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Debit cards offer fewer protections and rewards and don’t help young people build credit.
E-cigarettes hooking more high school kids
Parents, stop paying off kids’ student loans

Here’s what Chinese solar-panel makers predict
Here’s what China’s solar-panel makers predict  Bloomberg
The second quarter is perhaps best forgotten, but China-based solar-panel manufacturers may triumph in the end.
How China is keeping a lid on U.S. gas prices

‘Bubble’ talk as Snapchat hits $10 billion valuation
Bubble’ talk as Snapchat hits $10 billion valuation  Getty Images
A new round of funding by a prominent venture-capital firm leaves Snapchat with a $10 billion valuation. Is that justified or another sign of a market bubble?
Twitter CEO: Snapchat’s valuation ‘not absurd’
Snapchat gets $10 billion valuation

Forget bedbugs — these bugs are bigger worries
 Terminix
There are more hazardous to your health and home than bedbugs, experts say.
10 businesses profiting from germaphobia
Scientists seek to map bedbug genome

Zara pulls ‘concentration camp’ pajamas off market
Zara controversy: Yellow star on kids' pajamas meant to represent a sheriff's badge in the American West, Spanish-based retailer says. Social media links design motif with Nazi concentration-camp uniforms.  Zara
Spanish fast-fashion retailer says yellow star was meant to evoke badge of an Old West sheriff.

The most hated car company in America is ...
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Customer satisfaction has hit a five-year low, whether it's with U.S. or foreign cars.
Guess who owns the world’s only purple Tesla?
Google car may mean cheaper car insurance

Passive investing will keep gaining ground: Vanguard
Vanguard analyst: Swing to passive investing isn't over yet
Analyst at Vanguard discusseswhether pendulum could swing back to favor the stock pickers.
Passive investing is now the mainstream

Smith & Wesson sales fall with gun-control fears
Smith & Wesson handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, Friday, August 18, 2006.  Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., fresh from winning military contracts in Afghanistan, now wants a bigger prize back home: an Army deal worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever. Photographer: JB Reed/Bloomberg News. Smith & Wesson handguns on display at the Smith  & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts Friday, August 18th. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., fresh off winning its first military sale in 15 years, has its sights on a bigger prize now: an Army contract worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever. PHOTOGRAPHER: JB REED  Bloomberg News
First Take: Many consumers appear to quit buying weapons as fear that their availability will be curtailed abates, writes Steve Goldstein.
10 things the gun industry won’t tell you

Why Ferguson, Mo., matters for investors
 David Weidner/MarketWatch
Opinion: The friction between protesters and police in this St. Louis suburb is also about economic opportunity, writes David Weidner.
Who wants to invest in Ferguson, Mo., now?
The Ferguson, Mo., you don’t know

10 good things you don’t know about Ferguson
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L.A. may hike its minimum wage
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) reportedly wants to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour.
Joe Biden heads to secret fundraisers
‘Iron is hot’ to act on tax inversions, Levin says


   
China’s housing plunge sparks clashes
The sharp drop in China’s housing prices has reportedly led to an outburst of anger — and sometime violence — among property owners.

Paul Merriman: Four traps wrecking your retirement
Four traps wrecking your retirement
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Facebook’s worst enemy? Not Google
Shares of Facebook have rallied close to 40% this year, but the bull run could stall early next year.
Twitch users like watching others play games
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Big U.S. banks prepare to make even more money
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CBO sees $506 billion deficit
in 2014
Congressional Budget Office raises its forecast by $14 billion.

Asia remains the diamond in Tiffany’s jewelry box
Stores in Greater China nearly outsell those in Japan, and demand won't ease any time soon.
Michaels’ shares are painting a pretty picture

Time Warner Cable back up after outage
Cable operator calls Internet, on-demand services largely restored.
These companies won big at the Emmys

Why Indian stocks are a buy right now
Why Indian stocks are a buy right now
Opinion: Long-awaited economic reforms will propel economic growth for years, writes investment strategist Henry To.

Germany must soften  as France falls apart
Opinion: Building tensions point to a schism among three main members of the EMU, says David Marsh.
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V-shaped rebounds have become the norm
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Bulls in no danger of running off a cliff
 

Fed is feeling political pressure about lack of jobs
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In a leaderless world, capitalists are taking control
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How much do tennis pros make vs. other athletes?
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  • Oct 19, 2012
    1:20 PM ET

    Will Housing ‘Misery’ Swing the Election?

