Job climate improves in June

A monthly report by Automatic Data Processing Inc. shows that private employers across the nation hired 188,000 more people in June than in May. That, combined with  a Labor Department report of fewer new applications for unemployment benefits for the second straight week, points to improving labor market conditions, reportsReuters.


U.S. markets to close early today

Because of the July 4 holiday tomorrow, some U.S. markets will close early today, reports MarketWatch. You can find the closing times at the link. All U.S. markets are closed Thursday.


Portuguese markets drop at worries of government collapse

Portugal's financial markets plummeted Wednesday as the European country's government teetered on the brink of collapse, alarming investors and reigniting concerns about the eurozone's strategy for dealing with its prolonged financial crisis, according to an Associated Press article on MSN Money.