Wall Street's key averages remain higher for the week so far, after yesterday's pullback. In Wednesday trading, the Dow fell 83 points, or 0.6 percent, to 13,033. The S&P slipped 6 points, while the Nasdaq dropped 11. Futures trading suggests gains this morning.
- International stock markets rose today as investors reacted to a crucial bond auction in Spain while banking on hopes that China would take more steps to prop up its slowing economy. Investors showed a healthy appetite for Spanish debt Benchmark crude oil hovered under $103 per barrel. The dollar rose against the yen and was steady against the euro.
- Today's economic reports include weekly unemployment claims from the Labor Department. Later this morning, the Conference Board reports on the index of leading economic indicators, a forward-looking gauge of the U.S. economy.
- A woman's well-publicized, $9,867 small claims award for her under-performing hybrid Honda Civic is being challenged by the automaker. Honda's appeal is being heard in Superior Court in California, which has the final word. People in a class action settlement would get substantially less money.
- A report out in Asia today says the continent's 2 billion women lag far behind men in pay and top leadership positions and that it's a potential threat to undermine the region's achievements. The Asia Society survey on women's status says limits on female employment cost the region $89 billion a year in terms of lost productivity and human resources.