    Investors and homeowners got mixed messages about the nation’s housing market this morning, with the National Association of Realtors reporting that existing-home sales in September were down 1.7% from August’s levels, while the median existing-home price was up 11.3% from the year-earlier level. That good-news-bad-news report increases the odds that the nation’s housing struggles could be a major theme in the home stretch of the presidential campaign — especially since several “swing states” that could play a crucial role in the election have particularly weak property markets.

    According to the “housing misery” index compiled by online real estate marketplace Trulia and updated this week, sunshine swing states — essentially, Florida and the West — are suffering more than most. Nevada and Florida have the highest scores on the misery index, at 70 and 58 respectively, thanks to an overall decline in house prices and rise in delinquencies and foreclosures in both states since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. “They are key battleground states in the election homestretch,” says Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. A third swing-state, Michigan, also ranks high on the misery index, with a score of 32.

  • Mar 1, 2012
    2:42 PM ET

    Ikea’s YouTube Comedy of Errors

    iStockphoto

    Ikea’s new series of YouTube assembly videos turned into an Internet hit, but not for the reasons that the Swedish furniture giant intended.

    The company launched the videos in a tacit acknowledgement that some customers pull their hair out trying to decipher the lengthy instructions for assembling the flat-pack furniture. But some experts say the videos are equally confusing. The most popular of Ikea’s YouTube offerings show two employees in the company’s signature yellow t-shirts assembling a bed frame. It has over 38,200 hits and counting. Mona Liss, a spokeswoman for Ikea, says the videos are designed for the less handy among us. “As for manual dexterity, it does depend on the individual,” she says. “I find the college set love the challenge, my son included.”

  • Feb 29, 2012
    11:15 AM ET

    Daily Deal’s Cheap Movers (Truck Not Included)

    iStockphoto

    Moving house? Or fancy a little spring cleaning? When buying a daily deal service to help around the home, take warning: the extra charges could end up costing even more than the actual offer.

    A recent offer from Living Social and A-Z Moving offered a discount of 60% by paying $63 for “Two Hours of Moving Services with Two Men and One Truck.” But according to the fine print: “Additional services, travel time/fuel, tolls and packing materials not included and will be billed at regular price.” The “travel time/fuel” alone costs an extra $79 — bringing the total to $142. A spokesman for A-Z Moving says moving services costs can vary, depending on the service; Brendan P. Lewis, a spokesman for Living Social, says the site will waive its five-day refund policy on this deal. “Always read the fine print,” he says.

  • Feb 1, 2012
    10:37 AM ET

    Lovers Value Dream House Over Dream Spouse

    iStockphoto

    It may not be possible to put a price on love, but the square footage and location of where that love story takes place is a different story. Many couples take their potential partner’s apartment into account before entering into a relationship, according to a new study, and are reluctant to pack their bags if the relationship breaks up.

    Real estate apparently holds value better than relationships. Given the choice between their dream home and a perfect spouse, 30% of the 1,000 Americans surveyed said they would choose the dream home, according to a survey by Rent.com and RedShift Research. And some 22% of single people would date someone strictly because they like their home.

    In fact, nearly 25% of Americans value one thing more than freedom from a broken relationship: a nice apartment – and 37% of them would wait a year or more to move out. Men are even more likely to stay in a relationship – 28% admitted to delaying a break-up to keep their current living situation versus 21% of women, the survey says.

  • Jan 12, 2012
    4:55 PM ET

    CES: A Polite, Well-Spoken Alarm Clock

    Kelli B. Grant

    If it’s not enough that consumers can give voice commands to their TV and their phone, well, now the alarm clock wants to get in on the action.

    Ivee’s new line of alarm clocks respond to 35 to 43 voice commands, depending on the model. She — and Ivee is a very polite-sounding she, with a slight accent — can help users set alarms and timers, and answer questions about the date, time and temperature. “She’s almost like Siri’s cousin, with an agenda,” says chief executive Jonathan Nostrant. The clocks, which sell for $50 to $60, also include ambient sleep sounds and, in some models, radio.

