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U.S. housing starts tumble 14.4% in August
Basecamp townhouse development in River North section of Chicago. The developer, Ranquist, said it had sold 70% of the Phase 1 houses before ground was broken in late summer 2014.  MarketWatch/Tim Rostan
Construction starts on new U.S. homes pull back after a surge in July, signaling housing shakiness.
What millennials want in a home
America's 50 best cities to live in (24/7 Wall St.)
China home prices weaken further in August

Elon Musk: Someday, this will power your house
Elon Musk: Here’s what will one day power your house AFP/Getty Images
Elon Musk’s Tesla is working with SolarCity to meet the energy storage needs of its solar customers.
Musk sees autonomous car ready in 5-6 years
Musk ‘deeply honored’ by NASA contract
Why these billionaires are heading into space

Alibaba IPO gives insiders rare chance to sell early
Reuters
Early investors in Alibaba will be able to sell more than $8 billion in shares the day it goes public.
Biggest risk in Alibaba IPO may be China itself
Alibaba structure 'dangerous': Mark Mobius
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff on sterling
Reuters
Opinion: The U.K. government's high-risk currency ploy has failed to defuse the push for independence, says Craig Stephen, in Glasgow.
In Scotland, Sean Connery is ‘Dr. No-Show’
Lynn: Good riddance, Scotland
Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

7 charts reveal the hallmarks of a billionaire
Bloomberg
Where do the uber-rich live, go to school and make their money? This data gives the lowdown.
5 big-shots who lied on their resumes
Why these billionaires are heading into space

Real reason people wait in line for new iPhones
How Apple and other retailers capitalize on early-adopter impulse — in other words, “queue chic.” // Shown: People wait in line outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York on Sept. 9, 2014. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
How Apple and other retailers capitalize on early-adopter impulse — in other words, “queue chic.”
Apple's iOS 8: Time to clear out digital attic
iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Why iPhone 6's bigger screen is better

iOS 8 review: Like a new phone for free


10 foods never worth paying full price for
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These items get discounted more often than others, according to an analysis of coupons.
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Is your spouse hiding money from you?
An cashier accepts cash from a shopper at the J.C. Penney Co. store inside the Glendale Galleria shopping center in Glendale, California, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Analysts predict a wider second-quarter loss and the ninth straight sales drop when J.C. Penney reports on Aug. 20, though improvements are projected for the second half of the fiscal year. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/BloombergAn employee processes a cash sale at the J.C. Penny Co. store inside the Glendale Galleria shopping center in Glendale, California, U.S., on Friday, August 16, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg  Bloomberg
More than one in three people admit that they hide cash from their significant others.
Are you a financially unfaithful partner?

Secret debt digs Wisconsin family into a hole

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
MarketWatch/Shutterstock.com
RetireMentors: Stan Haithcock sees a revolution coming in the annuity industry and predicts the consumer will be the clear winner.
Why a robo-adviser might be right for you
What millennials can teach boomers
Need to know
PBOC makes second surprise easing move
China hacked U.S. contractors: Senate panel
Rite Aid shares sink after lowered profit outlook
Scotland begins voting on exit from the U.K.
Dollar gains; pound choppy | Gold hammered
Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges
Obama plans to tightly control strikes on Syria


7 reasons to be bullish on Microsoft
Opinion: Jeff Reeves points out ways Microsoft has begun to break out, after having disappointed for so long.

Charlie Munger, the Calpers exit and you
Think money-management shifts don't affect you? Here's how they affect your ability to retire on time, explains RetireMentor Mitch Tuchman.
Arends: Be like Calpers, dump hedge funds
Weidner: Hedge funds are losing their luster
Calpers to exit hedge funds


China bigwigs run in fear from MBA school
In the West, an executive MBA can help your career, but in China it can land you in prison — or so fear some.
Chinese loans find fewer takers

Amazon unveils high-end Kindle, low-price tablet
Launches devices including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end e-reader Amazon says is closer to reading plain paper than ever.

What to look for in Oracle’s earnings report
Oracle is set to report quarterly results, with Wall Street expecting modest profit and revenue gains.

