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President Barack Obama is challenging Republicans to raise the federal minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour.
New York-traded benchmark crude-oil futures extended their losses in electronic trade late Tuesday.
Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo (Nikkei Average ) down 0.5% ; Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index ) up 1.1% ; Shanghai (Shanghai Composite Index ) up 1.4% ; Sydney (S&P/ASX 200 ) up 1.3% ; Seoul (Kospi ) down 0.4% ; Taipei (Taiex ) up 0.6% Copyright © 2015 MarketWatch, Inc.
Hong Kong stocks headed toward a second day of gains Wendesday morning, with the Hang Seng Index up 0.9%.
Japanese stocks rolled lower in early Wednesday trade, as reported profit-taking from the previous day's rally outweighed any positive effects from a small gain for the dollar (at �118.66 vs. �118.32
U.S. chipmaker AMD forecast weaker-than-expected first-quarter revenue and said it taking steps to return its computing and graphics businesses to a "healthy trajectory" from the second quarter.
President Obama on Tuesday in his sixth State of the Union address took his message directly to middle-class Americans, proposing an array of programs and reforms intended to pull more of that vast demographic swath into the strengthening economic recovery.
Australian stocks snapped into positive territory at the Wednesday open, with the S&P/ASX 200 up 1% about half an hour into the session as iron-ore miners, airlines and industrials numbered among the outperformers.
Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah, reaching that legal step ahead of state officials who counter the federal government already has gone too far.
President Barack Obama is headed to Idaho for the first time since a 2008 campaign stop and could touch on anything from tax reform to immigration, depending on Tuesday's State of the Union address.
A northern Virginia man who claimed a role as a co-founder of the address book software company Plaxo is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife's new husband at her home while the woman and three of her children were inside, authorities said.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is announcing plans to "dramatically" restructure state government to help the poor enter society's mainstream.
Shares of some top drugstore companies were mixed at the close of trading: CVSCaremark fell $.02 or percent, to $98.37.
Shares of some top credit card companies were up at the close of trading: American Express Co. rose $1.22 or 1.4 percent, to $87.26.
A look at the 10 biggest volume gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: ChinaNet Online Holdings Inc. : Approximately 6,506,700 shares changed hands, a 725.9 percent increase over its 65-day average volume.
Shares of some top banks companies were mixed at the close of trading: Bank of America Corp. fell $.12 or .8 percent, to $15.26.
Shares of some top gold companies were mixed at the close of trading: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.78 or 6.6 percent, to $12.53.
Shares of some top biotechnology companies were mixed at the close of trading: Amgen Inc. fell $.83 or .5 percent, to $157.60.
Shares of some top supermarkets companies were mixed at the close of trading: Kroger fell $.34 or .5 percent, to $66.40.