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Where every Fed member stands on raising rates  
Fed Beige Book finds increasing wage pressures
Where every Fed member stands on rates
Rate-hike question is what Yellen didn’t want
Boston Fed president: Sept. doubt remains

Bill Gross calls a Fed rate hike ‘too little, too late’
FDIC chief: Rates may catch banks off-guard
Junk-bond stress level climbs to 5-year high

Inside the strongest S&P sector, the 10 best stocks

History’s lessons in surviving market crashes

They tangled with student debt all summer

Why gold now looks more risky than stocks
Why gold now looks more risky than stocks: Reeves

Still too many gold market bulls, says Hulbert

GoPro’s stock rocked by supplier’s outlook

Intel hopes its chip retool can revive PC sales

Private sector adds 190,000 jobs in August: ADP

U.S. productivity rises at fastest pace since end of 2013
Productivity rises at fastest pace since end of 2013

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton playing game of liar’s poker with the voters
Trump, Clinton play game of liar’s poker: Delamaide
Bush mounts ‘germophobe’ attack on Trump

Workers don’t do better in unions
Opinion: Workers don’t do better in unions
Raising wages to $15 would raise prices by 4%
LA: $15 wage will lift 600,000 out of poverty

Growing doubts among Viacom investors lead to 50% stock drop
Growing doubts among Viacom investors

China stock market to close for World War II anniversary
China tightens controls to fight capital outflows

Guide to managing money from your 20s to your 70s
Guide to managing money from your 20s to your 70s
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Uber drivers lawsuit  endangers much more than Uber
Uber will likely appeal class-action decision
Uber driver suit can proceed as class action

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Teacher with 111 tardies blames breakfast

What to expect at September Apple event
What to expect from the Apple event on Sept. 9
New on the shelves of your Apple Store: drones
Apple talks to Hollywood for exclusive content
Lost Apple deal leads to 40% job cut at GT

These are the cars that get the most Instagram attention
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U.S. car sales are stronger than expected

10 cities in U.S. with the very worst traffic problems
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/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,933 +19 0.99%
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/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,304 +9 0.39%
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/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46.27 +0.86 1.89%
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,083 +25 0.41%
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/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,048 +32 0.32%
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/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,555 +14 0.30%
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/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,612 +161 0.75%
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/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 354 +1 0.27%
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/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 18,095 -70 0.39%
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/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 20,935 -250 1.18%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,160 -6 0.20%
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/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,454 -243 0.95%
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/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,878 -5 0.16%
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/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 120.21 +0.83 0.70%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.53 +0.00 0.05%
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/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.70 +0.00 0.23%
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/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.82 +0.45 0.47%
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/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.51 +0.34 0.39%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.19 +0.03 1.44%
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BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.71 0.18 1.16%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.26 0.32 0.63%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.78 0.06 0.40%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 32.58 0.26 0.80%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
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%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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Experts are rolling out their toy picks for the holidays.

Santa’s sack might be full of dead dolls and monsters this year, if the latest hot holiday toy predictions play out. But to get wish-list items, you’ll need to shop early.

Toy experts are releasing their lists for the hottest toys of 2011. There’s no breakout favorite – yet – but experts say it’s worth browsing the lists now. Retailers have scaled back inventory this year, so once schoolyard chatter determines the must-have toys, they’ll likely sell out fast. (Just think about the great Tickle Me Elmo hunt of ’96, or the $8 Zhu Zhu pets that were an eBay bargain at $40 last year.)

Pay Dirt combed the lists of TimeToPlayMag.com, The Toy Insider and big retailers including Toy ‘R’ Us, Target and Wal-Mart to see where they overlap on what toys you might be scrambling to find this holiday season. Here are five:

Monster High Dolls Age: Six-plus. Price: $11.99. These gothic dolls represent teen versions of Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy and other horror icons. How ghoulish is that? The dolls aren’t too expensive, but just like Barbie has her Dream House, this line includes a roster of accessories, including pricier ones like a coffin-jewelry box for over $30 and hydration station for nearly $40.

Justin Bieber Real Hairstyle Dolls Age: Four-plus. Price: $17.99. “The Bieber” draws crowds wherever he goes, and this doll – the only official dolls on the market are made by this company, if that makes a difference – is no exception. Toy manufacturer The Bridge says it already has four million orders. True Bieber fans are sure to notice, however, that the doll is sporting an outdated version of the star’s hairstyle.

LeapPad Explorer Age: Four-plus. Price: $99.99. This toy tablet adjusts its game-based curriculum as your child’s reading, math and other skills improve. But don’t think of it as a tablet replacement: there’s no WiFi and it only works with LeapPad apps.

