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  •  Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks Wednesday during a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.

    Fed says economy rebounding, trims bond buying Jun 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The personal consumption expenditures index, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, rose 1.6 percent from a year earlier in April, the most since November 2012. The consumer price index, a separate inflation measure, rose 2.1 percent in May.

     
  •  Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.

    Stocks close higher as banks gain on rising ratesJun 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    “We’re all waiting to see what the Fed has to say tomorrow,” said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4.21 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,941.99. The index is down less than 1 percent from its most recent all-time high of 1,951.27 set last week.

     
  • This combo made from file photos shows, from left, financier Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson, and developer and high-profile sports better Billy Walters. A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are looking at stock trades that Mickelson and Walters made involving Clorox when Icahn was attempting to take over the company. There have been no charges filed against the three men and the investigation could lead to nothing.

    Illegal profits: A look at insider tradingJun 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Few crimes on Wall Street generate more headlines than insider trading. The definition is straightforward, but proving that someone did it can be complicated without direct proof that they cheated. Difficulties have dogged investigations surrounding high-profile individuals over the years, from Michael Milken and Martha Stewart to SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen.

     
  •  Equipment in the oil fields of the Uintah Basin, southeast of Vernal, Utah.

    Inspectors miss 40 percent of high-risk oil and gas wellsJun 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    In New Castle, a tiny Colorado River valley community, homeowners expressed chagrin at the large number of uninspected wells, many on federal land, that dot the steep hillsides and rocky landscape. Like elsewhere in the West, water is a precious commodity in this Colorado town, and some residents worry about the potential health hazards of any leaks from wells and drilling.

     
  •  American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.

    Stocks rise as technology shares gainJun 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    OpenTable jumped $33.32, or 47 percent, to $103.7 5 after Priceline agreed to buy the online restaurant reservation company for $2.6 billion. Priceline fell $24.58, or 2 percent, to $1,201.42.

     
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  • Oil jumps as Iraq violence raises supply fearJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The price of oil jumped Thursday as an insurgency in Iraq raised the risk of disruptions to supplies at a time when other major oil-producing countries are already pumping near capacity. The al-Qaida-inspired group that captured two key cities in Iraq earlier this week vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad.

     
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  • Brazil, other markets are no longer ‘Fragile Five’Jun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Soccer fans will focus on Brazil and the start of the World Cup Thursday, but investors have been entranced by that nation’s stock market for months. Brazil has company. From Sao Paulo to Mumbai, investors are regaining their faith in emerging markets this year.

     
  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 9, 2014. U.S. stocks fluctuated, after equity benchmarks climbed to records last week, as Family Dollar Stores Inc. rallied while Merck & Co. slipped amid deals activity. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

    Stocks fall back as World Bank cuts growth outlookJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The stock market fell back from record levels Wednesday because of a weaker forecast for global growth and concerns about airline profits. Delta Air Lines and other carriers fell after Germany’s Lufthansa warned of smaller profits. Boeing slid after analysts said that most of the good news about the plane maker was already priced into the stock.

     
  •  NYSE Euronext, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, applauds Tuesday during the opening bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

    S&P 500 slips, ending 4-day run of record highsJun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    After slumping earlier this year, the stock market has been on a slow and steady climb since April. In recent weeks, a number of encouraging economic reports have helped push the S&P 500 to a series of record highs and left the index up 5.5 percent for the year. Some analysts argue that this success rests on shaky ground.

     
  • This Aug. 9, 2011 photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stock futures are heading lower in early trading Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day after major indexes reached new highs.

    SEC chair outlines new rules for equity marketsJun 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is embarking on a broad plan to tackle growing concerns about the impact of high-speed computer-based trading on equity markets.

     
  •  A shopper walks down the steps at a Gap store in Los Angeles. Gap Inc. has announced plans to produce clothing in Myanmar.

    Gap to be 1st US retailer to enter Myanmar marketJun 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    While Asian nations have long had a strong presence in Myanmar, it’s only in the last few years that companies from North America and Europe have started returning, thanks to the easing of sanctions imposed on the country during its half-century of military rule.

     
  •  A Hertz rental car worker checks out cars at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. Hertz Global Holdings Inc. says it has to review its financial reports from the past three years after an audit by the car rental company found accounting errors.

    Jobs report spurs stock marketJun 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Major indexes began a steady climb at the start of the day then spent the afternoon sitting tight. Industrial and energy companies, whose success often hinges on economic growth, led seven of the 10 sectors in the index higher.

     
  • The Standard & Poor’s 500 index reached another record high Thursday after the European Central Bank moved to revive the region’s flagging economy. All 10 industries in the S&P 500 crept higher, led by industrial companies and banks.

    Stocks head higher after ECB takes new stepsJun 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    New steps from the European Central Bank to revive the region’s flagging economy gave markets a lift Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to another record high. In the U.S. market, the gains were broad but modest. All 10 industries in the S&P 500 crept higher, led by industrial companies and banks.

     
  • U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, with benchmark indexes at record levels, amid better-than-forecast data on service industries before a European Central Bank decision on stimulus and a monthly employment report.

    U.S. stocks edge higher; Protective Life soarsJun 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Stocks rose modestly Wednesday, erasing an early decline, as investors waited to hear from the European Central Bank on Thursday. The Nasdaq got a boost from Apple, its biggest component, which gained $7.28, or 1.1 percent, whose seven-for-one stock split will happen after the close of business Friday.

     
  • The stock market fell slightly Tuesday, pulling back from record highs the day before. Hillshire Brands jumped as a bidding war for the company heated up, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts plunged after issuing a disappointing forecast.

    Stocks edge lower; Hillshire bidding war heats upJun 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The stock market fell slightly Tuesday, pulling back from record highs the day before. Hillshire Brands jumped as a bidding war for the company heated up, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts plunged after issuing a disappointing forecast.

     
  • Fund investors are looking abroad for dividendsJun 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Markets outside the United States have long been fertile ground for dividend hunters because their stronger cultures of paying dividends have resulted in higher yields. U.S. companies have boosted their own dividends and paid a record amount last year, but many mutual-fund managers say the most attractive dividend stocks are still outside the country. Investors also are showing a preference for foreign dividend payers: That’s where they’re putting more of their money.

     
  •  A cashier rings up a cash sale at a Sears store, in Las Vegas. The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment for May came in lower than expected friday.

    Dow, S&P close out May at record highsMay 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Dow rose 18.43 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 16,717.17, less than two points above its previous record high set on May 13. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.54 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,923.57, also closing at a new record. The Nasdaq composite, however, fell 5.33 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,242.62.

     
  • Stocks rose modestly Thursday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to another record high. Investors rallied behind a bidding war in the food industry as well as a somewhat positive report on the U.S. labor market.

    Deal news, jobless claims push stocks higherMay 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Another quiet day, another quiet record. Stocks rose modestly Thursday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to another record high. Investors rallied behind a bidding war in the food industry as well as a somewhat positive report on the U.S. labor market.

     
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