Unhappy month for gold bugs
In most years, September is seasonally a strong month for gold. N

Don’t freak out over the Fed’s dot plot
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Wait, Yellen's speaking again?
Highlights from Yellen’s press conference
Fed keeps ‘considerable time’ language
How Yellen views the job market

10 solid stocks for risk-averse investors
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14 stocks loved by top fund managers
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Senators take aim at NFL’s tax benefits
Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat, introduces legislation that would put an end to the league's tax-exempt status.
Sponsors turn up pressure on NFL


Five easy ways to throw away a fortune
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Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Smart money:
Wait till November
Poll suggests most “smart money” investors are expecting just a mild pullback over the coming weeks, followed by a year-end rally to new highs.

5 ways to make your lousy 401(k) plan stellar
RetireMentor
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Corporate inversions hurt retirement savers
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Five ‘soul- destroying’ jobs
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One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked
/conga/frontpage.html 320108
Builder confidence near a 9-year high
Residential builders’ views on present and upcoming sales rise.
Lennar shares up after profit jumps

Here’s what millennials want when buying a home
Housing and mortgage industries can't wait for millennials to follow up on their desire to buy.
How your home can help pay for retirement
7 things wrong with your house
10 best cities for millennials to buy a home


Want to save money on fashion?
Buy pink
Turns out the color of what we wear does matter when it comes to how much stores make.

InBev faces antitrust hurdle if it goes after SABMiller
Anheuser-Bush InBev is feeling out banks for financing a run at SABMiller. It should also have its antitrust lawyers on speed dial.
How investors can tap into the beer wars

5 extreme ways to succeed on dating sites
From robotic swipe machines to verifying your profile photo.
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  • Oct 26, 2012
    12:21 PM ET

    Amazon email hints at anxiety over iPad mini

    Just hours before Amazon posted a quarterly loss Thursday, the online retail giant emailed a handful of customers a survey about its newest source of agita: the iPad mini.

    The highly technical questionnaire – similar to ones the company has sent on other topics in the past — asks customers to rate how Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire HD stacks up next to 7.9-inch tablet Apple unveiled Tuesday. “The new iPad Mini screen has a resolution of 1,024 by 768, corresponding to 163 pixels per inch,” the questionnaire says. “If another device offered a detail of 216 pixels per inch, how would you rate it compared to the iPad Mini?” The comparison is a reference to the Kindle Fire HD — which offers just that resolution — according to “The Unofficial Apple Weblog,” which published Amazon’s questionnaire.

  • Oct 24, 2012
    12:51 PM ET

    iPad Resales Surge Over 700%

    As soon as Apple unveiled the iPad mini Tuesday, the first thing many consumers did was sell their old iPads.

    Two major resale sites reported eye-popping surges in business in the run-up to the iPad Mini launch. Some 140,000 devices were put up for sale on Gazelle.com Tuesday – a 700% spike from the day before, says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at the site. Half of that increase occurred in the hours just before the announcement, he says – and the most common model put up for sale was the “new iPad” released just six months ago. Another resale site, NextWorth.com, reported that trade-ins for iPads rose over 1,000% on Tuesday. (Nextworth declined to release actual numbers.) Gazelle and Nextworth are two of the biggest reselling portals, but industry experts say they represent only a small percentage of total trade-in traffic.

  • Oct 22, 2012
    2:03 PM ET

    Should Stay-at-Home Spouses Get Their Own Credit Cards?

    An effort to loosen credit-card standards for stay-at-home spouses would seem to benefit millions of consumers, but critics say the change could actually push some families deeper into debt and derail their finances.

    Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed loosening regulations to make it easier for the nation’s more than 16 million stay-at-home spouses to qualify for credit cards, largely undoing more stringent requirements put into place in October 2011. Prior to then, consumers could sign up for a credit card by stating their household income, even if all of that income came from their spouse. But the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act required the Federal Reserve to amend several lending provisions for credit card issuers, including a new rule that issuers had to ask for individual income on a credit card application, and could no longer rely on household income.

  • Oct 16, 2012
    4:44 PM ET

    Will Softbank Cut Sprint’s Prices?

    Softbank has big plans for Sprint, the third biggest player in the U.S. wireless market. The Japanese telecom giant has already signaled its plans to help Sprint speed up the rollout of a faster network. But some analysts say consumers could also see snazzier marketing – and cheaper cell phone plans.

