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Good riddance, Scotland: We don’t need you
Bloomberg
Opinion: Commenters warn the U.K. faces politcal and economic chaos if Scotland votes to exit. Nonsense, says Matthew Lynn.
Scotland: As needed in U.K. as Texas is in U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff over 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
Scotland readling from the Norway playbook

Alibaba IPO sucking money out of Hong Kong stocks
Reuters
Chinese investors are very keen on Alibaba's massive IPO, and the Hong Kong stock market seems to be suffering as a result.
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Alibaba IPO creates ‘monster’ buzz on Twitter
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

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.

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
MarketWatch/Shutterstock.com
RetireMentor 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
How value investing grows your nest egg
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

University of California’s Napolitano defends
foreign-student admission
President Janet Napolitano of the University of California system.  University of California
Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of homeland security, tells MarketWatch that the system she runs needs tuition from international students.
Best university in the world? MIT (24/7 Wall St.)

A ‘girl face’ can damage your ability to negotiate
 Shutterstock
Men and women with feminine faces have a harder time getting what they want in negotiations.
Need to know
Miners lift FTSE 100 | Europe bounces back
BOE interest-rate vote split 7-2 again
Dollar slightly up ahead of Fed outcome
Sony raises net loss forecast for fiscal year
Microsoft hikes dividend by 11%
Credit Suisse loans draw U.S. scrutiny
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
Thirty-year mortgage sees biggest rise of 2014
U.S. regulator sues Corinthian Colleges
After Hours: Adobe slides; U.S. Steel soars
Asian stock markets: Latest quotes

China pumps billions into banks
China's central bank is injecting about $81 billion into the country's five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter the economic slowdown.
In China, hybrids to beat electrics (Caixin)
Half of China’s wealthy want to emigrate

iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Apple’s bigger iPhone, and super-mega-jumbo iPhone offer dual cures for Android envy, writes WSJ's Geoffrey Fowler.
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 Review: Like a new phone for free


Simple way to beat the market
Opinion: When a company splits its stock, it usually means management is bullish on its outlook, writes Mark Hulbert.

Why these billionaires are heading into space
The so-called New Space market is attracting interest from ultra rich entrepreneurs.
NASA picks Boeing, Space X

Hedge funds are losing their luster
Opinion: In this bull run, they’re being outperformed by the broader market, writes David Weidner.
Calpers to exit hedge funds

One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked
One-tenth had money seized from a paycheck and sent off to pay a debt last year, a new report finds.

How smart are you about health care?
A survey ranks boomers based on their savvy about health and medical costs; 1 in 3 get the equivalent of an 'F'.

Technical cross- currents ahead of Fed
Analysis: Market bulls remain on offense despite Fed-related volatility, reports Michael Ashbaugh.
Market pullbacks present promise, not peril

Poverty rate falls; middle incomes stall
The poverty rate may be falling, but the typical American household isn’t getting any richer.
A third of U.S. worries about money all the time

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


Buy Tesla on the dip, analyst says
Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdry suggests the tumble in Tesla’s share price on Monday has provided an attractive entry point for investors.
Morgan Stanley pumps the brakes on Tesla

Will iPhone 6 delays leave you phone-less?
Check out the updated trade-in policies from mobile carriers and others.
Will iPhone 6 miss China shelves this year?
Preordered iPhones won’t arrive till October

Here’s why Microsoft is paying big money for ‘Minecraft’
Opinion: The $2.5 billion deal for Mojang could help the Xbox maker replicate its success with "Halo," writes Therese Poletti.
Windows is the main play with ‘Minecraft’ deal

Goldman, Citi, others release stress tests
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and others release details about how a severe recession might affect them.
BlackRock wants to reform trading
/conga/frontpage.html 319967
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.
AB InBev seeking to finance SABMiller deal?
Heineken rebuffs SABMiller overture
How investors can tap into the beer wars

U.S. makes first ISIS airstrike in Iraq
Stepped-up campaign against Islamic State militants begins as U.S. planes hit a single fighting position.

