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25/03/2010 - 17h29

Depois de subir durante maior parte da sessão, Wall Street recua

SÃO PAULO - Os principais índices de Wall Street fecharam com em território negativo nesta quinta-feira, com exceção do Dow Jones, invertendo a tendência da maior parte do pregão. A pressão no fim dos negócios veio da elevação do dólar, que prejudicou o desempenho das ações das commodities.

Mas grande parte desta sessão foi marcada pelo ânimo dos agentes, principalmente diante de notícias corporativas. Os papéis da Qualcomm avançaram quase 5%. A empresa elevou suas projeções para os resultados do segundo trimestre. A Best Buy também foi destaque nesta sessão, com ganhos de quase 4%, depois de anunciar aumento nos lucros e melhores estimativas de receita anual. O Citigroup ganhou quase 4%, com notícias de que o Tesouro dos EUA pode revelar um plano para o próximo mês para a venda de sua participação no banco.

Na Europa, as atenções do agentes se concentraram no encontro de líderes europeus, que teve início hoje, em Bruxelas. O foco dos investidores ficou nas sinalizações de apoio da França e da Alemanha, em conjunto com o Fundo Monetário Internacional (FMI), sobre a ajuda financeira à Grécia.

O discurso do presidente do Federal Reserve (Fed), Ben Bernanke, também mereceu atenção. Para ele, a economia americana ainda precisa de taxas de juros baixas, mas a autoridade ponderou, por outro lado, que o Fed tem de estar preparado para restringir o crédito, quando for necessário, para evitar a inflação.

Os investidores receberam ainda os dados sobre os novos pedidos de seguro-desemprego nos Estados Unidos, que somaram 442 mil na semana encerrada no dia 20 deste mês, uma queda de 14 mil em relação à marca da semana anterior (456 mil, dado revisado).

O índice Dow Jones fechou quase na estabilidade, com variação positiva de 0,05%, aos 10.841,21 pontos. O S & P-500 caiu 0,17%, aos 1.165,73 pontos. O Nasdaq, por sua vez, perdeu 0,06%, aos 2.397,41 pontos. (Vanessa Dezem | Valor com agências internacionais) NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Thursday after a rally dissipated late in the session as a stronger dollar hit commodities. With a near 120-point rise evaporated down to a gain of 5.06 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed (INDU 10,841, +5.29, +0.05%) finished up 5.06 points at 10,841.21. The S & P 500 Index /quotes/comstock/21z!i1:in\x (SPX 1,166, -1.99, -0.17%) fell 1.99 points to 1,165.73. The Nasdaq Composite Index /quotes/comstock/10y!i:comp (COMP 2,397, -1.35, -0.06%) declined 1.35 points to 2,397.41. ---------- NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks scaled back on their surge Thursday as a strengthening dollar sapped gains in commodities and related shares. Yet assurances that U.S. interest rates will remain low for awhile and results from Best Buy Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. kept the mood upbeat. " We ? ve got better-than-expected earnings from Qualcomm, Best Buy and Lululemon, plus it ? s pre-reporting season and nobody is coming out to confess that they missed the quarter, so we have a credible possibility of having a good first-quarter earnings season, " said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Jefferies & Co. Off a near 120-point rise, the Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed (INDU 10,841, +5.29, +0.05%) was lately up 59.02 points, or 0.6%, at 10,895.17, with 22 of its 30 components advancing. Gains were led by Bank of America Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!bac/quotes/nls/bac (BAC 17.74, +0.29, +1.64%) and Walt Disney Co. /quotes/comstock/13*!dis/quotes/nls/dis (DIS 35.09, -0.02, -0.06%) , the former up 2.7% and the latter gaining 2.4%. --------- NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose sharply on Thursday, driving the Dow and S & P 500 to new 18-month highs as Qualcomm and Best Buy boosted their profit outlooks and financials surged for a second day.

Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C - News) gained 3.6 percent to $4.30 after Bloomberg News reported that the U.S. Treasury could unveil a plan next month for the sale of its stake in the bank.

Wireless chip maker Qualcomm Inc (NasdaqGS:QCOM - News) led the Nasdaq, surging 5.2 percent to $42.27 after raising its second-quarter earnings outlook.

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co (NYSE:BBY - News) forecast stronger-than-expected earnings for the current year and reported quarterly results that were above estimates, pushing its shares up 4.7 percent to $43.10.

" Today is all about earnings, and the comments from Qualcomm and Best Buy have been very positive, " said James Meyer, chief investment officer at Tower Bridge Advisers in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

" The economic backdrop for the upcoming earnings season looks very good, particularly in the tech sector. " The Dow Jones industrial average (DJI:^DJI - News) was up 64.01 points, or 0.59 percent, at 10,900.16. The Standard & Poor ? s 500 Index (^SPX - News) was up 4.86 points, or 0.42 percent, at 1,172.58. The Nasdaq Composite Index (Nasdaq:^IXIC - News) was up 14.53 points, or 0.61 percent, at 2,413.29.

First-quarter S & P 500 earnings reports, due in the coming weeks, are forecast to show year-over-year gains of 36.6 percent, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Also lifting the Nasdaq was Oracle Corp (NasdaqGS:ORCL - News), up 1.2 percent at $26.07 ahead of its results, which are scheduled to come out after Thursday ? s closing bell.

Other financial shares on the rise included Bank of America (NYSE:BAC - News), up 2.6 percent at $18.03. It was the second day of strong gains for the bank, which on Wednesday said it plans to offer about $3 billion in loan forgiveness to about 45,000 troubled home buyers.

The S & P financial index (^GSPF - News) was up 1.3 percent on the day and is up about 11 percent for the month so far.

Adding to the positive tone, data showed the number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance fell sharply last week.

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