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Severe T'Storm Watch in Effect Until 8 pm

A SEVERE T'STORM WATCH is in effect until 8 pm for Albany, Bennington, Berkshire, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Litchfield, Rensselaer, Rutland, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren Counties. A watch means that conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to produce localized damaging wind gusts and large hail as well as frequent lightning and torrential rain.


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September 30, 2013 -- 8:30 a.m. ET - 09/30/13

U.S. stock futures are indicating a lower open. The Dow and S&P 500 Index are at least 0.9% below fair value. The NASDAQ is down 0.8% in early trading. The major averages are extending last weeks retreat as the deadline to avert a partial government shutdown approaches. Congress has until midnight tonight to approve a budget, however lawmakers remain at odds as the House wants to delay President Obamas health care reform for a year. The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. ET after a weekend with no signs of cross-party negotiations. With the spotlight on Washington, economic data is on the back burner. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index is due out at 9:45 a.m. ET and is expected to improve for the third straight month in September. In addition, the Dallas Fed manufacturing outlook survey is scheduled for release at 10:45 a.m. and is anticipated to hold steady this month. Overseas data is also being overlooked. Euro zone inflation slowed for a second month in September and in Asia, a Chinese manufacturing index unexpectedly weakened from a preliminary estimate. Ahead of the opening bell, financials are under pressure. JPMorgan is down 1.7%, Morgan Stanley is losing 1.6% and Citigroup is falling 1.3%. In fixed-income, Treasuries are gaining ground. The 10-year note is up 6/32 to yield 2.60% and the 30-year bond is gaining 12/32 to yield 3.67%.


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