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When even neighborhood places start charging for water, it’s time for Charles Passy ask questions.

10 rental markets with the very worst returns
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Those looking to buy a single-family home and rent it out may want to steer clear of the Northeast and California.
Most overvalued, undervalued home markets
San Francisco: case study in housing cool-off
Newton, Mass., tops best U.S. cities to live in

10 companies that really missed earnings estimates
10 companies that missed earnings estimates by the widest margin Bloomberg
Deep Dive: These are the biggest earnings misses. Still, shares of three have beaten the S&P 500 Index this year, writes Phil van Doorn.

Medicare open enrollment: It pays to get it right
Medicare open enrollment: It pays to get it right Getty Images
With Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans in flux, retirees and their families could face much bigger health-insurance bills in 2015.

These commodities ETFs can seed your portfolio
These commodities ETFs can seed your portfolio Getty Images
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Hong Kong protests ...
as seen by mainlanders
 Reuters
While media in mainland China isn't covering the Hong Kong protests much, social media is — and many believe the movement is a foreign plot.
Hong Kong government to wait out protesters
Stephen: China’s Hong Kong democracy crisis

Trading Strategies: Revving up car stocks
Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
Can you outrun the threats to the market in a high-performance auto stock? Our experts take a look at the sometimes overlooked sector. | Full report here
Buying Tesla, a market wild card
Auto-parts stocks bearish on auto makers
Is GM's bad news in the rear-view mirror?

Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and saving
Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and savings
Boomers say invest in stocks as early as you can. Millennials are just thankful to have a salary.
Need to know
European Central Bank keeps rates steady
Constellation Brands profit, sales miss views
Twitter lifted to overweight by J.P. Morgan
‘Angry Birds’ maker cutting 16% of workforce
Tablet market is reaching saturation: Citi
European stocks fall | FTSE 100 drops
Allianz CEO Diekmann to leave in May
Bankrupt city can adjust pension payments
Japanese stocks fall to one-month low
Microsoft offers first peek of Windows 10
Zombies in love are coming to social media


ECB live blog: Draghi under pressure
The ECB leaves rates unchanged, but watch for 'private QE' details at Mario Draghi's news conference.
Draghi’s opening statement
Draghi: ECB needs to take a tip from Hercules

7 reasons GoPro’s stock is likely to get dented
7 reasons GoPro stock is likely to get dented
Opinion: The shares probably can’t rise much further after tripling since June, writes Jeff Reeves.

Warren Buffett buys a car dealership
Buffett buys his first car dealerships
Planes, trains and now automobiles for Warren Buffett as he enters the fragmented market with the acquisition of Vay Tuyl car dealership for an undisclosed sum.

5 things to know about the Wayfair IPO
5 things to know about the Wayfair IPO
The online furniture retailer prices its offering above the indicated range to raise $319 million.
Rocket Internet shares fall at debut
Virgin Money plans £150 million IPO in London

Why John Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush
Why John Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush
Boehner joins the list of those wanting a Bush 2016 candidacy. Plus, Holder-replacement choice narrows.
Pierson exit doesn’t solve Secret Service woes

How Jim Cramer called the big bond shake-up
How Cramer called the big bond shake-up
RetireMentors: The reason “bond king” Bill Gross was destined to leave Pimco isn’t so hard to understand, says Mitch Tuchman.
4 better alternatives to Bill Gross and Pimco
Why you should invest like Harvard

Roubini warns
of rising
world risks
Geopolitical risks have multiplied, but markets have "remained buoyant, if not downright bubbly," says economist Nouriel Roubini, a.k.a. Dr. Doom. But that could change.
Case for ignoring October market crash talk
The Dow’s dive took out this key chart level
Will Halloween Indicator keep the bear away?

7 tips for living well on a fixed income
7 tips for living well on a fixed income
RetireMentors: A focus on health can take the pressure off your budget, says Dan Barnabic.

You may still be able to cut last year’s tax bill
You may still be able to cut last year’s taxes
If you extended your tax return to Oct. 15, it’s not too late to take advantage of these four tax-saving possibilities.

What you want instead of NYSE photos
MarketWatch chief Jeremy Olshan announces an end to photos of the NYSE trading floor. Instead, we're looking to your recommendations for alternatives.
The last photo we’ll ever run of the NYSE

What "South Park" can teach us about startups
‘South Park’ lessons about startups
"South Park" rips on America’s startup and crowdfunding culture, laced with some truths.