5 extreme ways to succeed on dating sites
From robotic swipe machines to verifying your profile photo.

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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Pay Dirt
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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  • Jan 10, 2012
    10:18 AM ET

    CES: The High-Tech Solution for Lost Keys?

    The same technology used to track warehouse inventory and tag cattle can soon be used to keep track of your keys, cellphone — and even your kids. Within reason, anyway.

    Available in February, the $100 Bikn (pronounced like “beacon”) kit includes two tags and a smart iPhone case that communicate with each other via encoded radio waves. Sets of two additional tags will be available for $50 each. Users will be able to use the linked app to find a tagged item or person — follow the on-screen directions to the tag, or send a page so that the tag beeps and vibrates. A “leash” feature sends alerts to both the phone and the tag if they move a predetermined distance from each other, say, if a child wanders too far at the mall.

  • Nov 23, 2011
    9:00 AM ET

    Uncle Sam Wants You – To Spend

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    Don’t blame the parents. Instead, blame Uncle Sam.

    As shoppers and retailers get ready for Black Friday, a new book says Americans could learn a lesson from more prudent first-world countries like Germany. In “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves,” Sheldon Garon, a professor of history at Princeton University, says Americans are actively encouraged to spend.

    Americans live large – literally. Garon says that the average size of the American house has risen from 980 square feet in 1950 to around 2,500 square feet today. “There’s only so much stuff you can put in a small house,” he says. Larger homes mean higher heating bills, more cars, fuel and renovation costs. Pay Dirt spoke to Garon about America’s need to shop.

    Pay Dirt: Do Americans spend more than rest of the world?

  • Oct 31, 2011
    6:25 PM ET

    Burglars Find Jobs On Twitter

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    Thieves are using Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare as tip sheets.

    Thanks to careless postings on social-networking sites, burglars can find out when homeowners are out of town and whether or not they own a menacing dog, experts say. According to a new report, nearly 80% of former burglars said they believed thieves use these resources to target homes. That could be a polite way of saying they are speaking from personal experience.

    Social networking also allows burglars to “case the joint” without leaving home. What’s more, 74% of ex-burglars say they believe location services like Google Street View is helpful to burglars planning raids. (Twitter and Facebook did not respond to requests for comment.)

    It means burglars can hang up their black cat suits and stop prowling in neighborhoods in the dark. The average value of goods stolen during the day is $2,158 versus $1,868 at night, according to the survey by CreditSesame.com, a website with credit scoring and personal finance tools.

  • Sep 19, 2011
    3:08 PM ET

    Medieval Castles in Ireland: 50% Off

    Thanks to the European debt crisis, vacation homes in the troubled countries of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal are selling at big discounts, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. But Americans looking for the ultimate deal on old-fashioned digs should instead look to the Emerald Isle, which has arguably had the biggest property crash of them all.

    Some castles in Ireland are now selling for 50% off their peak in 2006, according to Jill O’Neill, spokeswoman for Sherry Fitzgerald auctioneers in Dublin. In addition, some of these properties are exempt from certain property taxes so long as you open them to the public for a certain number of days each year. Just make yourself scarce on those days, or choose to play host yourself.

    You may just have to deal with some weird history within the walls. “Some of these castles have histories of beheadings, murder, drama and adultery,” says auctioneer Helen Cassidy, owner of Premier Properties in County Galway. “We’ve had lots of American interest.” Here are some examples on offer from Irish real estate agents that would make the Tudors blush:

  • Aug 26, 2011
    6:00 AM ET

    Home Improvements To Save Your House From the Next Big Storm

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    From a protect-your-home standpoint, there are two ways to thumb your nose at Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters like her.

    Option One: Have an insurance policy that covers windstorm damage and flooding (or whatever natural disasters are typical in your area). Two, fortify your house so that should a disaster strike, the building has a better chance of making it through undamaged — which keeps you safe if you’re weathering in place better phrase? confusing, and gives you a home to come back to, if you’ve evacuated.

