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5 things you shouldn't buy at dollar stores
5 things not to buy at dollar stores  Bloomberg
How to choose wisely when shopping for the lowest prices.
Dollar General may be in play
Icahn’s $149 million profit off Family Dollar
Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar

This tweak from the Fed could rock the market
Is there anything the Fed could say to rock the market? Maybe this tweak Reuters
The Federal Reserve could decide to shake markets out of their complacency.
The risk after Fed begins tightening

How health care ate U.S. economy, in one map

New map shows how health care has become the predominant employer in most U.S. states.
Khosla: Soon, your doctor may be a phone app
Hospira climbs while Danone shares are flat

How Zillow-Trulia deal affects online home search
How the Zillow-Trulia deal affects online home search  AFP/Getty Images
Zillow would dominate the online real-estate space if it completes its acquisition of Trulia as intended. And that could have implications for both real-estate agents and consumers.

Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education
Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education  Shutterstock
A former English professor at Yale says an Ivy League education turns students into zombies "content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them."

Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects
Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects  Tesla
Investors will focus on deliveries and "gigafactory" updates when Tesla reports results Thursday.
Fastest selling cars in U.S.
5 cars the richest Americans are buying
Falling in love with a car online


Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon
Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon  Bloomberg
Many of us assume Amazon has the best prices on everything, but there are some thing that can be found cheaper elsewhere.

The medical bills that hit retirees hardest
The medical bills that hit retirees hardest  Shutterstock.com
There's a lot Medicare doesn't cover. Study shows which retirees pay the most out-of-pocket for care.

Is this sounding the death knell for the desktop?
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales.

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U.S. stocks: Markets eke out small gains
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UBS posts profit gain, beating forecasts
Michelin profit rises on lower material costs
Israel says it’s escalating Gaza campaign
Samsung delays launch of non-Android phone
Darden chairman, CEO to step down
Tesla, Panasonic may have ‘gigafactory’ deal
Micron falls 4% to lead S&P decliners
Virgin America files for IPO
Doctor dies of Ebola, two Americans infected
Swiss banks offer U.S. clients $5K to 'fess up
What to watch for in Twitter earnings

Ukraine setbacks
hit Putin
Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine see some of their worst battlefield setbacks in weeks as the West agrees on tougher sanctions aimed at forcing Moscow to cut support for the militias.
Obama says it’s now G-7, with no Russia
New sanctions on Russia coming: White House

China’s
real-estate has lone bright spot
Home prices are falling across China, but there is one exception. Homes in coveted school districts are soaring in price.
Japan retail sales fall | jobless rate rises
Microsoft confirms China investigation
China raising minimum wage

‘3-D’ stocks retreat as Amazon joins fray
Amazon just joined the 3-D printing craze with a new store. Here's why 3-D printer stocks are down.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s estate mistake
Opinion: Philip Seymour Hoffman needed some honest estate-planning advice, writes Melissa Montgomery-Fitzsimmons.

The Fed giveth, and oil taketh
Trading Deck: Mom-and-pop investors appear to be coming back into stocks in force, but oil prices suggest that any gains could ultimately amount to little, writes Michael Gayed.

When to see debt as a path to opportunity
Commentary: Debt is not a four-letter word — it’s downright American, writes Jeff Reeves.

Housing market still isn’t all fine and dandy
Housing still hasn't come around, as the pending home-sales index shows Monday.
First drop in pending home sales in 4 months

Has yuor brokerage account been hacked?
Was your brokerage account hacked?
There is a risk that cyber thieves have hacked into your account. Here’s how to protect yourself.

6 ways to revive ‘Meet the Press’
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Whole Foods stock is getting cheap
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Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

Everyone’s got a reason to love low bond yields
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Junk-bond fears rise as outflows accelerate
Spanish 10-year yield hits fresh record low

Five questions with Carlyle’s chief economist
5 questions to Carlyle’s chief economist
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5 biggest takeaways from this earnings season
What surge in M&A says about stock market
Buy-and-hold investing is dead

Retail tops patent-troll targets
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6 ways low-savers can save their retirement
RetireMentors:
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Direct connection with Sarah Palin can be yours for $9.95 a month
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Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
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10 countries where people smoke the most
Cody: Best marijuana stocks to buy now

How to play the pound in Scottish vote
Prepare for sterling to fall ahead of Scotland's referendum on splitting from the U.K., say analysts.
Buy European stocks on dips, says J.P. Morgan
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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.

