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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


HSBC China services PMI rebounds to 17-month high
Shutterstock/Dmitry Kalinovsky
HSBC's China services activity rose to a 17-month high last month,  while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of economic recovery.
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


HSBC China services PMI rebounds
HSBC's China services PMI rose to a 17-month high, while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of recovery.
China official services PMI edges up in August

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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  • Nov 10, 2011
    3:18 PM ET

    5 Ways To Avoid the Flightmare Before Thanksgiving

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    Don’t fasten your seatbelts yet. It could be a long and bumpy wait for your flight this Thanksgiving. Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare and Orlando International airports will be the busiest around Thanksgiving, according to a survey by travel website Orbitz.com. However, JFK in New York rates only eighth out of the 10 busiest. JFK mainly caters to international travelers, consumer advocate Chris Elliott says, while LAX and other airports service more of the typical American Thanksgiving traveler fleeing the big city for home.

    But there is good news for those traveling via Ronald Reagan Washington National and Atlanta’s Hartsfield International airports: They fell off the busiest Top-10 list this year. The survey covered the top 50 U.S. airports based on flight bookings between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, 2011. And it’s no surprise that holiday/destination airports like Mineta San Jose International, Kahului/Hawaii and John Wayne in California are seeing less traffic, Elliott says, as most folk travel to see family around Thanksgiving.

    Here are 5 tips to avoid the longest of all possible waits:

  • Nov 9, 2011
    7:11 PM ET

    Passenger Groups Want More Sway With TSA

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    The Transportation Security Administration this week announced the new membership of its Aviation Security Advisory Committee, but passenger rights advocates complain they are still not adequately represented. As expected, some of the TSA’s biggest critics were not invited to the party.

    Passengers should be represented on the ASAC, which was established in 1989 following the destruction of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb, groups say. “Where’s the passenger advocate?” says syndicated columnist and consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, agrees. “There are virtually no consumer advocates on this committee,” she says. “It’s again frontloaded with the [airline] industry.”

    The 24-member committee includes people who have been directly affected by terrorist attacks. Hanni notes the inclusion of one passenger advocate, Glenn Johnson, board chairman of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., set up by families of those killed by a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

  • Nov 4, 2011
    12:48 PM ET

    Can the Weatherman Save You Money?

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    The iPhone can’t control the weather, but a 99-cent app purports to take most of the guesswork out of planning weddings, ski trips, and other shopping decisions.

    Available on iOS, and in the Android store starting Nov. 23th, the WeatherTrends360 app uses a team of meteorologists, climatologists and mathematicians to help people plan for good and bad weather, says CEO Bill Kirk, a former United States Air Force Captain. The website is free. He claims his company can predict the weather with 80% accuracy up to a year in advance.

    WeatherTrend360’s main business is helping retailers control their inventory, and clients include Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and Coca-Cola. The consumer app offers to help shoppers decide when is best to buy goods at the best prices. Forrester Research gives it 80% accuracy, which sounds impressive, but keep in mind that means the information could be wrong once every five days.

    However, some experts believe the app is probably better used for entertainment purposes only. ”I don’t think people will plan any major events around what this application does,” says Andy Nyquist, personal finance and investment blogger. “It may make them more comfortable about the choices that they do make in relation to weddings and trips. But people are more likely to enjoy the entertainment factor from the application as well as using the shorter term weather forecasts.”

    Pay Dirt spoke to Capt. Kirk about the new app.

  • Oct 31, 2011
    3:46 PM ET

    New Rules Didn’t Help Stranded Airline Passengers

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    The threat of massive fines apparently isn’t enough to stop airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac. On Saturday, some 100 JetBlue passengers and an unspecified number on American Airlines flights were left stuck on a runway at Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT. for seven hours during the snow storm.

    These incidents raise the question: Are new Department of Transportation rules enough? They stipulate that airlines can incur maximum fines of a staggering $27,500 per passenger if planes sit on the tarmac for more than three hours on domestic U.S. flights. (In JetBlue’s case, passengers were stranded without adequate food, water or functioning restrooms. American Airlines say passengers had food and beverages.)

