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Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell by less than expected, just as the September trade gap widened unexpectedly.
Cisco Systems delivered quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations on Wednesday, but revenue missed.
Janet Yellen, Obama's nominee for Federal Reserve chair, will testify before Congress on Thursday.
Obama administration officials released the first enrollment data from technologically troubled federal insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov.
U.S. stocks turned higher on Wednesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 positioned for record finishes, after upbeat earnings from retailing giant Macy's helped foster optimism about holiday shopping.
Governor Mark Carney: 'For the first time in a long time you don't have to be an optimist to see the glass is half full.'
European equities closed lower on Wednesday as investors continued to fret over mixed signals from U.S. Federal Reserve officials.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Larry Summers also said the Federal Reserve should concentrate on pushing the economy to expand.
Applications for U.S. home loans slipped in the latest week, although a drop in the previous week was revised to a smaller fall than previously reported, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.
Sainsbury's reported half-year underlying pre-tax profit of £400 million on Wednesday, versus £374 million a year ago.
The U.S. is leading the way in a global recovery and there should be little question about its ability to fulfill debt obligations, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told CNBC.
Carl Icahn told CNBC he had a "good conversation" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and both believe that the company's stock remains undervalued.
Asian shares followed their Wall Street peers lower as talk about a scaling back of the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus weighed on sentiment.
Companies making headlines after the bell Tuesday.
U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday after a two-session rise, with Wall Street falling to session lows after being reminded that the Federal Reserve could reduce stimulus before the end of the year.
Tesla Motors is not recalling its Model S electric cars, said Tesla CEO Elon Musk, quashing speculation following the automaker's third battery fire incident.
Bond prices fell as investors made room for this week's debt supply in the aftermath of a surprisingly strong data.
The Justice Department said Tuesday it will require US Airways and AMR to divest facilities at seven airports in order for their proposed merger to proceed.
Third Point founder Dan Loeb says his $13 billion hedge fund owns a stake in FedEx, and he does not want to replace Fred Smith as its CEO.