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These 10 small cities are the snobbiest in America
These 10 small cities are the snobbiest in America
Website ranks these cities as the snobbiest based on the highest median household income and home values, plus the number of art galleries and private schools.

Amazon is trying to do too much, too fast
Amazon is trying to do too much, too fast  Bloomberg
Opinion: Amazon investors have been patient with company’s investment strategy. But that support is beginning to splinter, writes Therese Poletti.
Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon
Amazon investors losing patience

SPECIAL REPORT
White-collar crime does pay — up to $5,000 a speech

This sextet of financial criminals, and others, have gone from the penitentiary to the podium.
Sam Antar: The CFO behind Crazy Eddie fraud
Vernon Beck: Pilot who embezzled $13.5 million
Aaron Beam: Fueled scandal at HealthSouth
Dan Bubalo: Accidental fraud landed him in jail
Chuck Gallagher: Stole from accounting clients
Amy Wilson: Office manager embezzled $350K
Read the complete MarketWatch special report

London’s famous Gherkin expected to fetch $1.1 bln
A picture shows a view of the City of London, London's main financial district with the Gherkin on February 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)  AFP/Getty Images
One of the most iconic buildings on the London skyline is on the market.

A city-by-city look at home prices in May
Chicago (shown) has third biggest April-to-May rise in home prices, Case-Shiller data reveal. Four-bedroom house on Cleveland Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is listed for $2.8 million as of April 21, 2014.   MarketWatch/Tim Rostan
Chicago (shown) has third biggest April-to-May rise in home prices, Case-Shiller data reveal.
U.S. home prices rise 1.1% in May: Case-Shiller
What Zillow-Trulia means for home searches
Housing market still isn’t all fine and dandy


10 best cities for millennials and first-time home buyers
IVY PHOTOS/Shutterstock.com
Slow job growth and student debt are making it harder for first-time home buyers.
10 tips to sell your house to Web-savvy buyers

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

Five ways to invest in sex, from used books to Viagra
Fox photographer George Freston poses as a passenger on the London Underground, reading D H Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' on the day the book went on general sale, after a jury in the Old Bailey found that the book was not an obscene publication.    (Photo by Derek Berwin/Getty Images)  Getty Images
The success of "50 Shades of Grey" shows there's an appetite for the erotic . Here are five ideas on how to invest in the selling of sex.

Five 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

Need to know
A new threat to Apple (24/7 Wall St.)
UPS misses profit forecast, cuts guidance
Herbalife sinks, Darden gains, Plug Power up
Consumer confidence highest since late 2007
Pfizer profit outpaces Wall Street estimate
Merck shares up as profit, sales beat forecasts
Aetna beats estimates, raises outlook
Martha Stewart swings to profit
BP among Europe's losers on sanctions woes
EU finalizing tougher Russian sanctions
Israel says it’s escalating Gaza campaign

UPS shares deliver a Dow Theory warning for stocks
Based on the century-old Dow Theory of market analysis, the transports' weakness bodes badly for the broader market.

5 questions advisers must answer first  
5 questions to ask your financial adviser first
If an investment adviser has had legal problems or run-ins with regulators in the past, that says something about how he or she will invest your money.

Breadth divergence is a troubling sign for the stock market
Commentary: Stock-market indicators are turning bearish — and most worrisome among this group is breadth.

Inversion critics want ‘deserters’ punished
Carl Levin and others want companies that pursue overseas M&A to cut taxes to be denied federal contracts.

Whole Foods is No. 2 worst S&P performer this year
Whole Foods is walking a fine line, as investors want higher margins and shoppers lower prices.
Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

Whole Foods stock is getting cheap
Opinion: Shares are cheap after investors got rattled by slashing of famously high prices, says Michael Brush.

Let Ford and GM steer your portfolio
Analysis: These car stocks are undervalued, says Phil van Doorn.

