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A point-by-point analysis of Obama’s ‘disquiet’ speech
A point-by-point analysis of Obama’s ‘disquiet’ speech  Reuters
A speech that President Obama gave to donors last week was notable for how the economy and world affairs were characterized. Here’s a point-by-point look at the address.

Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity
Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity  Bloomberg
Stock buybacks are hampering prosperity and lining the pockets of executives, an academic says in the Harvard Business Review.

Tesla jump-started as Stifel slaps $400 target on stock
Tesla Motors Inc. Model S vehicles are charged at company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.  Bloomberg News/Landov
Stifel Nicolaus analyst James Albertine’s target implies a near 50% rally from current prices.
August to show momentum in car sales
Toyota plots ‘society-changing’ fuel-cell car
Google driverless car nowhere near ready
U.S.’s most-hated car company is ...
New Mustang hits Ford assembly line in Mich.
Test drive: Corvette 8-speed automatic
For car makers, is this as good as it gets?
Back-to-school Honda | Car-free millennials

5 reasons to flee the U.S. for Canada
 Shutterstock
Burger King followed Tim Horton’s across the border. Should you do the same?
5 reasons Americans are unhappyy

Boomers vs. millennials: How we pay for thingsBoomers vs. millennials: How we pay for things

Sally French and Tom Bemis contrast the benefits and downsides of debit vs. credit, cash vs. virtual.
Teens want tech vs. back-to-school clothes

You're paying for things the wrong way


Atlantic City: How to save the Boardwalk Empire
Atlantic City: How to save the Boardwalk Empire AFP/Getty Images
What life after gambling could look like in America's Playground.
Cleveland is mounting a Rust Belt rebound

America’s 10 fastest-growing retailers
 Reuters
Retailers are growing again and, increasingly, moving online. Here's a look at those on the up.

The worst thing about flying? The people
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 17: Passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport on June 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than a year, with airline fares climbing the largest amount in 15 years.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  Getty Images
Three widely reported fights over seat reclining in a week? That’s only the beginning.

Trading Strategies:
Time to hit the books

It's September, and with the kids back in school, our group of experts offer ideas on how to profit from the season.
School time may be the right time for Apple
3 stocks to rock back-to-school season
A lesson in buying low in a high group
See complete report here

NEED TO KNOW
J.P. Morgan may sell oil-supply agreement
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Hong Kong stocks advance after China data
Japan stocks head for a third day of gains
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
Markit: Final Aug. manufacturing PMI at 57.9
U.S. home prices up 1.2% in July: CoreLogic


HSBC China  services PMI rebounds
HSBC's China services PMI rose to a 17-month high, while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of recovery.
China official services PMI edges up in August

Soon you might be awash in job offers
Here's some good news for young "boomerangers" who moved back in with their parents after college because jobs were scarce.

Why Eric Cantor is going to Wall Street
Commentary: Investment bank is an escape hatch for a stalled career in politics, writes David Weidner.
Eric Cantor cashing —$3.5 million a year
Maybe Cantor payday shouldn’t raise eyebrows

Annuities aren’t all bad
RetireMentors: Stan Haithcock offers a quick primer on the many types of annuities that are available.

5 reasons to flee the U.S. for Canada
Burger King followed Tim Horton’s across the border. Should you do the same?
5 reasons Americans are unhappy

Conn’s low-credit financing could be a time bomb
About 77% of Conn’s retail sales are paid for by in-house financing.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
The weekend’s signature event involved a kiddie pool filled with 20 gallons of Marie’s blue-cheese dressing and a group of goggle-clad competitors.
Americans are eating a bit better: study
6 real culprits making American kids fat

Strength of Scotland ‘yes’ backing costs pound
The British pound drops after a key poll shows support for Scottish independence jumps just two weeks ahead of a public referendum.
Surge in support for Scottish independence

iDreamSky shares end as IPO quiet period ends
iDreamSky shares soar as quiet period ends
Analyst calls the U.S.-listed company an “emerging force” in China.

