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Stocks move toward lower open ahead of Bernanke speech

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[July 08, 2008]  NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks headed for a lower open Tuesday as investors, anxious about the nation's stumbling mortgage lenders, awaited a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

GlassBernanke's speech at a mortgage lending forum hosted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. comes as Wall Street's worries about the industry are resurging.

The idea that goverment-sponsored lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae might need to raise more capital sent their stocks plummeting on Monday. And later that afternoon, cash-strapped IndyMac Bancorp Inc. said it is no longer accepting new mortgage loan submissions and cutting 3,800 jobs -- more than half its work force.

Bernanke is scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Stock markets overseas dropped sharply on Tuesday. Japan's Nikkei stock average finished down 2.45 percent, and in morning trading, Britain's FTSE 100 fell 2.31 percent, Germany's DAX index fell 2.39 percent and France's CAC-40 fell 2.34 percent.


Ahead of the U.S. market's open, Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 65, or 0.58 percent, to 11,140. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 6.80, or 0.54 percent, to 1245.00, while Nasdaq 100 index futures fell 10.00, or 0.55 percent, to 1,822.25.

Investors are also awaiting a 10 a.m. Eastern time report from the National Association of Realtors on pending home sales in May, and Alcoa Inc.'s second-quarter results after the market closes. Both pending home sales and Alcoa's quarterly profit are expected to decline.

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After a very erratic day of trading, the Dow finished Monday with a moderate loss, keeping the blue-chip index entrenched in bear market territory. A bear market is traditionally defined as a drop of 20 percent from its last peak.

Bond prices rose Tuesday. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 3.88 percent from 3.91 percent late Monday.

Light, sweet crude fell 63 cents to $140.74 a barrel in premarket electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices edged lower.


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New York Stock Exchange: http://www.nyse.com/

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[Associated Press; By MADLEN READ]

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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