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  • Google’s pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets Aug 23, 2014 7:22 AM
    Google’s IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further with driverless cars, smart appliances and robots.

     
  • Stocks little changed on Ukraine, Yellen speech Aug 22, 2014 10:01 AM
    Stocks were little changed Friday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure on how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.

     
  • Stocks mostly lower as Ukraine tensions flare Aug 22, 2014 5:59 PM
    The Dow Jones industrial average fell 38.27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,001.22. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 3.97 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,988.40 and the Nasdaq composite added 6.45 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,538.55.Even with Friday’s modest losses, it was a strong week for the stock market. The S&P 500 rose 1.7 percent for the week, its best five-day performance since April.

     
  • Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike Aug 22, 2014 3:53 PM
    “Uncertainty is the key word,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Economics. “Yellen is not about to leap from the fence at the next (Fed) meeting.” Yellen said that for now, a broad assessment of the job market suggests that the economy still needs Fed support in the form of ultra-low rates and that inflation has yet to become a concern.

     
  • Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at a record high Aug 21, 2014 4:51 PM
    The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago.

     
  • Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes Aug 20, 2014 4:43 PM
    The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later.

     
  • Stocks rise as U.S. home construction rebounds Aug 19, 2014 4:40 PM
    A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on concerns about rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine.

     
  • SEC examining ‘alternative’ mutual funds Aug 17, 2014 6:47 AM
    Federal regulators are scrutinizing a type of mutual fund that’s potentially riskier than conventional funds and is growing in popularity, prompting concerns over possible harm to ordinary investors.

     
  • What happens to bonds when everyone aims to sell? Aug 17, 2014 7:41 AM
    If bonds start to tumble, should I sell my bond mutual fund? It’s a question investors are asking as expectations rise for a more volatile bond market. But a better question may be: How difficult will it be for my fund manager to sell?

     
  • GE in talks to sell historic appliance division Aug 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.

     
  • Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks Aug 15, 2014 6:04 PM
    Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets down in the afternoon and sent traders into the safety of U.S. government bonds.

     
  • Stocks creep higher following earnings news Aug 14, 2014 4:46 PM
    In Thursday trading, the Class A shares of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate crossed the $200,000 mark, making the highest-priced U.S. stock even more expensive. Buffett has never split Berkshire’s A shares to make them cheaper, although Berkshire created more affordable Class B shares, which closed Thursday at $135.30 Berkshire’s Class A shares rose $3,241, or 2 percent, to end at $202,850.

     
  • U.S. indexes move higher; Amazon gains, Macy’s drops Aug 13, 2014 5:22 PM
    A modest gain for the stock market on Wednesday tugged the Dow Jones industrial average back into the black for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine, Iraq and earnings, at least for a day. Amazon led the gains in light trading, despite a mixed batch of economic and corporate news. The gains were broad but thin. Three companies rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, and all 10 sectors in the S&P 500 ended higher.

     
  • U.S. stocks fall as geopolitical risks remain Aug 12, 2014 4:43 PM
    The stock market pulled back slightly Tuesday, following two days of gains, as investors focused on the damage that ongoing geopolitical tensions were causing the global economy. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners, dragged down by lower oil prices.

     
  • U.S. stocks edge higher on corporate news, earnings Aug 11, 2014 4:38 PM
    U.S. stocks gained on Monday as investors focused on corporate news instead of geopolitical worries. News: Kinder Morgan surged after announcing that it would combine a group of businesses that it controls to create the fourth-biggest U.S. energy company by market value. Banana seller Chiquita Brands International soared after the company received a $611 million buyout offer.

     
  • Funds are going smaller-game hunting for dividends Aug 10, 2014 7:33 AM
    Big, blue chip stocks are often the first stop for many dividend investors. Companies like Exxon Mobil or Procter & Gamble have long histories of paying dividends and higher yields than the market’s average. But smaller companies pay dividends too, and some mutual-fund managers count them among the best opportunities to find dividend growth.

     
  • Aging Illinois bridges hinder soybean harvest Aug 9, 2014 2:21 PM
    National and state soybean trade groups are spending millions — $1.5 million in Illinois over three years, for example — to make their case and present solutions beyond asking government agencies in charge of the bridges for money that they often don’t have.

     
  • Stocks buck turmoil weighing on global markets Aug 8, 2014 5:03 PM
    As anxieties have risen in recent days, money has been flowing from around the world into U.S. Treasurys, the perennial safe haven for spooked investors.U.S. stock markets bucked the trend Friday as investors snapped up shares that had been beaten down in recent days. The buying surged late in the day on reports that Russia had ended military exercises near Ukraine. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 1.1 percent, its biggest gain since March. The index remains 3.4 percent below its record high set July 16.

     
  • Western farmers take hit from Russia food ban Aug 7, 2014 4:21 PM
    Russian diners won’t be able to find creamy Dutch cheeses or juicy Polish apples in the grocery store or cook up chicken from the United States — the result of a Russian ban on most food imports from the West. Although the U.S., Canada and the European Union together will take more than a $17.5 billion hit, Russian consumers may feel it more than Western farmers.

     
  • Stocks sink on renewed Russia-Ukraine tensions Aug 5, 2014 5:11 PM
    The Ukraine-Russia tensions were “outweighing any good economic data” that investors had to work with Tuesday, said Tom di Galoma, a bond trader at ED&F Mann Capital. The Dow lost 139.81 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,429.47, the lowest level for the index since mid-May. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 18.78 points, or 1 percent, to 1,920.21 and the Nasdaq composite fell 31.05 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,352.84.

     
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