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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.

Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity
Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity  Bloomberg
Stock buybacks are hampering prosperity and lining the pockets of executives, an academic says in the Harvard Business Review.

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.

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
J.P. Morgan may sell oil-supply agreement
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Japan stocks head for a third day of gains
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
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.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
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

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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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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  • Sep 18, 2012
    5:59 PM ET

    Spend $700 at Apple Store or on Apple Stock?

    Back in February, when Apple’s stock hit $500 – the same price as an iPad — we asked which was the better buy.  Most experts said the company’s stock was headed higher – and they were proved right.

    Investors who bought a single share of Apple (AAPL) back then would have earned $200. An iPad purchased in February, meanwhile, is now worth around $400 on the resale market.

  • Aug 6, 2012
    7:04 PM ET

    Best Olympic ‘Medal’ for Investors?

    When it comes to the Olympics, one medal comes first: gold. But which metal is best for investors?

    It seems hard to argue with the yellow metal, especially after its historic 11-year bull run. In the past five years alone, gold prices have soared 140%, to $1,616 an ounce. But even some of the biggest gold bugs question whether the shiny stuff can keep this going. And silver, while less valuable, has had nearly as good a rally — with prices rising 115%, to about $28 an ounce.

  • Aug 3, 2012
    2:05 PM ET

    CFA, CFP, Team USA: Investing Tips From Olympians

    Some financial advisers tout their stock-picking success. Others point to the many designations – certified financial planner, chartered financial analyst, certified retirement financial adviser – they have attached to their name.

    But a select few can boast of an altogether different credential – one that has seemingly little to do with investing, but that’s sure to catch many an investor’s attention: former Olympian.

  • Jul 31, 2012
    11:37 AM ET

    Is Olympic Network a Gold Medal Stock?

    Does record Olympic viewership on NBC translate into a gold medal for Comcast, the broadcast behemoth’s majority owner?

    That’s the question some investors may be asking, given the network’s generally impressive showing — at least in terms of raw numbers — since the start of the London Summer Games last week. NBC reached a record-breaking 40.7 million viewers with its tape-delayed presentation of Friday’s opening ceremony, representing a 17% spike from the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It also attracted 28.7 million viewers on Saturday, another record. (Not that the coverage itself hasn’t merited its share of criticism, as evidenced by this story in the Los Angeles Times.)

  • Nov 8, 2011
    1:24 AM ET

    6 Investing Tips — Translated for Consumers

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    Are you worried about your shopping decisions in the run-up to the holiday season? You’re not alone. Sales are not always what they seem and stores use lots of marketing tricks to keep you shopping, which means people need to consider when/where is the right time to get the best deal in much the same way investors do.

    And not all special offers may be bargains. A 16-ounce pumpkin-spice latte at Starbucks costs $3.79 – 10% more than a regular 16-ounce vanilla flavored latte even though it’s billed a promotion by Starbucks. The Wall Street Journal on Monday gave pointers for investors: “How to Rest Easy in a Crazy Market.” Starbucks did not return calls seeking comment.

    For consumers, it’s the same, but (slightly) different. Here’s a translation of those same tips for consumers:

  • Sep 30, 2011
    10:00 AM ET

    Free Financial Advice, No Sales Pitch

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    Meeting with a financial planner has its pitfalls. If he works on commission, you might be left wondering if the advice is as good for you as it is profitable for him. And with an advisor paid by the hour, detailed discussions could pad your bill.

    Starting this weekend, consumers have an opportunity to sidestep those concerns. During Financial Planning Days each Saturday in October, credentialed financial planners will offer free one-on-one advice to all comers in different cities across the country. Event organizers, which include the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — say participating planners aren’t supposed to sell you anything, ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment, or even give you their business card.

    There’s no appointment necessary – which means you might want to bring a book or a magazine – and you will need to be in or near one of the 31 cities hosting an event. This weekend, that’s Houston, Las Vegas, Reno, Oakland, and Philadelphia.

  • Sep 29, 2011
    10:24 AM ET

    Better Than Checking? Try Savings Bonds

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    Consumers tired of low-yielding checking or savings accounts might want to consider those sleepy savings bonds typically associated with birthday or high school graduation gifts. But to get the best deals on them, they’ll need to act fast.

    Series I savings bonds are currently yielding 4.6%, well above the 0.39% average rate for a one-year certificate of deposit and the 0.15% for savings accounts and money market deposit accounts, according to Bankrate.com. But that rate, which is based on inflation, will be reset on Nov. 1 and some analysts expect it to come down to about 3.3%. Investors who buy the bonds before Nov. 1 can still lock in the 4.6% rate for at least six months. (Series I savings bond rates also have a fixed-rate component that lasts throughout the 30-year life of the bond. The fixed rate is currently 0% and is expected to stay there.)

