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Stocks edge lower as investors listen for trade deal clues

U.S. stocks fell in early trading Friday as investors grew more uncertain about prospects for a trade deal between the U.S. and China. The market is still poised for a winning week and major indexes were just below record highs set a day earlier. Wall Street has been cheering the latest push to sign an agreement before more costly tariffs ...

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Trade hopes push US stock indexes toward more record highs

Stocks rose broadly in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, pushing major indexes toward another set of records, after China said it agreed with the U.S. on a gradual pullback on tariffs if talks progress. The S&P 500 is heading for its second record-setting day this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq are on pace for their ...

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SUPER SIX — Mississippi’s companies offer an array of services

By LYNN LOFTON The top six companies — the Super Six — on the list of Mississippi’s Top 100 private companies are a diverse group. The sectors represented include petroleum refining and distributing, banking, construction, tire services and insurance. The top six are Ergon, BancPlus Corporation/BankPlus, the Yates Companyies, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Tire Mart and Southern Farm ...

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US stocks hang close to records after mixed profit reports

U.S. stock indexes held close to their record highs following a mixed set of earnings reports Wednesday, where some big companies topped Wall Street’s expectations and others warned that the slowing global economy and trade tensions are hitting their profits. The S&P 500 flipped between small gains and losses as trading opened for the day, similar to how it’s been ...

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US stock indexes edged mostly higher on company earnings

Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday as investors weighed a mixed batch of company earnings reports. Despite a choppy day of trading, the S&P 500 was holding above 3,000, hovering within range of its all-time high set on July 26, and on course to extend gains from a broad rally on Monday. Gains in health ...

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US stock indexes veer mostly lower as traders weigh earnings

Technology companies led the major U.S. stock indexes mostly lower Wednesday afternoon, placing the market on track to give back some of its gains from the day before. The modest losses came as investors weighed mixed data on the economy and continued to pore over corporate earnings reports. The Commerce Department said U.S. retail sales fell in September by the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS trying to stay invisible until after elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi’s invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog. “The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is a ticking fiscal time bomb,” headlined the Bigger Pie story. “Analysis: Public retirement plan pressure won’t end soon,” was ...

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Dueling ‘wealth tax’ plans may prompt Sanders-Warren clash

Elizabeth Warren’s call for a new 2% tax on the wealthiest Americans is so popular among her supporters that impromptu chants of “two cents” routinely surface at her rallies. But Bernie Sanders, Warren’s chief competitor for liberal voters, made clear on Tuesday he also has “a plan for that.” Sanders, a Vermont senator, announced a plan to tax the nation’s ...

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US stocks fall ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

Stocks moved broadly lower on Wall Street in afternoon trading Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated decision from the Federal Reserve on interest rates. The Fed is expected to cut its benchmark interest for a second time this year. Close attention will be paid to any clues Fed Chairman Jerome Powell gives about future rate policy during a 2:30 p.m. ...

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Stocks slip as surge in oil brings fresh economic worries

Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. The attack, which Yemeni rebels said they were behind, raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil at a time when the global economy’s strength is already seen as shaky. President Donald Trump warned ...

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