    The amount of any airline fine depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the violation and harm caused to consumers, the carrier’s compliance disposition and ability to pay, says Bill Mosley, a Department of Transport spokesman.

  • Oct 18, 2011
    3:44 PM ET

    Orbitz’s Fares Were Flights of Fancy

    iStockphoto

    The Department of Transportation fined online travel company Orbitz $60,000 on Tuesday for misleading advertisements that failed to mention taxes and fees, and in some cases, promoted fares which were no longer available.

    Orbitz blamed the ads, which appeared in early 2011, on a computer “glitch.”  Consumers selecting discounted fares advertised by the site  were instead taken to a page where different rates was displayed.

    To be fair to Orbitz, this is the first time in the company’s 10-year history it’s been hit with such a fine. “Orbitz is in compliance with Department of Transportation advertising requirements and the glitch that resulted in how fares were displayed for a short period of time earlier this year has been addressed,” Orbitz spokesman Chris Chiames said in a statement. But Air Canada, Spirit, JetBlue, United Airways, Continental have all been hit with fines for failing to inform passengers of various charges.

  • Oct 13, 2011
    11:55 AM ET

    Could Airline Bathrooms Go the Way of Free Peanuts?

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    Accidents are relatively uncommon on commercial flights, but that could change if Ryanair’s plan to remove two-thirds of its bathrooms catches on.

    With each bathroom creating room for three seats, the European discount carrier, which is known for proposing bizarre cost-cutting measures, says it could save passengers $6 on a $120 ticket. “It would fundamentally lower air fares by about 5% for all passengers,” CEO Michael O’Leary told The Independent.  “We’re trying to push Boeing to re-certify the aircraft for six more seats, particularly for short-haul flights — we very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft anyway.”

  • Oct 7, 2011
    8:30 AM ET

    Travel Alert: Rental Car Rates May Fall with the Leaves

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    The post-summer travel lull is known for cheap airfare and discount hotel rates. Now, travelers can add cheap car rental rates to that list of incentives.

    Hotwire.com says there are still good deals out there before rental companies reduce their inventories and airline travel picks up in earnest ahead of Thanksgiving “as the industry heads into shoulder season and rental car companies adjust their inventory in preparation for fewer renters,” according to a statement from the travel website.

    Car rental fees in hot tourist spots like Hawaii have plunged 50% since high summer, Hotwire says. Kelsey Mays, industry analyst at Cars.com, agrees – even given a 12.5% fall in inventories from 2007 to 2010. “With sluggish demand,” he says, “even fewer cars could lead to lower rates.”

  • Sep 29, 2011
    6:39 PM ET

    Priceline: Book at the 11th Hour, Save 35%

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    Have you ever made one of those nerve-wracking “Name Your Own Price” blind bookings on Priceline.com and ended up in a drab hotel on the edge of town?

    I have. And it wasn’t pretty. But now some travelers using the site can avoid making a similar mistake.

    Priceline’s new “Tonight-Only Deals” app, released today for the iPhone and iPod Touch, offers rates of up to 35% off at three- and four-star properties and — wait for it – you can see the hotel name before you book. Normally on Priceline, if you want to see the name of the hotel, you don’t get a discount. USAToday.com reports that deals are currently available in 34 cities, including New York and Chicago.

  • Sep 26, 2011
    6:07 PM ET

    Fall Fling: 3 Domestic Travel Bargains

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    Although the euro’s steady drop has sweetened off-season international deals, a financial crisis tour of Europe isn’t in everyone’s budget.

    Last week, Pay Dirt brought you “Last Hurrah: 3 Top Fall Getaways” for international travel. This week, we have scenic bargains closer to home. Orbitz.com has discounts of 50% on packages to Aspen and Vail, while Travelzoo.com has 70% off packages for travel in Florida. At this time of year, says Jason Clampet, senior online editor at Frommers.com, “You avoid locals’ end-of-season stress and burnout and get them while they’re fresh for the next crop of visitors.”