Tiny biotech Neuralstem takes real ice-bucket challenge
Tiny biotech takes real ice-bucket challenge
Opinion: Neuralstem may have an ALS therapy on the market in two years, writes Michael Brush.

Aging population faces housing shortage
A new report says that there won’t be enough affordable, physically accessible and well-located housing for the country’s oldest adults.

6 educational apps for kids worth every penny
Educational apps for kids worth every penny
There are plenty of apps for all kinds of devices that don’t offer pricey in-app purchases and can enrich your kids.

How to pick the right MLP fund
RetireMentors: Master limited partnerships based in this area can add an effective income stream to your portfolio, says Michael Fabian.

That ‘safe’ money-market fund may be at risk
Insight: 401(k) investors need to rethink money markets in advance of new SEC rules, says Robert Powell.
Is your ‘alternative’ fund a ticking time bomb?

September starts with bullish technical backdrop
Analysis: S&P and Nasdaq have sustained breaks to less-charted territory, while Dow is challenging resistance, reports Mike Ashbaugh.

The four stock-market ‘stories’ to watch till 2015
Commentary: For investors, reality kicks in today, writes Marek Fuchs.
/conga/frontpage.html 318606
China gives Microsoft 20 days to explain
The antitrust investigators call for Microsoft to clarify what they call compatibility and bundling issues.
Stephen: Beijing's hardball with Hong Kong
Japan creates 30-minute Ebola test: report


This week in Europe:Is Mario Dragh's finger on the QE trigger?
Is Draghi’s finger on the QE trigger?
What data to watch for as investors wait to find out whether ECB chief Mario Draghi will act.
French 2-year yield turns negative for first time
Contraction in German GDP confirmed
EU’s new leaders: Pole, Italian

 
Passive investing will keep gaining ground
Passive investing still has ‘tremendous runways,’ says Chris Philips, a senior analyst at Vanguard.
Active funds may take 100% of your gains

It’s been a summer
worth waiting (in line) for
After a winter that introduced huge swaths of the country to the term polar vortex, this summer, it turned out, has been one worth waiting for.
The worst thing about flying? These people

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  • Sep 13, 2012
    5:45 PM ET

    Do ‘Good’ Boardrooms Boost Returns?

    Corporate governance advocates have long tried to persuade investors they can have it both ways: Do good, and you end up doing well too. New research suggests that advice may not hold true.

    Some of corporate reformers’ pet moves, like allowing shareholders to vote on directors each year and avoiding special provisions to thwart takeovers, can boost the value of a company, a new Harvard University study finds. But there’s a big catch: The market may have already factored any benefits tied to these moves into the stock price. While at one time knowing whether a company had good governance might have been valuable information for investors, ever since a wave of public attention brought these issues to the fore in the 1990s, it hasn’t been effective as a guide for picking stocks. “Just because something is a good governance provision doesn’t mean it’s a good investment,” says co-author Lucian Bebchuk.

  • Aug 13, 2012
    7:35 PM ET

    Why Groupon When You Can Google

    Tech investing used to be synonymous with initial public offerings. But these days many pros say investors would do better to stick with Silicon Valley’s version of blue chips.

    On Monday all eyes were on deal site Groupon (GRPN), which reported a modest second-quarter profit. While Groupon has won fans from consumers and merchants and enjoyed a high profile IPO late last year, disappointing growth and confusing accounting disillusioned some investors. The stock lost two-thirds of its value since debuting in November. But it’s hardly the only recent IPO to have tanked. Facebook (FB) and music site Pandora (P) have both fallen by roughly half. Video-game maker Zynga (ZNGA) is down more than 70%.

  • Aug 10, 2012
    10:09 AM ET

    Wall Street Expects a Miracle. You Shouldn’t

    U.S. corporate earnings are up about 8% during the second-quarter reporting season. But don’t worry: Wall Street analysts predict the growth rate will quicken again soon, reaching a handsome 13% next year.

