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Stocks open higher after ADP jobs report

U.S. stocks opened higher at the start of Wednesday as investors sifted through a private-sector payrolls report showing significant job gains last month. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 4,183. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 40 points, or 0.1%, to 34,173. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.8% to 13,741. Automatic Data Processing reported the U.S. economy added 742,000 jobs in April, ahead of the more widely watched nonfarm employment report at the end of the week. The continued job gains affirmed the U.S. recovery, and could put pressure on the Federal Reserve to start discussions on pulling back from its easy-money policies. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. shares slid after the hotel chain's earnings fell short of estimates. 9:38 a.m. Today

Walmart's long-awaited sale of Asda set to be waved through by regulator

Walmart's long-awaited sale of its U.K. supermarket chain Asda looks likely to complete within days after the consortium purchasing it put out a statement claiming the British regulator said there was "reasonable grounds" it would accept amended proposals made by the consortium purchasing the supermarket chain. While the takeover by entrepreneurs Mohsin and Zuber Issa and private equity firm TDR Capital was agreed earlier this year they have not taken over operational control pending an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). There were anti-trust concerns over the number of Asda's gas stations but a remedy to sell 27 sites appears to have satisfied the CMA, the consortium claimed. Asda had previously lost market share and saw sales shrink which had prompted Walmart to review options for its U.K. division. A green light from the regulator will bring to an end a protracted process which had involved a failed merger with rival Sainsbury's. The CMA declined to comment and Asda was approached for a comment. 8:51 a.m. Today

Treasury Secretary Yellen Doesn't Anticipate Inflation to Be a Problem

At The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit, Janet Yellen expressed her confidence that the U.S. economy and employment will return to normal by next year. video content 4:56 p.m. May 4, 2021

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Why Your Electricity Bill May Be Higher Than Your Neighbor’s

Retail energy companies compete with local utilities to give U.S. consumers more choice. But in nearly every state where they operate, retailers have charged more than regulated incumbents, meaning you may be paying more for your electricity than your neighbor. Here’s why. Photo Illustration: Jacob Reynolds video content

5:30 a.m. May 3, 2021
S&P 500 sweeps to record close, ends 2-session skid, as tech earnings power higher

The S&P 500 Index closed at a fresh record Thursday at 4,211.61, up 0.7%, after booking a fresh intraday high and as investors weighed another round of upbeat earnings reports from tech heavyweights Apple, Inc. and Facebook, Inc. . Stocks shrugged off midday turbulence as 10-year Treasury yields climbed, leaving the Nasdaq Composite index up 0.2% at 14,082.55 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.7% at 34,060.43.

4:04 p.m. April 29, 2021
Stocks open mostly lower before end of Fed policy meeting

U.S. stocks traded mostly lower at the opening bell on Wednesday as investors looked forward to the Federal Reserve's policy update, where the central bank may acknowledge the improvement in economic data. The S&P 500 was up less than 0.1% to 4,188. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 134 points, or 0.4%, to 33,851. The Nasdaq Composite slid 0.3% to 14,053. Still, investors expect the U.S. central bank to emphasize its commitment to its accommodative policies. Shares of Dow component Microsoft Corp. were down even after delivering earnings late Tuesday that easily topped Wall Street forecasts.

9:37 a.m. April 28, 2021
JPMorgan may offer actively managed bitcoin fund: report

Banking giant JPMorgan Chase is preparing to offer its private wealth clients an actively managed bitcoin fund, Coindesk reported on Monday, citing sources. That fund could be ready by summer, with the bank enlisting NYDIG, an institutional technology and financial services firm dedicated to bitcoin , to act as custody provider, the report said. The report comes as bitcoin rebounded on Monday from last week's losses, with the price climbing above $53,000. A spokesman for JPMorgan could not immediately be reached for comment.

7:48 a.m. April 26, 2021
Stocks edge lower at open despite slide in jobless claims

U.S. stocks fell slightly at the start of Thursday's session as investors sifted through corporate earnings and a drop in unemployment claims to a pandemic low. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.3%, or 107 points, to 34,030. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 4,165. The Nasdaq Composite was down 0.1% to 13,940. First-time jobless claims fell by 39,000 to 547,000 in the week ended April 17, the lowest since before the pandemic struck. Continuing claims fell 34,000 to 3.67 million as of April 10. Shares of AT&T Inc. rose 4% after reporting first-quarter results early Thursday.

9:33 a.m. April 22, 2021
Stocks edge lower as investors contend with coronavirus worries

U.S. stocks ticked lower to start Wednesday's session as investors fretted over the rise of COVID-19 cases across the world. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 4,128. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.1% to 33,794. The Nasdaq Composite shed 0.4% to 13,737. All three major indexes were on course for modest losses this week. India and Japan were seeing an intensification of the pandemic, with Japanese officials considering a state of emergency for major cities Osaka and Tokyo. Shares of Netflix fell 8% after the streaming giant reported a sharp fall in new subscriber growth.

9:36 a.m. April 21, 2021
How Lithium Became a Hot Commodity

Demand for lithium is expected to outpace global supply as consumers switch to battery-powered vehicles. With China currently leading in processing of the vital raw material, the U.S. government is looking to boost domestic production. Photo illustration: Carlos Waters/WSJ video content

5:30 a.m. April 20, 2021
Dow books modest loss; Nasdaq slides 1%

U.S. stocks recorded losses on Monday, pulling major equity benchmarks away from records as investors lacked clear and immediate reasons to push markets higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.4%, or 118 points, to 34,078, based on preliminary numbers. The S&P 500 slid 0.5% to end near 4,163. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 1% to around 13,915. Investors also eyed talks around President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan after he held a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers over the size of the bill. Shares of Dow component Coca-Cola Co. rose 1% after the beverage company reported earnings and revenues Monday that topped Wall Street forecasts.

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