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Facebook profit, revenue smash estimates as mobile ad sales soar

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- Facebook Inc crushed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant's push into video ads helped bolster its fast-growing mobile ad business. The company's shares were up 1.4 percent at $168 after the bell. Facebook said about 2.01 billion people were using its service monthly as of June 30, up 17 percent from a year earlier.

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PayPal beats estimates, raises 2017 forecasts

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AT&T shares surge more than 4 percent, low churn helps

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iRobot shares surge on strong sales of Roomba vacuum cleaners

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Fed holds rates steady, expects portfolio cuts "relatively soon"

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Volkswagen says cooperation with rivals is common industry practice

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FTSE 100 ends higher, led by ITV's bounce

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By Carla Mozee and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch. British GDP meets expectations with 0.3% rise in second quarter. U.K. stocks closed higher Wednesday, helped in part by rises for miners and broadcaster ITV PLC, while expectations for modest growth in the British economy were met.

Europe

Dollar turns lower after Fed is read as adopting a more dovish tone

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Dollar index trades at its lowest level since June 2016, following U.S. central bank's policy update. The U.S. dollar fell on Wednesday, erasing an earlier gain after the Federal Reserve was seen as striking a somewhat cautious note on inflation, which is seen as bearish for greenback. The U.S. central bank said inflation was "running below 2%" instead of "running somewhat below 2%," as it had in its June statement.

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FTSE 100 ends higher as commodity stocks climb, factory production roars

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FTSE 100 finishes with losses as airline stocks descend

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FTSE 100 ends lower, but retains grip on weekly gain

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Unilever helps lift FTSE 100 to highest finish in a month

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European stocks close with gains as earnings roll in

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European stocks finish higher as German businesses take 'euphoric' tone

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European stocks stumble, ending at 2-week low

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European stocks log worst daily drop in 3 weeks as euro rallies

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Investors May Feel Left Out of Fed's Plans

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Can the Federal Reserve take away the punchbowl from the stock market without taking it away from the economy? The Fed left rates steady at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting Wednesday and, given worries about low inflation, investors are doubtful whether another rate increase is coming this year. But the central bank doesn't seem to have any qualms about starting to run down the massive stock of Treasury and mortgage securities that it accumulated in the wake of the...

Asia

Japan, Aussie stocks spurred again by commodity prices

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Nikkei snaps three days of declines. Asian shares gave up earlier gains Wednesday, though Japanese and Australian stocks outperformed, helped by an improvement in appetite for risk, which pushed the U.S. dollar and commodity prices higher overnight. Commodities led the charge in European and U.S. trading on Tuesday, with copper prices jumping 4% and oil rising more than 3%.

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Boeing's record stock rally added 144 points to Dow

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Amazon joins the $500 billion club

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Abnormally placid stock market volatility isn't just a U.S. thing--it's global

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Can Snap fall even more as lockups expire?

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Aussie stocks lead a rebound for Asian markets as dollar steadies

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Japan, Aussie stocks knocked by weak dollar, commodity prices

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Asian markets cool off following recent surge

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Asian stocks advance as BOJ stays pat

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