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Elon Musk: Here’s what will one day 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 ‘deeply honored’ by NASA contract
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
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 review: Like a new phone for free

Sony admits phones aren’t its salvation

The biggest risk in Alibaba IPO may be China itself
TO GO WITH AFP STORY "Finance-economy-China-labour,FOCUS" by Dan Martin Residents pass through the crowded town of Zhugao in China's southwest Sichuan province on February 4, 2009. As millions of the migrant workers from towns like Zhugao who have powered Chinese economy return to cities and manufacturing, the government said this week that 20 million such migrants had been left jobless by the global downturn. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)  AFP/Getty Images
Alibaba's strongest asset — its status as a Chinese company — may also be its biggest risk.
Alibaba IPO sucks money out of H.K. stocks
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

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

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

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’
Weidner: Banks show true colors in Scotland
Lynn: Good riddance, Scotland
Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

College tuition grows at the slowest rate on record
Believe it or not, college tuition costs are relatively under control -- having seen their smallest increase in years this August.  Shutterstock
According to the Labor Department, college tuition and fees saw the smallest annual rise in August since the agency starting keeping track in 1978.
Napolitano: Out-of-state UC students defray cost
Best university in the world? MIT (24/7 Wall St.)

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
U.S. stocks gain; Dow closes at record high
Warren Buffett offers some investment advice
House votes to authorize aid to Syria rebels
Dollar surges to 6-year high versus yen
Treasurys slide on hawkish view of Fed policy
Home construction seen ticking down
FedEx shares rally after earnings

Obamacare loses punch as campaign issue
America's 50 best cities to live in (24/7 Wall St.)

Why this hasn’t been a happy month for gold bugs
September is seasonally a strong month for gold. Not this year.

Wait, Yellen's speaking again?
If an hour of Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen answering questions from the press wasn't enough, she's due to speak on Thursday as well.

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.
How Yellen views the job market
Recap: Fed’s press conference
101 alternatives to ‘considerable time’ phrasing
What you need to know about Fed’s statement

What to look for in Oracle’s earnings report
Oracle is set to report fiscal first-quarter results, with Wall Street expecting modest earnings and revenue gains.

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.


10 solid stocks for risk-averse investors
Analysis: Shares with low volatility can beat indexes with less risk, writes Phil van Doorn.
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
How value investing grows your nest egg

Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Smart money: Buy stocks, but not 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.
How smart are you about health care?

Family Dollar tells Dollar General ‘no’ means ‘no’
Family Dollar has again rejected a Dollar General takeover overture, calling it illusory, conditional and likely to encounter regulatory opposition.

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

Consumer prices fall for first time in 16 months
Price of beef continues higher, but gasoline cost decline looks to be offsetting that trend.

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


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


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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.

China pumps billions into banks
Central bank is injecting $81 billion into five major state-owned banks to lubricate the economy.

Wallenda plans skyscraper-to-skyscraper walk across Chicago River
November spectacle would be the highest-altitude skyscraper walk in the storied history of the Flying Wallendas family.
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A daily look at what we buy, how we spend, and the companies that do right - and wrong - by their customers.

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  • Oct 2, 2012
    7:09 PM ET

    Presidential Debate Night: Booze, Snacks and Politics

    Forget Super Bowl Sunday. For a number of businesses, the real profits may be in a completely different sort of showdown: Call it Presidential Debate Wednesday.

    With President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney set to square off on Wednesday night in the first of three nationally televised debates, considerable attention is going to the potential political drama, particularly given this event’s focus on hot-button domestic issues. And naturally, the struggling American economy is expected to top the list.

  • Aug 9, 2012
    12:14 PM ET

    ‘Cutting the Cord’: Readers Respond

    On Wednesday, Pay Dirt responded to a report in The Wall Street Journal about the growing number of Americans who are ditching their paid TV subscriptions in favor of streaming and other less-expensive options — a practice known as “cutting the cord.” We offered a checklist of things to consider before making the switch, and asked our Twitter followers if they would cut their cable cord.

  • Jul 17, 2012
    5:03 PM ET

    The Dark Knight Rises — to $100 Per Ticket

    How much would you pay to see the midnight show of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20? Scalpers are betting quite a lot.

