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  • ASIA MARKETS: Nikkei's Surge Leads Asian-market Gains

    Nikkei at 7 1/ 2- year high; Chinese stocks brush off latest tariffs. Asian stock markets rose in early trading Wednesday, as Japanese stocks jumped further amid added gains for dollar-yen and bond yields and Chinese stocks shrugged off new tariffs. Japan's Nikkei was up 1.4%, returning to late-January levels after having already bounced 3.6% the prior three trading days, finishing Tuesday at 7 1/ 2- year highs.

  • Benefit Gains Exceed Wage Growth, New Labor Data Show -- 2nd Update

    U.S. employers are boosting benefits-- including bonuses and vacation time-- at a faster pace than salaries, a move that gives them more flexibility to dial back that compensation if the economy turns sour. The cost of benefits for private-sector employers rose 3% in June from a year earlier, while the cost of wages and salaries advanced 2.7%, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The benefit gain was driven by a nearly 12% increase in bonuses and other forms of supplemental pay.

  • U.S. Stocks Shrug Off New Tariffs to Post Gains

    U.S. stocks rose as investors viewed a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese goods, as well as China's early response, as more measured than expected. Because the introduction of the latest tariffs will be staggered, there is cautious optimism there is time for negotiations between the countries, some traders said. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 184.84 points, or 0.7%, to 26246.96 and the S&P 500 rose 15.51 points, or 0.5%, to 2904.31, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 60.32, or 0.8%,...

  • GRAIN HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

    Tariffs Weigh on Corn and Soybean Prices as Wheat Stays Afloat. Corn and soybean futures fell after the U.S. enacted additional tariffs on Chinese goods, and experts say grain traders and farmers are anxiously awaiting a resolution to the present stalemate. Soybean contracts for November delivery fell 1.2% to $8.14 at the Chicago Board of Trade.

  • LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

    Tariffs Weigh on Corn and Soybean Prices as Wheat Stays Afloat. Corn and soybean futures fell after the U.S. enacted additional tariffs on Chinese goods, and experts say grain traders and farmers are anxiously awaiting a resolution to the present stalemate. Soybean contracts for November delivery fell 1.2% to $8.14 at the Chicago Board of Trade.

  • Oil Prices Climb After Russian Plane Shot Down

    By Stephanie Yang and Christopher Alessi. Oil prices rose Tuesday, boosted by heightened geopolitical tension after Russia blamed Israel for the loss of one of its reconnaissance planes shot down overnight by Syrian defense systems. Light, sweet crude for October delivery rose 1.4% to $69.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Buyback 'Blackout' to Test Stock Market -- Update

    A steady stream of robust earnings and economic data has virtually zapped volatility from U.S. stocks, but a coming freeze on share buybacks could challenge the market. Companies typically don't repurchase their own shares in the month before reporting quarterly results because of regulations, and with the third quarter coming to an end, 86% of the S&P 500 will be temporarily restricted by Oct. 5, according to Goldman Sachs (GS) analysts led by David Kostin. That could remove a source...

  • Benefit Gains Exceed Wage Growth, New Labor Data Show -- Update

    Americans' compensation is growing, but workers might not notice it in their regular pay. The value of benefits-- including bonuses and vacation time-- grew at a faster rate in the 12 months ended in June than wages and salaries, according to data the Labor Department released Tuesday. That extended a long-running but slow shift in compensation toward benefits and away from wages.

  • Oil Prices Climb After Russian Plane Shot Down

    By Stephanie Yang and Christopher Alessi. Oil prices rose Tuesday, boosted by heightened geopolitical tension after Russia blamed Israel for the loss of one of its reconnaissance planes shot down overnight by Syrian defense systems. Light, sweet crude for October delivery rose 1.4% to $69.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Treasurys Sell Off as Investors Assess Tariffs

    A weekslong selloff in U.S. government bonds intensified on Tuesday, as the yield on the 10- year Treasury note wrenched clear of the 3% level that has for months acted as its ceiling. The yield on the benchmark 10- year U.S. Treasury note settled at 3.048%, its highest level since May 22, compared with 3.001% Monday.

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