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Solid earnings from major retailers push stocks higher

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors welcomed a batch of strong earnings reports from several big retailers.

Possible Powell signal on future rate cuts may not matter

Chairman Jerome Powell may signal Friday what the Federal Reserve will do — or can do — to strengthen the economy and restore confidence at a time of uncertainties and global weaknesses.

Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games.

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