6 cruises that will make you smarter
For some, a vacation is a time to kick back and relax. But for others, it’s a time to learn something new — be it oenology, Greek mythology or astronomy.
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Record share of U.S. income spent on college
Americans are spending a greater percentage of their income on college than ever before.
Why you should invest like Harvard

The most ticketed car in America
Some vehicles receive more violations than others. Find out which get the most, by far.

Don’t let rate fears scare you out of bonds
RetireMentors: Fears of nominal losses from bonds outweigh potentially bigger ones from stocks, notes Paul Merriman.
How preferred stocks add income to a portfolio
Should you drink the annuity COLA?

4 ways U.S. companies can help the country
Opinion: U.S. corporations could have a major impact on the economy, and earn decent returns, in at least four ways, writes Jeremy Wiesen.
Buffett wins as Coca-Cola alters executive pay
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  • May 23, 2012
    4:09 PM ET

    Parents Lose Sole Perk of Flying With Kids

    For all the miseries of flying with small children, families could always count on one perk from the airlines: early boarding. But now, this too seems to be going the way of the free in-flight meal.

    Families hoping to avoid the crush of passengers and bags during boarding may now need to pay $36 or more for the privilege. United, is the most recent airline to stop letting families with young children board first,  reports USA Today. American Airlines dropped family pre-boarding a few years ago, and US Airways did so last year. Delta, JetBlue and Virgin America are among the few carriers that still show preferential treatment to parents.

  • Jan 17, 2012
    8:00 AM ET

    When Consumer Advocates Get Scammed

    Christopher Elliott

    Christopher Elliott, author of “Scammed” and airlines passenger advocate, tells Pay Dirt how he fell for some of the oldest tricks in the book before becoming a consumer advocate. Known primarily for his work as a journalist and campaigner for travelers, Elliott himself used to work for a travel trade publication 20 years ago. He said seeing the travel business from the inside was very “eye-opening.” He also tells Pay Dirt about a valuable lesson he learned from a parrot named Scarlett.

    Pay Dirt: What are the most naked scams that we don’t even see as scams?

    Elliott: You’re being scammed right now.

    Pay Dirt: I am? But you are promoting your book.

    Elliott: Consumers are always being scammed. Usually, if you have to ask if it’s a scam, the answer is yes. The common definition of a scam is pretty narrow: A fraudulent deal that some shady guy offers you on the street or an email from someone in Nigeria telling you you’ve inherited $1 million. I talk a lot in the book about contracts. Some of the most onerous are mortgage contracts where the fine print is so dense that – at the end of the first six months – your interest rate suddenly goes up. And shrink-wrap contracts: By opening the box you are agreeing to the terms of purchase. Also, beware of contracts that self-renew.

  • Nov 22, 2011
    3:09 PM ET

    Thanksgiving Flightmare Part 2: Avoiding Airport Rage

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    It’s the night before Thanksgiving and everything has gone according to plan. Early arrival at the airport? Check. A quick read of Pay Dirt’s tips on how to avoid a flightmare before and air rage after you are on the flight? Check. Seat assignment made so it doesn’t get given away while browsing in duty free? Check. Non-stop, direct flights booked? Check. But even if some passengers do everything right, they can still get stuck at the airport unexpectedly for hours.

    Pay Dirt polled some experts for tips on how to cope during the delays and how to such stave off airport rage.

    Beware of upgrade requests. When passengers are stressed out the airline’s offer of extra seat room can seem tempting. Delta Airlines is just one airline that offers an extra 50% recline than Economy, early boarding, complimentary alcoholic beverages, plus four inches extra room. It’s the upper-middle class of airline travel. However, it costs $80 to $180 one-way. However, for those with a long pair of gams, George Hobica, founder of AirFareWatchdog.com, has a list of legroom upgrades for those who are willing to pay for it.

  • Nov 14, 2011
    4:05 PM ET

    Steeper Fees On Spirit Airlines

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    The price of being a Spirit Airlines passenger has nearly doubled.

    A surcharge tacked onto every ticket dubbed the “passenger usage fee” is now $16.99 on domestic flights — up from $8.99 prior to Nov. 8. The fees, which are not included in the advertised fares do not include the $10 the discount carrier charges for booking a seat by phone. (A Spirit spokeswoman confirmed the change via email, but declined to comment on why it was made. “We don’t discuss our pricing strategy,” she says.)

  • Nov 9, 2011
    7:11 PM ET

    Passenger Groups Want More Sway With TSA

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    The Transportation Security Administration this week announced the new membership of its Aviation Security Advisory Committee, but passenger rights advocates complain they are still not adequately represented. As expected, some of the TSA’s biggest critics were not invited to the party.

