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Dow, S&p 500 Swing Back To Positive Territory: Stock Market Live Blog Recap – The Tell – Marketwatch

Russia outlaws anonymous blogging

Photo credit: Bloomberg Add a Comment Roper Industries was last up 7% to leading the S&P 500. Our Dow Jones colleagues who write the Market Talk column for DJ Newswires have a nice take on Ropers action. Heres an excerpt from their piece (which is titled Roper Stops the Rope-a-Dope): After beating its typically conservative forecast in its latest quarter, its no surprise data-reader equipment maker Roper (ROP) boosts earnings guidance for the year. But it is notable the companys 2Q forecast is at minimum in line with consensus. Either ROP is getting bullish or Wall Street thought it had gotten wise to the companys tactics and lowballed expectations themselves. Regardless, the company continues to log double-digit profit growthwhich is good regardless of how the estimates game in progressing. 9:44 am While the S&P 500 and Dow continue to hold in positive territory, the Nasdaq has turned negative in the last few minutes. S&P 500 +0.2% Dow +0.4% or 71 points (after being up triple digits earlier this morning) Nasdaq -0.1% And now the Nasdaq has climbed back into positive territory over the last few minutes. All three main indexes are showing decent gains, trading not far off the 30-minute-old sessions highs. S&P 500 +0.4% Dow +0.6% or 94 points Nasdaq +0.4% Add a Comment Stocks added to their gains slightly after a report on pending home sales that hit at 10 a.m. Eastern, but theyre now pulling back somewhat. Still showing decent gains though.
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Daro, Canada.comApril 25, 2014 Photograph by: solovyova – , On the internet nobody knows youre a dog, and Russia wants to change that. On Tuesday, Russias State Duma passed a new law on internet users called bloggers that will require anyone with more than 3,000 daily visitors to register their real names and email addresses with the government and imposes restrictions on what they can publish, including a ban on obscene language . With much of Russian media controlled or influenced by the Kremlin, online publishing has been one of the few spheres where dissent has been allowed. One of the most popular blogs in the country is that of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who has been described as the man Vladimir Putin fears most . He is currently under house arrest awaiting trial for fraud, charges he says are politically motivated. Human Rights Watch on Thursday called the new restrictions on online writing unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy. This law demands that bloggers abide by the same restrictions as mass media without giving them the same protections and privileges, said Hugh Williamson of the New York-based rights group. This is another milestone in Russias relentless crackdown on free expression. The law imposes stiff fines of up to 30,000 roubles (about $900) for violations and holds bloggers responsible for verifying the veracity of everything they publish, which includes comments left on posts. It does not currently apply to blogs hosted outside Russia and may face a constitutional court challenge. Earlier this week the founder of Vkontakte, commonly described as Russias equivalent of Facebook, left the country after being forced out as CEO of the company. Pavel Durov says the social network is now under the complete control of people close to the Kremlin. Copyright (c) Postmedia Network Inc.
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