Better-than-expected eurozone confidence data are also helping ahead of more key US releases Thursday.
Stocks are higher, even though the estimate of first quarter GDP growth was revised lower.
US markets set for a higher open ahead of economic data.
Exploding demand for chicken and pork may mean big profits for these 3 companies.
The world's largest seed company says a 'purposeful' act could explain the unapproved genetically engineered crop.
Traders are looking for trending stocks at attractive entry points, and these giants have a lot going for them.
The agricultural productivity business and ongoing international expansion are key drivers.
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