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Wall St little changed; Dow still flirting with 20,000 NEW YORK: US stocks opened little changed on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average still flirting with the elusive 20,000 mark, a day after both it and the Nasdaq Composite hit record highs.The Dow, first calculated in 1896, was less than 15 points away from the historic level.The blue-chip index has been threatening to breach the mark for the last several days, but has failed to do so.US stocks have been roaring ahead since the election, with the Dow up 9 percent and the S&P 500 6 percent on bets that President-elect Donald Trump's plans for deregulation and infrastructure spending will boost the economy. "We're looking at a relatively quiet morning as investors wind down ahead of the holiday weekend," said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey. "The market has been rallying since the election and these minor pauses are welcome and necessary as ...

Markets - Equity - Americas

Dow still flirting with elusive 20,000 mark NEW YORK: US stocks looked set to open little changed on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average still flirting with the elusive 20,000 mark, a day after both it and the Nasdaq Composite hit record highs. The Dow, first calculated in 1896, closed on Tuesday at a record high for the 17th time since the Nov. 8 US presidential election and just 25 points shy of 20,000, a level it has never reached. The ...

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TSX up with energy and industrials; SNC-Lavalin jumps 3.9pc TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose in morning trade on Wednesday, its fifth minor gain in a row, helped by rising energy and industrial stocks, with construction company SNC-Lavalin jumping after winning an oil sands service contract.SNC-Lavalin rose 3.9 percent to C$59.36. It said its subsidiary is part of a joint venture that won a five-year deal to supply engineering and procurement services to an unnamed "prominent integrated oil company" in the Athabasca region in ...

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FedEx, Twitter down as US stocks fall NEW YORK: US stocks fell early Wednesday, with FedEx dropping on disappointing earnings and Twitter tumbling on an key executive's departure.The Dow, which finished Tuesday's session within striking distance of 20,000 points, was down 0.1 percent to 19,960.55 about 35 minutes into trading.The broad-based S&P 500 shed 0.1 percent to 2,268.29, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost 0.2 percent at 5,473.89.FedEx reported second-quarter earnings after the close Tuesday, which edged up 1.3 percent to ...

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Geopolitical turmoil keeps Wall St in check NEW YORK: US stocks extended a recent rally on Monday but finished the session short of earlier gains after several people were killed by a truck driven into a Christmas market in Germany. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40.13 points, or 0.2 percent, to 19,883.54, the S&P 500 gained 4.46 points, or 0.20 percent, to 2,262.53 and the Nasdaq Composite added 20.28 points, or 0.37 percent, to 5,457.44. Earlier, indexes had pared gains after ...

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US stocks edging higher ahead of Yellen speech NEW YORK: US stocks were trading higher on Monday, as investors awaited US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first remarks since the central bank adopted an interest rate hike last week.At 1500 GMT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 were both up 0.2 percent at 19,884.21 and 2,263.05, respectively, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped 0.4 percent to 5,458.03.The blue-chip average was again flirting with another record high ahead of Yellen's speech. But the ...

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TSX edges higher as financials, materials gain TORONTO: Canada's main stock index edged higher on Monday, with gains for the materials and financials groups offsetting losses for energy shares as oil prices dipped. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.47 points, or 0.06 percent, at 15,261.67, shortly after the open. Eight of the index's 10 main groups were higher. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...