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crudeoil-111314_03Sep15.jpg U.S. crude oil ended higher for a second straight session on Thursday, tracking the continued uptick in global stock markets despite the dollar strengthening, and notwithstanding the more than expected increase in the weekly crude stockpiles report from the Energy Information Administration. Crude...

DonaldTrump-090415.jpg After meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, real estate mogul Donald Trump vowed not to launch a third-party run for president on Thursday. Trump held a press conference after the meeting to announce he has signed a pledge being circulated by the RNC in recent days.

Goldbars022513_03Sep15.jpg Gold futures ended lower for a second straight session Thursday, as the continued uptick in global stock markets lured investors to the riskier assets, limiting the safe haven appeal of the precious metal with little support from a strengthening U.S. dollar. Gold prices also reacted to some upbeat...

HillaryClinton-090315.jpg A former State Department employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton's private email server has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying before Congress. Bryan Pagliano was subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks last month.

wallstreet4-103112_03Sep15.jpg After moving sharply higher earlier in the session, stocks continue to turn in a strong performance in mid-day trading on Thursday. Buying interest has waned somewhat, but the markets have maintained a firmly positive bias.

wallstreet-121514_03Sep15.jpg Stocks have moved mostly higher over the course of early trading on Thursday, adding to the strong gains posted in the previous session. The major averages have climbed firmly into positive territory, further offsetting the sell-off seen on Tuesday.

Draghi-090315.jpg The European Central Bank lowered the economic growth and inflation outlook for the euro area on Thursday, citing more downside risks that have emerged recently, and said that it was ready to extend its quantitative easing programme beyond the September 2016 deadline, if needed.

ISMNon-Manufacturing-090315.jpg After reporting a substantial acceleration in the pace of U.S. service sector growth in the previous month, the Institute for Supply Management released a report on Thursday showing a modest slowdown in the pace of growth in August.

Tradebalance-090315.jpg With the value of exports rising and the value of imports falling, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing a notably narrower U.S. trade deficit in the month of July. The report said the trade deficit narrowed to $41.9 billion in July from a revised $45.2 billion in June.

Medtronic-090315.jpg Medical device maker Medtronic plc on Thursday reported a 6 percent decline in profit for the first quarter from last year, as a surge in revenues that was helped by the company's acquisition of Covidien plc was more than offset by higher costs and expenses. However, sales beat analysts' expectations. The company also affirmed its outlook for earnings and sales growth for fiscal 2016.

Joblesslclaims-090315.jpg A day ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than expected in the week ended August 29th.

Tesla-090315.jpg Electric car maker Tesla Motors, Inc.'s Model X Crossover Signature Series is starting at $132,000 with an estimated 240-mile range. The Model X Signature edition is Tesla's first crossover utility vehicle. The coolest feature: falcon-wing rear doors with sensors to prevent them from hitting things while opening.

wallstreet-112014_03Sep15.jpg Following the rally seen over the course of the previous session, stocks may see some further upside in early trading on Thursday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 105 points.

retailers-090315.jpg A sampling of U.S. apparel retailers on Thursday reported mixed sales at established stores for the pivotal back-to-school shopping month of August. Consumers tightened their back-to-school budgets for traditional items like clothing while shifting their spending toward big, infrequent purchases such as new vehicles. Mall traffic was not quite as robust this season.

ECBrates-090315.jpg The European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged on Thursday as recent data suggest that economic recovery is continuing, albeit at a sluggish pace, while lower oil prices, stronger euro and the Chinese slowdown pose risks to the outlook. The Governing Council, led by ECB President Mario Draghi, kept the refinancing rate at a record low 0.05 percent, following the meeting in Frankfurt.

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