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World stock markets were mostly weaker in overnight trading, pressured a bit by some downbeat corporate earnings reports. Japan's Nikkei stock index saw its record-setting 16-session winning streak halted Wednesday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward modestly lower openings when the New York day session begins.
Gold and silver prices are lower and hit a three-week low overnight. The bears have downside technical momentum in these two precious metals markets.