Moshi Monsters Mini-Figures Age: Six-plus. Price: $5.99 for a three-pack. After kids “adopt” these collectible figurines, they can play with them in the real world and in an online game. Like other virtual games, basic play is free, but an advanced membership costs $6 a month, and some virtual items cost extra

Stealth Video Glasses Age: Eight-plus. Price: $39.99. Don’t let these aviators fool you: the thick wraparound frame contains a camera for recording low-res video. Before you buy, be sure to have a conversation about what’s appropriate to post on YouTube.

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need to know
The 11 richest people on the planet under 35
Get last-minute, cheap Broadway tickets
Babe Ruth’s New York apartment is for sale
Vera Bradley soars on results, upbeat outlook

Where every Fed member stands on raising rates  
Fed Beige Book finds increasing wage pressures
Where every Fed member stands on rates
Rate-hike question is what Yellen didn’t want
Boston Fed president: Sept. doubt remains

Bill Gross calls a Fed rate hike ‘too little, too late’
FDIC chief: Rates may catch banks off-guard
Junk-bond stress level climbs to 5-year high

Inside the strongest S&P sector, the 10 best stocks

History’s lessons in surviving market crashes

They tangled with student debt all summer

Why gold now looks more risky than stocks
Why gold now looks more risky than stocks: Reeves

Still too many gold market bulls, says Hulbert

GoPro’s stock rocked by supplier’s outlook

Intel hopes its chip retool can revive PC sales

Private sector adds 190,000 jobs in August: ADP

U.S. productivity rises at fastest pace since end of 2013
Productivity rises at fastest pace since end of 2013

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton playing game of liar’s poker with the voters
Trump, Clinton play game of liar’s poker: Delamaide
Bush mounts ‘germophobe’ attack on Trump

Workers don’t do better in unions
Opinion: Workers don’t do better in unions
Raising wages to $15 would raise prices by 4%
LA: $15 wage will lift 600,000 out of poverty

Growing doubts among Viacom investors lead to 50% stock drop
Growing doubts among Viacom investors

China stock market to close for World War II anniversary
China tightens controls to fight capital outflows

Guide to managing money from your 20s to your 70s
Guide to managing money from your 20s to your 70s
Take your company pension, or buy an annuity?
Don’t overcomplicate 401(k) transfer to an IRA
Is this all the investing advice you’ll ever need?

Uber drivers lawsuit  endangers much more than Uber
Uber will likely appeal class-action decision
Uber driver suit can proceed as class action

McDonald’s set to offer all-day breakfast

Teacher with 111 tardies blames breakfast

What to expect at September Apple event
What to expect from the Apple event on Sept. 9
New on the shelves of your Apple Store: drones
Apple talks to Hollywood for exclusive content
Lost Apple deal leads to 40% job cut at GT

These are the cars that get the most Instagram attention
Best time to buy a new car may be just ahead
U.S. car sales are stronger than expected

10 cities in U.S. with the very worst traffic problems
Lowest Labor Day gas prices in 11 years: AAA


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66.48MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 111.86M
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Decliners
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Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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  • 1 Year
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,243 +184 1.15%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,700 +63 1.37%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,933 +19 0.99%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,304 +9 0.39%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,134 -6 0.49%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46.27 +0.86 1.89%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,083 +25 0.41%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,048 +32 0.32%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,555 +14 0.30%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,612 +161 0.75%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 9,938 -55 0.55%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 354 +1 0.27%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,703 -14 0.53%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 18,095 -70 0.39%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 20,935 -250 1.18%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,160 -6 0.20%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,454 -243 0.95%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,878 -5 0.16%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.12 -0.01 0.67%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 120.21 +0.83 0.70%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.53 +0.00 0.05%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.70 +0.00 0.23%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.82 +0.45 0.47%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.51 +0.34 0.39%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.19 +0.03 1.44%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.78 -0.02 1.96%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.00 0.00 0.02%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.15 +0.01 0.45%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.82 -0.01 0.55%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.39 +0.03 8.56%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46 +1 1.89%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,134 -6 0.49%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 367 -2 0.54%
DJIA F
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S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,934 +18 0.92%
Silver
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Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 88.71 1.48 1.69%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 110.59 2.87 2.67%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 608.60 10.81 1.81%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.71 0.18 1.16%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.26 0.32 0.63%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.78 0.06 0.40%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 32.58 0.26 0.80%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 32.26 0.12 0.37%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 24.46 0.58 2.45%
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You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
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%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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