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    The dollar strengthened against its main rivals Wednesday after official data showed orders for durable goods rose 2% in July. The spike, driven by was much larger than the 0.6% seasonally adjusted decline forecast by economists polled by MarketWatch. The euro fell to $1.1360 after the data from $1.1400 shortly before.

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    A gauge of U.S. business investment plans recorded its largest increase in just over a year in July, suggesting the United States was in good shape to withstand growing strains in the global economy.

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    Growing up in Chicago, Jesus "Jessie" Larios figured he'd end up working a dead-end job just like everyone else he knew. His parents immigrated from Mexico -- his dad works at an auto parts store and his mom doesn't have a job. Larios admits that he did the bare minimum when he was at Kennedy High School, where 84% of the students are low-income and only two-thirds graduate in four years.

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    Applications for U.S. home mortgages edged up last week as interest rates declined, an industry group said on Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, rose 0.2 percent in the week ended Aug. 21.

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    * As deficit declines, so does public interest in it. * Biggest funder of anti-deficit movement doesn't waver. * Some U.S. lawmakers eye measures adding to deficit. By Susan Cornwell. As the U.S. government's budget deficit has declined, so has anxiety about it in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, but one family and the Washington "deficit hawk" community it bankrolls are unfazed.

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    Eight groups representing the U.S. Democratic Party's progressive wing planned to call on Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to disavow the controversial practice of Wall Street firms paying bonuses to executives who leave for government jobs.

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     General Electric, which is threatening to leave its longtime corporate headquarters in Connecticut over a tax hike, has become the prize in what amounts to a bidding war between its home state and rivals from neighboring New York to Atlanta and Dallas.

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    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Tuesday sold $2.2 billion in bonds in a bid to finance construction of new school facilities and to refund debts, according to the pricing scale released by underwriters. Yields topped out at 5.10 percent for bonds due in 2040 with a 5.25 percent coupon.

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    Marijuana tourism is a budding industry. Tourism is increasing in states and cities where it is legal to buy and consume marijuana without a medical license. Millennials realize growing up is hard to do.

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    When it comes to the volatility of the stock market, you may lose your shirt, but you probably won't lose your home. That's because real estate tends to be a life raft for investors seeking safety amid volatility when equity markets are expected to turn south. "Real estate is Americans' preferred investment for money that they won't need for at least 10 years and that hasn't changed," said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst with New York-based Bankrate.com.

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    By Mark DeCambre and Sue Chang, MarketWatch. Never mind raising interest rates-- Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, is predicting that the Federal Reserve will launch a fresh round of quantitative easing rather than tightening at its coming policy meeting in September. The Bridgewater Associates boss argues in a post on his LinkedIn account that the growing risk of deflation-- not inflation-- is pressuring the U.S. central bank's decision on raising interest rates,...

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    Many analysts have all but written off the possibility of a rate hike in September after the market chaos of the past week. But there are still some who believe the U.S. central bank will go ahead and pull the trigger. "September is a very likely time unless something really bad happens," said James Glassman, economist at J.P.

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    Shares of Yamana Gold   are falling 7.32% to $1.90 in midday trading on Tuesday, as strong U.S. economic data drives down the price of gold. After tumbling on Monday, U.S. stocks are gaining following China's central bank's attempt today to boost its economy by decreasing interest rates and banks' reserve requirements.

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     Petrobras stock is gaining 4.59% to $4.56 in midday trading on Tuesday as oil prices recovered from yesterday's losses. WTI crude is up 3.22% to $39.47 per barrel, while Brent crude is rising 1.9% to $43.50 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index. Oil prices are expected to remain low due to global oversupply and a weaker Chinese economy, Reuters reports.

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    Shares of Denbury Resources (DNR) are higher by 8.87% to $3.56 in late morning trading on Tuesday, as the oil sector shakes off yesterday's sharp losses after the Chinese central bank cut interest rates. Although Oil prices are trading in the green the commodity still hovered near six and a half year lows today, as pressure from the global oversupply and China's uncertain economy continue to weigh.

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     Boeing shares are up 1.55% to $129.17 in late morning trading on Tuesday after the company increased its Chinese growth forecast by 5%. The Seattle-based aerospace company said that it expects Chinese aircraft demand to increase to 6,330 over the next 20 years, despite signs that the country's economy is slowing down.

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    Sales of new single-family homes rebounded in July after a sharp decline in June, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.4% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000 after a 7.7% decline in the prior month. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected an annual rate of 510,000 in July, compared with an originally estimated June rate of 482,000. On Tuesday, the government revised July's rate slightly to 481,000. Sales of...