.50 points, 0.25 percent, to 10,035.23. The S&P 500 added 0.19 percent, 2.02, to 1,050.94. The Nasdaq composite index added 0.08 percent, 1.71, to 2,121.68.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose 10/32 to yield 2.497 percent.

Worries undermine crude oil prices

New York -- Crude oil futures dropped sharply on the New York Mercantile Exchange overnight, falling to less than $74 per barrel as economic worries dominated trading.

Stock markets plunged in Asia Tuesday with the Nikkei 225 index leading the descent, falling 3.55 percent a day after the Bank of Japan announced measures to shore up its export-oriented economy. As reliant as it is on exports, investors are focused on Japan's customers, which include the United States and Europe where economies are floundering.

Markets recover in afternoon trading

New York -- U.S. stocks turned aside weak durable goods data and negative housing reports after falling sharply in early trading.

Orders for goods expected to last three years or more rose 0.3 percent after two months of decreases, but the figure was far below the 3 percent rise economist predicted as a result of expectations for pent up demand.

Adding to woes, the Commerce Department said new home sales fell 12.4 percent in July compared to June.


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