    Passengers should be represented on the ASAC, which was established in 1989 following the destruction of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb, groups say. “Where’s the passenger advocate?” says syndicated columnist and consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, agrees. “There are virtually no consumer advocates on this committee,” she says. “It’s again frontloaded with the [airline] industry.”

    The 24-member committee includes people who have been directly affected by terrorist attacks. Hanni notes the inclusion of one passenger advocate, Glenn Johnson, board chairman of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., set up by families of those killed by a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

  • Nov 4, 2011
    12:48 PM ET

    Can the Weatherman Save You Money?

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    The iPhone can’t control the weather, but a 99-cent app purports to take most of the guesswork out of planning weddings, ski trips, and other shopping decisions.

    Available on iOS, and in the Android store starting Nov. 23th, the WeatherTrends360 app uses a team of meteorologists, climatologists and mathematicians to help people plan for good and bad weather, says CEO Bill Kirk, a former United States Air Force Captain. The website is free. He claims his company can predict the weather with 80% accuracy up to a year in advance.

    WeatherTrend360’s main business is helping retailers control their inventory, and clients include Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and Coca-Cola. The consumer app offers to help shoppers decide when is best to buy goods at the best prices. Forrester Research gives it 80% accuracy, which sounds impressive, but keep in mind that means the information could be wrong once every five days.

    However, some experts believe the app is probably better used for entertainment purposes only. ”I don’t think people will plan any major events around what this application does,” says Andy Nyquist, personal finance and investment blogger. “It may make them more comfortable about the choices that they do make in relation to weddings and trips. But people are more likely to enjoy the entertainment factor from the application as well as using the shorter term weather forecasts.”

    Pay Dirt spoke to Capt. Kirk about the new app.

  • Oct 31, 2011
    3:46 PM ET

    New Rules Didn’t Help Stranded Airline Passengers

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    The threat of massive fines apparently isn’t enough to stop airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac. On Saturday, some 100 JetBlue passengers and an unspecified number on American Airlines flights were left stuck on a runway at Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT. for seven hours during the snow storm.

    These incidents raise the question: Are new Department of Transportation rules enough? They stipulate that airlines can incur maximum fines of a staggering $27,500 per passenger if planes sit on the tarmac for more than three hours on domestic U.S. flights. (In JetBlue’s case, passengers were stranded without adequate food, water or functioning restrooms. American Airlines say passengers had food and beverages.)

    The amount of any airline fine depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the violation and harm caused to consumers, the carrier’s compliance disposition and ability to pay, says Bill Mosley, a Department of Transport spokesman.

  • Oct 18, 2011
    3:44 PM ET

    Orbitz’s Fares Were Flights of Fancy

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    The Department of Transportation fined online travel company Orbitz $60,000 on Tuesday for misleading advertisements that failed to mention taxes and fees, and in some cases, promoted fares which were no longer available.

    Orbitz blamed the ads, which appeared in early 2011, on a computer “glitch.”  Consumers selecting discounted fares advertised by the site  were instead taken to a page where different rates was displayed.

    To be fair to Orbitz, this is the first time in the company’s 10-year history it’s been hit with such a fine. “Orbitz is in compliance with Department of Transportation advertising requirements and the glitch that resulted in how fares were displayed for a short period of time earlier this year has been addressed,” Orbitz spokesman Chris Chiames said in a statement. But Air Canada, Spirit, JetBlue, United Airways, Continental have all been hit with fines for failing to inform passengers of various charges.

  • Oct 13, 2011
    11:55 AM ET

    Could Airline Bathrooms Go the Way of Free Peanuts?

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    Accidents are relatively uncommon on commercial flights, but that could change if Ryanair’s plan to remove two-thirds of its bathrooms catches on.

    With each bathroom creating room for three seats, the European discount carrier, which is known for proposing bizarre cost-cutting measures, says it could save passengers $6 on a $120 ticket. “It would fundamentally lower air fares by about 5% for all passengers,” CEO Michael O’Leary told The Independent.  “We’re trying to push Boeing to re-certify the aircraft for six more seats, particularly for short-haul flights — we very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft anyway.”

  • Oct 4, 2011
    9:35 AM ET

    Will American Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Be Left Grounded?

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    Attention, nervous flyers: It may be time to buckle up and use your American Airlines miles. Shares at the airline plummeted by one-third Monday amid fears that it will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As investors panicked and sold their shares, its 67 million frequent flyer members around the world were also left with a worrying question: In a worst-case scenario, will all those hard-earned miles be lost? The bad news: When airlines file for liquidation, loyal customers are usually among the last on the long list of creditors to be reimbursed. Experts say nearly all other major debts will be paid before these rewards are redeemed.

