JOB LOSSES: Banners hang outside Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Winfrey announced that she would be closing the facility which once housed her talk show, the move will eliminate about 200 jobs as the production emigrates to west Coast. (Scott Olson, AFP)
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SA stocks have pulled back weighed down by defensive stocks as traders sold off shares in health care providers Netcare and Mediclinic.
US stocks have fallen for a second day after a run that saw new Dow and S&P records and a 15-year high for the Nasdaq.
Oil prices have climbed in Asian trade as signs that a refineries strike in the United States is weakening overshadowed a rise in US crude stocks.
The pay gap between senior managers and lower-level employees has widened much more sharply in North America and Asia than in Europe since the financial crisis, a study shows.
Europe's main stock markets have finished the day slightly higher with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index up 0.44% to 6 919.24 points.
Saudi Arabia and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-operate on the development of nuclear energy, Saudi state news agency SPA says.
French nuclear group Areva has confirmed record net losses in 2014 of €4.8bn after it was forced to absorb costs linked to delays to its flagship next-generation reactor.
US stocks have opened lower for a second day after the run that saw new Dow and S&P records and a 15-year high for the Nasdaq.