The Morning's Top Financial News

Is it Wednesday already? Let's hear it for a short workweek. But is Wall Street already working for the weekend? Let's dig into today's news and find out what's cooking.

U.S. productivity on the rise
American workers' productivity per hour has risen at a 2.2% annual rate, according to a report from, beating economist estimates of 1.8%. Further, expenses per worker rose at a 1.5% rate -- which was less than economists had estimated. This news follows an Associated Press report yesterday stating that home prices were on the rise, as well, signaling a positive couple of days for key economic metrics.

International markets unsteady as world waits for European bank plan
On Thursday, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is expected to announce a plan to deal with the eurozone's debt crisis, and the world markets have had an unstable trading day today in advance of the plan's unveiling. Furthermore, a Reuters report states that the Purchasing Managers' Index has signaled a fall back into recession for the eurozone, even in economic stalwart Germany -- certainly not welcome news for the 17-country union.

Nokia, Motorola ahead of the game?
Ahead of Apple's (NAS: AAPL) iPhone 5 debut, competitors Nokia (NYS: NOK) and Google (NAS: GOOG) -owned Motorola Mobility are staging debuts of their own new products, The Associated Press reports. Nokia is widely expected to announce new products under the umbrella of its Lumia brand this morning; Motorola Mobility is poised to announce an unknown product at an event this afternoon.

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