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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.

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.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
Contestants in one of two wing-bobbing contests at this year's National Wing Festival upstate.  Emma Passy
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

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
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
Luxottica falls, Weir gains: European movers
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
July construction spending climbs 1.8%
Markit: Final Aug. manufacturing PMI at 57.9
U.S. home prices up 1.2% in July: CoreLogic


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.

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.

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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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  • Aug 31, 2012
    3:03 PM ET

    How to Save on College Health Plans

    As colleges upgrade their health plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act, some students (or their parents) may end up paying higher premiums.

    New regulations require the phasing out of caps on benefits, coverage of certain “essential” services and the elimination of co-pays for preventive care, including contraceptives. To cover these extra costs, several colleges have raised the price of their health plans. Others, particularly smaller schools, are choosing to drop coverage altogether.

  • Mar 9, 2012
    1:33 PM ET

    McDonald’s Profit, Americans Tip Scales

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    McDonald’s healthier menu changed little: the fast-food giant’s profits are still growing – and so are American waistlines. The nation continues to fatten, according to a new survey. Some 26.1% of American adults defined themselves as obese in 2011, according to the “Well-Being Index” carried out by market research group Gallup and healthcare consultancy Healthways.

    These unflattering figures were extracted from Gallup’s daily tracking polls of over 350,000 people and the obesity rates were self-reported. Worse, the real obesity rate is closer to one-third of the population, says Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Washington-based non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest, as people tend to underestimate their own body weight.

  • Feb 10, 2012
    4:45 PM ET

    Bacon Milkshake: The Grossest Drink in America?

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    Move over Paula Deen, cardiologists have a new worst nightmare. Jack in the Box launched a Bacon Shake – a drink for those determined to slurp pork through a straw.

    The shake is the headline-grabbing weapon in Jack in the Box’s provocative new “Marry Bacon” drive to promote its bacon products. Launched this month, the campaign’s slogan: “Love bacon? Marry it!” The Bacon Shake is made with real vanilla ice-cream, bacon-flavored maple syrup, whipped cream and topped off with a maraschino cherry. Jack in the Box spokesman Brian Luscomb says, “It’s a fun way to generate buzz for our brand.” And generate calories for his customers? “Shakes are definitely an indulgent treat,” he says. The 16-ounce version has 773 calories and 319 milligrams of sodium, while the bumper 24-ounce cup has 1,081 calories and 461 milligrams of sodium – which is nearly one-third of the daily intake of sodium recommended by nutritionists.

  • Jan 30, 2012
    3:50 PM ET

    Why Nutritionists Can’t Eat Fast-Food Profits

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    Fast food restaurant sales are rising in large part due to bigger, juicier, prime beef burgers with delicious sounding names – not healthy options like salads and apple slices, experts say.

    In fact, fast-food sales continue to grow even as the chains increase prices. McDonald’s raised menu prices 3% in 2011. At Wendy’s, the recently released Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy” burger costs $3.49 to $5.79 depending on the size, a 10 to 20 cent increase on previous Wendy’s burgers of that size. Wendy’s is selling more hamburgers, fries and salads than a year ago, says spokesman Denny Lynch.  But Morningstar analyst Joscelyn MacKay says “no-one purposefully goes to a fast-food restaurant because it’s the healthiest choice.”

  • Jan 10, 2012
    9:57 AM ET

    CES: A Weight-Watching Plan for Baby

    Kelli B. Grant

    Last year, one of the most-buzzed about CES innovations was a baby monitor from Withings that lets parents use an app on their cellphone to peek in via a connected camera perched in baby’s room.

    We’re skeptical that a baby scale will create the same kind of interest or demand as a high-tech baby monitor, especially at an estimated price of $150 to $170 when it launches during the second quarter. “If Grandma and Grandpa want to know the baby’s weight every day, I guess this is the way to do it,” says Michelle Madhok, chief executive of deal site Momfinds.com. But largely, she says, it’s just more evidence of parental over-sharing and a broader consumer obsession with tracking all kinds of data.

  • Nov 28, 2011
    1:20 PM ET

    Do Doctors Write Too Many Prescriptions?

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    Are American doctors too Rx-happy?

    As the government issues new warnings about the rise in prescription drug abuse, over half (52%) of Americans believe that doctors are too loose when it comes to dishing out prescriptions, according to a new survey. The survey, carried out by news, polling and social media site Poll Position, showed little difference between Republican voters (54%) and Democrats (55%) who were critical of physicians.

    Of those who took part in the survey, men and African-Americans felt strongest about this topic.  Around 53% of men and 59% of African Americans thought too many prescription drugs were given out by doctors;  51% of women agreed with that statement.

    Some experts believe that it isn’t just doctors at fault. There is also increased demand from patients, helped by aggressive advertising by pharmaceutical companies. Ann Woloson, executive director of of the U.S. Prescription Policy Choices, a non-profit consumer advocacy group based in Washington D.C. that campaigns for more affordable prices, says prescriptions for psychotropic medication in children and adolescents increased five-fold in the U.S. over the last decade helped by the marketing of such drugs. That’s nearly twice the rate in many European countries. “More needs to be done to counter the marketing of unnecessary drugs,” says Woloson.

  • Nov 1, 2011
    3:34 PM ET

    Drug Industry: Higher Prices Would End Shortages

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    The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t agree with President Barack Obama’s prescription for averting the drug shortages that frequently leave cancer patients waiting for vital treatments. As was reported yesterday, Obama ordered the Food and Drug Administration to set up an early-warning system to prevent such medical shortfalls before they result in skyrocketing prices.