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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5 things you shouldn't buy at dollar stores
5 things not to buy at dollar stores  Bloomberg
How to choose wisely when shopping for the lowest prices.
Dollar General may be in play
Icahn’s $149 million profit off Family Dollar
Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar

This tweak from the Fed could rock the market
Is there anything the Fed could say to rock the market? Maybe this tweak Reuters
The Federal Reserve could decide to shake markets out of their complacency.
The risk after Fed begins tightening

How health care ate U.S. economy, in one map

New map shows how health care has become the predominant employer in most U.S. states.
Khosla: Soon, your doctor may be a phone app
Hospira climbs while Danone shares are flat

How Zillow-Trulia deal affects online home search
How the Zillow-Trulia deal affects online home search  AFP/Getty Images
Zillow would dominate the online real-estate space if it completes its acquisition of Trulia as intended. And that could have implications for both real-estate agents and consumers.

Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education
Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education  Shutterstock
A former English professor at Yale says an Ivy League education turns students into zombies "content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them."

Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects
Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects  Tesla
Investors will focus on deliveries and "gigafactory" updates when Tesla reports results Thursday.
Fastest selling cars in U.S.
5 cars the richest Americans are buying
Falling in love with a car online


Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon
Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon  Bloomberg
Many of us assume Amazon has the best prices on everything, but there are some thing that can be found cheaper elsewhere.

The medical bills that hit retirees hardest
The medical bills that hit retirees hardest  Shutterstock.com
There's a lot Medicare doesn't cover. Study shows which retirees pay the most out-of-pocket for care.

Is this sounding the death knell for the desktop?
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales.

Need to know
Asia stock markets: Latest quotes
U.S. stocks: Markets eke out small gains
Deutsche Bank profit falls, missing forecasts
UBS posts profit gain, beating forecasts
Michelin profit rises on lower material costs
Israel says it’s escalating Gaza campaign
Samsung delays launch of non-Android phone
Darden chairman, CEO to step down
Tesla, Panasonic may have ‘gigafactory’ deal
Micron falls 4% to lead S&P decliners
Virgin America files for IPO
Doctor dies of Ebola, two Americans infected
Swiss banks offer U.S. clients $5K to 'fess up
What to watch for in Twitter earnings

Ukraine setbacks
hit Putin
Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine see some of their worst battlefield setbacks in weeks as the West agrees on tougher sanctions aimed at forcing Moscow to cut support for the militias.
Obama says it’s now G-7, with no Russia
New sanctions on Russia coming: White House

China’s
real-estate has lone bright spot
Home prices are falling across China, but there is one exception. Homes in coveted school districts are soaring in price.
Japan retail sales fall | jobless rate rises
Microsoft confirms China investigation
China raising minimum wage

‘3-D’ stocks retreat as Amazon joins fray
Amazon just joined the 3-D printing craze with a new store. Here's why 3-D printer stocks are down.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s estate mistake
Opinion: Philip Seymour Hoffman needed some honest estate-planning advice, writes Melissa Montgomery-Fitzsimmons.

The Fed giveth, and oil taketh
Trading Deck: Mom-and-pop investors appear to be coming back into stocks in force, but oil prices suggest that any gains could ultimately amount to little, writes Michael Gayed.

When to see debt as a path to opportunity
Commentary: Debt is not a four-letter word — it’s downright American, writes Jeff Reeves.

Housing market still isn’t all fine and dandy
Housing still hasn't come around, as the pending home-sales index shows Monday.
First drop in pending home sales in 4 months

Has yuor brokerage account been hacked?
Was your brokerage account hacked?
There is a risk that cyber thieves have hacked into your account. Here’s how to protect yourself.

6 ways to revive ‘Meet the Press’
Opinion: David Gregory’s Sunday-morning news show is in trouble, but it’s not all his fault, writes Jon Friedman.

Whole Foods stock is getting cheap
Opinion: Whole Foods Market shares are cheap, after investors were rattled by the grocer slashing its famously high prices, says Michael Brush.
Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

Everyone’s got a reason to love low bond yields
Here's where the forceful demand for bonds is coming from.
Junk-bond fears rise as outflows accelerate
Spanish 10-year yield hits fresh record low

Five questions with Carlyle’s chief economist
5 questions to Carlyle’s chief economist
Jason Thomas is concerned that share buybacks are distorting per-share earnings and covering up weak sales growth.
5 biggest takeaways from this earnings season
What surge in M&A says about stock market
Buy-and-hold investing is dead

Retail tops patent-troll targets
While tech giants Apple and Google are often sued by patent trolls, retailers hold the top spot when it comes to targeted sectors.

