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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.

With Egypt’s help, Gaza may be an economic oasis
 Reuters
Opinion: Gaza did not always choose war. There were times when it turned its unique location, a coastal strip between empires and continents, into a source of wealth and peace — and can do so again, writes Amotz Asa-El.

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
S&P, Dow end at session lows
Obama expands sanctions on Russia
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
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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  • Apr 21, 2011
    1:36 PM ET

    Why Rental Property Is a Business

    In a recent MarketWatch article, I made the remark that rentals are a business. A reader disagreed. “Rental property is considered ‘investment income,’ and is filed on a Schedule E, not a Schedule C. But I understand your confusion on this matter because many people don’t understand the truth of the matter any more than you do. I know, I’m a real estate investor for 20 years now,” she wrote.

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    Despite investing her money in real estate, theoretically, to make a profit, this woman passionately believes that rentals are not a business. She’s not alone. Many people are confused because they’ve forgotten that the definition of a business is something that occupies your time, with the intention of making a profit. They’ve also forgotten the history of these taxes.

    Shades of 1984

    When Congress signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (TRA 86) the real estate investment  climate was very different – people were chasing lucrative tax benefits, rather than profits. TRA 1986 introduced the concepts of “passive income” and “active participation,”  “passive loss limitations,” “material participation” and “real estate professional” and “at-risk rules”.

    The IRS urged Congress to include limitations on rental income because, at the time, rental limited partnerships were often designed to be tax shelters for the limited partners. They were sold purely for the tax benefits, not for the potential increase in property value. Not only did these limited partnerships become an abuse of the tax system, they created worthless investments. Those properties were never operated with a profit motive. They often sold the property for less than the purchase price, once the tax benefits were stripped.

    Consider a typical California investment of the time. The partnership would buy a property for $2 million with 10% down. Back then, we had ACRS depreciation over 15 years – 19 years for real estate, with accelerated rates of 8% – 10% in the first three years. Mortgage interest rates were around 10% and so were management fees, usually paid to the general partners. A 10% investor would buy in for about $25,000 to cover the down payment and purchase costs.

    The properties were bought for about eight times gross rents, so rental income would be $250,000. Deducting the cost of interest would be about $180,000 (10% of $1.8 million), management fees of $25,000 (10% of $250,000 rental income), and property taxes of $25,000. Operating expenses, like maintenance and utilities, would inevitably eat up the rest of the cash flow. However, depreciation would be around $90,000 ($1 million building value times 9%).

  • Mar 1, 2011
    12:27 PM ET

    Silver Lining to Student Taxes

     

     

     

    Ask any group of college-bound kids what they’re looking forward to this April, and you may expect them to say spring break. Yet a growing number of students could have a different answer this year: their tax refunds.

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    Fifty-two percent of high-school students have gotten jobs to help shoulder the astronomical  costs of tuition, according to a 2011 College Savings Foundation study.  The same study indicates that 23% of high-school students saved more than $5,000 for tuition expenses, up from 19% in 2010.

    With income comes 1040s. (If you’re a dependent who has earned more than $5,700 as someone’s employee, you have to file. The rules change a bit when it comes to unearned income, or if you’re self-employed.)  Since the IRS now requires some of these kids to fulfill the grownup responsibility of filing taxes, they now qualify for the grownup perk of saving for retirement.

    “It’s less uncommon than college students think to save for retirement, even at young ages,” says Stuart Ritter, a vice president and certified financial planner at T. Rowe Price.

    The best retirement-savings option for a college-age student is a Roth IRA, says Ritter. Unlike traditional IRAs, savers make contributions with after-tax dollars. Yet Roth savers don’t have to pay taxes on the earnings.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Feb 25, 2011
    6:00 AM ET

    IRS I Bonds Program Loses Appeal

    If you’re worried about inflation, I Bonds may not be the solution —at least not this year with interest rates so low.

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    Last year, the Internal Revenue Service rolled out a program that lets you use your tax refund to buy inflation adjusted Series I Savings Bonds.

     

    More than 99,000 bonds were bought using tax returns in 2010, for a total of $11 million, according to the IRS. But that was last tax season, when the rate on I Bonds was above 3%. Today they earn 0.74%.

    With the fixed rate on I Bonds currently at zero, analysts say there are more appealing ways to hedge against inflation. “It’s definitely not as exciting and sexy to want to do it,” says Alex Matjanec, co-founder of MyBankTracker.com.