    Option Two comes with some financial incentives. As we reported earlier this year, more insurers are offering policy discounts:

  • Aug 25, 2011
    1:49 PM ET

    Avoiding Irene: The Importance of Packing a ‘Go Bag’

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    First an earthquake, now a Category 3 hurricane — Mother Nature has given East Coasters plenty of incentive this week to rethink their emergency preparedness. But experts say that it’s a good idea in general to have a “go bag” of vital papers and other supplies ready if you need to leave home — fast — in any emergency situation.

    The number of storms, floods and other natural disasters reaching catastrophic levels — meaning they caused in excess of $25 million in damage — jumped 22% last year to an all-time high of 247, reports reinsurance firm Munich Re. This year is a contender to beat that, given crippling snowstorms across the Midwest and Northeast in January, spring tornadoes in the South and extensive flooding along the Mississippi. “You never know what could happen,” says James Judge, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory council. (He’s also executive director for Lake-Sumter EMS in Mount Dora, Fla.) “It’s always best to be ready.”

    A “go bag” should literally be grab-and go, Judge says, so it’s smart to collect the things you need when there’s no emergency in sight. Pack them in a plastic bin (available at any home goods store) and stash it under the bed or in a closet near your front door. A good kit can also double as a store if you need to weather a hurricane or other disaster at home.

  • Jul 29, 2011
    1:07 PM ET

    A Private Island (Almost) Within Reach

    Hollywood royalty like Leonardo diCaprio, real blue-bloods and even the Aga Khan, the Muslim spiritual leader and noted philanthropist, have all purchased islands to get away from the prying eyes of the public. “The Wall Street Journal” reports Friday that wealthy buyers are flocking to little-known archipelagos for rest-and-relaxation. But what about the rest of us clock-watchers? Buying an island could be within reach even if you don’t have a couple of million bucks to spare.

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    Pay Dirt would like to help you achieve your wildest dreams, or at least temporarily explore them. We spoke to Chris Krolow, CEO of real estate company Private Islands of Toronto, Canada, who currently has the exclusive on marketing actor’s Nicholas Cage’s former island in the Bahamas. He says 80% of his clientele is American. “The people who buy these projects get excited about the challenges of developing an island,” he says. “But we’ve also sold islands to teachers.”

    Here are some considerations before handing over a down-payment:

  • Jul 20, 2011
    1:20 PM ET

    Save Cash: Crank Up the A/C

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    To consumers across in the 40 states that topped 90 degrees Tuesday — 17 of which hit at least 100 degrees — the Energy Information Administration’s recent predictions for a cooler summer with fewer a/c-required days are cold comfort of the wrong kind. Running the air conditioner to beat the non-stop heat doesn’t have to add significantly to your electricity bill, though, if you know how to use it effectively.

    By Energy Star estimates, one room air conditioner adds roughly $85 to your electric bill over the course of a year, while a central air conditioner will set you back twice that. Expect to pay even more if the unit isn’t energy-efficient, or you’re using it more than the average seven hours a day. Try these four tips to maximize your a/c’s cooling power and minimize the bill:

    Clean up. Clean out the filters in your central or window air conditioner, as well as its exterior vents. A clogged unit uses more energy to push through air, says Tom Simchak, a senior research associate with the Alliance to Save Energy.

  • Jul 5, 2011
    11:05 AM ET

    Renters See Prices Skyrocket

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    Sorry renters, but the days of low rents and lenient landlords are over — at least for now.

    Nationwide, the average rate for apartment and home rentals is up 6.7% from June 2010, according to a new report from housing search engine HotPads.com. Prices for studio apartments are up 14.3%, and a five-bedroom home is 12.1% more. One- and two-bedrooms got off relatively easy, with average increases of 2.3% and 2%, respectively. Tenants will see the bulk of rent increases this year, predicts listing site Rent.com, but can expect another 3% jump when it’s time to renew in 2012.