Wall Street upbeat about Tesla
Investors will focus on deliveries and "gigafactory" updates when Tesla reports results.
Tesla, Panasonic may have ‘gigafactory’ deal

Argentine bonds turn up in mutual funds
Turns out it's not just hedge funds that hold Argentina sovereign debt.
The 10-year may yield 4% by late autumn
Insight: Bond bullishness at near-record levels is a bad sign, says Mark Hulbert.
Everyone’s got a reason to love low bond yields
Spanish 10-year yield less than U.S. Treasury
Junk-bond fears rise as outflows accelerate

Why foreigners buy the dollar
There are complaints about its dominance in global finance, but few shun the greenback.
How yen will play out as BOJ sticks to QE path

3 sell strategies to protect your savings
Buy and hold is an incomplete strategy and can even be dangerous.
How annuities profile potential buyers

Mitch McConnell has his first poll lead
Kentucky Republican leads Democratic rival Alison Lundergan Grimes in Senate race poll for the first time.

Ukraine setbacks
hit Putin
Pro-Russia rebels see  battlefield setbacks as the West agrees tougher sanctions aimed at forcing Moscow to cut support for the militias.
U.S. accuses Russia of violating arms treaty

Obama says it’s now G-7, with no Russia
New sanctions on Russia coming: White House
Earnings preview: Exxon’s Russian gambit


Why your job should not feel comfortable
Being terrified most of the time could pay off in performance and work satisfaction, argues Steve Errey.

J.P. Morgan cutting hundreds in tech support
Job cuts come as bank battles sluggish revenue, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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

CliffsNotes critique of Ivy League education
Ivy League education turns students into zombies, says ex-Yale prof.

6 Californias? How about 7 Rhode Islands
Commentary:
Tim Draper's plan to split the Golden State doesn't go far enough, argues David Weidner.

Charts reflect the approach to S&P 2,000
Analysis: S&P 500 is grinding slowly, but steadily, toward the 2,000 mark, reports Michael Ashbaugh.

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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

China’s
real-estate has lone bright spot

Home prices are falling across China, but there is one exception.
China raising minimum wage
Microsoft confirms Chinese investigation


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

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

Five questions with Carlyle’s chief economist
5 questions to Carlyle’s chief economist
Jason Thomas is concerned that share-buybacks are distorting 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
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  • Nov 8, 2012
    5:04 PM ET

    Moths Got Your Clothes?

    It’s a seasonal tradition many consumers could do without — unpacking winter garb only to discover some has been rendered holey.

    The usual suspects for the damage, the two species of clothes moths that menace innocent garments worldwide. Experts say infestations become more or less common as natural fibers like wool, down and silk — the bugs’ preferred snacks — go in and out of favor with manufacturers of clothing and home furnishings. “As long as we’re using natural fibers, it’ll be a problem,” says Jason Dombroskie, coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab at Cornell University. (Moths are less active in the cold, but if your home is heated, they can wreak havoc year-round.)

  • Oct 16, 2012
    11:39 AM ET

    For Appliances, Does Energy Efficiency Sell?

    A new study suggests that energy-efficient products now dominate sales in some appliance and electronic categories—and lag in others. Whether or not people buy those products may in some cases have less to do with eco-friendliness and utility bill savings than with the products’ secondary perks.

    Energy Star is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy that identifies the most energy-efficient products on the market. Energy Star products account for close to 100% of the sales of some appliances like dishwashers and televisions, but they command relatively little of the markets for desktop computers and freezers, making up 17% and 21%, respectively, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The report measured market penetration of Energy Star products in 2011.

  • Sep 20, 2012
    4:42 PM ET

    iPhone 5 May Devour Data Plans

    Apple didn’t change the price of its iPhones with the latest upgrade, but analysts say owning one is about to get a lot more expensive.

    The combination of a bigger screen, access to higher-speed LTE networks and the ability to use the FaceTime video chat app on a cellular connection mean the iPhone 5 – which goes on sale Friday — will likely gorge on more data than its predecessors.

  • Sep 18, 2012
    7:00 AM ET

    Many iPhone 5 Buyers Own a Damaged iPhone 4S

    Oscar Wilde said, “Each man kills the thing he loves.” Many iPhone owners can relate.

