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Wallstreet4-111212_23Apr14.jpg Stocks moved mostly lower during trading on Wednesday, giving back some ground after trending higher over the past several sessions. Selling pressure was relatively subdued, however, limiting the downside for the markets. The major averages all closed in the red, although the tech-heavy Nasdaq underperformed its counterparts by a wide margin.

Hickenlooper-042314.jpg Strong support among women and an edge among independents put Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ahead of all four of his potential Republican challengers, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Oil-042512_23Apr14.jpg U.S. crude oil slipped for a second straight session to end at a more than two-week low on Wednesday, after a weekly oil report from the Energy Information Administration showed crude stockpiles in the U.S. to have risen more than expected last week. Oil prices were also impacted on some weak new home...

Gold-051612_23Apr14.jpg Gold futures snapped a three-day loss to end higher on Wednesday, as investors sought the safe haven appeal of the precious metal with rising tensions in Ukraine and some weak U.S. existing home sales in March, while global equity markets declined. In the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Russian Foreign...

russia-ukraine-042314.jpg Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Wednesday that Moscow would retaliate strongly if its "interests" in Ukraine are attacked. He also criticized the Ukrainian administration for relaunching its so-called anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country a day earlier. Lavrov's remarks came in an interview with Russia Today, which published excerpts of the English-language interview to

wallstreet4-103112_23Apr14.jpg While selling pressure has remained relatively subdued, stocks continue to see modest weakness in mid-day trading on Wednesday. The losses on the day come on the heels of the upward trend seen over the past several sessions. The major averages have moved roughly sideways in recent trading, lingering in the red.

Randpaul-042314.jpg While a majority of Kentucky voters approve of the way Rand Paul is handling his job as Senator, the results of New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that voters from the Bluegrass State have a more mixed view on Paul's potential run for president in 2016.

wallstreet1-103112_23Apr14.jpg Stocks are seeing modest weakness in early trading on Wednesday after moving notably higher over the past several sessions. The major averages have all moved to the downside, although selling pressure has remained relatively subdued.

newhomesales-042314.jpg New home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a substantial decrease in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, with sales falling to their lowest level in eight months. The report said new home sales plunged 14.5 percent to an annual rate of 384,000 in March from the revised February rate of 449,000.

BiogenIdec-042314.jpg Biotechnology company Biogen Idec, Inc. Wednesday reported 12 percent increase in the first-quarter profit, reflecting 51 percent growth in revenues, driven mainly by strong sales of multiple sclerosis or MS drug Tecfidera. Adjusted earnings missed analysts' estimates, while sales topped view. Further, the company lifted its fiscal 2014 forecast.

DeltaAirLines-042314.jpg Airline operator Delta Air Lines, Inc., the first of the large US airlines to report first-quarter results, reported Wednesday a profit that soared from last year, reflecting lower fuel expenses and improved revenues. Adjusted earnings per share topped analysts' expectations, while quarterly revenues matched their estimates.

TheBoeing-042314.jpg Aerospace and defense giant Boeing Co. on Wednesday reported a 13 percent decline in profit for the first quarter from last year, as higher revenues were more than offset by costs related to retirement plan changes. However, both revenue and adjusted earnings per share for the quarter beat analysts' expectations. Looking ahead to fiscal 2014, Boeing raised its outlook for core earnings.

wallstreet2-103112_23Apr14.jpg Following the strong upward move seen over the past few sessions, stocks may give back some ground in early trading on Wednesday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a modestly lower open for the markets, with the Dow futures down by 6 points.

EurozonePMI-042314.jpg Eurozone private sector started the second quarter on a solid footing with activity growth the fastest in nearly three years in April, but firms continued to slash prices, fueling fears that deflationary pressures are intensifying. The purchasing managers survey's composite output index rose to 54.0 in April from 53.1 in March, data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday.

GrapheneFlagship-042314.jpg Researchers have developed a new process to produce large volumes of high quality graphene, described as a wonder material. The new method was developed by a research team led by Prof Jonathan Coleman of AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science center headquartered at Trinity College, Dublin. Graphene is a single-atom thick sheet of carbon. It is extremely light and str