    At the heart of the increases: vacancy rates have dropped from about 8% to 6.2% nationwide over the past year. “That’s a really steep decline in a 12-month period,” says Christina Aragon, a spokeswoman for Rent.com. The drop indicates pent-up demand from people who made-do with roommates or stayed with family during the recession. Nearly half of property managers say they have also seen an increase in applicants moving from a foreclosed property, according to a recent survey from credit bureau TransUnion. “Landlords have the power right now,” Aragon says.

  • May 12, 2011
    10:10 AM ET

    Google Wants To Automate Your Home

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    As Senator Al Franken (D., Minn.) conducted a Congressional hearing this week to investigate Google and Apple’s recent online privacy and tracking issues, Google was in San Francisco showcasing its new home automation plans: Android@Home. If the Internet Search giant has its way, it won’t only show you the way to go home on Google Maps, its Android software will remind you that the milk in your refrigerator is running low before you even get there.

    As one worried consumer wrote online: “Now Google can know what’s in my refrigerator and send me ads based on what I have in there.” Not quite. Its plans are in the early stages, but as Pay Dirt recently reported, the smart phone may ultimately be used to remote-control your domestic appliances as software and app developers jump on board. Google gave a glimpse of this future at its Google I/O software developers’ conference. Using Android@Home software, Google says these could remote-control your lights or lawn sprinkler system.

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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Good riddance, Scotland: We don’t need you
Bloomberg
Opinion: Commenters warn the U.K. faces politcal and economic chaos if Scotland votes to exit. Nonsense, says Matthew Lynn.
Scotland: As needed in U.K. as Texas is in U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff over 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
Scotland readling from the Norway playbook

Alibaba IPO sucking money out of Hong Kong stocks
Reuters
Chinese investors are very keen on Alibaba's massive IPO, and the Hong Kong stock market seems to be suffering as a result.
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Alibaba IPO creates ‘monster’ buzz on Twitter
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

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.

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
MarketWatch/Shutterstock.com
RetireMentor 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
How value investing grows your nest egg
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

University of California’s Napolitano defends
foreign-student admission
President Janet Napolitano of the University of California system.  University of California
Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of homeland security, tells MarketWatch that the system she runs needs tuition from international students.
Best university in the world? MIT (24/7 Wall St.)

A ‘girl face’ can damage your ability to negotiate
 Shutterstock
Men and women with feminine faces have a harder time getting what they want in negotiations.
Need to know
Miners lift FTSE 100 | Europe bounces back
BOE interest-rate vote split 7-2 again
Dollar slightly up ahead of Fed outcome
Sony raises net loss forecast for fiscal year
Microsoft hikes dividend by 11%
Credit Suisse loans draw U.S. scrutiny
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
Thirty-year mortgage sees biggest rise of 2014
U.S. regulator sues Corinthian Colleges
After Hours: Adobe slides; U.S. Steel soars
Asian stock markets: Latest quotes

China pumps billions into banks
China's central bank is injecting about $81 billion into the country's five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter the economic slowdown.
In China, hybrids to beat electrics (Caixin)
Half of China’s wealthy want to emigrate

iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Apple’s bigger iPhone, and super-mega-jumbo iPhone offer dual cures for Android envy, writes WSJ's Geoffrey Fowler.
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 Review: Like a new phone for free


Simple way to beat the market
Opinion: When a company splits its stock, it usually means management is bullish on its outlook, writes Mark Hulbert.

Why these billionaires are heading into space
The so-called New Space market is attracting interest from ultra rich entrepreneurs.
NASA picks Boeing, Space X

Hedge funds are losing their luster
Opinion: In this bull run, they’re being outperformed by the broader market, writes David Weidner.
Calpers to exit hedge funds

One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked
One-tenth had money seized from a paycheck and sent off to pay a debt last year, a new report finds.

How smart are you about health care?
A survey ranks boomers based on their savvy about health and medical costs; 1 in 3 get the equivalent of an 'F'.