    Some 30% of iPhone users damaged their devices within the past 12 months, according to a study by gadget insurer Square Trade. The phones get far more scratched, soaked and abused than iPads, only 10% of which were damaged during the same time period, based on data from 2,000 customers. Perhaps part of the reason some 2 million new iPhone 5s were preordered in the first 24 hours is that many customers didn’t have a choice: Their older models needed replacing.

  • Aug 28, 2012
    6:43 PM ET

    Google Turns Its Home Page Into a Billboard

    Just days after Apple’s patent victory over Samsung, the tablet marketing wars are heating up. Google.com is advertising its two-month-old $199 Nexus 7 tablet. But Google has one marketing weapon its competitors can’t match: A homepage that gets a virtually guaranteed hundreds of millions of views a day.

    Click on Google’s search page on  Wednesday the Nexus 7 pops up from the bottom of the page with the slogan: “The playground is open. The new $199 tablet from Google.” So why now? “This is a great time for Google to promote this tablet,” says branding consultant Rob Frankel. Given the uncertainty about how Apple’s victory will impact Android manufacturers, he says now is the time to aggressively push those devices. (Google says that most of Apple’s patent claims don’t relate to its core Android operating system.)

  • Aug 28, 2012
    3:28 PM ET

    5 Computer-Generated Sales Pitches

    These days, bending the truth in advertising goes well beyond the usual light airbrushing and color enhancement.

    To save on costs — and perhaps assembly time — Swedish retailing giant Ikea created computer-generated images of its furniture for the new catalog, rather than hiring a photographer. By next year, a quarter of the scenes depicted in Ikea’s print and online advertising will be digitally drawn rather than photographed, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.  In fact, Ikea says it is able to better depict its products with computer images than actual photography.

  • Aug 23, 2012
    4:29 PM ET

    Who Inherits Your iTunes Library?

    Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes, but when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us.

    Someone who owned 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could bequeath them to descendants, but legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated. And one’s heirs stand to lose huge sums of money. “I find it hard to imagine a situation where a family would be okay with losing a collection of 10,000 books and songs,” says Evan Carroll, co-author of “Your Digital Afterlife.” “Legally dividing one account among several heirs would also be extremely difficult.”

  • Aug 17, 2012
    2:22 PM ET

    Baby Beware: 4 Child-Product Problems to Cry Over

    If parents have a superpower, it’s the ability to see disaster for their children at every turn, to envision every situation’s worst-case scenario. But even the most anxious moms and dads never suspect the strollers, car seats and cribs they buy could pose a danger. That is what makes recalls of baby products like the Bumbo Seat so unnerving.

  • Aug 10, 2012
    9:04 AM ET

    5 Oddball Olympian Promotions

    The Summer Games may be coming to a close, but not without one final opportunity to cash in on Olympic fever.

    No, we’re not talking about eBay sellers auctioning off a genuine $41,000 Olympic torch. Or online vendors offering Olympic souvenirs ranging from T-shirts to Team USA wineglasses. Instead, we’re talking businesses tying that noble Olympian ideal to anything they happen to be hawking, whether it’s a bottle of tequila or a specialty ladies’ undergarment. After all, is there any game greater than good ol’ capitalism?

  • Aug 9, 2012
    5:25 PM ET

    5 Best Olympic Marketing Coups

    The battle for publicity between the companies that paid to sponsor the 2012 London Games and those that saved their gold is not, itself, an Olympic sport. But experts say it’s just as competitive.

    Brands have spent more on these Games than on any previous Olympics. The 11 worldwide sponsors – including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Visa — have paid $957 million for marketing rights over the past four years, which includes their support of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. That’s up 10% over the $866 million spent by the worldwide sponsors on the Beijing and Turin Games. Still, there’s nothing to stop competing brands from piggybacking on to the Olympics to promote themselves. “These sponsors face a big challenge to protect their $100 million investments from the campaigns of outsiders,” says Jennifer P. Brown, spokeswoman for social media marketing company Izea.

