Stocks mixed...Private survey finds steady job gains...Mixed report on factory orders

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mixed on the morning after the Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high. After an hour of trading on Wall Street, the Dow was up almost 40 points. The Nasdaq was slightly lower and the S&P 500 was slightly higher.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey finds that U.S. businesses added 198,000 jobs in February. The report by payroll processor ADP suggests that the government's February jobs report, due Friday, may come in above economists' forecasts. The survey also revised January's hiring figures to show companies added 215,000 jobs that month, 23,000 more than what had initially been reported.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department says orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January. Businesses increased their orders for so-called core capital goods 7.2 percent from December, the best showing in more than a year. But total factory orders fell 2 percent, mostly because of a steep decline in aircraft and defense orders. Demand for durable goods dropped 4.9 percent, while demand for nondurable goods rose 0.6 percent.

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Union has fined Microsoft $733 million for breaking a 2009 promise to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the Windows operating system. The penalty imposed by the EU's executive arm is a first -- no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before. Microsoft has said its failure to stick to the deal for some 15 million installations of Windows 7 in Europe was an oversight.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says Berlin will fight a European Union proposal to set mandatory quotas for the number of women on the boards of private companies. The plan proposed by a European Commission vice president would require at least 40 percent of the non-executive directors of publicly traded European companies with more than 250 employees to be women by 2020. Germany joins Britain in opposing the idea, saying it's a national issue that Brussels shouldn't be involved in.

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