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Check out the companies making headlines midday Thursday:
Boeing, Caterpillar, Deere — Shares of the trade bellwethers rose after the Chinese Ministry of Commerce hinted that China will not escalate the trade war with the U.S. at the moment. “We firmly reject an escalation of the trade war, and are willing to negotiate and collaborate in order to solve this problem with calm attitude,” spokesperson Gao Feng said. Boeing closed 0.8% higher while Caterpillar and Deere both gained more than 2%.
Best Buy — The retailer’s stock fell 5% after reporting that…