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Luxury-Goods Results Should Be 'Exceptional.' That's the Bad News, Says HSBC.

HSBC has downgraded four luxury-goods producers.

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U.S. Stocks Mixed After Release of Economic Data

U.S. stocks were mixed after having exhibited strong gains earlier in the day Wednesday as investors continued to wrestle with the path of growth and inflation.

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Oil prices rise with U.S. crude inventories down a 5th straight week

Oil futures rise Wednesday, with Brent prices trading above the key $75 mark, as U.S. crude supplies declined by nearly eight million barrels to mark their fifth weekly fall in a row.

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Microsoft Is Now Worth $2 Trillion. One Analyst Says It Won't Stop There.

Microsoft now has a market capitalization of $2 trillion. Wedbush says it can see even higher highs, raising the price target for Microsoft stock.

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Gary Gensler Says SEC Is Focusing on SPACs and Retail Trading Apps

The SEC chairman says he is worried about smaller investors getting a raw deal.

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Nasdaq Composite looks to add to record rally, as S&P 500, Dow struggle for momentum

U.S. stock benchmarks drift higher Wednesday morning, with the Nasdaq Composite aiming to post a 16th straight record in 2021 and the S&P 500 struggling to surpass last week's record closing gains in the aftermath of the F...

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London stocks climb, driven by GlaxoSmithKline and resource names

The FTSE 100 was outperforming European rival indexes on Wednesday, helped by higher oil prices and as shares of GlaxoSmithKline surged after an investor meeting.

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India Warning About Delta Plus Covid-19 Variant

India’s health ministry issued a stark warning about Delta Plus, a new variant of the virus that causes Covid-19.

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Gold prices climb toward highest finish in a week

Gold futures climb on Wednesday, with prices heading for their highest settlement in a week, supported by a U.S. dollar that has receded from roughly 2-month highs.

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Plug Power Jumped After Earnings. Why It's Falling Wednesday.

Plug Power's first-quarter earnings report was good enough for weary investors wanting to put accounting issues behind them. Now Wall Street is weighing in.

Stocks open slightly higher as Nasdaq builds on record close

Stocks opened slightly higher Wednesday, with the Nasdaq Composite building on the previous session's record close and the S&P 500 traded near record territory a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell emphasized ...

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GameStop Is Joining the Russell 1000, but AMC Isn't. How It Affects the Stocks.

The rebalancing of the Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 indexes will affect both the meme stocks and index funds.

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A Bunch of EV and AV Stocks Are Getting Added to the Russell 3000. Why It Matters.

The addition of several electric-vehicle and autonomous-driving stocks to the Russell 3000 this month illustrates the continued transformation of the auto sector and the growing importance of EV technology.

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Plug Power Drops, Carvana Slides, and Stocks Are Inching Higher

The Markit purchasing manager indexes normally wouldn't get our attention, but these aren't normal times.

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European stocks ease, but PMI shows business activity surging

European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, even after upbeat purchasing managers index surveys.

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Bitcoin’s Wild Ride

Fauci calls Delta Covid variant the “greatest threat,” Morgan Stanley bars unvaccinated employees and clients from New York offices, new antitrust regulator to review Amazon’s MGM deal, and other news to start your day.

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Morgan Stanley Bars Unvaccinated Employees and Clients From New York Offices

The bank's employees who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19 will have to keep working remotely.

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Bitcoin may slump below $10,000 if this technical signal is correct

Louis Navellier, the chairman and founder of fund manager Navellier & Associates, said he's identified two head-and-shoulders formations that he thinks suggest bitcoin will fall below $10,000.

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Bank of England Caught Between Inflation and the Delta Risk

The U.K. central bank will have to clarify the extent of its inflation concerns.

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How a $1.5B Bank Loan Fund’s Cautious Approach Pays Off

Now is an interesting time to invest in bank loans, whose yields rise and fall with interest rates.

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U.S. Markets

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Why the Fed Is Considering a Digital Dollar

Airline shares rise after EU lifts travel ban on Americans: report

Shares of U.S. airlines rose in premarket trading on Friday after the European Union reportedly recommended the lifting of a nonessential travel ba...

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Powell Says Factors Driving Inflation Should Be Temporary

Vivendi confirms talks with Ackman's SPAC over 10% stake in Universal Music Group

Hedge-fund billionaire William Ackman's special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is in talks with Vivendi to buy a 10% stake in Universal Music ...

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Chips Are Difficult to Make, Even Harder During a Supply Crunch

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What Your Breakfast Can Tell You About Inflation Worries

Ticker Name Last Chg Chg %
DJIA Dow Jones Industrial Average 33913.84 -31.74 -0.09%
SPX S&P 500 Index 4246.36 -0.08 0.00%
COMP NASDAQ Composite Index 14269.26 15.99 0.11%
GDOW Global Dow Realtime USD 3999.60 2.49 0.06%
TMUBMUSD10Y U.S. 10 Year Treasury Note 1.49 0.023

Europe Markets

U.K. consumer confidence more guarded in April

Consumer confidence in the UK increased for the third straight month in April but to a much lesser degree than the previous months, signalling that Britons remain cautious about the pandemic and its economic consequences.

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Ticker Name Last Chg Chg %
UKX FTSE 100 Index 7097.14 7.13 0.10%
DAX Global X DAX Germany ETF 34.12 -0.26 -0.76%
PX1 CAC 40 Index 6557.94 -53.56 -0.81%
I945 FTSE MIB Index 25141.60 -173.97 -0.69%
IBEX IBEX 35 Index 8975.80 -77.50 -0.86%
SXXP STOXX Europe 600 Index 453.89 -2.53 -0.55%

Asia Markets

China's factory-gate prices rise sharply in April

BEIJING--China's factory-gate prices rose at the fastest pace in more than three years in April, fueled by rapidly climbing costs for metals, oil a...

Australian business conditions hit record high

SYDNEY--Australian business conditions rose to a fresh record high in April, according to a monthly survey by National Australia Bank. The business...

China's exports, imports grew faster in April

BEIJING--China's exports and imports grew faster than expected in April, official data showed Friday, as global demand stayed strong while commodit...

China private services-sector gauge rises in April

A private gauge of China's services sector rose to its highest level since December, thanks to stronger consumer demand after Beijing's success in ...

South Korea's April inflation nears 4-year high

South Korea's headline inflation neared a four-year high in April, as consumer prices shot up on a lower comparison base a year earlier and higher ...

China manufacturing surged in April, Caixin says

China's manufacturing activity rebounded in April, marking the strongest growth so far this year, as overseas demand remained solid and the job mar...

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Ticker Name Last Chg Chg %
ADOW The Asia Dow Index USD 3971.55 6.04 0.15%
NIK NIKKEI 225 Index 28874.89 -9.24 -0.03%
HSI Hang Seng Index 28817.07 507.31 1.79%
SHCOMP Shanghai Composite Index 3566.22 8.81 0.25%
1 S&P BSE Sensex Index 52306.08 -282.63 -0.54%
STI FTSE Straits Times Index 3118.62 9.42 0.30%