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Unknown election outcome is stocks' big fear

A trader looks up at screen as he works on floor of New York Stock Exchange shortly before closing of the market in New YorkBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - A handful of toss-up U.S. Senate races next week could hold the key to whether the stock market glides through the year-end in a typical post-midterm election rally or gets hit with a fresh bout of volatility. U.S. investors appear less concerned with whether Republicans take control of the Senate, as expected, or Democrats hang on to their majority by a slim margin. They just want to know - come Wednesday morning - the actual outcome. ...

Dow, S&P 500 end at record highs; BoJ move adds fuel to rally

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Friday and other indexes posted strong gains for a second week after the Bank of Japan's surprise move to ramp up its stimulus program. Major indexes also posted gains for the month, putting in a sharp recovery from their recent selloff that almost drove the S&P 500 into correction territory. The benchmark index is now up 8.4 percent from its Oct. 15 low and up 9.2 percent for the year so far. The Nasdaq finished at its highest since March 2000, while for the week the Dow rose 3. ...

Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally

Costumed characters distribute Hershey candies as trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) ? For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October.

LinkedIn and GoPro are big market movers

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE LinkedIn Corp., up $26.06 to $228.96 The online professional social network reported ...

Comcast spin-off to list on Nasdaq in 2015

(Reuters) - Midwest Cable Inc, the cable company to be spun off from Comcast Corp after it buys Time Warner Cable Inc , said it would list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol "GLCI" in 2015. Upon completion of the merger, the company will change its name to GreatLand Connections Inc. ( Comcast said in April it would divest 2.5 million subscribers across the U.S. Midwest and southeast into a new publicly traded company that would be two-thirds owned by Comcast shareholders and one-third by Charter. This was part of a three-way deal between Comcast, Charter Communications Inc and Time Warner Cable, aimed at winning regulatory approvals for Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. (Reporting By Lehar Maan in Bangalore;

U.S. Fed awards most reverse repos in over four weeks

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonNEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve awarded $186.28 billion in fixed-rate reverse repurchase agreements on Friday, the highest amount in more than four weeks, due to strong investor demand for ultra short-dated, risk-free assets at month-end. The central bank has been testing them as a tool to drain cash from the financial system to achieve their interest rate target when it decides to tighten monetary policy. At Friday's operation, the Fed paid 72 bidders including Wall Street firms, money market funds and mortgage finance agencies an interest rate of 0. ...

UBS cannot arbitrate vs Nasdaq over Facebook IPO - court

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday said UBS' agreement with Nasdaq to help make a market for Facebook shares did not entitle the Swiss bank to arbitration, in its effort to recoup more than $350 million of losses. Circuit Judge Reena Raggi wrote for a 2-1 majority that the agreement was subject to a Nasdaq rule that "specifically disallows" claims over trading losses, showing that "the parties did not intend to submit such foreclosed claims to binding arbitration." UBS had no immediate comment. Nasdaq spokesman Joseph Christinat declined to comment.

U.S. FCC chief may propose 'hybrid' net neutrality plan - WSJ

Wheeler testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in WashingtonFederal Communications Commission chief is close to settling on a hybrid legal strategy for new Internet traffic rules that would treat part of the web network as a public utility, the Wall Street Journal reported in Friday's newspaper. FCC officials earlier this month listed a hybrid approach as one of various options they were considering for new "net neutrality" rules. It would split broadband into a retail service, connecting Internet service providers with consumers, and a back-end one, linking content companies' servers with ISPs' facilities. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now laying the groundwork for rules that would regulate the retail section more lightly under the agency's existing authority but apply stricter rules to the back end by classifying it more like a public utility, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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