Stocks recouped earlier losses and closed higher on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Tuesday, as investors were relieved by the lack of major damage from a powerful quake in northeastern Japan the same day. In late-morning trades, the benchmark Nikkei 225 Index is rising 74.90 points or 0.42 percent to 18,042.31, off a high of 18,061.57 earlier. Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar gained $2.05, or 2.2 percent, to $95.67.
The national average for gas prices this week is $2.14 a gallon, a slight increase over previous year at this time but more than a dollar less than it cost around Thanksgiving in 2013 or 2015. Troopers will also be working high visibility patrols at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House rest areas to deter crime and assist travelers moving through the state.
The company said solanezumab did not slow down patients' mental decline compared to a placebo. Lilly fell $8.16, or 10.7 percent, to $67.83, its lowest value in more than two years. Gains in European industrials and energy shares buoyed stocks in the region, while financials weighed on the STOXX 600 index .STOXX as Italian banks were again under pressure.
North Dakota's governor and congressional delegation are pressuring President Barack Obama to pave the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, protests over which they say are taxing law enforcement and are costing millions of dollars.
The union announced a continuation of the initial 24 hour strike period to Thursday night at 23:59. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots' union initially called a 24-hour walkout for yesterday but extended the strike for an extra day after two courts rejected attempts by Lufthansa to halt the industrial action.
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies , whose biannual post-budget statements are considered the gold standard in economic analysis among British politicos, said at a Thursday press conference that projections unveiled on Wednesday by chancellor Philip Hammond painted a "dreadful" picture of future living standards in the United Kingdom.