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Stocks up early after shocking ECB protest

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Stocks up early after shocking ECB protest

U.S. stocks are higher Wednesday as investors look ahead to the 2 p.m. ET release of the Fed’s latest Beige Book report on the economy and market watchers are still buzzing about a stunning protest at an ECB press conference. As of 10 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 are each up in the 0.5% neighborhood. The Nasdaq composite is 0.2% higher.1215-stock-market_full_600

Earlier, in Frankfurt, a protester interrupted the European Central Bank’s press conference screaming “End ECB dictatorship.” The woman rushed to the stage where ECB President Mario Draghi was delivering opening remarks after the bank’s latest policy meeting. The ECB had just announced it was keeping rates the same.

Draghi reappeared on stage a few minutes later and carried on with his remarks. European shares are up, with Britain’s FTSE 100 gaining 0.4%, Germany’s DAX climbing 0.5% and France’s CAC 40 up 0.8% so far. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was flat and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 1.6%, amid a lack of fresh news to buoy market sentiments.

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