DEBT AND EQUITIES
Winmark Corp., Minneapolis, declared a quarterly cash dividend of 5 cents per share, payable March 3 to shareholders of record on Feb. 12.
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Whole Foods Market Inc. is reporting fiscal third-quarter earnings of $106 million.
Montana election officials on Wednesday allowed a conservative group to move forward with a proposed ballot initiative that would let people sue for emotional or mental distress if they spot a transgender person using a public bathroom that doesn't correspond to their gender at birth.
Boeing reported higher-than-expected earnings for the second quarter despite lower revenue, and it raised its forecast for full-year profit on Wednesday, sending both the aircraft maker's stock and the Dow higher.
U.S. stocks continue to reach record highs as they make slight gains in afternoon trading Wednesday. Boeing and AT&T rose sharply after posting strong second-quarter results. Energy companies rose along with the price of oil. Treasury yields took a modest step backward as the Federal Reserve prepares to wrap up a two-day meeting on interest rates, which most investors expect to be uneventful.
President Donald Trump's choice of a key player in his drive to scale back financial rules would likely push to relax regulations on community banks, ease restrictions on some speculative trading and soften annual tests of big banks' health.