    But there are exceptions: when the carrier is taken over or when air miles are part of a code-sharing deal with another airline. For instance, when PanAm went into liquidation in 1991, Delta Air Lines honored the leftover air miles when it took over the airline’s assets. And when Hawaii’s Aloha Airlines went bust in 2008, United Airlines honored flights booked as part of its code-sharing agreement. United also honored its own frequent flyers when it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002. Tim Winship, founder of FrequentFlier.com, says AA’s air miles would likely be sold to another airline even if it went into liquidation: “It’s one of AA’s most valuable assets.”

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Those looking to buy a single-family home and rent it out may want to steer clear of the Northeast and California.
Most overvalued, undervalued home markets
San Francisco: case study in housing cool-off
Newton, Mass., tops best U.S. cities to live in

10 companies that really missed earnings estimates
10 companies that missed earnings estimates by the widest margin Bloomberg
Deep Dive: These are the biggest earnings misses. Still, shares of three have beaten the S&P 500 Index this year, writes Phil van Doorn.

Medicare open enrollment: It pays to get it right
Medicare open enrollment: It pays to get it right Getty Images
With Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans in flux, retirees and their families could face much bigger health-insurance bills in 2015.

These commodities ETFs can seed your portfolio
These commodities ETFs can seed your portfolio Getty Images
Commentary: Most commodity ETFs are long an index and aren’t designed for traders, writes Dave Fry, who singles out two funds that fit the bill.

Hong Kong protests ...
as seen by mainlanders
 Reuters
While media in mainland China isn't covering the Hong Kong protests much, social media is — and many believe the movement is a foreign plot.
Hong Kong government to wait out protesters
Stephen: China’s Hong Kong democracy crisis

Trading Strategies: Revving up car stocks
Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
Can you outrun the threats to the market in a high-performance auto stock? Our experts take a look at the sometimes overlooked sector. | Full report here
Buying Tesla, a market wild card
Auto-parts stocks bearish on auto makers
Is GM's bad news in the rear-view mirror?

Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and saving
Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and savings
Boomers say invest in stocks as early as you can. Millennials are just thankful to have a salary.
Need to know
European Central Bank keeps rates steady
Constellation Brands profit, sales miss views
Twitter lifted to overweight by J.P. Morgan
‘Angry Birds’ maker cutting 16% of workforce
Tablet market is reaching saturation: Citi
European stocks fall | FTSE 100 drops
Allianz CEO Diekmann to leave in May
Bankrupt city can adjust pension payments
Japanese stocks fall to one-month low
Microsoft offers first peek of Windows 10
Zombies in love are coming to social media


ECB live blog: Draghi under pressure
The ECB leaves rates unchanged, but watch for 'private QE' details at Mario Draghi's news conference.
Draghi’s opening statement
Draghi: ECB needs to take a tip from Hercules

7 reasons GoPro’s stock is likely to get dented
7 reasons GoPro stock is likely to get dented
Opinion: The shares probably can’t rise much further after tripling since June, writes Jeff Reeves.

Warren Buffett buys a car dealership
Buffett buys his first car dealerships
Planes, trains and now automobiles for Warren Buffett as he enters the fragmented market with the acquisition of Vay Tuyl car dealership for an undisclosed sum.

5 things to know about the Wayfair IPO
5 things to know about the Wayfair IPO
The online furniture retailer prices its offering above the indicated range to raise $319 million.
Rocket Internet shares fall at debut
Virgin Money plans £150 million IPO in London

Why John Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush
Why John Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush
Boehner joins the list of those wanting a Bush 2016 candidacy. Plus, Holder-replacement choice narrows.
Pierson exit doesn’t solve Secret Service woes

How Jim Cramer called the big bond shake-up
How Cramer called the big bond shake-up
RetireMentors: The reason “bond king” Bill Gross was destined to leave Pimco isn’t so hard to understand, says Mitch Tuchman.
4 better alternatives to Bill Gross and Pimco
Why you should invest like Harvard

Roubini warns
of rising
world risks
Geopolitical risks have multiplied, but markets have "remained buoyant, if not downright bubbly," says economist Nouriel Roubini, a.k.a. Dr. Doom. But that could change.
Case for ignoring October market crash talk
The Dow’s dive took out this key chart level
Will Halloween Indicator keep the bear away?

7 tips for living well on a fixed income
7 tips for living well on a fixed income
RetireMentors: A focus on health can take the pressure off your budget, says Dan Barnabic.