    Softbank Corp.’s $20 billion takeover of Sprint Nextel Corp., announced this week, gives the Japanese firm a 70% stake in the U.S. carrier. And Sprint could give Softbank a platform to do in the U.S. what it did when it bought Vodafone Group PLC’s Japanese operations in 2006: unleash a series of high-profile, bargain basement plans that undercut the bigger rivals. “Softbank has been a vigorous competitor in Japan,” says Craig Moffett, senior analyst at Bernstein Research. “It lowered rates and introduced the iPhone. I would expect the same thing here.”

  • Oct 10, 2012
    3:51 PM ET

    Don’t Expect Total Recall for Toyotas

    Toyota recalled 7.4 million vehicles around the world Wednesday citing faulty power window switches that may catch fire. But history suggests many of the affected Toyota owners will ignore the warning and continue to drive around with the dangerous part.

    On average, just 70% of drivers respond to a recall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – although automakers say the rate is often higher than that. Toyota and General Motors both say they have a 75% response rate within 18 months of recalls, though both companies say they’ve had 80% completion in some cases. Experts say it’s not easy to reach everyone: Toyota’s most recent recalls included the 7.1 vehicles in January 2011 cited for gas pedals prone to being trapped by floor mats.

  • Oct 5, 2012
    4:03 PM ET

    Why Apple wants to shrink the iPad

    It’s been a year since Steve Jobs died, but one of his last legacies — the iPad mini — is reportedly working its way through development, and Apple watchers say it could be another game changer.

    The late Apple CEO at one time hated the idea of a shrunken-down version of the tablet. But Jobs reportedly warmed to the idea he once scoffed was “dead on arrival” — and Asian suppliers for Apple have started mass production of a new tablet smaller than the current iPad, according to a report this month in the Wall Street Journal. In fact, some analysts say a mini-iPad could eventually outsell the original iPad. “We expect Apple to maintain the iconic aesthetics of the current iPad and blow away what competitors are offering in this smaller form-factor tablet market,” says Brian White, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets.

  • Oct 5, 2012
    4:01 PM ET

    Is Your TV Too Big?

    With TV watchers immersed in college and professional football games, major league baseball playoffs, and season openers for hot shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Dexter,” it’s relatively easy for manufacturers and retailers to make the case for increasingly bigger big-screen TVs. Shoppers may not want to buy into the hype, though – a bigger set can often mean a worse viewing experience.

    Industry-wide, the screen-size of the average TV produced has grown by two inches over the past year, to 36.8 inches as of August, according to DisplaySearch, a division of research firm NPD Group. Sharp has the biggest average size of panels shipped, at 48.3 inches — and the biggest jump from last year, when that figure was 39.1 inches. Samsung screens are averaging 39.4 inches versus 37 inches last year, while LG-brand screens  have increased to 38.9 from 36.2 inches last year.

  • Oct 2, 2012
    4:12 PM ET

    Can Treasury Dept. Mint the Next Angry Birds?

    The federal government isn’t normally associated with technological innovation. So to create an app to help Americans make better financial decisions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury decided to ask for a little help.

    The agency held an app design contest, assembling a panel of judges, including representatives from Google and Facebook, to identify ideas with strong potential. The winning idea, an app called Centz, designed to help users manage their student loans, came from Nicole Kendrot of Hoboken, N.J. Among other features, the app would allow users to link information about all of their loans in one place and create a payoff plan that syncs with their budget, and it would suggest ways users can reduce their payment period and total interest by making extra payments. Kendrot was awarded $10,000 to help make her app a reality, the agency said Tuesday.

  • Sep 26, 2012
    2:59 PM ET

    Is the iPad Too Heavy?

    Barnes and Noble’s new Nook tablets may not be quite as powerful or versatile as the iPad, but they do beat Apple in one key measure: weight.

    Unveiled Tuesday, the 9-inch HD Nook is 20% lighter than the iPad, a difference that is instantly noticeable after lifting the two tablets, but feels even more pronounced when holding either device in one hand for prolonged periods. The iPad feels overweight by comparison, experts say. In fact, while the Nook and Kindle Fire tablets are getting lighter, the iPad is getting heavier: The third version of Apple’s tablet is 652 grams — more than 50 grams weightier than the iPad 2.