Technical cross- currents ahead of Fed
Analysis: Market bulls remain on offense despite Fed-related volatility, reports Michael Ashbaugh.
Market pullbacks present promise, not peril

Poverty rate falls; middle incomes stall
The poverty rate may be falling, but the typical American household isn’t getting any richer.
A third of U.S. worries about money all the time

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


Buy Tesla on the dip, analyst says
Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdry suggests the tumble in Tesla’s share price on Monday has provided an attractive entry point for investors.
Morgan Stanley pumps the brakes on Tesla

Will iPhone 6 delays leave you phone-less?
Check out the updated trade-in policies from mobile carriers and others.
Will iPhone 6 miss China shelves this year?
Preordered iPhones won’t arrive till October

Here’s why Microsoft is paying big money for ‘Minecraft’
Opinion: The $2.5 billion deal for Mojang could help the Xbox maker replicate its success with "Halo," writes Therese Poletti.
Windows is the main play with ‘Minecraft’ deal

Goldman, Citi, others release stress tests
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and others release details about how a severe recession might affect them.
BlackRock wants to reform trading
/conga/frontpage.html 319967
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.
AB InBev seeking to finance SABMiller deal?
Heineken rebuffs SABMiller overture
How investors can tap into the beer wars

U.S. makes first ISIS airstrike in Iraq
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Advancers
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  • 1 Year
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 17,132 +101 0.59%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,553 +34 0.75%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,999 +15 0.75%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,600 +6 0.24%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,237 0 0.02%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.57 -0.31 0.33%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,801 +8 0.12%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,677 +44 0.45%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,437 +28 0.64%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,937 +148 0.71%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,846 +47 0.44%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 345 +2 0.50%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,233 +14 0.43%
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 26,567 +75 0.28%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,297 +25 0.75%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.30 0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 107.27 +0.13 0.12%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.63 +0.00 0.12%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.91 0.00 0.20%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.08 -0.04 0.05%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.20 +0.05 0.06%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.57 -0.02 0.84%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.01 0.00 0.37%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.45 -0.03 1.18%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.32 -0.03 1.23%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.52 -0.01 0.21%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.56 -0.02 4.03%
Crude Oil
95 0 0.33%
Gold
1,237 0 0.02%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 342 -2 0.51%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,057 +3 0.02%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,992 +0 0.01%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 0.41%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 76.08 1.50 2.01%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 100.86 -0.77 -0.76%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 579.95 6.85 1.20%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.71 -0.03 -0.18%
C /quotes/nls/c 52.36 0.05 0.10%
F /quotes/nls/f 16.52 0.05 0.30%
T /quotes/nls/t 34.95 0.26 0.75%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 46.23 0.34 0.74%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.21 0.29 1.12%
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0.9%
1 yr CD
0.7%
MMA $10K+
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0.6%

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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% 12.73% 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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Good riddance, Scotland: We don’t need you
Bloomberg
Opinion: Commenters warn the U.K. faces politcal and economic chaos if Scotland votes to exit. Nonsense, says Matthew Lynn.
Scotland: As needed in U.K. as Texas is in U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff over 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
Scotland readling from the Norway playbook

Alibaba IPO sucking money out of Hong Kong stocks
Reuters
Chinese investors are very keen on Alibaba's massive IPO, and the Hong Kong stock market seems to be suffering as a result.
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Alibaba IPO creates ‘monster’ buzz on Twitter
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

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.

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
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RetireMentor 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
How value investing grows your nest egg
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

University of California’s Napolitano defends
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President Janet Napolitano of the University of California system.  University of California
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Miners lift FTSE 100 | Europe bounces back
BOE interest-rate vote split 7-2 again
Dollar slightly up ahead of Fed outcome
Sony raises net loss forecast for fiscal year
Microsoft hikes dividend by 11%
Credit Suisse loans draw U.S. scrutiny
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
Thirty-year mortgage sees biggest rise of 2014
U.S. regulator sues Corinthian Colleges
After Hours: Adobe slides; U.S. Steel soars
Asian stock markets: Latest quotes

China pumps billions into banks
China's central bank is injecting about $81 billion into the country's five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter the economic slowdown.
In China, hybrids to beat electrics (Caixin)
Half of China’s wealthy want to emigrate

iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Apple’s bigger iPhone, and super-mega-jumbo iPhone offer dual cures for Android envy, writes WSJ's Geoffrey Fowler.
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 Review: Like a new phone for free


Simple way to beat the market
Opinion: When a company splits its stock, it usually means management is bullish on its outlook, writes Mark Hulbert.

