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    Japanese stocks moved up, down and all around in early Thursday action, with the most heavily weighted blue chips trading mixed in the face of a rising yen and overnight gains on the U.S. stock exchanges. About 15 minutes into the morning session, the Nikkei Average was 0.1% higher, while the broader Topix saw a more robust 0.4% advance. The dollar was about half a yen lower than at the previous Tokyo stock close, buying Yen119.01, compared to Yen119.56.

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    Equal Pay Day, which occurred on Tuesday, highlights how much of a salary gap still exists between men and women in the workplace. But at least a few female CEOs aren't having trouble earning their worth.A USA Today analysis reported Wednesday morning shows that the highest-paid female CEO, among companies that have released their proxy since the start of the year, is Lockheed Martin's Marillyn Hewson. The chief executive of the aerospace and defense giant saw her total pay package for 2014 grow to $33.7 million, according to the company's proxy.In terms of total compensation, that puts her at the top of all female CEOs in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index that have filed so far. In addition, according to USA Today's analysis, it makes her the only woman among the top 10 CEO earners, again for companies that have already released their data.A company spokesperson declined to comment further about Hewson's compensation, but as USA Today noted, investors probably won't raise too many concerns. Lockheed Martin's (LMT) stock rose some 30 percent in 2014, far better than the S&P 500.Notably, a few companies with female CEOs have yet to file their data this year, including Yahoo (YHOO), General Motors (GM) and Oracle. We do have a sense of what they're likely to pay, though, based on previous figures. Yahoo (YHOO) filed its proxy last year in late April, which showed that CEO Marissa Mayer made $24.9 million in 2013. GM said early last year that Mary Barra would make about $14.4 million in 2014. And Oracle's Safra Catz, who was named co-CEO in September and made more than $37 million as president in the company's last fiscal year, could eventually top Hewson's pay.Among companies that already have filed proxies this calendar year, the next two highest-paid female CEOs after Hewson are PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi, whose total compensation for 2014 was $22.5 million and Xerox's Ursula Burns, who earned $22.2 million.The big boost in Hewson's 2014 compensation came from a change in her pension value, which rose by nearly $16 million — or nearly half of her total pay package. The difference was big enough that Lockheed, like a growing number of companies, created a separate column in the company's pay table for the amount she earned without the pension value change, which was "only" $17.9 million.Yet while companies may want to separate those numbers, investors tend to think the whole picture is more valuable, said John Roe, executive director of ISS Corporate Solutions. "Many institutional investors think the change in pension should be included, because it includes a real cash payout CEOs will take with them when they retire," he said in an interview with The Post.Hewson's not the only one to see her pension value shift significantly this year. Due to changes in the actuarial tables for CEOs' life expectancies, as well as continued low interest rates, this is proving to be the "largest pension adjustment year in the history of executive pay since disclosures were required in 2006," Roe said. Within at least 15 companies this year, he said, the change in pension value was actually greater than all the other elements of the CEO's pay combined.Read also:The worst question you could ask women in a job interviewLike On Leadership? Follow us on Facebook (FB) and Twitter, and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.




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    Japan surpassed China in February as the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasurys for the first time since 2008, according to Treasury International Capital data released on Wednesday. A rising dollar, along with fatter yields in the Treasury market, compared to an effective zero-rate policy in Japan lured Japanese investors to the Treasury market, said David O'Malley, CEO of Penn Mutual Asset Management.

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    Shares of Southwestern Energy  closed up 5.33% to $26.69 on Wednesday as oil prices continued their rally. WTI crude was up 5.03% to $55.97 at 4:37 p.m., while Brent crude rallied 3.29% to $60.35, according to CNBC. Oil prices extended their rally from Tuesday as government data demonstrated a smaller-than-expected increase in crude oil stockpiles in the U.S. in the latest week.

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     Universal Forest Products shares are continuing to climb, up 1.1% to $54.61, in after-hours trading on Wednesday following the release of the holding company's first quarter earnings results after the closing bell today.The company reported that first quarter net revenues increased by 41% to $10.2 million, or 51 cents per diluted share on adjusted basis, versus the 36 cents per share it earned...

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    * Intel pushes higher following quarterly report. * Delta profit up, helped by cheap fuel. * Netflix gains after the close. * Indexes up: Dow 0.42 pct, S&P 0.51 pct, Nasdaq 0.68 pct. By Noel Randewich. U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday, fueled by gains in oil companies and speculation that upcoming first-quarter earnings reports might not be quite as weak as previously thought.

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    Wednesday's gains on Wall Street sent key close to record levels, as better-than-expected earnings and a jump in oil prices invigorated stock market bulls. Small-cap stocks led the rally, with the Russell 2000 closing at a fresh record. Energy stocks rallied more than 2% following a nearly 6% jump by crude-oil futures, which settled at the highest level this year.

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    Stocks broke free of tight-range trading on Wednesday, closing with modest gains as crude oil posted its best close of the year and the energy sector rallied. The S&P 500 was up 0.5%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.4%, and the Nasdaq gained 0.68%. Must Read: 13 Volatile Stocks to Buy Right Now if You Are a Risk Taker.

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    Shares of Chesapeake Energy  rose 5.44% to $16.08 in afternoon trading Wednesday as oil prices climbed. WTI crude was up 4.9% to $55.90 at 3:46 p.m., while Brent crude rallied 3.29% to $60.35, according to CNBC. Oil prices continued their rally from Tuesday as the data released by the government showed a smaller-than-expected increase in crude oil stockpiles in the U.S. in the latest week.

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    * Intel pushes higher. * Netflix to report after the bell. * Indexes up: Dow 0.57 pct, S&P 0.66 pct, Nasdaq 0.83 pct. By Noel Randewich. U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, fueled by gains in the energy sector and speculation that upcoming first-quarter earnings reports might not be quite as bad as previously thought. All 10 major S&P 500 sectors gained, with the energy index up 1.89 percent.

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    Shares of engineering company McDermott International   rose 5.27% to $5.39 in afternoon trading Wednesday as oil prices extended their rally. McDermott is an an engineering company with much of its operations in the oil industry. WTI crude was up 4.99% to $55.95 at 3:04 p.m., while Brent crude rallied 3.29% to $60.35, according to CNBC.

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    Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC) are higher by 1.10% to $2.30 in mid-afternoon trading on Wednesday, as mining and related stocks get a boost from the rally in gold prices, which are gaining on fresh concerns regarding Greece's financial issues. Gold for June delivery is rising by 0.82% to $1,202.40 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.