    Asking prices for opening night tickets on Craigslist hit the $100-per-ticket mark in New York. On eBay, a Los Angeles seller wants $125 apiece, and another in Council Bluffs, Iowa is asking $140. And if you really want to be among the first to see it, there’s an eBay listing for two tickets to a 7 p.m. showing on July 19 in Los Angeles. The price: $300.

  • Jun 18, 2012
    1:58 PM ET

    A Wine Cellar on a Stick

    Senior consumer reporter and “Deal of the Day” columnist Kelli B. Grant samples gourmet treats and fancy kitchen gadgets at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.

    Consumers without a wine cellar may be able to fake it, thanks to a new device that chills bottles from the inside.

  • Apr 3, 2012
    10:32 AM ET

    Why Americans Are Unhappy

    Les Misérables 2.0: the American consumer.

    That’s the theme of of Dean Bakopoulos’ second novel, “My American Unhappiness.” The book follows the personal and financial struggles of Zeke Pappas, a 33-year-old scholar who interviews Americans about why they are discontented for his pet project, the “Inventory of American Unhappiness.” Bakopoulos started writing this book in 2007 – just before the recession hit. “Like many people, Zeke was living pay-check-to-pay -check and was willfully ignorant about what was coming.”

    Bakopoulos, 36, a professor of creative writing at Grinnell College in Iowa, had his literary debut with “Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon” about the men of a small, depressed Michigan town who take off for the moon, leaving the women and children behind. And he has just finished a new yet-to-be-published book called “Evolve.” That too is another bleak commentary on American consumerism. The plot? Class warfare breaks out over an addictive new energy drink.

    In the spirit of Zeke’s “Inventory of American Unhappiness,” Pay Dirt asked Bakopoulos why he believes Americans need cheering up.

  • Mar 5, 2012
    2:37 PM ET

    Has the Facebook Friend Bubble Burst?

    iStockphoto

    Friendships are increasingly breaking up among Facebook’s 800 million members.

    The percentage of people who “unfriend” other Facebook members rose from 56% in 2009 to 63% in 2011, according to a new Pew Research study. Women seem to be second-guessing their online relationships the most: some 67% say they deleted people versus 58% of men. Likewise, young adults are more active “unfrienders” when compared with older users: 71% of those between 18 and 29 deleted people versus 63% of those aged 30 to 49. (A Facebook spokeswoman says it introduced privacy measures in recent months so users could restrict rather than unfriend others.) Language expert Alan M. Perlman says it’s more than just friends who over-stay their welcome due to excessive self-revelation or bland status updates like, “I just ate breakfast” or, “There aren’t enough hours in the day.”

  • Feb 15, 2012
    11:52 AM ET

    Clash of the Coupon-Clipping Titans

    J’aime Kirlew/TLC

    Coupon-clipping seems like a wholesome pastime. But the latest season of TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” resulted in allegations of fraud and reignited a feud between J’aime Kirlew and Jill Cataldo — two of the country’s biggest coupon-clipping moms.

    The Coupon Information Corporation, a non-profit industry watchdog, expressed its “continued disappointment” with “Extreme Couponing” over a recent episode allegedly showing a 16-year-old in Burbank, Ca. using fake coupons to get 408 rolls of toilet paper for free. With the cameras rolling, the store went along with the transaction and the boy wheeled seven carts of toilet paper out of the store. However, after conducting an investigation, the CIC says the store denied payment for the counterfeit coupons and contacted the show, but the minor’s mother repaid them for the pilfered paper.  The CIC wants the show to retain an independent industry expert “to insure the integrity of future episodes” and follow the rules pertaining to couponing. (Dustin Smith, a spokesman for TLC, declined to comment on the issue.)

  • Jan 12, 2012
    5:32 PM ET

    Getting Hip To Music, Using Laser Beams

    Kelli B. Grant

    Consumers who never learned to play a musical instrument — well, or at all — can now fake it.

    The new Beamz interactive music system plays the melody line of songs in its library, letting the user add in complementary beats, vocals and instrumental riffs by moving his or her hands through its laser beams.