    You may be better off sticking with a certificate of deposit, says Matjanec. For instance, a 12-month CD with Ally Bank currently pays 1.29%, he points out.

     

  • Feb 9, 2011
    5:00 AM ET

    Calculating Cost Basis: A Taxing Exercise

    New cost basis rules will make tax filing season a little easier for investors next year (when filing 2011 taxes) by shifting some reporting responsibilities to financial firms and away from investors.

    But, investors aren’t off the hook. To avoid a huge tax headache at the end of this year, investors will need to be proactive by coordinating with their brokers, deciding earlier how they want to report trades and keeping more precise records.

    Starting this year, financial institutions and brokers are required to track their customers’ cost basis — or the price they paid when they purchased shares, including commissions — and report that information to the Internal Revenue Service.   Investment companies had to start tracking and reporting stocks and some exchange-trade funds this year but reporting requirements for other investments, such as mutual funds, bonds and options are being phased in during 2012 and 2013.

    With many institutions setting default methods for how they want to report cost basis, the onus is on investors to check in early if they want to use a particular method when reporting trades—such as whether the oldest shares should be sold first, if an average cost for all the shares should be used or if specific shares should be sold. The default method for reporting stock trades, for instance, is “first in first out,” where the oldest shares are reported as being sold first. That might be bad if your shares have grown substantially in price since you first purchased them.

  • Dec 28, 2010
    4:45 PM ET

    Taxable Dividends vs. Untaxable Buybacks: What’s Better?

    Now that companies are recording profits again, the question becomes: What should they do with this newfound free cash?

    Yes, they could reinvest in the company, but shareholders often push for stock buybacks, which raise the value of the outstanding shares, or higher dividend payments. Companies have increased their offerings of both as the economy’s started to recover: Among members of the S&P 500, repurchases jumped 128% over the past year, and dividend payments rose 9%.

    From a tax standpoint, repurchases might appear to be the better news because they’re not taxable to investors. But dividends might actually be the better bet

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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
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5 biggest takeaways from this earnings season
What surge in M&A says about stock market
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Decliners
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Advancers
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  • 1 Year
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/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,935 -48 0.28%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,446 +1 0.02%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,972 -7 0.34%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,626 -4 0.16%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,303 -3 0.25%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 100.84 -0.83 0.82%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,808 +20 0.29%
DAX
/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 0.22%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 102.12 +0.26 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 81.22 +0.21 0.26%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.60 +0.20 0.27%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.46 -0.02 0.95%
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 0.82%
Gold
1,303 -3 0.25%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 371 -6 1.46%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,869 -47 0.28%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,966 -7 0.34%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 0.40%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 73.74 -1.18 -1.58%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 98.43 -0.59 -0.60%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 585.98 -4.62 -0.78%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.37 -0.13 -0.81%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.48 -0.22 -0.44%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.57 -0.08 -0.43%
T /quotes/nls/t 36.61 0.96 2.69%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 49.00 -1.64 -3.24%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.48 -0.11 -0.43%
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MMA $10K+
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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%
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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.

With Egypt’s help, Gaza may be an economic oasis
 Reuters
Opinion: Gaza did not always choose war. There were times when it turned its unique location, a coastal strip between empires and continents, into a source of wealth and peace — and can do so again, writes Amotz Asa-El.

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
S&P, Dow end at session lows
Obama expands sanctions on Russia
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
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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Decliners
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Advancers
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,912 -70 0.42%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,443 -2 0.05%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,970 -9 0.45%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,624 -6 0.22%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,302 -4 0.31%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 100.92 -0.75 0.74%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,808 +20 0.29%
DAX
/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 0.24%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.69 0.00 0.23%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.24%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 81.21 +0.20 0.25%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.59 +0.20 0.27%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.46 -0.03 1.09%
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 0.74%
Gold
1,302 -4 0.31%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 371 -5 1.39%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,848 -68 0.40%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,963 -10 0.49%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 0.28%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 73.71 -1.21 -1.62%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 98.38 -0.64 -0.65%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 585.61 -4.99 -0.84%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.34 -0.16 -1.03%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.42 -0.28 -0.56%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.57 -0.07 -0.40%
T /quotes/nls/t 36.59 0.94 2.64%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 48.98 -1.66 -3.28%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.45 -0.14 -0.55%
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MMA $10K+
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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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