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U.S. Stocks Tick Higher on Strong Earnings

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U.S. stocks edged higher Thursday as gains in shares of technology companies offset losses in the energy sector.

ECB Keeps Interest Rates, Stimulus Program Unchanged

The threats to the eurozone's economic recovery are diminishing, but there are as yet few signs that inflation will settle at the European Central Bank's target, its president said.

U.S. Durable Orders Edged Up In March

Demand for long-lasting factory goods rose more slowly in March, reflecting a decline in orders of cars and machinery.

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Jobless Claims Rise

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits increased last week, but remained at a low level indicative of steady job growth.

U.S. Pending Home Sales Fell in March

The number of homes across the U.S. that went under contract fell in March, suggesting the housing market may have lost momentum after a sharp rise in prices. Pending home sales fell 0.8% from a month earlier to an index of 111.4. Economists surveyed had expected sales to fall 1%.

Eurozone Confidence Hits Postcrisis High

Eurozone businesses and consumers grew more upbeat about their prospects in April, as a measure of confidence rose to its highest level since a year before the global financial crisis struck in 2008.

Oil Prices Fall After Mixed U.S. Inventory Data

Oil prices fell to a one-month low Thursday amid mixed U.S. inventory data and increasing concerns that a supply action by major producers may not be sufficient to clear a global surplus.

WSJ's Daily Shot: The Peso Tumbles as U.S. Reverses on Nafta Pullout Threat

Mexico Registers Small Trade Deficit in March

Mexico registered a modest trade deficit in March as a surplus in manufacturing and other goods partially offset a deficit in petroleum trade, the National Statistics Institute said Thursday.

Puerto Rico Emerges as Sticking Point in U.S. Spending Showdown

President Donald Trump's criticism of a 'bailout' for Puerto Rico is disrupting a bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill to send the struggling U.S. territory more federal Medicaid dollars.

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April 27, 2017 11:15 ET (15:15 GMT)