    Drug companies, however, say a better way to prevent the shortages would be to remove restrictions on how much they can charge for generic medications. In other words: higher prices. The FDA does not have the authority to force companies to produce the cheaper generic medicines, but the prospect of higher profits could do the trick, says the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – an industry group.

    If market forces set prices for older generic drugs it would boost supply, says Devon Herrick, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a non-profit think-tank. “The problem is government price controls,” he says. “Firms don’t want to produce some of these drugs because there isn’t any money in it.”

  • Aug 18, 2011
    10:34 AM ET

    Blood Pressure Alert: Health Care Costs Set to Climb

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    Consumers can’t get a break. Food prices keep rising, the market remains volatile and now health care costs are on the way up.

    The cost of employee health care benefits is expected to rise by more than 7% in 2012, according to a report released today by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit industry association.

    In response, employers are planning to shift more of those costs to workers. Next year, more than half of employers plan to increase how much employees contribute to premiums and 39% plan to raise in-network deductibles, according to the same survey.

  • Aug 12, 2011
    5:09 PM ET

    Smile – But Only If You Have Dental Insurance

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    Do Americans have more in common with their European cousins than they realized? Nearly half of Americans lack dental insurance and nearly three-quarters of those without such coverage are neglecting their teeth, a new study says. It may be a cliché, but Americans are famous for their pearly whites and porcelain veneers, while Europeans are often derided in the media for their wooden-looking teeth. If there is any truth to that, it seems the gap is closing.

    More people go without dental insurance due to cut-backs in employee benefits and rising insurance premiums, according to a new study by dental comparison website Brighter.com and EmpiricaResearch.com.au in conjunction with David Neal, professor of psychology at the University of Southern California. Only a quarter without insurance visit the dentist one or two times a year. “Poor dental health is a silent epidemic in the U.S. and a trigger for serious health problems,” Neal says.

  • Aug 2, 2011
    2:08 PM ET

    Birth Control Without A Co-Pay Still Isn’t Free

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    Starting next year, many health insurance plans will be required as part of the federal health-care law to cover contraceptive services without charging patients a co-payment. But that doesn’t mean they’re free.

    The Obama administration announced Monday that Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives — including birth control bills, intrauterine contraceptive devices (a.k.a. ICDs or IUDs) and sterilization — classify as preventative services under the law. The requirement also covers HIV screening, breastfeeding pumps and some wellness care visits for women, among other services.

    For women on the pill, savings could be substantial. For oral contraceptives, out-of-pocket costs range from $14 to $26 per pack, according to a study in the June 2011 issue of medical journal Contraception. The study, which tracked expenditures between 1996 and 2006, found that women’s out-of-pocket expenses for oral contraceptives amounted to 58% of the drugs’ cost, compared with an average 30% of those for other monthly medications.

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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.

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.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
Contestants in one of two wing-bobbing contests at this year's National Wing Festival upstate.  Emma Passy
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

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
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
Luxottica falls, Weir gains: European movers
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
July construction spending climbs 1.8%
Markit: Final Aug. manufacturing PMI at 57.9
U.S. home prices up 1.2% in July: CoreLogic


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.

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 318598
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

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/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,621 -1 0.02%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,266 -21 1.65%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.23 -2.73 2.84%
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 3,309 -13 0.41%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,669 +192 1.24%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,749 -3 0.01%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,266 +31 1.37%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,019 +152 0.57%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,328 +14 0.43%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 +0.00 0.04%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.09 +0.73 0.70%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 -0.01 0.83%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 -0.01 0.57%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 82.97 +0.17 0.21%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.08 +0.27 0.36%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.42 +0.08 3.33%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.93 +0.04 4.94%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.46 +0.04 1.65%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.28 +0.02 0.82%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.33 +0.06 2.46%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.51 +0.01 2.87%
Crude Oil
93 -3 2.84%
Gold
1,266 -21 1.65%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 364 -1 0.27%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,051 -34 0.20%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,000 -2 0.09%
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/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 1.55%

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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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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% 12.64% 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.

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.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
Contestants in one of two wing-bobbing contests at this year's National Wing Festival upstate.  Emma Passy
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

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
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
Luxottica falls, Weir gains: European movers
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
July construction spending climbs 1.8%
Markit: Final Aug. manufacturing PMI at 57.9
U.S. home prices up 1.2% in July: CoreLogic


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.

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.

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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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64.82MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 78.60M
Unchanged
220
Decliners
2986
Advancers
3277
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
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  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
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  • 2 Years
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 2,621 -1 0.02%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,266 -21 1.65%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.30 -2.66 2.77%
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 3,309 -13 0.41%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,669 +192 1.24%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,749 -3 0.01%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,266 +31 1.37%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,019 +152 0.57%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,328 +14 0.43%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 +0.00 0.03%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.07 +0.71 0.68%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 -0.01 0.83%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 -0.01 0.59%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 82.97 +0.17 0.21%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.09 +0.27 0.37%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.42 +0.08 3.25%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.93 +0.04 4.94%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.46 +0.04 1.65%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.28 +0.02 0.82%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.33 +0.06 2.46%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.51 +0.01 2.87%
Crude Oil
93 -3 2.77%
Gold
1,266 -21 1.65%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 364 -1 0.27%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,055 -30 0.18%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,000 -2 0.07%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 1.52%

Markets News

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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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% 12.64% 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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