Why these billionaires are heading into space
The so-called New Space market is attracting interest from ultra rich entrepreneurs.
NASA picks Boeing, Space X

Hedge funds are losing their luster
Opinion: In this bull run, they’re being outperformed by the broader market, writes David Weidner.
Calpers to exit hedge funds

One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked
One-tenth had money seized from a paycheck and sent off to pay a debt last year, a new report finds.

How smart are you about health care?
A survey ranks boomers based on their savvy about health and medical costs; 1 in 3 get the equivalent of an 'F'.

Technical cross- currents ahead of Fed
Analysis: Market bulls remain on offense despite Fed-related volatility, reports Michael Ashbaugh.
Market pullbacks present promise, not peril

Poverty rate falls; middle incomes stall
The poverty rate may be falling, but the typical American household isn’t getting any richer.
A third of U.S. worries about money all the time

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


Buy Tesla on the dip, analyst says
Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdry suggests the tumble in Tesla’s share price on Monday has provided an attractive entry point for investors.
Morgan Stanley pumps the brakes on Tesla

Will iPhone 6 delays leave you phone-less?
Check out the updated trade-in policies from mobile carriers and others.
Will iPhone 6 miss China shelves this year?
Preordered iPhones won’t arrive till October

Here’s why Microsoft is paying big money for ‘Minecraft’
Opinion: The $2.5 billion deal for Mojang could help the Xbox maker replicate its success with "Halo," writes Therese Poletti.
Windows is the main play with ‘Minecraft’ deal

Goldman, Citi, others release stress tests
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and others release details about how a severe recession might affect them.
BlackRock wants to reform trading
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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.
AB InBev seeking to finance SABMiller deal?
Heineken rebuffs SABMiller overture
How investors can tap into the beer wars

U.S. makes first ISIS airstrike in Iraq
Stepped-up campaign against Islamic State militants begins as U.S. planes hit a single fighting position.

5 extreme ways to succeed on dating sites
From robotic swipe machines to verifying your profile photo.

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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73.20MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 73.76M
Unchanged
243
Decliners
2564
Advancers
3674
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 17,132 +101 0.59%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,553 +34 0.75%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,999 +15 0.75%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,600 +7 0.25%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,237 +0 0.02%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.84 -0.04 0.04%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,805 +12 0.18%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,680 +47 0.48%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,437 +27 0.62%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,926 +138 0.66%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,847 +49 0.45%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 345 +2 0.50%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,234 +15 0.45%
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 26,607 +115 0.43%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,297 +24 0.74%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.30 0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 107.29 +0.15 0.14%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.63 +0.00 0.11%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.91 0.00 0.21%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.06 -0.06 0.07%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.21 +0.06 0.07%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.57 -0.02 0.94%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.01 0.00 0.44%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.45 -0.03 1.08%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.32 -0.03 1.12%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.51 -0.01 0.43%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.56 -0.02 4.24%
Crude Oil
95 0 0.04%
Gold
1,237 +0 0.02%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 342 -2 0.44%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,057 +3 0.02%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,992 +0 0.01%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 0.33%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 76.08 1.50 2.01%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 100.86 -0.77 -0.76%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 579.95 6.85 1.20%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.71 -0.03 -0.18%
C /quotes/nls/c 52.36 0.05 0.10%
F /quotes/nls/f 16.52 0.05 0.30%
T /quotes/nls/t 34.95 0.26 0.75%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 46.23 0.34 0.74%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.21 0.29 1.12%
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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/197524/delayed SNE+1.91%
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