6 ways low-savers can save their retirement
RetireMentors:
Lack of participation in pensions and savings plans will make it tougher, warns Henry Hebeler.
Need income? Try a balanced fund
6 ways new tax law helps sustain retirement
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Direct connection with Sarah Palin can be yours for $9.95 a month
Connect with Palin for just $9.95 a month
Conservative stalwart Sarah Palin is sick of media filters, so she's launching her own Internet channel.
Mick Jagger still rocking as he turns 71
BuzzFeed fires writer caught plagiarizing

Best and worst states for kids’ economic 
well-being
Kids are more likely to have parents without secure employment, especially in some states.

Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
These cities won’t be adding these dubious honors to their tourism brochures.
10 countries where people smoke the most
Cody: Best marijuana stocks to buy now

How to play the pound in Scottish vote
Prepare for sterling to fall ahead of Scotland's referendum on splitting from the U.K., say analysts.
Buy European stocks on dips, says J.P. Morgan
6 things to watch in Europe this week

7 career mistakes that can hold you back
7 mistakes holding back your career
If you're feeling like you're stuck in your job, you may have yourself to blame. Here's help.
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/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,445 -5 0.10%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,979 +1 0.03%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,630 +0 0.00%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,307 +1 0.08%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 101.43 -0.24 0.24%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,788 -3 0.05%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,598 -46 0.48%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,345 +14 0.33%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,939 -124 0.59%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,880 -8 0.08%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 341 -1 0.18%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,339 +15 0.45%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,618 +89 0.57%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,505 +77 0.31%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,178 0 0.01%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,991 -136 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,356 +6 0.18%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.34 0.00 0.04%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 101.97 +0.11 0.11%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.70 0.00 0.06%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.07%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 81.05 +0.04 0.05%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.46 +0.06 0.08%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.49 +0.01 0.29%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.15 +0.00 0.23%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.57 -0.02 0.67%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.51 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.58 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.53 +0.01 0.97%
Crude Oil
101 0 0.24%
Gold
1,307 +1 0.08%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 376 -1 0.20%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,912 -4 0.02%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,972 -1 0.05%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 0.11%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 74.92 -0.27 -0.36%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 99.02 1.35 1.38%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 590.60 1.58 0.27%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.50 -0.09 -0.58%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.70 -0.33 -0.66%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.64 0.02 0.11%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.65 0.11 0.31%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 50.64 -0.28 -0.55%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.59 -0.20 -0.78%
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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% 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.64% 12.64% 12.55%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.91% 14.91% 14.62%
Reward 15.00% 15.00% 14.91%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 14.51%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Source:CreditCards.com
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66.19MDow Volume:
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Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
2488
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,983 +22 0.13%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,445 -5 0.10%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,979 +1 0.03%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,630 +0 0.01%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,306 +1 0.04%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 101.36 -0.31 0.30%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,788 -3 0.05%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,598 -46 0.48%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,345 +14 0.33%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,939 -124 0.59%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,880 -8 0.08%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 341 -1 0.18%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,338 +15 0.44%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,618 +89 0.57%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,509 +81 0.33%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,177 -1 0.04%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,991 -136 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,357 +6 0.19%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.34 0.00 0.04%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 101.99 +0.13 0.13%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.70 0.00 0.04%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.05%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 81.06 +0.05 0.06%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.46 +0.06 0.08%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.50 +0.01 0.40%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.15 +0.00 0.23%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.57 -0.02 0.67%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.51 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.58 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.53 +0.01 0.97%
Crude Oil
101 0 0.30%
Gold
1,306 +1 0.04%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 376 -1 0.13%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,913 -3 0.02%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,972 -1 0.05%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 0.06%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 74.92 -0.27 -0.36%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 99.02 1.35 1.38%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 590.60 1.58 0.27%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.50 -0.09 -0.58%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.70 -0.33 -0.66%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.64 0.02 0.11%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.65 0.11 0.31%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 50.64 -0.28 -0.55%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.59 -0.20 -0.78%
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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% 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.64% 12.64% 12.55%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.91% 14.91% 14.62%
Reward 15.00% 15.00% 14.91%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 14.51%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Source:CreditCards.com
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