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U.S. Futures Fall As Ukraine Fears Return To Forefront By Clip Syndicate U.S. stocks fell moderately on Thursday after Ukraine's president said Russian forces had been brought into his country, returning focus to the volatile region, though the latest round of U.S. economic data pointed to improving conditions. Worries over tension abroad had largely faded from Wall Street, with major indexes seeing few negative days over the past two weeks and both the Dow and S&P hitting records.

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U.S. Officials Approve Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver Program By Clip Syndicate Federal officials have approved Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to use federal funds to pay for private health insurance coverage for up to 600,000 residents. Corbett was one of several Republican governors to reject federal money to expand state Medicaid rolls under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. But unlike most of his peers, he sought a waiver to use those expansion funds to instead subsidize private health insurance for low-income residents.

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Dow Analyst Moves: MRK By Clip Syndicate The latest tally of analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses shows that among the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Merck & Co. (MRK) is the #12 analyst pick. ...Read More »
Wal-Mart Looks Online For Chinese Growth By Clip Syndicate As Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. courts investors for a highly anticipated public offering next month in the U.S., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is busy trying to win over online shoppers in the Chinese e-commerce company's backyard. Wal-Mart's online arm in China—called Yihaodian, meaning No. 1 Store—has recently increased the number of products sold on its site, built up its supply chain and streamlined its mobile site in a push to boost sales. Wal-Mart owns a 54% stake in Yihaodian.

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Dow Movers: V, UNH By Clip Syndicate In early trading on Thursday, shares of UnitedHealth Group (UNH) topped the list of the day's best performing Dow Jones Industrial Average components, trading up 0.5%. Year to date, UnitedHealth Group registers a 15.3% gain. ...Read More »
Ukraine Fears Weigh On Global Stock Markets By Clip Syndicate Worsening tensions in Ukraine are sending markets lower, overshadowing an encouraging report on U.S. economic growth. Ukraine's president declared that Russian forces have entered his country and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 64 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,056 as of 9:35 a.m. Bond prices rose as investors sought out lower-risk assets. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.32 percent.

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Irion Co.'s only active landfill to close By Clip Syndicate Irion Co.'s only active landfill to close ...Read More »
Brazil's Silva Winning Over Investors In Presidential Race By Clip Syndicate Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike. Disdain for President Dilma Rousseff's leftist policies runs so deep in Brazilian financial markets that one comment making the rounds there says: "Marina is like Russian roulette, but Dilma is like a fully-loaded revolver." It captures the mistrust that many investors feel toward Silva, whose history of volatile decisions, lack of executive experience and emphasis on eco-friendly policies, even at the possible expense of economic growth, have all raised red flags.

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Wednesday Sector Laggards: Agriculture & Farm Products, Education & Training Services By Clip Syndicate In trading on Wednesday, agriculture & farm products shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.7%. Helping drag down the group were shares of S&W Seed (SANW), down about 7.5% and shares of Cresud SA (CRESY) off about 1.7% on the day. ...Read More »
Dow Analyst Moves: GE By Clip Syndicate The latest tally of analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses shows that among the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, General Electric (GE) is the #12 analyst pick. General Electric also comes in above the median of analyst picks among the broader S&P 500 index components, claiming the #218 spot out of 500. ...Read More »

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