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Watch: CEOs from Snap, Google and Merck speak at the DealBook conference in New York

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CEOs from some of the biggest companies in the U.S., including Snap and Merck and Google, are gathering at the annual DealBook conference in New York.

The conference comes after U.S. equities wrapped up a wild and volatile October, with the registering its biggest monthly loss since September 2011.

Worries about rising interest rates and global trade, as well as concern over a slowdown in corporate earnings growth, contributed to last month's volatility spike. Investors and companies also face an active November with midterm elections, a Federal Reserve meeting and an expected meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming G-20 summit.

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US productivity growth slows to a 2.2% rate in the third quarter

Key Points
  • U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the third quarter.
  • It marks a slowdown from the previous quarter but is still better than the weak gains seen for most of this nine-year expansion.
  • Labor costs accelerated but still remained at a low level.