US stocks end mostly higher ahead of legislative vote

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New York - US stocks mostly rebounded on Wednesday ahead of a key congressional vote on health care, but doubts about the prospects for President Donald Trump's broader agenda weighed on European and Asian equities.

Markets in Asia finished firmly down, with the Nikkei losing 2.1% following negative momentum from Tuesday's US equity rout and worries about reports that North Korea may have launched several missiles Wednesday morning. South Korea's defence ministry later said the missile test failed.

Bourses in Europe also fell, including in London, where the parliament was put on lockdown after an attack outside the building that left four people dead, including the assailant.

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Rand - Dollar
14.06
+0.3%
Rand - Pound
19.93
+0.0%
Rand - Euro
17.11
+0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.95
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.3%
Gold
1,868.11
+0.1%
Silver
28.45
+1.0%
Palladium
2,914.02
+0.4%
Platinum
1,242.39
-0.1%
Brent Crude
69.46
+1.1%
Top 40
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67,217
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Industrial 25
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0.0%
Financial 15
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