    On second thought, worry. A turnaround like that would require, if not quite a biblical miracle, at least an economic one.

  • Aug 7, 2012
    12:48 PM ET

    Retail Investors Miss Rally (Again)

    While stocks have been on a tear over the past few weeks, many retail investors find themselves in a familiar position: on the sidelines.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was up again this week after hitting a three-month high of 1390 on Friday and notching its fourth straight week of gains. Over that period, the index rose nearly 3%. But many retail investors missed out on the rally, yanking $9 billion from equity mutual funds in July, according to the most recent available data from Lipper, a research firm. Even with stocks reaching new milestones, “mutual-fund investors couldn’t get themselves to pile more money into their accounts,” says Jeff Tjornehoj, a senior analyst at Lipper.  Separate data suggests retail investors are bailing from equities just as pros are rushing in. Exchange-traded funds that track stocks took in $13 billion in July, and $41 billion this year. Analysts use such inflows as a gauge of institutional activity, because ETFs are still viewed largely as a tool used by financial advisers, traders and other professional money managers.

  • Jul 31, 2012
    5:16 PM ET

    Bill Gross: Stocks Are a ‘Dying’ Asset

    You gotta hand it to Bill Gross. The legendary bond investor has a net worth estimated in the billions, an ocean-side office in Newport Beach, Calif., and a reported devotion to yoga. But despite those seemingly sunny, serene circumstances, Gross maintains one of the more glum outlooks among professional money managers. In his August investment outlook letter, the founder of Pimco projects the death of stocks—or, as he puts it, “the cult of equity is dying.” He sees inflation-adjusted returns of around zero for a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. What’s an investor to do?

    For one, take Gross’s words with a grain of sea salt, experts say. “These are great headline grabbers, but his crystal ball on equities is no better than anyone else’s,” says Larry Glazer, managing partner at Mayflower Advisors, a wealth management firm in Boston. In 2002, Gross predicted that the Dow would fall from 8,500 to 5,000, instead of rising as it did to a peak of 14,000 in October of 2007. Gross has a better track record with bonds—his $263 billion Pimco Total Return Fund has outperformed its benchmark and its fund peers for much of the past 10 years—but his early withdrawal from Treasuries cost the fund dearly in 2011.

  • Jul 26, 2012
    5:31 PM ET

    Earnings Look Strong, but…

    Just over half of S&P 500 companies have reported results for the second-quarter earnings season. Two-thirds of these have exceeded Wall Street’s earnings estimates, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

    Don’t uncork the Champagne just yet, though. There are four big “buts”.

  • Jul 25, 2012
    10:10 AM ET

    Gun Stocks Outperform After Colorado Shooting

    Shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger (RGR) have jumped 2.4% since Friday’s Colorado theater shooting. Smith & Wesson (SWHC) shares are roughly flat. Both outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, which has fallen 1.7% since Friday.

    The bizarre stock gains seem related to speculation that the massacre, in which a lone man allegedly shot and killed 12 people and wounded 58 others in a crowded Aurora movie theater using an AR-15 assault rifle and other legally obtained guns, will lead to a sales rush for such weapons amid fears the tragedy will lead to future bans or restrictions on sales.

  • Jul 24, 2012
    4:13 PM ET

    When to Sell Apple Stock

    With Apple (AAPL) up a whopping 50% this year, is it time to sell some shares? One surprising place to find some guidance, say analysts: the resale market for iPhones.

    The iPhone is Apple’s best-selling product, in part because it’s easy and inexpensive for customer to sell their old ones for new models. Here’s how it works: The retail price of a new iPhone starts at $600, but most customers pay wireless carriers a subsidized price of just $199 in exchange for a two-year contract. Since demand for used phones remains high here and abroad, resale sites such as eBay and Gazelle.com offer customers upwards of $200 for their older models – enough to get a new one for free. Gazelle, for instance, currently offers $277 for an 16 gb iPhone 4S in good condition.

