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Clouds over Trump tax plan may curb appetite for U.S. stocks

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Wall Street has tempered its expectations for sweeping U.S. tax cuts in the wake of President Donald Trump's stinging healthcare defeat, a move that could push investors to embrace cheaper global stocks after the heady U.S. rally of recent months.

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BlackBerry, freed of handsets, looks to software for return to glory

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Santander to pay $25.9 million to resolve subprime auto loan probes

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Fed can afford to build small inflation buffer: Evans

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China's first-quarter GDP growth seen at 6.8 percent: government think tank

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OPEC compliance with oil curbs rises in March as UAE joins cut: survey

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FTSE 100 ends higher as starting gun for Brexit is fired

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By Sara Sjolin and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch. London Stock Exchange Group, 3 i Group among the day's advancers. U.K. stocks ended in positive territory Wednesday, helped by the pound's drop, as Britain triggered Article 50 and officially kicked off its exit from the European Union, known as Brexit.

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European stocks close higher as U.K. triggers Brexit process

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There's no turning back for the U.K. after Article 50 triggered. European stocks rose for a second straight day Wednesday, as investors largely ignored the official commencement of the U.K.' s negotiations to break from the European Union, dubbed Brexit. After swinging in and out of positive territory through the day, the Stoxx Europe 600 index closed 0.3% higher at 378.53, building on a 0.6% rally from Tuesday.

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FTSE 100 ends higher, recovering from slide as pound falls before Brexit trigger

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FTSE 100 falls to roughly 1-month low as 'Trump trade' fades

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FTSE 100 ends lower to cap worst week since January

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U.K. stocks halt 2-session skid, but gains capped by pound rally

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European stocks close higher as worries over Trump rally recede

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European stocks finish lower as Trump rally falters

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European stocks end week lower, as traders mull implications of U.S. health-care vote

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European stocks break 3-day losing streak as investors eye U.S. health care vote

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Treasury yields make largest one-day retreat in two weeks

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Chicago Fed president expects' one to two' hikes this year. Treasury yields fell Wednesday as traders snapping up U.S. government bonds were encouraged by Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer's dovish comments on Tuesday, when he reiterated his commitment to two more rate hikes this year, in contrast to more hawkish remarks made by other Fed presidents on Wednesday. The yield on the 10- year Treasury note slipped 4.1 basis points to 2.379%, the largest one-day decline in two weeks.

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Asia-Pacific stocks post gains after Wall Street's rebound

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Investors shrug of political uncertainty, focus on positive economic data. Investors in Asian equities regained some of their risk appetite Wednesday following strong gains in the U.S., where better-than-expected economic data sparked optimism. In currencies, the pound continued to plunge against the dollar after U.K.

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After a bruising first quarter, Wall Street stands by strong-dollar call

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British pound edges lower as U.K. formally begins EU exit

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Nasdaq closes for 4th straight gain, as Dow lags behind

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Oil rallies to 3-week high as traders cheer U.S. supply data

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Asian markets bounce back as oil price rise

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Nikkei falls sharply as hopes fade for Trump policy boost

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Asia-Pacific markets pick up speed despite delay on U.S. health-care bill

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Asian markets hold their breath ahead of critical vote in U.S.

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