  • Jan 12, 2012
    2:48 PM ET

    CES: The Family Flatscreen, Now A 42″ Phone

    Consumers itching to video chat on a grand scale can now do so in high definition on their flat-screen, even if they don’t have one of the new Internet-connected models.

    Kelli B. Grant

    The new Biscotti TV phone is a tiny set-top box containing a camera and microphone. Hooked up to the TV and a home Internet connection, the $199 device allows for unlimited calling anywhere in the world.

    Biscotti users can video chat in high-def 720p resolution with each other, or with laptops and cellphones that use Google video chat, says a spokesman.

  • Jan 12, 2012
    10:53 AM ET

    CES: A Tablet for the Kitchen?

    Kelli B. Grant

    A big theme this year at CES features new ways to take gadgets everywhere: Bluetooth speakers in the shower, high-speed Internet in airplanes. Next up, a kitchen-specific tablet.

    The $400 Qooq (pronounced “cook”) will be available stateside in September after debuting in France two years ago. It’s designed especially for kitchen use, with spill- and splash-resistant coatings, four rubbery feet to keep it from sliding off the counter and a built-in kickstand in the back. Continuing the food theme, it comes preloaded with more than 500 recipes and apps to manage weekly menus and grocery shopping lists. (All that content, however, requires a subscription — price to be determined — after the first month.)

  • Jan 11, 2012
    11:50 AM ET

    CES: The World’s Smallest Washing Machine?

    iStockphoto

    Roughly the size of a countertop bread machine, this minute washer is maybe big enough to contain two adult T-shirts.

    Manufacturer Haier introduced it in China a year ago, and is currently market testing the $100 device for possible U.S. sale. When we (admittedly, incredulously) asked who’d want one, a spokesman said they’re targeting a growing green movement among parents who use cloth diapers. Most parents, he says, send the soiled diapers out to a specialized cleaning service to avoid tossing them in with the rest of the laundry. He speculated that the device could also be useful for cleaning chlorine-logged swimsuits, delicate items or even regular laundry — in small doses — for RV travelers.

  • Jan 11, 2012
    9:44 AM ET

    CES: A Thermostat that Adjusts to Your Schedule

    iStockphoto

    By Department of Energy estimates, just setting a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature during the hours you’re usually asleep or at work can net savings of roughly $180 a year. But what if the thermostat was smart enough to know when you’re nipping out to the store for a carton of milk?

    The $349 EverSense unit from Allure Energy uses GPS to note the proximity of family members’ Apple and Android devices, automatically adjusting the temperature up or down to preferred settings as people leave home or return. Connected apps let family members make adjustments remotely. A spokesman says estimated savings could vary widely depending on the family’s schedule, and that there’s a setting to notify the unit if say, errands will keep someone near home. That way, it doesn’t keep adjusting the temp as Mom passes home on her way to the dry-cleaners, and again on her way over to the supermarket.

  • Jan 10, 2012
    1:20 PM ET

    CES: A “Smart” Fix for Laundry Woes

    Kelli B. Grant

    Consumers used to getting a “honey do” list from a spouse may soon need to get used to receiving one from the fridge or washing machine.

    For years, manufacturers have been working on — and talking about — appliances that connect with the Internet as well as the power grid to monitor energy use and suggest ways for consumers to use them more efficiently. Now, the first are finally coming to market.

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Millennials, you’re paying for things the wrong way
Millennials, you’re paying for things the wrong way  Getty Images
Debit cards offer fewer protections and rewards and don’t help young people build credit.
E-cigarettes hooking more high school kids
Parents, stop paying off kids’ student loans

Here’s what Chinese solar-panel makers predict
Here’s what China’s solar-panel makers predict  Bloomberg
The second quarter is perhaps best forgotten, but China-based solar-panel manufacturers may triumph in the end.
How China is keeping a lid on U.S. gas prices

‘Bubble’ talk as Snapchat hits $10 billion valuation
Bubble’ talk as Snapchat hits $10 billion valuation  Getty Images
A new round of funding by a prominent venture-capital firm leaves Snapchat with a $10 billion valuation. Is that justified or another sign of a market bubble?
Twitter CEO: Snapchat’s valuation ‘not absurd’
Snapchat gets $10 billion valuation

Forget bedbugs — these bugs are bigger worries
 Terminix
There are more hazardous to your health and home than bedbugs, experts say.
10 businesses profiting from germaphobia
Scientists seek to map bedbug genome

Zara pulls ‘concentration camp’ pajamas off market
Zara controversy: Yellow star on kids' pajamas meant to represent a sheriff's badge in the American West, Spanish-based retailer says. Social media links design motif with Nazi concentration-camp uniforms.  Zara
Spanish fast-fashion retailer says yellow star was meant to evoke badge of an Old West sheriff.

