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It's going really well let's start things off the live look at the markets in Asia Japan and South Korea's markets closed lower while Hong Kong.
And Shanghai finished with gains despite China's exports falling in June for the first time.
Since January of 2012 now in Europe Italy sovereign debt rating was downgraded one -- To triple B by standard imports due to softening economic conditions stocks there in the red we've got -- down 25 Paris is done about the same.
Frankfurt down almost fifty and here in the US futures have turned to the red side -- well Dow futures are down seventeen the S -- down three the nasdaq's also.
Down three -- did rise though for a fourth day in the last session after better than expected earnings report.
From Alcoa the Dow added 76 points the NASDAQ climbed to its highest finish.
In nearly thirteen years.
And their tune about events involving the -- -- that could affect trading over the next two days at least after the close of the markets Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
In Boston which will mark his first comments since Friday's release of the better than expected monthly jobs report.
The -- you'll also take questions from audience members who are expected to ask him.
About when the Fed will begin tapering -- 85 billion dollar monthly bond purchases we may also -- hints about that two hours before Bernanke speaks.
When the Fed releases the minutes of its last policy meeting.
The minutes of the June meeting could give us some insight into the Fed's internal debate concerning that bond buying program.
The minutes will be released at 2 PM eastern.
Top US and Chinese officials meet this morning in Washington for two days of talks.
Topics at the annual strategic and economic dialogue will.
Include security and act because economic issues cyber theft North Korea's nuclear program barriers to US trade and investment in China.
And climate change meeting comes a month after President Obama and China's president change -- -- held an unconventional summit at a California resort.
US will be represented by vice president Joseph Biden secretary of state John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacqueline.
And Wal-Mart says it will cancel plans to build three new stores in Washington DC.
It's local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its workers at least twelve dollars fifty cents an hour.
The bill to raise DC's current minimum wage of eight -- point five cents is back.
By worker advocates and unions.
A vote on the bill is set for today.
Here's a look at commodities now like articles for you this morning green arrows there -- up almost a dollar twenty trading around 105 dollars a barrel -- up.
Almost seven box the twelfth it.
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