  • Jul 5, 2012
    5:31 PM ET

    Should Retail Investors Return to Stocks?

    Have retail investors completely bailed from the stock market? Just about, analysts say.

    The European financial crisis and the poor employment outlook prompted global investors to pull $41.6 billion from equity funds in the second quarter. If those outflows seem mild given the volatility of the past few months, it’s because the majority of retail investors may have already dumped their stocks, says Cameron Brandt, a global markets analyst for EPFR Global, a research firm. Consider: investors yanked $54 billion from stock funds last August alone, following the Standard& Poor’s credit rating of U.S. debt and heightened concerns about the debt crisis in Europe.  “There isn’t a lot of retail money left in the market,” says Brandt.

    Indeed, retail investors keep fleeing stocks at a precisely a time when the “smart money” from institutional investors is going in, data shows. This year through July 4, U.S. stock mutual funds—which are mainly used by retail investors—lost $3.1 billion, according to fund researcher Lipper. However, stock exchange-traded funds, which can be a gauge of institutional activity in the short term, took in $35.2 billion for that same time period, says Tom Roseen, an analyst with Lipper. Retail investors are instead pouring money into cash and bonds, with $125.8 billion flowing into taxable bond mutual funds this year.

  • Jun 27, 2012
    1:58 PM ET

    Getting a Jolt From the Energy Sector

    If the U.S. cuts its reliance on Middle East oil in half, analysts say patient investors who own U.S. energy stocks may be able to power their portfolios for years to come.

    By 2020, nearly half of American’s crude oil be produced domestically thanks in part to greater use of techniques like hydraulic fracturing, the Wall Street Journal reported. That, combined with more efficient car engines and a greater supply of renewable fuel, will vastly diminish the need for Middle Eastern oil, energy analysts say. Such improved domestic production could enrich the equipment manufacturers and oil refiners. “From a fundamental perspective, we like where the industry is at the moment,” says Stewart Glickman, an equity analyst for S&P Capital IQ. “But you have to have an iron stomach for energy investing.”

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A point-by-point analysis of Obama’s ‘disquiet’ speech
A point-by-point analysis of Obama’s ‘disquiet’ speech  Reuters
A speech that President Obama gave to donors last week was notable for how the economy and world affairs were characterized. Here’s a point-by-point look at the address.

Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity
Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity  Bloomberg
Stock buybacks are hampering prosperity and lining the pockets of executives, an academic says in the Harvard Business Review.

Tesla jump-started as Stifel slaps $400 target on stock
Tesla Motors Inc. Model S vehicles are charged at company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.  Bloomberg News/Landov
Stifel Nicolaus analyst James Albertine’s target implies a near 50% rally from current prices.
August to show momentum in car sales
Toyota plots ‘society-changing’ fuel-cell car
Google driverless car nowhere near ready
U.S.’s most-hated car company is ...
New Mustang hits Ford assembly line in Mich.
Test drive: Corvette 8-speed automatic
For car makers, is this as good as it gets?
Back-to-school Honda | Car-free millennials

Boomers vs. millennials: How we pay for things


Sally French and Tom Bemis contrast the benefits and downsides of debit vs. credit, cash vs. virtual.
Teens want tech vs. back-to-school clothes

You're paying for things the wrong way


Atlantic City: How to save the Boardwalk Empire
Atlantic City: How to save the Boardwalk Empire AFP/Getty Images
What life after gambling could look like in America's Playground.
Cleveland is mounting a Rust Belt rebound

America’s 10 fastest-growing retailers
 Reuters
Retailers are growing again and, increasingly, moving online. Here's a look at those on the up.

The worst thing about flying? The people
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 17: Passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport on June 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than a year, with airline fares climbing the largest amount in 15 years.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  Getty Images
Three widely reported fights over seat reclining in a week? That’s only the beginning.

