U.S. stocks were lower at the open on Wednesday after President Donald Trump warned of a government shutdown to build a Mexico border wall.Read More »
European markets were slightly lower on Wednesday afternoon as traders paused for breath after a global rally spurred by gains for tech stocks in the U.S. Euro edges higher On the data front, forecast beating surveys in the euro zone's two biggest economies supported the euro against the dollar. The U.S. currency had wobbled overnight after President Donald Trump suggested he could force a government shut down over funding for a border wall with Mexico. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gave little indication about the next steps for monetary policy in the euro zone during a speech on Wednesday ahead of a key meeting between central bankers.
A communications giant is hiring 45 workers for its local office, extending the hiring that has been going on much of the past year, both locally and at other offices throughout the nation. Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) — which acquired Time Warner Cable last year and operates in Dayton under the Spectrum cable brand — is hiring 35 customer service representatives and 10 field technicians for open positions in Kettering. The company is hosting a hiring event on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1505 E. David Road in Kettering. Customer service representatives provide basic customer support related to Charter services, including handling billing inquiries and payments.
WPP, the world's largest advertising group, cut its sales target for the second time in six months on Wednesday after consumer goods giants curbed spending, putting its shares on track for their worst day in 19 years. Much of the problem stems from a move by packaged goods groups including Unilever, Nestle and Procter & Gamble to respond to weak growth by cutting back on advertising products such as washing powder, drinks and food. Like its rivals, WPP has also been hit by an ultra competitive environment in the United States where it lost two major contracts - VW and AT&T - meaning the group missed its first-half net sales target by some margin.