  • Sep 25, 2012
    4:16 PM ET

    How to Capitalize on Flight Delays

    As American Airlines’ labor dispute with its pilots causes a blizzard’s worth of delays and cancellations, passengers are understandably frustrated. But there are ways to make the best of a flight delay – besides waving a fist at the airport departures monitor.

    To quell the uproar, American has added extra staff, has canceled selected flights as early as possible and is letting customers fly standby at no extra charge, the company says. “American is endorsing tickets to other carriers, which it isn’t required to do under contract,” says Christopher Elliott, an airline-passenger advocate.

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U.S. housing starts tumble 14.4% in August
Basecamp townhouse development in River North section of Chicago. The developer, Ranquist, said it had sold 70% of the Phase 1 houses before ground was broken in late summer 2014.  MarketWatch/Tim Rostan
Construction starts on new U.S. homes pull back after a surge in July, signaling housing shakiness.
What millennials want in a home
America's 50 best cities to live in (24/7 Wall St.)
China home prices weaken further in August

China’s favorite sons will score big in Alibaba IPO

Analysis:
Company won’t disclose investor links to top government echelons, writes Howard Gold.
Alibaba IPO gives insiders chance to sell early
Biggest risk in Alibaba IPO may be China itself
Alibaba structure 'dangerous': Mark Mobius
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success

Elon Musk: Someday, this will power your house
Elon Musk: Here’s what will one day power your house AFP/Getty Images
Elon Musk’s Tesla is working with SolarCity to meet the energy storage needs of its solar customers.
Musk sees autonomous car ready in 5-6 years
Musk ‘deeply honored’ by NASA contract
Why these billionaires are heading into space

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff on sterling
Reuters
Opinion: The U.K. government's high-risk currency ploy has failed to defuse the push for independence, says Craig Stephen, in Glasgow.
In Scotland, Sean Connery is ‘Dr. No-Show’
Lynn: Good riddance, Scotland
Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

7 charts reveal the hallmarks of a billionaire
Bloomberg
Where do the uber-rich live, go to school and make their money? This data gives the lowdown.
5 big-shots who lied on their resumes
Why these billionaires are heading into space

Real reason people wait in line for new iPhones
How Apple and other retailers capitalize on early-adopter impulse — in other words, “queue chic.” // Shown: People wait in line outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York on Sept. 9, 2014. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
How Apple and other retailers capitalize on early-adopter impulse — in other words, “queue chic.”
Apple's iOS 8: Time to clear out digital attic
iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Why iPhone 6's bigger screen is better

iOS 8 review: Like a new phone for free


10 foods never worth paying full price for
Shutterstock.com
These items get discounted more often than others, according to an analysis of coupons.
10 things snack-food companies won’t tell you

Is your spouse hiding money from you?
An cashier accepts cash from a shopper at the J.C. Penney Co. store inside the Glendale Galleria shopping center in Glendale, California, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Analysts predict a wider second-quarter loss and the ninth straight sales drop when J.C. Penney reports on Aug. 20, though improvements are projected for the second half of the fiscal year. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/BloombergAn employee processes a cash sale at the J.C. Penny Co. store inside the Glendale Galleria shopping center in Glendale, California, U.S., on Friday, August 16, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg  Bloomberg
More than one in three people admit that they hide cash from their significant others.
Are you a financially unfaithful partner?

Secret debt digs Wisconsin family into a hole

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
MarketWatch/Shutterstock.com
RetireMentors: Stan Haithcock sees a revolution coming in the annuity industry and predicts the consumer will be the clear winner.
Why a robo-adviser might be right for you
What millennials can teach boomers
Need to know
PBOC makes second surprise easing move
China hacked U.S. contractors: Senate panel
Rite Aid shares sink after lowered profit outlook
Scotland begins voting on exit from the U.K.
Dollar gains; pound choppy | Gold hammered
Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges
Obama plans to tightly control strikes on Syria


7 reasons to be bullish on Microsoft
Opinion: Jeff Reeves points out ways Microsoft has begun to break out, after having disappointed for so long.