Trading Strategies:
Time to hit the books

It's September, and with the kids back in school, our group of experts offer ideas on how to profit from the season.
School time may be the right time for Apple
3 stocks to rock back-to-school season
A lesson in buying low in a high group
See complete report here


HSBC China services PMI rebounds to 17-month high
Shutterstock/Dmitry Kalinovsky
HSBC's China services activity rose to a 17-month high last month,  while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of economic recovery.
NEED TO KNOW
J.P. Morgan may sell oil-supply agreement
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Japan stocks head for a third day of gains
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
Markit: Final Aug. manufacturing PMI at 57.9
U.S. home prices up 1.2% in July: CoreLogic



HSBC China services PMI rebounds
HSBC's China services PMI rose to a 17-month high, while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of recovery.

Soon you might be awash in job offers
Here's some good news for young "boomerangers" who moved back in with their parents after college because jobs were scarce.

Why Eric Cantor is going to Wall Street
Commentary: Investment bank is an escape hatch for a stalled career in politics, writes David Weidner.
Eric Cantor cashing —$3.5 million a year
Maybe Cantor payday shouldn’t raise eyebrows

Annuities aren’t all bad
RetireMentors: Stan Haithcock offers a quick primer on the many types of annuities that are available.

5 reasons to flee the U.S. for Canada
Burger King followed Tim Horton’s across the border. Should you do the same?
5 reasons Americans are unhappy

Conn’s low-credit financing could be a time bomb
About 77% of Conn’s retail sales are paid for by in-house financing.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
The weekend’s signature event involved a kiddie pool filled with 20 gallons of Marie’s blue-cheese dressing and a group of goggle-clad competitors.
Americans are eating a bit better: study
6 real culprits making American kids fat

Strength of Scotland ‘yes’ backing costs pound
The British pound drops after a key poll shows support for Scottish independence jumps just two weeks ahead of a public referendum.
Surge in support for Scottish independence

iDreamSky shares end as IPO quiet period ends
iDreamSky shares soar as quiet period ends
Analyst calls the U.S.-listed company an “emerging force” in China.

Tiny biotech Neuralstem takes real ice-bucket challenge
Tiny biotech takes real ice-bucket challenge
Opinion: Neuralstem may have an ALS therapy on the market in two years, writes Michael Brush.

Aging population faces housing shortage
A new report says that there won’t be enough affordable, physically accessible and well-located housing for the country’s oldest adults.

6 educational apps for kids worth every penny
Educational apps for kids worth every penny
There are plenty of apps for all kinds of devices that don’t offer pricey in-app purchases and can enrich your kids.

How to pick the right MLP fund
RetireMentors: Master limited partnerships based in this area can add an effective income stream to your portfolio, says Michael Fabian.

That ‘safe’ money-market fund may be at risk
Insight: 401(k) investors need to rethink money markets in advance of new SEC rules, says Robert Powell.
Is your ‘alternative’ fund a ticking time bomb?

September starts with bullish technical backdrop
Analysis: S&P and Nasdaq have sustained breaks to less-charted territory, while Dow is challenging resistance, reports Mike Ashbaugh.

The four stock-market ‘stories’ to watch till 2015
Commentary: For investors, reality kicks in today, writes Marek Fuchs.

/conga/frontpage.html 318607
China gives Microsoft 20 days to explain
The antitrust investigators call for Microsoft to clarify what they call compatibility and bundling issues.
Stephen: Beijing's hardball with Hong Kong
Japan creates 30-minute Ebola test: report


This week in Europe:Is Mario Dragh's finger on the QE trigger?
Is Draghi’s finger on the QE trigger?
What data to watch for as investors wait to find out whether ECB chief Mario Draghi will act.
French 2-year yield turns negative for first time
Contraction in German GDP confirmed
EU’s new leaders: Pole, Italian

 
Passive investing will keep gaining ground
Passive investing still has ‘tremendous runways,’ says Chris Philips, a senior analyst at Vanguard.
Active funds may take 100% of your gains

It’s been a summer
worth waiting (in line) for
After a winter that introduced huge swaths of the country to the term polar vortex, this summer, it turned out, has been one worth waiting for.
The worst thing about flying? These people

