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Orders for goods meant to last more than three years jumped in February on the back of a large increase in those for civilian aircraft.
Ahead of the second attempt on the Congressional vote on the Republican healthcare bill, US stocks were trading slightly higher on Friday, but were on course for their worst weekly performance in months.
The US central bank may now be in a better position to stop reinvesting the proceeds of its assets in acquiring new ones, a top member of the Federal Reserve said.
US futures suggested a muted open on Wall Street on Friday, as investors looked ahead to a key vote on a healthcare bill that was postponed in the previous session.
US stocks were mixed on Thursday following downbeat trading in the previous session, as investors grew increasingly sceptical that President Donald Trump will be able to deliver on his promised tax cuts to boost business.
US sportswear behemoth Nike Inc limped into the start of Wednesday's session after disappointing investors with soft sales numbers and a cautious outlook statement.
US investment banks are head and shoulders above their European counterparts, according to new research which sees JPMorgan Chase retain its place at the top of the leaderboard ahead of four other Wall Street giants.