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Weak home purchase contracts hint at pause in sales activity
WASHINGTON Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. houses unexpectedly fell in June after five straight months of increase, suggesting some cooling in home resales activity after recent hefty gains.
Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Unexpectedly Declines  Bloomberg
Pending Home Sales Slip in June  Wall Street Journal
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S&P 500 Movers: AKAM, CTXS
In early trading on Wednesday, shares of Citrix Systems (CTXS) topped the list of the day's best performing components of the S&P 500 index, trading up 7.8%.
RBC Capital Mkts Reiterated Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) As Sector Perform ...
Mark Templeton To Step Down as Citrix CEO  Virtualization Review
US stocks rise amid earnings; Fed meeting in focus
U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as investors assessed earning ahead of a statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve that could give clues regarding the timing of a rate hike.
US stocks march higher for second straight day  MarketWatch
Wall Street Jumps with Fed Statement on Tap  Fox Business
After Killing Twitter Stock Gain, Dorsey Wins Praise
In his first earnings call with investors as head of a public company, Jack Dorsey decided to go for candid. With the stock up on Twitter Inc.'s second-quarter revenue exceeding expectations, the interim chief executive officer didn't self-congratulate ...
Watch Twitter's stock nosedive after Jack Dorsey starts talking  Quartz
Twitter Down on Concerns About 'Anemic' User Growth  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Better economy has smokers buying more Marlboros
A better economy is helping sell more Marlboros and Camels, even as prices climb. That brought higher profits for their makers in the second quarter.
Altria Group (MO) Martin J. Barrington on Q2 2015 Results - Earnings Call ...  Seeking Alpha
Altria Group Inc. Keeps Delivering Double-Digit Earnings Growth  Motley Fool
Lagarde Signals IMF Board Will Back Latest Ukraine Bailout Tranche
WASHINGTON—The head of the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday signaled the emergency lender will likely approve a bailout payment for Ukraine despite the failure of Kiev to secure a debt restructuring deal with creditors.
Lagarde Says China Economy Strong Enough to Weather Stock Plunge  Bloomberg
Lagarde plays down China stock jitters  Financial Times
Activists dangle from bridge in Shell Oil protest
Protesting the departure of a Shell oil ship bound for the Arctic, 26 Greenpeace activists are hanging from the St. John's bridge in Portland, Oregon.
Greenpeace Suspends Climbers off Portland Bridge to Block Shell's Arctic ...  Newsweek
Protesters dangle off Portland bridge to stop Shell icebreaker from leaving  CTV News
US Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan
WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September.
Dollar Slightly Stronger on Fed Meeting Hopes  Wall Street Journal
Fed statement to be scrutinized for clues to rate change
Higher incentives, strong dollar weigh on MasterCard's revenue
MasterCard Inc (MA.N), the operator of the world's second largest payment network, reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as it offered more rebates and incentives to win deals.
MasterCard Reports Weaker-Than-Expected Revenue Growth  Wall Street Journal
MasterCard Revenue Falls Short of Estimates on Strong Dollar  Bloomberg
Yelp shares plunge, chairman steps down
Yelp shares plummeted nearly 28% Wednesday afternoon after the company reported grim second-quarter earnings Tuesday and announced that chairman Max Levchin is stepping down.
Analysts lose confidence in Yelp after gloomy second quarter  MarketWatch
Yelp Slumps 28% on Sales Forecast Cut, Analysts' Downgrades  Bloomberg