  • Sep 12, 2011
    5:59 PM ET

    Dear Broker: Where Do I Go From Here?

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    On a morning when markets seemed destined for tumult yet again, Pay Dirt called eight of the biggest brokerages to see whether they could assuage our concerns. We clocked their response time, asked them a series of questions, including “why is the market falling so quickly?” and “should I go to cash?” Then we checked out their web sites for additional help. Here’s how they stacked up:

    1 E-Trade Response time: 10 seconds. The E-Trade rep said he would prefer to give advice based on an individual’s account, considering that investor style differs. “It’s better for everybody if the market goes up certainly,” he said. “I like to remain bullish at all times.” For investors who aren’t logged in, the E-Trade home page appears to be more of a window display for their accounts and products than a place to get information. However, there are real-time stock charts and news feed from several third-party sources, free webcasts and an online portfolio advisor. Spokeswoman Susan Hickey said customer service typically works with prospective clients “to help assess his/her current financial situation and define goals to establish a plan.”

    2 TradeKing Response time: 16 seconds. TradeKing wouldn’t give any specific advice, but said, “We do have an online community where users can share opinions and information.”  They include traders, bloggers and investors. It also has an online “education center” with market commentary, videos and web seminars. TradeKing spokeswoman Sue Parente said the average hold time is 15 seconds. “TradeKing does not provide investment advice,” she said, “however it does provide an education center to learn about investing.”

  • Aug 18, 2011
    11:23 AM ET

    Fool’s Gold: Beware of ‘Rare’ Coins

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    As SmartMoney.com reported yesterday, many investors are buying gold, while others are moving back into equities. Given the popularity of the precious metal, some experts are warning consumers about unscrupulous retailers selling jewelry and vintage coins. The Maine Office of Securities recently cautioned consumers about scam artists. David Schraeder, spokesman for the World Gold Council in New York, says you can buy from the U.S. Mint, though you may pay a slight premium, and says the council’s site has a list of respected dealers.

    Peter Schiff, CEO of brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital in New York, who prefers to buy gold for his clients rather than equities, has just released a report, “Classic Gold Scams – & How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off.” It says more companies have sprung up in recent months offering ways to invest. The lesson: Don’t get carried away with the gold rush or aggressive salesmanship without knowing your French Rooster from your American Eagle.

    Here are the Top 5 tips:

    The Bait & Switch

    Some companies may advertise gold bullion, but then switch the telephone sales pitch to coins, the report says. Not all gold coins have an “antique” value. “Just like buying an Armani suit is not an investment in wool,” Schiff says, “rare coins are not an investment in gold.” Schiff says rare coins can be hard to liquidate – unlike, say, bullion – and says buyers should not be bamboozled by charts showing how rare coins exceed bullion in value over time. Some do, but that does not apply to all vintage coins.

    Don’t Buy A Turkey

    The French Rooster, Swiss Helvetia and British Sovereign are not exactly rare, despite what some naïve consumers may believe. The American Gold Eagle and Canadian Gold Maple Leaf are among common gold bullions that that Schiff says are worth buying. The South African Krugerrand – the original “bullion” gold coin, launched in 1969 – now has 54 million units in circulation worldwide. Genuine rare coins rely on services like the American Coin Club Grading Service or Professional Coin Grading Service for validation.

  • Aug 15, 2011
    2:12 PM ET

    What Women Know About Money

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    Want to know the secret to successful investing during turbulent times? Talk to a woman. Just don’t ask her for retirement advice.

    A number of recent studies reinforce the idea that women are superior investors. Earlier this summer, a Barclays Capital and Ledbury Research study found that women are more likely to make money in the market because they take fewer risks. Last week, a Merrill Lynch survey found that men speak with their financial adviser more frequently than women do, a difference that researchers attributed to women’s more thoughtful investment approach. And a survey of investment site Betterment.com users found that men were twice as likely to have withdrawn all their money from the market during last week’s volatility. “Women are more the set-it-and-forget-it investor,” says Betterment.com chief executive Jonathan Stein.

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  • 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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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.

Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity
Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity  Bloomberg
Stock buybacks are hampering prosperity and lining the pockets of executives, an academic says in the Harvard Business Review.

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.

