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Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
5358
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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  • 5 Days
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,655 +369 2.27%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,813 +115 2.45%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,988 +47 2.43%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,368 +7 0.32%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,124 +1 0.10%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 42.19 -0.37 0.87%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,158 -34 0.56%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,242 -73 0.71%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,633 -25 0.53%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,894 -308 1.39%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,264 -27 0.26%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 359 -3 0.86%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,797 +45 1.62%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 19,136 +562 3.03%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 21,612 -226 1.04%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,232 +149 4.82%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,392 +161 0.61%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,956 +11 0.36%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.13 +0.00 0.17%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 120.83 -0.20 0.17%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.54 0.00 0.14%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 0.00 0.43%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.60 -0.17 0.17%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.31 +0.05 0.05%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.17 -0.02 0.72%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.72 -0.03 3.61%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.92 -0.01 0.37%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.07 +0.01 0.42%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.83 -0.04 1.97%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.38 -0.01 2.48%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 42 0 0.87%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,124 +1 0.10%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 377 +2 0.40%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,516 -134 0.80%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,973 -16 0.81%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 14 0 0.29%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 89.73 2.54 2.91%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 112.92 3.23 2.94%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 637.61 8.99 1.43%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.44 0.38 2.37%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 53.44 1.16 2.22%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.56 0.35 2.65%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.44 0.75 2.29%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 33.03 1.93 6.21%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.01 1.00 4.16%
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5 yr CD
1.5%
2 yr CD
0.8%
1 yr CD
0.6%
MMA $10K+
0.3%
MMA $50K+
0.4%

National averages from Bankrate.com

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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
Source:CreditCards.com

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Buyer Beware: Flooded Cars Flood the Market

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Recent storms have given used car buyers nationwide a new reason to be cautious.

Vehicles damaged by floodwaters — as seen recently on the East Coast with hurricanes Irene and Lee, and earlier this year with record rains along the Mississippi — often turn up for sale within weeks. It’s not just a local problem either. Unscrupulous middlemen may knowingly buy the damaged cars from consumers or insurers and move them to other states to find unsuspecting buyers, warns Phil Reed, consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. Those damaged cars may even show up on big used car lots.

At minimum, a flood-damaged car won’t be comfortable to ride in, says Reed. The upholstery is likely to mat and may accumulate mold and mildew — resulting in a pervasive musty smell. But it can also be unsafe. Headlights may be prone to fogging, and the car’s electronics — which these days, control a laundry list of features including the back-up camera, cruise control and GPS navigation — can short intermittently or conk out altogether.

But it’s easy to spot those problems, right? Not necessarily, especially since sellers try to sell most damaged cars “as soon as they’re dry,” well before any of the problems become obvious, says Reed. A buyer’s best recourse, he says, is to check the vehicle history report through free service VINCheck or a paid report company like Carfax.  States typically “brand” cars that insurance companies have declared a total loss, and many specify flooding damage where it sat in water deep enough to fill its engine compartment.

Even those titles can be faked or altered. By Carfax’s estimates, half of cars with branded titles still end up on the resale market. So follow up with a visit to your mechanic. They can inspect the underside of the car for rust, and pop the hood to see if there’s water damage in the electrical harnesses, Reed says.

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171.98MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 111.57M
Unchanged
150
Decliners
1105
Advancers
5358
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 16,655 +369 2.27%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,813 +115 2.45%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,988 +47 2.43%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,368 +7 0.32%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,124 +1 0.11%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 42.19 -0.37 0.87%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,158 -34 0.55%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,242 -73 0.71%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,633 -25 0.53%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,894 -308 1.39%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,264 -27 0.26%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 359 -3 0.86%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,797 +45 1.62%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 19,136 +562 3.03%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 21,612 -226 1.04%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,232 +149 4.82%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,392 +161 0.61%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,956 +11 0.36%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.13 +0.00 0.17%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 120.83 -0.20 0.17%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.54 0.00 0.14%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 0.00 0.43%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.61 -0.16 0.17%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.32 +0.05 0.05%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.17 -0.02 0.81%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.72 -0.03 3.51%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.92 -0.01 0.33%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.07 +0.01 0.46%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.83 -0.04 1.97%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.38 -0.01 2.48%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 42 0 0.87%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,124 +1 0.11%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 377 +2 0.40%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,513 -137 0.82%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,973 -16 0.81%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 14 0 0.29%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 89.73 2.54 2.91%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 112.92 3.23 2.94%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 637.61 8.99 1.43%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.44 0.38 2.37%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 53.44 1.16 2.22%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.56 0.35 2.65%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.44 0.75 2.29%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 33.03 1.93 6.21%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.01 1.00 4.16%
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National averages from Bankrate.com

You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
Source:CreditCards.com

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