    Of course, it’s the off-season for a reason: those Vail deals, for example, come too early in the year for skiing, and may be too late for hikers who don’t want to layer up. Florida, meanwhile, has hurricane season to contend with through December, so it’s best to check with the National Hurricane Center before you travel. Pay Dirt asked Clampet; cruise broker Stewart Chiron; Stephen Daimler, a spokesman for Packlate.com; and Christie McConnell, marketing director of TravelZoo, to pick three of the best domestic deals worth a look.

  • Sep 23, 2011
    2:11 PM ET

    Last Hurrah: 3 Top Fall Getaways

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    If you are itching to fly away before 2012, airline and hotel deals abound, if you don’t mind a long flight. Vision Airlines in Suwanee, Ga., is offering flights from $36 one-way to The Bahamas. The Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu has discounts of up to 30% on rooms. Both locations have warm weather far into the fall. And if you book a flight/hotel package, Angela Lyda, senior editor at Travel-Ticker.com, says, you may even find sweeter – more exclusive – bargains.

    The best part of the shoulder season? The summer crowds are gone. Of course, the Bahamas is still in hurricane season until December, but some resorts will give you de facto hurricane insurance in case you need to cancel. Our experts – Lyda; Andrew Young, web editor for Travelzoo.com; Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel.com; and Jason Clampet, senior online editor at Frommers.com – chose three deals further afield worth a look.

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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


HSBC China services PMI rebounds to 17-month high
Shutterstock/Dmitry Kalinovsky
HSBC's China services activity rose to a 17-month high last month,  while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of economic recovery.
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


HSBC China services PMI rebounds
HSBC's China services PMI rose to a 17-month high, while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of recovery.
China official services PMI edges up in August

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 318608
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
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Range: 1 Day
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  • 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 2,624 +4 0.14%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,267 +2 0.16%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.21 +0.33 0.36%
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 3,324 +14 0.43%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,820 +151 0.96%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 25,077 +328 1.33%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,279 +13 0.58%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,122 +102 0.38%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,334 +6 0.19%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 0.00 0.05%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.23 +0.13 0.12%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 0.00 0.08%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 +0.00 0.01%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 83.03 +0.06 0.08%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.15 +0.06 0.08%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.43 +0.01 0.48%
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 0.55%
Crude Oil
93 +0 0.36%
Gold
1,267 +2 0.16%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 362 -2 0.62%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,067 +14 0.08%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,002 +2 0.10%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 +0 0.25%

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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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0.9%
1 yr CD
0.7%
MMA $10K+
0.3%
MMA $50K+
0.6%

National averages from Bankrate.com

You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.64% 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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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


HSBC China services PMI rebounds to 17-month high
Shutterstock/Dmitry Kalinovsky
HSBC's China services activity rose to a 17-month high last month,  while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of economic recovery.
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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


HSBC China services PMI rebounds
HSBC's China services PMI rose to a 17-month high, while sub-index readings pointed to a mixed picture of recovery.
China official services PMI edges up in August

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 318608
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 2,624 +4 0.14%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,267 +2 0.16%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 93.21 +0.33 0.36%
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 3,324 +14 0.43%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,820 +151 0.96%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 25,077 +328 1.33%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,279 +13 0.58%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 27,122 +102 0.38%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,334 +6 0.19%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.31 0.00 0.05%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 105.22 +0.12 0.12%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.65 0.00 0.08%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.93 +0.00 0.01%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 83.03 +0.06 0.08%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 75.15 +0.06 0.08%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.43 +0.01 0.48%
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 0.55%
Crude Oil
93 +0 0.36%
Gold
1,267 +2 0.16%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 362 -2 0.62%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 17,067 +14 0.08%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 2,002 +2 0.10%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 +0 0.25%

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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MMA $10K+
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0.6%

National averages from Bankrate.com

You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.64% 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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