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wallstreet1-103112_26May16.jpg After moving sharply higher over the course of the two previous sessions, stocks showed a lack of direction throughout the trading day on Thursday. Despite the lackluster performance, the tech-heavy Nasdaq crept up to its best closing level in over a month.

hatch-senate-052616.jpg Reflecting Republican intransigence on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, reacted to a meeting with the federal appeals court judge before it had taken place.

congress-image-052616.jpg An energy and water spending bill was blocked in the House on Thursday due partly to the inclusion of a Democratic amendment to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The House voted 305 to 112 against the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.

BernieSanders-052616.jpg Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., currently seems unlikely to face Donald Trump in the general election, but the two presidential candidates could face off in an upcoming debate. Asked about debating Sanders, Trump said he would love the idea if the proceeds from the event went to charity.

DonaldTrump-campaign-052616.jpg Business mogul Donald Trump has reportedly earned the support of the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. Trump was already the presumptive nominee after his last two GOP opponents suspended their campaigns earlier this month.

wallstreet-112414_26May16.jpg Stocks continue to turn in a lackluster performance in mid-day trading on Thursday after moving notably higher over the two previous sessions. The major averages have spent the day bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line.

whitehouse-Obma2-052616.jpg As he meets with other world leaders at a G7 summit in Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama suggested some of his counterparts are concerned about the candidacy of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

SolarImpulse2-052616.jpg Swiss long-range solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Lehigh Valley, Allentown in Pennsylvania, at the doorstep of New York, ending the latest stage of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without fuel. Solar Impulse 2 touched down at Lehigh Valley International Airport at 8:49...

wallstreet-111814_26May16.jpg After moving notably higher over the two previous sessions, stocks are turning in a relatively lackluster performance in early trading on Thursday. The major averages have been bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line.

ValeantCorporateController-052616.jpg Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. said it has appointed Sam Eldessouky as senior vice president and corporate controller, with effect from May 31, 2016. The appointment is the latest in a raft of management changes at the company, which has been criticized for its accounting and business practices.

ICBC-052616.jpg Chinese banks held on to the top three spots in Forbes' annual list of the world's 2,000 largest and most powerful public companies, which comprises 586 US companies. Despite a slowing Chinese economy, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC ), China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China held onto their leading positions in the FORBES Global 2000. The FORBES Global 2000 ranking

PendingHomeSales-052616.jpg With the South and West seeing sharp increases, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. pending home sales jumped much more than expected in April to their highest level in a decade. NAR said its pending home sales index surged up by 5.1 percent.

netflix-052516.jpg Netflix Inc. and movie studio Disney are finally taking their deal that was announced in 2012 to the next level. The online movie rental service will become the exclusive U.S. pay-TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.

usagencies-052516.jpg Federal legacy IT investments are becoming increasingly obsolete; many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported, according to a watchdog report. Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old, the Government Accountability Office said in a report published Wednesday. The report points to a number of wo

Durablegoods-052616.jpg Partly reflecting a jump in orders for commercial aircraft and parts, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing that new orders for U.S. manufactured goods surged up by much more than expected in April. The Commerce Department said durable goods orders shot up by 3.4 percent.

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