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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Penn West Petroleum Ltd. fell 14.2 percent to $7.85. Genworth Financial Inc. fell 14.0 percent to $13.98. ...

  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.06 or .2 percent, to $30.46. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.10 or .1 percent, to $67.68. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Exclusive: Upstart trading venue IEX may prompt US market rule change

    By John McCrank NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S regulators may relax rules that require the fastest possible execution of securities trades, potentially helping upstart trading venue IEX Group's plans to become a full-fledged stock exchange. IEX was described in author Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" earlier this year as a place for investors to place buy and sell orders without worrying that they are being "front-run" by other traders whose order transmission speeds are faster than theirs. IEX has put in place a "speed bump" – delaying incoming orders by 350 millionths of a second, or a thousandth of the time it takes to blink -- on its trading venue, letting it update prices faster than the fastest market participants can calculate them, so that high-frequency trading firms cannot use their speed advantage to front-run others. The strategy has proved popular with investors, who have made IEX the 7th most used alternative trading system in the U.S. for the week of July 7, according to data from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

  • Rocket blasts off with U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites
    Rocket blasts off with U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites

    An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft. The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, lifted off at 7:28 p.m. EDT and blazed through partly cloudy skies as it headed into orbit, a United Launch Alliance live webcast showed. Launch of two satellites for the U.S. Air Force’s recently declassified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, had been slated for July 23, but was delayed one day to resolve a technical issue with ground support equipment and then three more times by poor weather. Once in orbit, the GSSAP satellites, built by Orbital Sciences Corp, will drift above and below a 22,300-mile (35,970-km) high zone that houses most of the world's communications satellites and other spacecraft.

  • Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers
    Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before Congress goes on summer break.

  • Hilarious ‘Deadpool’ Test Footage Starring Ryan Reynolds Leaked [VIDEO]
    Hilarious ‘Deadpool’ Test Footage Starring Ryan Reynolds Leaked [VIDEO]

    Test footage of the long-awaited movie about Marvel Comics’ favorite mercenary has leaked online following the close of San Diego Comic Con, and fans are all abuzz over Reynolds’ hilarious portrayal.

  • Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium
    Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium

    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that's bright orange with dark blue spots.

  • Israel Supporters: Beware of Hillary

    I'm skeptical, but even if they are, they're probably telling themselves that Hillary Clinton would be a better friend to the Jewish state than the current president. Remember the way first lady Hillary Clinton sat mute while Suha Arafat accused Israelis of poisoning children? She refers in her book to the relative birth rates in Israel and the Palestinian territories and concludes that "we [are] approaching the day when Palestinians would make up a majority of the combined population of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and most of those Palestinians would be relegated to second class citizenship and unable to vote." This is an old canard, echoed by John Kerry. The demographics are almost certainly wrong (Israel's population growth has been steady, while the Palestinians' has been falling), but the politics are pernicious.

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