The most hated car company in America is ...
 Shutterstock
Customer satisfaction has hit a five-year low, whether it's with U.S. or foreign cars.
Guess who owns the world’s only purple Tesla?
Google car may mean cheaper car insurance

Passive investing will keep gaining ground: Vanguard
Vanguard analyst: Swing to passive investing isn't over yet
Analyst at Vanguard discusseswhether pendulum could swing back to favor the stock pickers.
Passive investing is now the mainstream

Smith & Wesson sales fall with gun-control fears
Smith & Wesson handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, Friday, August 18, 2006.  Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., fresh from winning military contracts in Afghanistan, now wants a bigger prize back home: an Army deal worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever. Photographer: JB Reed/Bloomberg News. Smith & Wesson handguns on display at the Smith  & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts Friday, August 18th. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., fresh off winning its first military sale in 15 years, has its sights on a bigger prize now: an Army contract worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever. PHOTOGRAPHER: JB REED  Bloomberg News
First Take: Many consumers appear to quit buying weapons as fear that their availability will be curtailed abates, writes Steve Goldstein.
10 things the gun industry won’t tell you

Why Ferguson, Mo., matters for investors
 David Weidner/MarketWatch
Opinion: The friction between protesters and police in this St. Louis suburb is also about economic opportunity, writes David Weidner.
Who wants to invest in Ferguson, Mo., now?
The Ferguson, Mo., you don’t know

10 good things you don’t know about Ferguson
Ferguson’s rage has roots in China, Mexico

NEED TO KNOW
S&P 500 holds at 2,000 as stocks finish flat
Guess cuts outlook as fall line disappoints
Bond yields move to historic lows in Germany
Russia plans to halt gas flow to EU: Ukraine
H-P surpasses IBM as No. 1 in server sales
Taiwan’s Apple plays lead Asian stock gains
Ireland’s Ryanair among gainers in Europe

Top market timer
preps for
S&P 2,150
Insight: Mark Hulbert looks at the latest from Sam Eisenstadt, one of the best at calling the market.
What S&P did last 2 times Fed started hiking
Who’ll hike rates first: Fed or Bank of England?
Don’t ignore the ‘buts’ in Draghi hints at QE
French leader keeps up pressure on ECB to act

L.A. may hike its minimum wage
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) reportedly wants to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour.
Joe Biden heads to secret fundraisers
‘Iron is hot’ to act on tax inversions, Levin says


   
China’s housing plunge sparks clashes
The sharp drop in China’s housing prices has reportedly led to an outburst of anger — and sometime violence — among property owners.

Paul Merriman: Four traps wrecking your retirement
Four traps wrecking your retirement
There are many ways to undermine retirement savings, but these four traps are easy to avoid, says Paul Merriman.
Estate-planning issues when age gap is large

Facebook’s worst enemy? Not Google
Shares of Facebook have rallied close to 40% this year, but the bull run could stall early next year.
Twitch users like watching others play games
Morrissey book outsells Amazon phone

Big U.S. banks prepare to make even more money
Analysis: A rise in interest rates will help them earn billions more, writes Phil van Doorn.

CBO sees $506 billion deficit
in 2014
Congressional Budget Office raises its forecast by $14 billion.

Asia remains the diamond in Tiffany’s jewelry box
Stores in Greater China nearly outsell those in Japan, and demand won't ease any time soon.
Michaels’ shares are painting a pretty picture

Time Warner Cable back up after outage
Cable operator calls Internet, on-demand services largely restored.
These companies won big at the Emmys

Why Indian stocks are a buy right now
Why Indian stocks are a buy right now
Opinion: Long-awaited economic reforms will propel economic growth for years, writes investment strategist Henry To.

Germany must soften  as France falls apart
Opinion: Building tensions point to a schism among three main members of the EMU, says David Marsh.
Scotland casts a chill on U.K. stocks
Baltics are hidden gems; Lithuania is a jewel
Is it time to borrow euros?