Charlie Munger, the Calpers exit and you
Think money-management shifts don't affect you? Here's how they affect your ability to retire on time, explains RetireMentor Mitch Tuchman.
Arends: Be like Calpers, dump hedge funds
Weidner: Hedge funds are losing their luster
Calpers to exit hedge funds


China bigwigs run in fear from MBA school
In the West, an executive MBA can help your career, but in China it can land you in prison — or so fear some.
Chinese loans find fewer takers

Amazon unveils high-end Kindle, low-price tablet
Launches devices including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end e-reader Amazon says is closer to reading plain paper than ever.

What to look for in Oracle’s earnings report
Oracle is set to report quarterly results, with Wall Street expecting modest profit and revenue gains.

Unhappy month for gold bugs
In most years, September is seasonally a strong month for gold. N

Don’t freak out over the Fed’s dot plot
Investors may have overreacted, at least initially, to the Fed's so-called dot plot of interest-rate projections.
Wait, Yellen's speaking again?
Highlights from Yellen’s press conference
Fed keeps ‘considerable time’ language
How Yellen views the job market

10 solid stocks for risk-averse investors
Analysis: Shares with low volatility can beat indexes with less risk, writes Phil van Doorn.
14 stocks loved by top fund managers
These 10 boring stocks will beat your portfolio


Senators take aim at NFL’s tax benefits
Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat, introduces legislation that would put an end to the league's tax-exempt status.
Sponsors turn up pressure on NFL


Five easy ways to throw away a fortune
Tom Bemis lists five wasteful practices that even the wealthy need to be careful to avoid.


Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Smart money:
Wait till November
Poll suggests most “smart money” investors are expecting just a mild pullback over the coming weeks, followed by a year-end rally to new highs.

5 ways to make your lousy 401(k) plan stellar
RetireMentor
Paul Merriman suggests ways to get around restrictions on investment choices.
Corporate inversions hurt retirement savers
How smart are you about health care?

Five ‘soul- destroying’ jobs
Think you've had your share of bad jobs? Try being a collections agent on 9/11.
One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked
/conga/frontpage.html 320110
Builder confidence near a 9-year high
Residential builders’ views on present and upcoming sales rise.
Lennar shares up after profit jumps

Here’s what millennials want when buying a home
Housing and mortgage industries can't wait for millennials to follow up on their desire to buy.
How your home can help pay for retirement
7 things wrong with your house
10 best cities for millennials to buy a home


Want to save money on fashion?
Buy pink
Turns out the color of what we wear does matter when it comes to how much stores make.

InBev faces antitrust hurdle if it goes after SABMiller
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Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,562 +9 0.21%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 2,002 +3 0.13%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,601 -1 0.04%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,222 -14 1.14%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.62 +0.20 0.21%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,809 +28 0.41%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,762 +101 1.04%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,465 +33 0.75%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,207 +95 0.45%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 11,006 +99 0.90%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 348 +3 0.93%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,213 -19 0.60%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 16,068 +179 1.13%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,169 -208 0.85%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,316 +8 0.35%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,112 +481 1.81%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,297 +1 0.02%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.29 +0.00 0.24%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.73 +0.36 0.33%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.64 +0.01 0.58%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.90 +0.00 0.03%
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/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.47 -0.25 0.30%
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/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.62 +0.00 0.00%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.05 +0.04 4.16%
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/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.41 -0.02 0.80%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.25 -0.02 0.97%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.59 +0.06 2.54%
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/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.57 +0.01 2.60%
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95 +0 0.21%
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1,222 -14 1.14%
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/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 340 -2 0.66%
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/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,116 +47 0.28%
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/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 2,000 +7 0.33%
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BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.77 0.06 0.36%
C /quotes/nls/c 52.39 0.03 0.06%
F /quotes/nls/f 16.53 0.01 0.06%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.02 0.07 0.20%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.60% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.77% 12.73% 12.66%
Business 12.89% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.31% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.87% 14.94% 14.84%
Reward 15.01% 15.04% 14.97%
Airline 15.32% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 23.33% 28.00% 28.00%
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U.S. housing starts tumble 14.4% in August
Basecamp townhouse development in River North section of Chicago. The developer, Ranquist, said it had sold 70% of the Phase 1 houses before ground was broken in late summer 2014.  MarketWatch/Tim Rostan
Construction starts on new U.S. homes pull back after a surge in July, signaling housing shakiness.
What millennials want in a home
America's 50 best cities to live in (24/7 Wall St.)
China home prices weaken further in August

