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Stock futures slightly higher, investors await flurry of data

NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures were very slightly higher on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a flurry of economic data that will be released throughout the morning, which could indicate whether the market's record levels are justified.

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China to push growth of outsourcing industry

BEIJING - China will develop international outsourcing of high-value-added services to create new advantages in foreign trade, its cabinet said on Wednesday, according to the official government website.

7:26am EST

HP fourth-quarter revenue drops on weak enterprise demand

- Hewlett-Packard Co said its quarterly revenue fell in almost every business segment over the year, highlighting weaknesses ahead of the company's planned 2015 separation of its enterprise services from its traditional computer and printing units. | Video

4:23am EST

Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares

SEOUL - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits.

Tech, South Korea 3:39am EST

Thomas Cook hit by shock CEO departure, slowing growth

LONDON - British holiday company Thomas Cook said chief executive Harriet Green had been replaced by its chief operating officer, the abrupt departure of a woman credited with reviving the business sending its shares tumbling.

6:33am EST

Bitcoin exchange Kraken to help in Mt. Gox bankruptcy

TOKYO - U.S. bitcoin exchange operator Payward Inc said on Wednesday it will work on retrieving some millions of dollars lost by Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange before it collapsed in bankruptcy this year.

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