If Thursday's successful US market debut for JD.com was the undercard, it bodes well for the main event, as the emperor of Chinese commerce prepares to go public.
The social network reportedly wants a low-profile event when it goes public. That's why the Nasdaq's recent technical glitches would seem to make it unlikely that the exchange will be getting the Twitter IPO listing.
A Spanish bond auction draws tepid interest. A gauge of the US service sector shows weakness. American companies add more jobs than forecast. JPMorgan agrees to pay a $20 million fine for actions related to Lehman's collapse.
Factory orders grow less than expected. The Fed plans to release minutes from its most recent policymaking meeting. Ford says vehicle sales climbed 5% in March, while GM's sales rose 12%. Piper Jaffray boosts its price target on Apple.
The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rises more than expected. Joblessness in the eurozone hits a 14-year high. Gold and oil prices gain.
Reports on sentiment and spending top estimates. Apple shares slide. Finance ministers agree to bolster the eurozone's debt crisis firewall. Gold and oil gain.
US unemployment claims dip, while an estimate on economic growth holds steady. Global markets tumble. European confidence drops unexpectedly. Gold rises, while oil declines.
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The cash and debt deal would combine the two largest manufacturers of lottery and gambling equipment.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Cheap LED light bulbs cost more upfront -- between $8 to $10 apiece -- but begin to pay off within 18 months.
Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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