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    Stocks remained lower on Wednesday as crude oil inventories were more than double the quantity expected and as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addressed the House of Representatives in her second day of testimony before Congress. The S&P 500 was down 0.12%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.04%, and the Nasdaq was flat.

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    opened little changed on Tuesday as investors were cautious ahead of another day of testimony by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Downbeat results from Hewlett-Packard Inc. weighed on technology stocks. Earnings reports from retailers, such as Target, Lowe's and Dollar Tree are also likely to grab investor attention.

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    Shares of Target Corp  are climbing, up 1.36% to $78 in pre-market trading Wednesday, after the retail giant reported a bigger than expected rise in same-store sales and earnings for the fourth quarter. For the fourth quarter, Target (TGT) said comp sales at stores open longer than one year jumped 3.8%, higher than the 3% rise the company forecast.

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    * HP drops in premarket after results, outlook. * Day two of Yellen testimony on deck. * New home sales data expected at 10 a.m. * Futures off: Dow 2 pts, S&P 2.5 pts, Nasdaq 8.75 pts. By Chuck Mikolajczak.

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    Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) shares were up about 1% in premarket trade Wednesday after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat expectations. Cablevision (CVC) reported a net income of $56.1 million, or 21 cents per share, up from $51.3 million, or 20 cents per share, in the year-earlier period. The company reported diluted earnings per share of 20 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 19 cents.

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    The S&P 500 closed down and the Nasdaq snapped a 10-session winning streak on Wednesday as investors took profits in Apple shares, while the Dow eked out another record high close. Boosting the Dow were consumer discretionary shares including McDonald's, up 3.9 percent at 98.66, which also helped to limit losses on the S&P 500.

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    Updated from 6:55 a.m. EST. Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, Feb. 25: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were mixed as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's continued testimony before Congress Wednesday, and as the Nasdaq reaches toward 5,000.

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    - Lowe's Cos Inc , the No. 2 U.S. home improvement chain, reported same-store sales well above analysts' estimates as lower gas prices and an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on home renovations. Lowe's (LOW) shares rose 2.5 percent to $76.50 premarket as the company also forecast full-year sales above estimates.

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    Why did financial stocks rise Tuesday when Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee and said interest rates won't rise for at least the next couple of FOMC meetings? . Even though banks make more money when interest rates rise, there's been an increase in lending, which is a higher-margin business, said Karen Finerman, president of Metropolitan Capital Ad...

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    The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Wednesday: ROCHE. British doctors called on Tuesday for Roche's cancer drug Avastin to be made routinely available as a cheap alternative for treating people with a debilitating eye disorder. For more, click on. COMPANY STATEMENTS.

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    By Anora Mahmudova and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch. First Solar (FSLR), Home Depot (HD) help lead the way higher. NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and Dow industrials closing at records, as the market read Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's testimony before Congress as a reassurance that a rate hike might not occur until the second half of the year.