An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Apple holds its shareholder meeting today. The event will not be held until Thursday.
Contracting manufacturing activity
in China and Europe leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Wednesday's 5 Biggest Stories
China's manufacturing activity
spent a fourth straight month in contraction in February, with new export orders falling hard.
The story is the same in Europe, where
eurozone composite PMI
contracted unexpectedly in February.
Obama is set to unveil a new
revamped tax program
that would lower the effective tax rate for corporations but would kill off other deductions.
Regarding the second
: ""Unfortunately it doesn't feel like the world has changed a whole lot."
A U.S. consumer agency says that
bank overdraft fees
hurt consumers. Don't worry, the banks will find other ways to nickel and dime customers.
blames its bad quarter on hard drive supply issues.
is staring at a multi-billion dollar hit on its stake in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
There is a significance to the key reversal in
stock last week.
Oh, and Thursday is the day
meet for their annual meeting.
Johnson & Johnson
CEO Weldon has been recalled and pulled off of the shelf.
Odds and Ends
is either an awesome symbol of hope or completely meaningless, depending on who you ask.
Happy Wednesday. You're about halfway through this holiday-shortened week. Here's a song by
to start the day off.
-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston
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