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Futures higher ... Crude higher ... American, Southwest bonuses

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TOKYO (AP) — Global markets rose today, with European shares tracking China-led advances in Asia. Oil prices held steady. Standard & Poors 500 futures were up 0.2 percent and Dow futures also rose 0.2 percent, auguring early gains on Wall Street.

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude added 6 cents to $60.44 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 5 cents to $60.37 a barrel in New York on Tuesday. Brent crude picked up 2 cents to $66.59 per barrel. The dollar rose to 112.32 yen from 112.29 yen.

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are sharing some of their tax-law windfall with employees and aircraft maker Boeing. American and Southwest say they will pay employees bonuses of $1,000 each. Southwest also said that it exercised options to buy more new jets from Boeing while delaying orders for some others.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has dropped his bid to buy U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram after Washington rejected the $1.2 billion deal. The failure is a setback to Ma's ambitions to expand into global markets.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The number of jobless people in Germany fell by 183,000 in December compared with a year earlier and the country finished the year with a record 44.3 million people at work. The unemployment rate remained unchanged from the month before.

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