U.S. stocks were little changed, after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index climbed toward a record, as Lowe's Cos. fell on a weaker sales forecast and investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.
Hertz Global Holdings Hertz Global Holdings shares fell sharply on Wednesday after the rental car company withdrew its financial guidance for 2014.
The pound strengthened as the Bank of England said two policy makers wanted an interest-rate increase this month, marking the first split on rates in more than three years and the first under Governor Mark Carney.
Argentina's bonds sank to a two-month low after the government said it plans to pay foreign-currency notes locally to sidestep a U.S.
(Adds details from statement, background). Aug 20 (Reuters) - Struggling department store chain Sears Canada Inc reported its ninth loss in 14 quarters as sales continued to decline.