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These 10 small cities are the snobbiest in America
These 10 small cities are the snobbiest in America
Website ranks these cities as the snobbiest based on the highest median household income and home values, plus the number of art galleries and private schools.

Amazon is trying to do too much, too fast
Amazon is trying to do too much, too fast  Bloomberg
Opinion: Amazon investors have been patient with company’s investment strategy. But that support is beginning to splinter, writes Therese Poletti.
Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon
Amazon investors losing patience

SPECIAL REPORT
White-collar crime does pay — up to $5,000 a speech

This sextet of financial criminals, and others, have gone from the penitentiary to the podium.
Sam Antar: The CFO behind Crazy Eddie fraud
Vernon Beck: Pilot who embezzled $13.5 million
Aaron Beam: Fueled scandal at HealthSouth
Dan Bubalo: Accidental fraud landed him in jail
Chuck Gallagher: Stole from accounting clients
Amy Wilson: Office manager embezzled $350K
Read the complete MarketWatch special report

London’s famous Gherkin expected to fetch $1.1 bln
A picture shows a view of the City of London, London's main financial district with the Gherkin on February 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)  AFP/Getty Images
One of the most iconic buildings on the London skyline is on the market.

A city-by-city look at home prices in May
Chicago (shown) has third biggest April-to-May rise in home prices, Case-Shiller data reveal. Four-bedroom house on Cleveland Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is listed for $2.8 million as of April 21, 2014.   MarketWatch/Tim Rostan
Chicago (shown) has third biggest April-to-May rise in home prices, Case-Shiller data reveal.
U.S. home prices rise 1.1% in May: Case-Shiller
What Zillow-Trulia means for home searches
Housing market still isn’t all fine and dandy


10 best cities for millennials and first-time home buyers
IVY PHOTOS/Shutterstock.com
Slow job growth and student debt are making it harder for first-time home buyers.
10 tips to sell your house to Web-savvy buyers

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

Five ways to invest in sex, from used books to Viagra
Fox photographer George Freston poses as a passenger on the London Underground, reading D H Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' on the day the book went on general sale, after a jury in the Old Bailey found that the book was not an obscene publication.    (Photo by Derek Berwin/Getty Images)  Getty Images
The success of "50 Shades of Grey" shows there's an appetite for the erotic . Here are five ideas on how to invest in the selling of sex.

Five 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

Need to know
A new threat to Apple (24/7 Wall St.)
UPS misses profit forecast, cuts guidance
Herbalife sinks, Darden gains, Plug Power up
Consumer confidence highest since late 2007
Pfizer profit outpaces Wall Street estimate
Merck shares up as profit, sales beat forecasts
Aetna beats estimates, raises outlook
Martha Stewart swings to profit
BP among Europe's losers on sanctions woes
EU finalizing tougher Russian sanctions
Israel says it’s escalating Gaza campaign

UPS shares deliver a Dow Theory warning for stocks
Based on the century-old Dow Theory of market analysis, the transports' weakness bodes badly for the broader market.

5 questions advisers must answer first  
5 questions to ask your financial adviser first
If an investment adviser has had legal problems or run-ins with regulators in the past, that says something about how he or she will invest your money.

Breadth divergence is a troubling sign for the stock market
Commentary: Stock-market indicators are turning bearish — and most worrisome among this group is breadth.

Inversion critics want ‘deserters’ punished
Carl Levin and others want companies that pursue overseas M&A to cut taxes to be denied federal contracts.

Whole Foods is No. 2 worst S&P performer this year
Whole Foods is walking a fine line, as investors want higher margins and shoppers lower prices.
Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

Whole Foods stock is getting cheap
Opinion: Shares are cheap after investors got rattled by slashing of famously high prices, says Michael Brush.

Let Ford and GM steer your portfolio
Analysis: These car stocks are undervalued, says Phil van Doorn.

