Fri. 10:08 a.m.: Stocks open lower, pushing the S&P 500 toward a weekly loss
NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, putting the S&P 500 index on track for its first losing week in the last four. The benchmark index gave up 0.8% in the early going Friday, with banks and technology companies leading the way lower. Investors are still trying to assess how soon the Federal Reserve will start to raise interest rates from their ultra-low levels and scale back its bond purchases. The head of the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve, James Bullard, told CNBC early today that the first interest rate increase could come as soon as next year.