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To see how much central bank bond-buying has distorted market valuations, just take a look at the lowest-rated sovereign debt. The junkiest emerging-market bonds yield less now than U.S. Treasury bills did as recently as 1999. Yields on state debt of Mongolia, Ukraine and Belarus -- at seven levels below investment grade, among the world's lowest ranked -- have dropped under 6 percent in the past two months.
International Business Machines Corp. IBM has taken another major step to strengthen its foothold in the blockchain market. The company recently announced a major blockchain collaboration with a consortium of food suppliers including Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger KR, McCormick, McLane, Nestlé, Tyson Foods TSN, Unilever and Wal-mart WMT. This is anticipated to help members of the ecosystem quickly identify contaminated food products and their sources, thereby enabling the removal of products from store shelves faster and lowering the spread of illness due to food contamination.
U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after President Donald Trump said he would be willing to let the government shut down without appropriations for a border wall. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 63 points, with Home Depot and Boeing contributing the most to the losses. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, was among the best-performing stocks on the Dow, after the company announced a partnership with Google to offer voice shopping. The S&P 500 fell 0.27 percent with consumer discretionary and industrials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.3 percent as big tech stocks like Amazon, Facebook and Apple all pulled back. "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," Trump said at