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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 60.43 points, or 0.36 percent, to 17,039.56. The Nasdaq Composite Index edged up 5.62 points, or 0.12 percent, to 4,532.10.
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U.S. initial jobless benefit claims fell more than expected last week. In the week ending Aug. 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 14, 000 from the previous week's revised level, said the Labor Department Thursday.
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The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index for the U.S. rose in July to 103.3, suggesting that the economy is gaining traction and growth should continue at a strong pace for the remainder of the year.
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In corporate news, Bank of America announced Thursday that it has agreed to pay a record settlement of 16.65 billion U.S. dollars with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve mortgage- related litigations and investigations.
The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered as Wall Street's fear gauge, dropped 0.17 percent to end at 11.76 on Thursday.
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Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange extended losses Thursday on encouraging U.S. data, with the most active gold contract for December delivery down 19.8 dollars, or 1.53 percent, to settle at 1,275.4 dollars per ounce.
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BERLIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The once-in-four-year German federal election will be held on Sunday, which will decide the proportion of the seats in the Bundestag, or the Federal Parliament, and thus decide the formation of the new government.
Based on a slightly modified proportional representation 2018 air max wholesale uk , election in Germany is different from that of the United States or France.
Each voter has two votes, the first of which is for a candidate in his or her constituency, and the second for a state list of candidates put up by a particular party.
The first vote allows a elector to vote for a direct candidate of their constituency, who applies for a direct mandate in the Bundestag. As there are 299 constituencies at the moment, the same number of mandates in the Bundestag are distributed to the elected candidates in each constituency.
This division changes nothing with regard to the key role of the parties in the electoral system, because only those candidates who belong to a party have any chance of success.
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Sometimes a party will receive more seats through the first vote than they deserve according to the party vote. Since each candidate who wins a constituency is guaranteed a seat, the party get to maintain those "overhang" seats.
Other parties then also get more seats to make up for this, ultimately making the parliament larger than its base number of 598 seats. Now the incumbent Bundestag have a total of 630 seats.
However, the second votes of a party are counted only if they have won at least five percent of all second votes or three constituencies directly over the votes. If this is not the case, the second votes are invalid.
Approximately over 61 million voters are eligible for the federal election on Sunday. In principle, all Germans who are 18 years old and above on the election day can participate. Most of the voters live in North Rhine-Westphalia (13.1 million) and the least in Saarland (800,000).
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