U.S. Stock Market Attempts to Climb Ahead of Expected Fed Rate Hike

U.S. stock-market indexes were tentatively higher on Wednesday as investors awaited a decision from the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to increase rates by a quarter of a percentage point and offer details on path forward for monetary policy.

The S&P 500 rose 4 points, or 0.2%, to 2,791, with six of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Telecoms shares were among the worst hit, with the sector down more than 3% after Tuesday’s court ruling that AT&T can go ahead with its nearly $ 85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

The Nasdaq Composite added 42 points, or 0.5%, to 7,746 and set an intraday record at 7,747.16.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 22 points, or 0.1%, to 25,340.

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U.S. Stocks slightly higher; Nasdaq attempts rebound

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U.S. stocks turned slightly higher after a mixed open on Tuesday, with the Dow on track to set another closing record.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 32 points, or 0.1%, to 24322. The S&P 500 was up 2 points, or less than 0.1%, to 2641. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 6 points, or 0.1%, to 6781, attempting to rebound from previous day’s selloff.

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Microsoft to Alert Users of State-sponsored Hacking Attempts

Microsoft will begin alerting users of its online services, including Outlook.com, when it suspects their accounts are being hacked by government entities.

The world’s largest software company announced the new policy in a blog post late Wednesday.

“We will now notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a nation state,” the post said.

Microsoft is taking the additional security step because state-sponsored attacks are often “more sophisticated or more sustained than attacks from cybercriminals and others,” it said.

“If you receive one of these notifications it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has been compromised, but it does mean we have evidence your account has been targeted, and it’s very important you take additional measures to keep your account secure,” the post added.

The statement did not mention any specific countries believed to have been targeting Microsoft users.

But the Reuters news agency said the policy change came nine days after it asked the company why it had declined to inform victims of a 2011 hacking campaign targeting exiled members of China’s Tibetan and Uighur communities.

The news agency spoke with two former Microsoft employees who said company experts “had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information”.

generic crestor release date Earlier this year, Facebook and Twitter announced they would also warn users when they believe state-sponsored hackers may be trying to access user accounts.

In its statement, Microsoft on Wednesday stressed that a notification does “not mean that Microsoft’s own systems have in any way been compromised.”

It also said it will not be able to detail why it believes a specific attack was state-sponsored.

“The evidence we collect in any active investigation may be sensitive, so we do not plan on providing detailed or specific information about the attackers or their methods,” the statement said.

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