You may still be able to cut last year’s tax bill
You may still be able to cut last year’s taxes
If you extended your tax return to Oct. 15, it’s not too late to take advantage of these four tax-saving possibilities.

What you want instead of NYSE photos
MarketWatch chief Jeremy Olshan announces an end to photos of the NYSE trading floor. Instead, we're looking to your recommendations for alternatives.
The last photo we’ll ever run of the NYSE

What "South Park" can teach us about startups
‘South Park’ lessons about startups
"South Park" rips on America’s startup and crowdfunding culture, laced with some truths.

6 cruises that will make you smarter
For some, a vacation is a time to kick back and relax. But for others, it’s a time to learn something new — be it oenology, Greek mythology or astronomy.
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Record share of U.S. income spent on college
Americans are spending a greater percentage of their income on college than ever before.
Why you should invest like Harvard

The most ticketed car in America
Some vehicles receive more violations than others. Find out which get the most, by far.

Don’t let rate fears scare you out of bonds
RetireMentors: Fears of nominal losses from bonds outweigh potentially bigger ones from stocks, notes Paul Merriman.
How preferred stocks add income to a portfolio
Should you drink the annuity COLA?

4 ways U.S. companies can help the country
Opinion: U.S. corporations could have a major impact on the economy, and earn decent returns, in at least four ways, writes Jeremy Wiesen.
Buffett wins as Coca-Cola alters executive pay
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/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,946 +0 0.00%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,492 -14 0.55%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,213 -2 0.20%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 90.24 -0.49 0.54%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,516 -42 0.64%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,304 -78 0.83%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,304 -61 1.40%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,165 -542 2.62%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,536 -218 2.02%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 336 -5 1.33%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,032 -32 1.05%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,662 -420 2.61%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 22,933 -296 1.28%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,364 +6 0.26%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,568 -63 0.23%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,229 -35 1.08%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.27 +0.00 0.28%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.62 -0.27 0.25%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.61 0.00 0.28%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.88 +0.00 0.57%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 85.71 -0.20 0.23%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 77.64 -0.18 0.23%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.42 +0.03 1.35%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.88 +0.02 2.03%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.34 +0.05 2.21%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.12 +0.04 1.98%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.36 0.00 0.05%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.52 -0.01 1.34%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 90 0 0.54%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,213 -2 0.20%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 323 +2 0.47%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 16,695 -45 0.27%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,938 -3 0.16%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 17 0 1.56%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 76.96 0.41 0.54%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 99.39 0.21 0.21%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 571.09 2.82 0.50%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.94 0.12 0.70%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.16 0.06 0.11%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 14.55 -0.04 -0.27%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 35.06 0.10 0.29%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 43.09 -0.59 -1.35%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.08 -0.08 -0.33%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Balance Transfer 12.82% 12.73% 12.66%
Student 13.24% 13.24% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.98% 14.91% 14.84%
Reward 15.05% 15.02% 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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12.33MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 79.72M
Unchanged
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Decliners
2388
Advancers
3338
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,802 -3 0.02%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,427 +4 0.10%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,946 +0 0.00%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,489 -17 0.66%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,214 -2 0.16%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 90.24 -0.49 0.54%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,510 -47 0.72%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,301 -81 0.87%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,292 -73 1.67%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,156 -551 2.66%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,513 -240 2.23%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 335 -5 1.44%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,031 -33 1.08%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,662 -420 2.61%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 22,933 -296 1.28%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,364 +6 0.26%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,568 -63 0.23%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,229 -35 1.08%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.26 +0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.67 -0.22 0.21%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.61 -0.01 0.43%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.88 +0.00 0.46%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 85.69 -0.23 0.26%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 77.73 -0.08 0.10%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.42 +0.04 1.54%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.88 +0.02 2.15%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.35 +0.06 2.63%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.14 +0.06 2.72%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.36 +0.00 0.04%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.52 -0.01 1.34%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 90 0 0.54%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,214 -2 0.16%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 323 +1 0.39%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 16,706 -34 0.20%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,938 -3 0.13%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 17 0 1.38%

Quotes

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FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 77.02 0.47 0.61%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 99.20 0.02 0.02%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 569.32 1.05 0.18%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.94 0.12 0.71%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.20 0.10 0.20%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 14.59 0.00 0.00%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 35.04 0.08 0.23%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 43.05 -0.63 -1.44%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.08 -0.09 -0.34%
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MMA $50K+
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Balance Transfer 12.82% 12.73% 12.66%
Student 13.24% 13.24% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.98% 14.91% 14.84%
Reward 15.05% 15.02% 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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