How to protect against risk after S&P 2,000
Trading Deck: Protect profit from a potential gap down, writes Thomas H. Kee Jr.
V-shaped rebounds have become the norm
Chart that stock bulls don’t want you to see
Bulls in no danger of running off a cliff
 

Fed is feeling political pressure about lack of jobs
Opinion: People are beginning to realize the Fed is the only Washington institution that can help them, writes Darrell Delamaide.

In a leaderless world, capitalists are taking control
Opinion: Paul B. Farrell lays out six stages to a world where the leaders are presidents of a company, not a nation.
Fed is under pressure about lack of jobs

Civilization must declare war on radical Islamism
Opinion:
Murder of journalist James Foley should trigger a new international strategy, says Amotz Asa-El.
U.S. preps for surveillance flights over Syria

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Employees prepare lunch orders at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant at Madison Square Park in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is expected to release earnings figures on Jan. 30. Photographer: Craig Warga/BloombergLunchtime activites at Chipotle Mexican Grill's Madison Square Park Location in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg *** Local Caption ***
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Millennials, you’re paying for things the wrong way
Millennials, you’re paying for things the wrong way  Getty Images
Debit cards offer fewer protections and rewards and don’t help young people build credit.
E-cigarettes hooking more high school kids
Parents, stop paying off kids’ student loans

Here’s what Chinese solar-panel makers predict
Here’s what China’s solar-panel makers predict  Bloomberg
The second quarter is perhaps best forgotten, but China-based solar-panel manufacturers may triumph in the end.
How China is keeping a lid on U.S. gas prices

‘Bubble’ talk as Snapchat hits $10 billion valuation
Bubble’ talk as Snapchat hits $10 billion valuation  Getty Images
A new round of funding by a prominent venture-capital firm leaves Snapchat with a $10 billion valuation. Is that justified or another sign of a market bubble?
Twitter CEO: Snapchat’s valuation ‘not absurd’
Snapchat gets $10 billion valuation

Forget bedbugs — these bugs are bigger worries
 Terminix
There are more hazardous to your health and home than bedbugs, experts say.
10 businesses profiting from germaphobia
Scientists seek to map bedbug genome

Zara pulls ‘concentration camp’ pajamas off market
Zara controversy: Yellow star on kids' pajamas meant to represent a sheriff's badge in the American West, Spanish-based retailer says. Social media links design motif with Nazi concentration-camp uniforms.  Zara
Spanish fast-fashion retailer says yellow star was meant to evoke badge of an Old West sheriff.

The most hated car company in America is ...
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Customer satisfaction has hit a five-year low, whether it's with U.S. or foreign cars.
Guess who owns the world’s only purple Tesla?
Google car may mean cheaper car insurance

Passive investing will keep gaining ground: Vanguard
Vanguard analyst: Swing to passive investing isn't over yet
Analyst at Vanguard discusseswhether pendulum could swing back to favor the stock pickers.
Passive investing is now the mainstream

Smith & Wesson sales fall with gun-control fears
Smith & Wesson handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, Friday, August 18, 2006.  Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., fresh from winning military contracts in Afghanistan, now wants a bigger prize back home: an Army deal worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever. Photographer: JB Reed/Bloomberg News. Smith & Wesson handguns on display at the Smith  & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts Friday, August 18th. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., fresh off winning its first military sale in 15 years, has its sights on a bigger prize now: an Army contract worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever. PHOTOGRAPHER: JB REED  Bloomberg News
First Take: Many consumers appear to quit buying weapons as fear that their availability will be curtailed abates, writes Steve Goldstein.
10 things the gun industry won’t tell you

Why Ferguson, Mo., matters for investors
 David Weidner/MarketWatch
Opinion: The friction between protesters and police in this St. Louis suburb is also about economic opportunity, writes David Weidner.
Who wants to invest in Ferguson, Mo., now?
The Ferguson, Mo., you don’t know

10 good things you don’t know about Ferguson
Ferguson’s rage has roots in China, Mexico

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S&P 500 holds at 2,000 as stocks finish flat
Guess cuts outlook as fall line disappoints
Bond yields move to historic lows in Germany
Russia plans to halt gas flow to EU: Ukraine
H-P surpasses IBM as No. 1 in server sales
Taiwan’s Apple plays lead Asian stock gains
Ireland’s Ryanair among gainers in Europe

