Stock futures edge up on China stimulus hopes
U.S. stock index futures edge higher, finding a modicum of support after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says the country has room to further ease monetary policy, while Wal-Mart shares sink in premarket action after the retailer's third-quarter forecast disappoints. See full story.
U.S. consumer prices unchanged in July
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in July, as lower energy prices offset gains in food and other items, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Wednesday. See full story.
Stocks to watch Thursday: AFC, Agilent, Ball
MarketWatch's rundown of corporate headlines of interest to investors early Thursday. See full story.
European stocks inch lower amid thin volumes
European stock markets nudge lower amid thin volumes on Thursday, as miners on the rise fail to lift indexes following monetary easing hints from China. See full story.
Japan stocks shine, as China, Hong Kong retreat
Japanese stocks catch a tailwind from a weakened yen to lead Asian markets. Weak monthly data foreign direct investments into China drag on mainland stocks, while Hong Kong shares stage a U-turn in afternoon trade to end lower after disappointing earnings from heavyweight China Mobile Ltd. See full story.
All eyes have been diverted recently by the drama being played out by the Dow. Yet Mark Hulbert advises to also take a look at the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which is more than 5% off its early May highs. See full story.
Most financial advisers have their clients' best interests at heart, but there are a few bad apples. Here's how to protect yourself, and your retirement funds, from rogue brokers and bad advice. See full story.