Wall Street upbeat about Tesla
Investors will focus on deliveries and "gigafactory" updates when Tesla reports results.
Tesla, Panasonic may have ‘gigafactory’ deal

Argentine bonds turn up in mutual funds
Turns out it's not just hedge funds that hold Argentina sovereign debt.
The 10-year may yield 4% by late autumn
Insight: Bond bullishness at near-record levels is a bad sign, says Mark Hulbert.
Everyone’s got a reason to love low bond yields
Spanish 10-year yield less than U.S. Treasury
Junk-bond fears rise as outflows accelerate

Why foreigners buy the dollar
There are complaints about its dominance in global finance, but few shun the greenback.
How yen will play out as BOJ sticks to QE path

3 sell strategies to protect your savings
Buy and hold is an incomplete strategy and can even be dangerous.
How annuities profile potential buyers

Mitch McConnell has his first poll lead
Kentucky Republican leads Democratic rival Alison Lundergan Grimes in Senate race poll for the first time.

Ukraine setbacks
hit Putin
Pro-Russia rebels see  battlefield setbacks as the West agrees tougher sanctions aimed at forcing Moscow to cut support for the militias.
U.S. accuses Russia of violating arms treaty

Obama says it’s now G-7, with no Russia
New sanctions on Russia coming: White House
Earnings preview: Exxon’s Russian gambit


Why your job should not feel comfortable
Being terrified most of the time could pay off in performance and work satisfaction, argues Steve Errey.

J.P. Morgan cutting hundreds in tech support
Job cuts come as bank battles sluggish revenue, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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

CliffsNotes critique of Ivy League education
Ivy League education turns students into zombies, says ex-Yale prof.

6 Californias? How about 7 Rhode Islands
Commentary:
Tim Draper's plan to split the Golden State doesn't go far enough, argues David Weidner.

Charts reflect the approach to S&P 2,000
Analysis: S&P 500 is grinding slowly, but steadily, toward the 2,000 mark, reports Michael Ashbaugh.

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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

China’s
real-estate has lone bright spot

Home prices are falling across China, but there is one exception.
China raising minimum wage
Microsoft confirms Chinese investigation


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

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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/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,302 -4 0.28%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 100.87 -0.80 0.79%
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,808 +20 0.29%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,654 +55 0.58%
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/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,366 +21 0.48%
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/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,991 -136 0.52%
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Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.34 0.00 0.21%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 102.11 +0.25 0.24%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.69 0.00 0.23%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.26%
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/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.12 -0.03 2.44%
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Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.48 -0.02 0.93%
U.K. 10yr
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AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 98.27 -0.75 -0.76%
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BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.35 -0.15 -0.97%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.45 -0.25 -0.50%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.57 -0.07 -0.40%
T /quotes/nls/t 36.62 0.97 2.72%
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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%
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Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,443 -2 0.05%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,971 -8 0.41%
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Gold
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,808 +20 0.29%
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/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,654 +55 0.58%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,366 +21 0.48%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,085 +146 0.70%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,901 +21 0.20%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 342 +1 0.27%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,342 +18 0.55%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,618 +89 0.57%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,641 +212 0.87%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,183 +5 0.24%
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 0.23%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 102.11 +0.25 0.25%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.69 0.00 0.23%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.26%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 81.21 +0.20 0.25%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.60 +0.20 0.27%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.46 -0.03 1.02%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.12 -0.03 2.44%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.53 -0.05 2.04%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.48 -0.02 0.93%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.55 -0.03 1.23%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.52 0.00 0.38%
Crude Oil
101 -1 0.79%
Gold
1,302 -4 0.28%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 371 -6 1.46%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,872 -44 0.26%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,967 -6 0.32%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 0.31%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 73.70 -1.22 -1.63%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 98.25 -0.77 -0.78%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 585.91 -4.69 -0.79%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.35 -0.15 -0.97%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.45 -0.26 -0.51%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.58 -0.06 -0.34%
T /quotes/nls/t 36.61 0.96 2.69%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 49.00 -1.64 -3.24%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.47 -0.13 -0.49%
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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%
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