Ireland outlook revised to stable from negative by S&P Standard & Poor's affirmed its long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Ireland at 'BBB+/A-2' while revising its rating outlook to stable from negative.
Empire State Mfg Survey General Business Conditions Index to be reported at 08:30 February Empire State Mfg Survey General Business Conditions Index will be reported at 08:30 . Current consensus is [10.00]
Stocks back near session highs Stocks remain in positive territory and near their highs of the day as a brutal week draws near a close and looks set to end on a high note. Equities continue to move in tandem with oil prices, which are up more than 11% for the day. Oil prices moved higher on reports oil producing countries in the Middle East may be ready to start talking about production freezes in an attempt to bring the supply/demand of oil into balance. The major averages are all up 1.5% or more for the day, but are still looking at losses for the week.