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Trump Today: Trump Today: President says Russia no longer targeting U.S., Putin upset by ‘tough’ U.S. posture
Reuters President Donald Trump participates in a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. In public comments and over Twitter, President Donald Trump on Wednesday maintained that his Russian counterpart was upset over his administration’s policy and said Russia is no longer targeting the U.S. TRUMP: NO PRESIDENT HAS BEEN AS TOUGH ON RUSSIA Trump’s comments came as he is still feeling the heat from his joint press conference with Russian […]

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BookWatch: Summer reading: Don’t forget these seven investing books, from Buffett to Shiller
There are about seven more weeks left to the summer, including Labor Day, and many people are just starting their vacations. For those of you heading to the beach, mountains or lake, you’ll have plenty of down time to catch up on your reading. That includes books that will help make you a better investor, especially in this year’s seesawing markets. So I’ve ransacked my bookshelf for the books I think every informed investor should read. They heavily reflect my own biases (you […]

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Earnings Outlook: Microsoft earnings: Changes may be coming after reaching $800 billion valuation
As Microsoft Corp.’s fiscal year drew to a close, the company’s stock hit record high after record high, eventually pushing Microsoft to an $800 billion valuation for the first time heading into its fourth-quarter earnings report. Typically at Microsoft MSFT, -0.81% , the fourth quarter is an important one because it’s the moment when the company often divulges massive changes to its organization. Microsoft is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings after the markets […]

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Earnings Outlook: Toy maker earnings: Will Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation continue to squeeze Hasbro and Mattel?
Toy giants Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. are facing a number of headwinds when they report second-quarter earnings, scheduled for July 23 and July 25 respectively. Stifel analysts are expecting a down quarter for Hasbro HAS, -0.76% with the company continuing to feel the pain of the Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation, surplus inventory in Europe and tough comparisons for the company’s franchise brands, which include Monopoly and Nerf. “Looking ahead, we assume a return to more […]

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Europe Markets: European stocks close at highest level in more than a month
The pan-European equity index finished at the highest level in more than a month Wednesday, extending gains to a second session in the region amid a weakening euro and a round of well-received corporate results that fostered buying appetite. What are markets doing? The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, +0.54% rose 0.5% to 387.06, marking its highest close since June 15, according to WSJ Market Data Group. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index UKX, +0.65% added 0.7% to 7,676.28, boosted by a sharp fall in […]

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Key Words: Father of 3 children killed in MH17 crash slams Trump for his presser with Putin
Donald Trump’s chummy press conference this week with Vladimir Putin, with a few exceptions, drew sharp bipartisan rebukes. Add another voice to the chorus: ‘It’s not anger that I feel towards the two of you, it’s something much, much worse. It’s pity. You have no empathy for your fellow man, and you clearly have no idea what love is. So you have nothing.’ That quote comes from the Facebook page of Anthony Maslin, the father of three Australian children killed […]

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When wives earn more than their husbands, they both lie
In her most recent stand-up special, Hard Knock Wife, comedian Ali Wong describes one of the most tangible ways her life has changed since rising to prominence last year. “Now I make a lot more money than my husband,” she tells the crowd. “My mom is very concerned that he is going to leave me out of intimidation. I had to explain to her that the only kind of man that would leave a woman who makes more money is the kind of man that doesn’t like free money.” The […]

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NewsWatch: Lawmakers are considering these changes to your 401(k) plan
MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE Annuities and emergency accounts are being discussed. See full story. 10 winners, 10 losers in this year’s breakout small-cap stock sector The S&P 600 small-cap health-care sector is up 36% this year. See full story. The case for a gold play as the metal loses its shine The Dow is trying to make it five up sessions in a row, while gold heads in the other direction. The metal’s retreat has hampered gold mining shares, but our call of the day from a […]

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Project Syndicate: How immigrants can make the economy — and the nation — stronger
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Project Syndicate) — One of the central challenges facing the world’s advanced economies is slowing growth. Over the last decade, growth rates in the advanced economies have averaged 1.2%, down from an average of 3.1% during the previous 25 years. History shows that slower economic growth can make societies less generous, less tolerant, and less inclusive. So, it stands to reason that the past decade of sluggish growth has contributed to the surge of a damaging form […]

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Futures Movers: Oil prices volatile as U.S. crude stockpiles rise unexpectedly and output climbs to a record
Oil prices saw a volatile Wednesday, with U.S. prices briefly falling toward session lows then recovering, following data that showed a surprise climb in domestic crude stockpiles and record weekly production. Traders also awaited news from a reported conference call among members of the joint OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial monitoring committee. The group is comprised of Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Algeria, Venezuela and Oman. Reuters reported that the call was also […]

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