Latest blog articles
How major US stock market indexes fared on Wednesday
The Standard & Poor's 500 remained at a near standstill Wednesday, the ninth day in a row that it has failed to move by even 0.4 percent, up or down. That's its longest streak of listlessness since the summer of 2013.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.05 points, or 0.1 percent, to 19,804.72.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,271.89.
The Nasdaq composite rose 16.93 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,555.65.
The Russell 2000 rose 6.23 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,358.56.
For the week:
The Dow is down 81.01 points, or 0.4 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 2.75 points, or 0.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 18.46 points, or 0.3 percent.
The Russell 2000 is down 13.49 points, or 1 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 42.12 points, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 33.06 points, or 1.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 172.54 points, or 3.2 percent.
The Russell 2000 is up 1.43 points, or 0.1 percent.
Deluge drowns popular tourist sites in central Vietnam
Popular tourist destinations in central Vietnam, including Hoi An and Hue, have been left floundering in the wake of heavy downpours that have battered the region in recent days. Heavy rains over the last week have forced hydroelectric reservoirs to release water into low-lying areas downstream, swamping the ancient town of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province. Seven people have died, four others are missing and six have been injured in the floods that hit the central region from December 13-16,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Don't Fret Step Counts: These Fitness Tracker Measures Are More Important
Your fitness tracker may nag you to reach "10,000 steps a day," but if you can't meet this goal, don't give up hope — a new study finds that taking fewer steps may still bring health benefits, especially if you walk at a brisk pace.In the study, researchers analyzed information from about 3,400 U.S. adults who took part in a national health survey in which they were asked to wear a fitness-tracker-like device, called an accelerometer, for up to a week. The devices kept track of the users' daily… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hanoi sees strong surge in health insurance coverage
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 83 percent of Hanoi’s population joined voluntary health insurance, soaring from 63 percent in 2012, said Nguyen Duc Hoa, Deputy Director of the municipal Social Insurance Agency on April 18. According to Hoa, the outcome was attributed to many localities’ creative and effective measures. For example, Party members encouraged their relatives to join health and social insurance. Each commune or ward set a target of having at least 1,000… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Jones has no regrets over Harrison treatment
London (AFP) - England coach Eddie Jones defended his handling of back-row Teimana Harrison after recalling him for Saturday's international against Fiji just months after taking him off barely half an hour into a Test match.Jones has brought Harrison back into the fold in place of Northampton team-mate Tom Wood in one of several changes to the side that beat South Africa 37-21 at Twickenham last weekend.New Zealand-born Harrison, 24, will be winning his third cap after it seemed his Test… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam keeps watchful eye on inflation after fuel hikes
People buy fruits at a Ho Chi Minh City supermarket. Photo: Diep Duc Minh/Thanh Nien Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered electricity prices and toll fees to be kept stable this year to control inflation and allow the economy to grow, according to the government website. Consumer prices in May had the biggest month-on-month increase since 2012. At a government meeting on Thursday, the newly-elected PM also demanded his cabinet keep close watch on fuel prices, which are rebounding… chat_bubble_outline Read More...