    A spokeswoman says the $199 device is meant to appeal to “the Guitar Hero” set, as well as wannabe deejays (although mixing your own tunes requires additional equipment). “You can’t really sound bad on this,” she says. The USB-powered device comes with software and 50 songs; others in the 200-plus song library cost $0.99 to $1.99 each.

  • Jan 12, 2012
    10:37 AM ET

    CES: Smartphone Control Over Video Content

    Getty Images

    Watching movies on the comparably tiny screen of a smartphone doesn’t hold appeal for plenty of consumers, but soon, it may be the equivalent to a universal remote for much of their video content.

    Coming soon: A new app called Shodogg will let users use their smartphones to find their movies or TV show of choice, then send streamable content from their phone to any web-connected device, including computers and televisions. A spokesman says it won’t require any special equipment, and can be used with any product brand — so long as the phone in question is a smartphone and the various devices can connect to the Internet. The smartphone then effectively functions as a control, pulling content from those devices or pushing it to them, and letting users pause and fast-forward from the phone screen.

  • Jan 11, 2012
    3:59 PM ET

    CES: Two Cents on 50 Cent’s Headphones

    Kelli B. Grant

    “I was trying to create something I would like to wear,” says 50 Cent of his new “Street by 50″ and “Sync by 50″ headphones from SMS Audio.

    The professionally tuned sets — $300 for the wired Street, and $400 for the wireless Sync — offer studio-quality sound that he says helps listeners experience music the same way he does while creating it in the studio. (Check out our video clip for more on his vision and the headphones’ design.)

About Pay Dirt

  • Pay Dirt examines the millions of consumer decisions Americans make every day: What to buy, how much to pay, whether to rave or complain. Lead written by Quentin Fottrell, the blog examines these interactions, providing readers with news, insight and tips on shopping, spending, customer service, and companies that do right – and wrong – by their customers. Send items, questions and comments to quentin.fottrell@dowjones.com or tweet @SMPayDirt.

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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
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 review: Like a new phone for free

Sony admits phones aren’t its salvation

The biggest risk in Alibaba IPO may be China itself
TO GO WITH AFP STORY "Finance-economy-China-labour,FOCUS" by Dan Martin Residents pass through the crowded town of Zhugao in China's southwest Sichuan province on February 4, 2009. As millions of the migrant workers from towns like Zhugao who have powered Chinese economy return to cities and manufacturing, the government said this week that 20 million such migrants had been left jobless by the global downturn. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)  AFP/Getty Images
Alibaba's strongest asset — its status as a Chinese company — may also be its biggest risk.
Alibaba IPO sucks money out of H.K. stocks
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

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

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

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’
Weidner: Banks show true colors in Scotland
Lynn: Good riddance, Scotland
Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

College tuition grows at the slowest rate on record
Believe it or not, college tuition costs are relatively under control -- having seen their smallest increase in years this August.  Shutterstock
According to the Labor Department, college tuition and fees saw the smallest annual rise in August since the agency starting keeping track in 1978.
Napolitano: Out-of-state UC students defray cost
Best university in the world? MIT (24/7 Wall St.)

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

LinkedIn CEO: Good boss is willing to lose you
LinkedIn CEO Reid Hastings talks about successful managers and their ability to treat workers as allies.  Shutterstock.com
Keynote Speaker: The key to retaining great talent is treating staff as allies, writes Reid Hoffman.
AT&T CEO: Right skills elusive among workers
5 weird habits of happy employees
Skills gap? Who, me?

Need to know
U.S. stocks gain; Dow closes at record high
Dollar surges to 6-year high versus yen
Treasurys slide on hawkish view of Fed policy
Home construction seen ticking down
DuPont talks with Trian have been 'constructive'
FedEx shares rally after earnings

U.S. current account-deficit shrinks
Obamacare loses punch as campaign issue
America's 50 best cities to live in (24/7 Wall St.)

Why this hasn’t been a happy month for gold bugs
September is seasonally a strong month for gold. Not this year.

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.
How Yellen views the job market
Recap: Fed’s press conference
101 alternatives to ‘considerable time’ phrasing
What you need to know about Fed’s statement

Musk ‘deeply honored’ by NASA contract
Elon Musk tweets his thanks to NASA for choosing his rocket company and Boeing Co. to take U.S. astronauts back into space in a few years.
NASA contract goes to Boeing and Space X
Why these billionaires are heading into space

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.


