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Wall Street edges up as healthcare bill in doubt

U.S. stocks edged up in choppy trading on Friday as investors braced for the outcome of a vote on a healthcare bill and considered how its potential failure might affect President Donald Trump's broader economic agenda.

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U.S. business spending picking up, but may slow in second quarter

WASHINGTON New orders for U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in February, but a surge in shipments amid demand for machinery and electrical equipment supported expectations for an acceleration in business investment in the first quarter.

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PPG chief snubbed by Akzo during Netherlands visit

AMSTERDAM A team of executives from U.S. paint maker PPG left the Netherlands on Friday without meeting their counterparts at Akzo Nobel during a two-day charm offensive to win support for their proposed takeover of their Dutch rival.

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China's Zhonghong Zhuoye to buy Blackstone's stake in SeaWorld

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said China's Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co Ltd would buy Blackstone Group LP's stake in the embattled U.S.-based marine park operator, sending SeaWorld's shares up 10 percent in morning trading on Friday.

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EU stalls Russian gas pipeline, but probably won't stop it

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT Russia has the European Union in a bind.

11:43am EDT

Number of newly-minted millionaires at Europe's big banks is shrinking

LONDON The number of employees earning more than a million euros or pounds at Europe's biggest banks fell sharply last year, another sign of the clout they have lost to U.S. rivals since the financial crisis.

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