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S&P 2,150
Insight: Mark Hulbert looks at the latest from Sam Eisenstadt, one of the best at calling the market.
What S&P did last 2 times Fed started hiking
Who’ll hike rates first: Fed or Bank of England?
Don’t ignore the ‘buts’ in Draghi hints at QE
French leader keeps up pressure on ECB to act

L.A. may hike its minimum wage
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) reportedly wants to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour.
Joe Biden heads to secret fundraisers
‘Iron is hot’ to act on tax inversions, Levin says


   
China’s housing plunge sparks clashes
The sharp drop in China’s housing prices has reportedly led to an outburst of anger — and sometime violence — among property owners.

Paul Merriman: Four traps wrecking your retirement
Four traps wrecking your retirement
There are many ways to undermine retirement savings, but these four traps are easy to avoid, says Paul Merriman.
Estate-planning issues when age gap is large

Facebook’s worst enemy? Not Google
Shares of Facebook have rallied close to 40% this year, but the bull run could stall early next year.
Twitch users like watching others play games
Morrissey book outsells Amazon phone

Big U.S. banks prepare to make even more money
Analysis: A rise in interest rates will help them earn billions more, writes Phil van Doorn.

CBO sees $506 billion deficit
in 2014
Congressional Budget Office raises its forecast by $14 billion.

Asia remains the diamond in Tiffany’s jewelry box
Stores in Greater China nearly outsell those in Japan, and demand won't ease any time soon.
Michaels’ shares are painting a pretty picture

Time Warner Cable back up after outage
Cable operator calls Internet, on-demand services largely restored.
These companies won big at the Emmys

Why Indian stocks are a buy right now
Why Indian stocks are a buy right now
Opinion: Long-awaited economic reforms will propel economic growth for years, writes investment strategist Henry To.

Germany must soften  as France falls apart
Opinion: Building tensions point to a schism among three main members of the EMU, says David Marsh.
Scotland casts a chill on U.K. stocks
Baltics are hidden gems; Lithuania is a jewel
Is it time to borrow euros?


How to protect against risk after S&P 2,000
Trading Deck: Protect profit from a potential gap down, writes Thomas H. Kee Jr.
V-shaped rebounds have become the norm
Chart that stock bulls don’t want you to see
Bulls in no danger of running off a cliff
 

Fed is feeling political pressure about lack of jobs
Opinion: People are beginning to realize the Fed is the only Washington institution that can help them, writes Darrell Delamaide.

In a leaderless world, capitalists are taking control
Opinion: Paul B. Farrell lays out six stages to a world where the leaders are presidents of a company, not a nation.
Fed is under pressure about lack of jobs

Civilization must declare war on radical Islamism
Opinion:
Murder of journalist James Foley should trigger a new international strategy, says Amotz Asa-El.
U.S. preps for surveillance flights over Syria

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Employees prepare lunch orders at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant at Madison Square Park in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is expected to release earnings figures on Jan. 30. Photographer: Craig Warga/BloombergLunchtime activites at Chipotle Mexican Grill's Madison Square Park Location in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg *** Local Caption ***
Could McDonald’s reel in Chipotle?
Burger giant may rue the day it gave up controlling stake in the fast-growing burrito chain (24/7 Wall St.).
Should you pull a ‘Burger King’ to cut tax bill?

Mobileye is ‘iPhone moment’ for car industry
Analysts kick off coverage of the car-camera maker, saying the tech has the potential to disrupt the auto industry.
Will driverless cars kill drivers’ ed?
Car hacking could become the new carjacking

10 biggest health-care influencers
These 10 people are having the greatest impact on health care in America today.
Obamacare rolls back executive pay deductions


How much do tennis players earn compared with other athletes?
How much do tennis pros make vs. other athletes?
From baseball to bowling, a look at how much difference there is between the take-home pay of No.1 and No. 32.

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Spain 10yr
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Gold
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Corn
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AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 102.13 1.24 1.23%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 571.00 -6.86 -1.19%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.20 -0.13 -0.80%
C /quotes/nls/c 51.86 -0.27 -0.52%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.36 0.17 0.99%
T /quotes/nls/t 34.75 0.25 0.72%
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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%
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