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U.S. Stocks Settle Mixed as Earlier Gains Evaporate on Hawkish Fed Comments

The S&P 500 Index ($SPX) on Wednesday closed down -0.11%, the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) closed down -0.21%, and the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) closed up +0.03%.

U.S. stock indexes on Wednesday settled mixed after the Nasdaq 100 initially posted a new record high.  A rally in crude prices Wednesday to a new 2-1/2 year high boosted energy stocks.  Also, strength in technology stocks on was positive for the overall market and pushed the Nasdaq 100 up to a new all-time high.  Stock indexes erased their gains on hawkish Fed comments. Wednesday’s U.S. economic data was mixed for stocks.

Energy stocks and energy service providers moved higher Wednesday after crude prices posted a new 2-1/2 year high.  Occidental Petroleum (OXY) closed up more than +3% Wednesday and Devon Energy (DVN), Enphase Energy (ENPH), and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) all closed up more than +1%.

Technology stocks were mostly stronger Wednesday, led by a +5% jump in Tesla (TSLA).  Also, Mi... Read more

The Latest: COVID-19 cluster worsens in Australian city

SYDNEY, Australia — A state government minister has been infected with COVID-19 and another minister is in isolation as a cluster in the Australian city of Sydney worsens.

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John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive, dead at 75

John McAfee, the outlandish security software pioneer who tried to live life as a hedonistic outsider while running from a host of legal troubles, was in his jail cell near Barcelona on Wednesday.

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

MADRID (AP) — John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax charges punishable by decades in prison, authorities said.

Company defends use of toxic chemicals to fight plant fire

A company whose northern Illinois chemical plant was heavily damaged in a fire last week defended its use of firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals Wednesday, saying crews had taken steps to contain the material.

Teamsters aims to step up efforts to unionize Amazon workers

NEW YORK (AP) — The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that represents 1.4 million workers, is setting its sights on Amazon.

Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers.

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