/conga/today.html 318542

Markets »

64.82MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 74.95M
Unchanged
220
Decliners
2986
Advancers
3277
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
  • 1 Day
  • 5 Days
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 1 Year
  • 2 Years
Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 17,068 -31 0.18%
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/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,598 +18 0.39%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 2,002 -1 0.05%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,624 +4 0.14%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,267 +2 0.16%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.19 +0.31 0.33%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,829 +4 0.06%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,507 +28 0.30%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,378 -1 0.03%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,446 +100 0.49%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,755 +9 0.08%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 343 0 0.03%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,324 +14 0.43%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,813 +145 0.92%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 25,077 +328 1.33%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,279 +13 0.58%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,125 +106 0.39%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,335 +7 0.20%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 0.00 0.06%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.23 +0.13 0.12%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 0.00 0.08%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 +0.00 0.01%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 83.04 +0.07 0.09%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.15 +0.06 0.08%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.43 +0.01 0.44%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.93 0.00 0.00%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.46 0.00 0.00%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.28 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.32 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.51 +0.00 0.51%
Crude Oil
93 +0 0.33%
Gold
1,267 +2 0.16%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 362 -2 0.62%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,068 +15 0.09%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,002 +2 0.10%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 +0 0.22%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 76.68 1.86 2.49%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 103.30 0.80 0.78%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 577.33 5.73 1.00%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.27 0.18 1.12%
C /quotes/nls/c 51.96 0.31 0.60%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.60 0.19 1.09%
T /quotes/nls/t 34.84 -0.12 -0.34%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 47.20 -0.64 -1.34%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.85 -0.13 -0.50%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.64% 12.66%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.94% 14.91% 14.84%
Reward 15.04% 15.00% 14.97%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
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A point-by-point analysis of Obama’s ‘disquiet’ speech
A point-by-point analysis of Obama’s ‘disquiet’ speech  Reuters
A speech that President Obama gave to donors last week was notable for how the economy and world affairs were characterized. Here’s a point-by-point look at the address.

Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity
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Stock buybacks are hampering prosperity and lining the pockets of executives, an academic says in the Harvard Business Review.

Tesla jump-started as Stifel slaps $400 target on stock
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Stifel Nicolaus analyst James Albertine’s target implies a near 50% rally from current prices.
August to show momentum in car sales
Toyota plots ‘society-changing’ fuel-cell car
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 Reuters
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Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 17,068 -31 0.18%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,598 +18 0.39%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 2,002 -1 0.05%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,624 +4 0.15%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,267 +2 0.12%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.18 +0.30 0.32%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,829 +4 0.06%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,507 +28 0.30%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,378 -1 0.03%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,446 +100 0.49%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,755 +9 0.08%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 343 0 0.03%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,326 +17 0.50%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,817 +148 0.95%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 25,083 +334 1.35%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,279 +13 0.58%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,105 +86 0.32%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,336 +8 0.23%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 0.00 0.07%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.25 +0.15 0.14%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 0.00 0.08%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 +0.00 0.02%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 83.04 +0.07 0.09%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.15 +0.06 0.09%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.43 +0.01 0.44%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.93 0.00 0.00%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.46 0.00 0.00%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.28 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.32 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.51 +0.00 0.16%
Crude Oil
93 +0 0.32%
Gold
1,267 +2 0.12%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 361 -3 0.69%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,068 +15 0.09%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,002 +2 0.11%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 +0 0.20%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 76.68 1.86 2.49%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 103.30 0.80 0.78%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 577.33 5.73 1.00%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.27 0.18 1.12%
C /quotes/nls/c 51.96 0.31 0.60%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.60 0.19 1.09%
T /quotes/nls/t 34.84 -0.12 -0.34%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 47.20 -0.64 -1.34%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.85 -0.13 -0.50%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.64% 12.66%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.94% 14.91% 14.84%
Reward 15.04% 15.00% 14.97%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Source:CreditCards.com
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