Elon Musk: Someday, this will power your house
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Elon Musk’s Tesla is working with SolarCity to meet the energy storage needs of its solar customers.
Musk sees autonomous car ready in 5-6 years
Musk ‘deeply honored’ by NASA contract
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Alibaba IPO gives insiders rare chance to sell early
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Early investors in Alibaba will be able to sell more than $8 billion in shares the day it goes public.
Biggest risk in Alibaba IPO may be China itself
Alibaba structure 'dangerous': Mark Mobius
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Scotland ready to call London’s bluff on sterling
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In Scotland, Sean Connery is ‘Dr. No-Show’
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Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
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7 charts reveal the hallmarks of a billionaire
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Where do the uber-rich live, go to school and make their money? This data gives the lowdown.
5 big-shots who lied on their resumes
Why these billionaires are heading into space

Real reason people wait in line for new iPhones
How Apple and other retailers capitalize on early-adopter impulse — in other words, “queue chic.” // Shown: People wait in line outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York on Sept. 9, 2014. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
How Apple and other retailers capitalize on early-adopter impulse — in other words, “queue chic.”
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PBOC makes second surprise easing move
China hacked U.S. contractors: Senate panel
Rite Aid shares sink after lowered profit outlook
Scotland begins voting on exit from the U.K.
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Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges
Obama plans to tightly control strikes on Syria


7 reasons to be bullish on Microsoft
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Charlie Munger, the Calpers exit and you
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China bigwigs run in fear from MBA school
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Chinese loans find fewer takers

Amazon unveils high-end Kindle, low-price tablet
Launches devices including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end e-reader Amazon says is closer to reading plain paper than ever.

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Senators take aim at NFL’s tax benefits
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Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
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5 ways to make your lousy 401(k) plan stellar
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Lennar shares up after profit jumps

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Want to save money on fashion?
Buy pink
Turns out the color of what we wear does matter when it comes to how much stores make.

InBev faces antitrust hurdle if it goes after SABMiller
Anheuser-Bush InBev is feeling out banks for financing a run at SABMiller. It should also have its antitrust lawyers on speed dial.
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 17,157 +25 0.15%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,562 +9 0.21%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 2,002 +3 0.13%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,600 -2 0.06%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,221 -15 1.24%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.57 +0.15 0.16%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,809 +28 0.41%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,747 +85 0.88%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,462 +30 0.68%
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/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,172 +60 0.29%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,992 +84 0.77%
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/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 347 +3 0.89%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,212 -20 0.63%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 16,068 +179 1.13%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,169 -208 0.85%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,316 +8 0.35%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,112 +481 1.81%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,297 +1 0.02%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.29 +0.00 0.16%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.78 +0.41 0.38%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.64 +0.01 0.58%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.90 0.00 0.05%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.54 -0.19 0.23%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.69 -0.03 0.04%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.63 +0.01 0.25%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.05 +0.04 4.16%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.41 -0.02 0.62%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.26 -0.01 0.54%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.59 +0.07 2.59%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.57 +0.01 2.60%
Crude Oil
95 +0 0.16%
Gold
1,221 -15 1.24%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 340 -2 0.66%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,115 +46 0.27%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 2,000 +6 0.30%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 18 0 1.78%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 76.43 0.35 0.46%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 101.58 0.72 0.71%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 584.77 4.82 0.83%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.77 0.06 0.36%
C /quotes/nls/c 52.39 0.03 0.06%
F /quotes/nls/f 16.53 0.01 0.06%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.02 0.07 0.20%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 46.23 0.00 0.00%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.60% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.77% 12.73% 12.66%
Business 12.89% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.31% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.87% 14.94% 14.84%
Reward 15.01% 15.04% 14.97%
Airline 15.32% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 23.33% 28.00% 28.00%
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