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
J.P. Morgan may sell oil-supply agreement
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Japan stocks head for a third day of gains
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
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.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
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

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 318605
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
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The worst thing about flying? These people

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Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
3277
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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  • 1 Month
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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 2,622 +2 0.06%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,267 +2 0.17%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.20 +0.32 0.34%
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 3,312 +2 0.06%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,793 +125 0.80%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,774 +25 0.10%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,272 +6 0.26%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,019 +152 0.57%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,329 +1 0.02%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.21 +0.11 0.10%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 0.00 0.02%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 0.00 0.05%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 83.00 +0.03 0.03%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.12 +0.03 0.05%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.42 0.00 0.04%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.93 0.00 0.00%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.46 0.00 0.00%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.28 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.32 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.51 +0.00 0.20%
Crude Oil
93 +0 0.34%
Gold
1,267 +2 0.17%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 361 -3 0.76%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,051 -2 0.01%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,000 +0 0.01%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 +0 0.49%

Markets News

  1. 8:34 p.m.

    Newscast: Home Depot hacked?

  2. 8:24 p.m.

    Japan stocks head for a third day of gains

  3. 6:28 p.m.

    Newscast: Energy weighs on stocks

  4. 4:51 p.m.

    Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity

  5. 4:13 p.m.

    Stocks end lower, but S&P 500 holds above 2,000

  6. 4:07 p.m.

    Newscast: Merger partners gain but stocks mixed

  7. 3:30 p.m.

    Oil slumps 3% on strong dollar, demand worries

  8. 3:15 p.m.

    Apple, Tesla hit intraday records; Possible breach at Home Depot

  9. 2:26 p.m.

    Newscast: Home Depot probing potential data breach

  10. 12:26 p.m.

    Weir, Tesco climb as FTSE 100 edges up

  11. 12:24 p.m.

    Newscast: Mixed start on Merger Tuesday

  12. 12:16 p.m.

    Trina rallies after winning China solar project

  13. 12:12 p.m.

    What to watch for in H&R Block earnings

  14. 12:04 p.m.

    Weir, Vallourec climb: European movers

  15. 11:58 a.m.

    European stocks slip on QE-launch uncertainty

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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.

Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity
Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity  Bloomberg
Stock buybacks are hampering prosperity and lining the pockets of executives, an academic says in the Harvard Business Review.

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.

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
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J.P. Morgan may sell oil-supply agreement
Home Depot investigating possible data breach
S&P 500 ends lower, but clings to 2,000
Japan stocks head for a third day of gains
Dollar General ups its Family Dollar bid
Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises
EU to decide on more Russia sanctions Friday
U.S. manufacturers tally up late-summer sizzle
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.

Blue-cheese bobbing at Buffalo chicken wing fest
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

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 318605
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

Markets »

64.82MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 74.95M
Unchanged
220
Decliners
2986
Advancers
3277
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 17,068 -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 2,622 +1 0.04%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,267 +2 0.12%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.18 +0.30 0.32%
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 -1 0.02%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,786 +118 0.75%
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 3,332 +3 0.10%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.17 +0.07 0.07%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 +0.00 0.01%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 +0.00 0.18%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 82.99 +0.02 0.02%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.09 +0.00 0.00%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.42 -0.01 0.26%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.93 0.00 0.00%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.46 0.00 0.00%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.28 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.32 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.51 +0.00 0.16%
Crude Oil
93 +0 0.32%
Gold
1,267 +2 0.12%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 361 -3 0.69%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,051 -2 0.01%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,000 +0 0.01%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 +0 0.41%

Markets News

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    Newscast: Home Depot hacked?

  2. 8:24 p.m.

    Japan stocks head for a third day of gains

  3. 6:28 p.m.

    Newscast: Energy weighs on stocks

  4. 4:51 p.m.

    Stock buybacks blamed for lack of U.S. prosperity

  5. 4:13 p.m.

    Stocks end lower, but S&P 500 holds above 2,000

  6. 4:07 p.m.

    Newscast: Merger partners gain but stocks mixed

  7. 3:30 p.m.

    Oil slumps 3% on strong dollar, demand worries

  8. 3:15 p.m.

    Apple, Tesla hit intraday records; Possible breach at Home Depot

  9. 2:26 p.m.

    Newscast: Home Depot probing potential data breach

  10. 12:26 p.m.

    Weir, Tesco climb as FTSE 100 edges up

  11. 12:24 p.m.

    Newscast: Mixed start on Merger Tuesday

  12. 12:16 p.m.

    Trina rallies after winning China solar project

  13. 12:12 p.m.

    What to watch for in H&R Block earnings

  14. 12:04 p.m.

    Weir, Vallourec climb: European movers

  15. 11:58 a.m.

    European stocks slip on QE-launch uncertainty

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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1 yr CD
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0.6%

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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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