10 solid stocks for risk-averse investors
Analysis: Shares with low volatility can beat indexes with less risk, writes Phil van Doorn.
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
How value investing grows your nest egg

Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Smart money: Buy stocks, but not 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.
How smart are you about health care?

Family Dollar tells Dollar General ‘no’ means ‘no’
Family Dollar has again rejected a Dollar General takeover overture, calling it illusory, conditional and likely to encounter regulatory opposition.

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

Consumer prices fall for first time in 16 months
Price of beef continues higher, but gasoline cost decline looks to be offsetting that trend.

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


Revenge of the small investor
Opinion: Calpers move illustrates how being denied access to hedge funds can turn out to be a good thing, notes Mark Hulbert.
Weidner: Hedge funds are losing their luster
Calpers to exit hedge funds

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


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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.

China pumps billions into banks
Central bank is injecting $81 billion into five major state-owned banks to lubricate the economy.

Wallenda plans skyscraper-to-skyscraper walk across Chicago River
November spectacle would be the highest-altitude skyscraper walk in the storied history of the Flying Wallendas family.
/conga/today.html 320055

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Avg Vol: 73.76M
Unchanged
236
Decliners
2870
Advancers
3368
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
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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 2,595 +1 0.04%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,224 -12 1.00%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.16 -0.72 0.76%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,781 -11 0.17%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,662 +29 0.30%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,431 +22 0.50%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,112 +323 1.55%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,907 +109 1.01%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 344 +2 0.45%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,233 +14 0.42%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,889 -23 0.14%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,376 +240 1.00%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,308 +11 0.49%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,631 +139 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,296 +24 0.73%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.29 -0.01 0.70%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.31 +1.17 1.09%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.63 0.00 0.02%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.90 -0.01 1.41%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.60 +0.49 0.58%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.70 +0.55 0.73%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.62 +0.02 0.95%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.01 -0.01 0.63%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.43 -0.04 1.74%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.27 -0.08 3.34%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.52 0.00 0.17%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.56 -0.02 4.24%
Crude Oil
94 -1 0.76%
Gold
1,224 -12 1.00%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 341 -3 0.73%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,067 +13 0.08%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,994 +2 0.10%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 0.99%

Quotes

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%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.27 0.06 0.23%
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5 yr CD
1.4%
2 yr CD
0.9%
1 yr CD
0.7%
MMA $10K+
0.4%
MMA $50K+
0.6%

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 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.73% 12.66%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.94% 14.94% 14.84%
Reward 15.04% 15.04% 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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Is your spouse hiding money from you?
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Markets »

87.81MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 74.01M
Unchanged
236
Decliners
2870
Advancers
3368
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 17,157 +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 2,602 +8 0.31%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,224 -13 1.04%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.98 -0.90 0.95%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,781 -11 0.17%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,662 +29 0.30%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,431 +22 0.50%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,112 +323 1.55%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,907 +109 1.01%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 344 +2 0.45%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,233 +14 0.42%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,889 -23 0.14%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,376 +240 1.00%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,308 +11 0.49%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,631 +139 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,296 +24 0.73%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.29 0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.35 -0.02 0.02%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.63 0.00 0.04%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.90 0.00 0.02%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.65 +0.53 0.63%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.74 +0.01 0.02%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.62 +0.03 1.05%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.01 -0.01 0.63%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.43 -0.04 1.74%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.27 -0.08 3.34%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.52 0.00 0.17%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.56 -0.02 4.24%
Crude Oil
94 -1 0.95%
Gold
1,224 -13 1.04%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 341 -3 0.73%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,086 +33 0.19%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,996 +4 0.20%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 0.94%

Quotes

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%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.27 0.06 0.23%
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5 yr CD
1.4%
2 yr CD
0.9%
1 yr CD
0.7%
MMA $10K+
0.4%
MMA $50K+
0.6%

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 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.73% 12.66%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.94% 14.94% 14.84%
Reward 15.04% 15.04% 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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  • /quotes/zigman/13021436/delayed SSYS+3.64%
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