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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- President Barack Obama made his first comments on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's comments that the Central Intelligence Agency broke laws by searching Senate Intelligence Committee computers. "With respect to the issues that are going back and forth between the Senate committee and the CIA, [CIA Director] John Brennan has referred them to the appropriate authorities and they
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures are tilted higher Wednesday some nine hours ahead of the New York open. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 26 points, or 0.2%, while those for the S&P 500 are up 3.4 points, or 0.2%. Nasdaq futures are 11 points, or 0.3%, higher. The moves come as Chinese share markets are making solid gains in afternoon trading, and with the ICE do
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks bounced up as Friday trading got underway, following a higher finish for U.S. stocks, and comments from Japan's central bank about its stimulus efforts. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 1.7% to 14,695.78, and the broader Topix rose 1.6% to 1,214.210, with exporters Panasonic Corp. up 3.6%, Hitachi Ltd. gaining 3.2%, and Mazda Motor Corp. tacking on
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- China's consumer inflation rate held steady in January, printing slightly above forecasts, while wholesale prices fell at a faster rate than in January. The consumer price index rose 2.5% from a year earlier, or 1% on a monthly basis, as beef and vegetable prices all rose. The year-on-year result was identical to that in December, though the month-on-month gain was ab
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- At least 13 people were injured, six critically, when a three-story building exploded Wednesday morning in Minneapolis, according to media reports. There were no early reports on a possible cause. Officials said the building had a grocery store on the street-level floor and apartments on the two floors above.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) - The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was taken into custody after a standoff with police Friday night in Watertown, Mass., concluding a daylong manhunt in which the area's residents were in lockdown and told to stay indoors, media reports said. Authorities had combed through the Boston suburb before cornering Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, inside a small boat in a
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Shares of alternative energy company First Solar Inc. rose 4.6% on Wednesday, topping S&P 500 stocks, on the heels of a ratings upgrade. Analysts at Raymond James lifted their ratings on First Solar to market perform from underperform as part of a sector upgrade. Most solar stocks are down recently, but the weakness is a "sign of more rational trading," and the do
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A multiple car crash during a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the final lap marred a victory by driver Tony Stewart as pieces of at least one car sailed into the stands, according to media reports Saturday. The car of rookie driver Kyle Larson reportedly crashed into the fence that separates the track from spectators. Several spect
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LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Only one member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee wanted to make changes to the bank's 375 billion pounds ($593.66 billion) asset-purchase program, according to minutes from the latest meeting released on Wednesday. David Miles voted against the proposition to leave the program unchanged, preferring to boost the size by a further £25 billion to a total of
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HONG KONG (MarketWatch) - Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest 3G handset is set to reach a milestone of unit shipments faster than had been anticipated, according to research by Macquarie Securities, which cited contact with component suppliers for the device. Samsung's Galaxy S III, due to launch in Europe later in May, should reach the 10 million mark in terms of global total shipments in the thi
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