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The Dow rose 100 points at the market open Wednesday morning, hitting a new record high after quarterly earnings beat Wall Street's expectations, reports CNBC. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also hit record highs, both climbing 0.2%.

The bottom line: The Dow continues to crush it in 2018.

The latest, from CNBC:

  • Abbott Laboratories, United Technologies, Baker Hughes and NBCUniversal-parent Comcast all reported earnings and revenue that beat analyst estimates.
  • 77% of the S&P 500 companies that reported earnings since Tuesday morning have beaten earnings estimates, and 80% beat revenue expectations, according to FactSet.
  • So far in 2018, the major indexes are up at least 6%.
  • J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon told CNBC Wednesday that the lower corporate tax rate will also help boost wages and spark an economic boom.

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Salesforce rolls the dice on Slack

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Salesforce's likely acquisition of workplace messaging service Slack — not yet a done deal but widely anticipated to be announced Tuesday afternoon — represents a big gamble for everyone involved.

For Slack, challenged by competition from Microsoft, the bet is that a deeper-pocketed owner like Salesforce, with wide experience selling into large companies, will help the bottom line.

FBI stats show border cities are among the safest

Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Note: This table includes the eight largest communities on the U.S.-Mexico border and eight other U.S. cities similar in population size and demographics; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

U.S. communities along the Mexico border are among the safest in America, with some border cities holding crime rates well below the national average, FBI statistics show.

Why it matters: The latest crime data collected by the FBI from 2019 contradicts the narrative by President Trump and others that the U.S.-Mexico border is a "lawless" region suffering from violence and mayhem.

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The rise of military space powers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nations around the world are shoring up their defensive and offensive capabilities in space — for today's wars and tomorrow's.

Why it matters: Using space as a warfighting domain opens up new avenues for technologically advanced nations to dominate their enemies. But it can also make those countries more vulnerable to attack in novel ways.