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  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Jan 8, 2015 10:33 AM
    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was 8 cents lower at 5.7150 a bushel; Mar corn was 1.25 cents lower at $3.96 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.0175 a bushel; while Mar soybeans lost 6.25 cents to $10.50 a bushel. Beef higher and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Feb live cattle was higher .65 cent to $1.6655 a pound; Mar feeder cattle was 1.68 cents higher at 2.2200 a pound; Feb lean hogs lost .22 cent to $.7910 a pound.

  • Costco and Apollo Education are big market movers Jan 8, 2015 4:03 PM
    Costco, Apollo Education, Aeropostale and Constellation Brands are big market movers

  • Asian stocks extend gains as tremors from oil, Europe recede Jan 8, 2015 10:33 PM
    Asian stock markets rise after Wall Street bounces back, oil stabilizes

  • Stocks break losing streak as oil steadies Jan 7, 2015 4:58 PM
    Encouraging economic news and a rare rise in oil prices helped give the stock market its first gain in the new year Wednesday. Major indexes started climbing from the opening bell, following a report from ADP, the payroll processor, which showed that businesses hired more workers last month. Companies added 241,000 workers in December, an increase from the previous month.

  • Bonds rally as stocks and oil prices extend slumps Jan 6, 2015 6:29 PM
    The U.S. economy ended last year on a tear, but financial markets are saying the outlook for this year is less bright. Stocks continued to retreat from their recent record highs on Tuesday, weighed down by an ongoing plunge in the price of oil.

  • Markets plunge as oil dips below $50; Euro drops on Greece Jan 5, 2015 4:15 PM
    The ongoing slump in the price of oil is starting to become a headache for the stock market. News: On Monday, oil plunged, dipping below $50 for the first time in more than five years. The sharp drop prompted a big sell-off, not just in the energy sector, but across the entire stock market.

  • Greenspan throws a wet blanket on hopes for growth breakout Jan 4, 2015 6:31 AM
    Just when you thought the U.S. economy was roaring back to health, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is here to tell you otherwise.

  • U.S. stocks mixed; health care gains, energy slips Jan 2, 2015 10:37 AM
    U.S. stocks were flat Friday as gains in health care stocks were offset by an ongoing slump in the energy sector. Health care companies were rebounding from a sell-off late Friday, while energy stocks fell as oil extended its declines amid speculation that a supply glut would persist in 2015.

  • Stocks end mixed as manufacturing growth slows Jan 2, 2015 4:06 PM
    On Friday, stocks started out with solid gains, then fell back after the ISM published its manufacturing report. After drifting lower for much of the afternoon, the market recovered slightly and ended the day little changed.

  • Winner becomes loser as rain revives coffee supply Jan 1, 2015 7:22 AM
    Coffee, the best-performing commodity of 2014, is ending the year in a bear market that shows few signs of ending. Prices that doubled this year by October fell 13 percent in the past two months as rains aided parched trees in Brazil, the world’s top grower.

  • Stocks post sixth straight year of gains Dec 31, 2014 5:12 PM
    U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday. Even with the losses, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished the year up 11.4 percent, or 13.7 percent when dividends are included. It was the sixth straight year of gains for the stock market.

  • Global markets fall as New Year holiday nears Dec 30, 2014 4:28 PM
    Lingering concerns about the political future of Greece pushed U.S. and global stock markets modestly lower on Tuesday. Trading was slow as most investors have closed their books for 2014. It was the eighth-slowest day of the year on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Burger chain Shake Shack orders up IPO Dec 29, 2014 12:44 PM
    Shake Shack filed for an initial public offering Monday, hoping to raise as much as $100 million. It didn’t say how many shares it plans to offer, or at what price, so that number may change. It plans to use the cash raised to open more restaurants, including its first one in Austin, and to renovate existing stores.

  • Stocks mostly gain despite new fears over Greece Dec 29, 2014 4:34 PM
    U.S stocks inched mostly higher in light trading on Monday as investors shrugged off falling energy prices, a plunging Russian ruble and fears that Greece could renege on its bailout.

  • Being choosy paid off for mutual-fund investors in 2014 Dec 28, 2014 7:20 AM
    Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns.

  • Stock market the gift that keeps on giving Dec 26, 2014 4:16 PM
    The stock market has been mostly climbing since hitting a recent low of 17,069 on Dec. 16 on worries about plunging oil prices and a sharp drop in Russia’s currency. Since then, investors have been encouraged by signs of a strengthening U.S. economy, which the government estimates grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years.

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows Dec 26, 2014 5:55 AM
    This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has Americans feeling richer and spending a bit more.

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day Dec 24, 2014 2:38 PM
    Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding modestly to its gains a day after closing above 18,000 for the first time. It was the Dow’s sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday. Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years.

  • Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence Dec 23, 2014 6:32 AM
    Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015. Wall Street strategists, who typically are bullish on the U.S. stock market, expect the advance to continue into 2015. Here are the major themes investors will need to watch.

  • Dow closes above 18,000 as market reaches new highs Dec 23, 2014 3:39 PM
    In a year full of market milestones, Wall Street crushed a couple more Friday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average past the 18,000-point mark for the first time and delivering the Standard & Poor's 500 index its second record-high close in two days. Investors welcomed the latest encouraging news on the economy as the government said the U.S. grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade in the third quarter. The economic report card raised expectations for greater demand for fuel, driving oil prices higher and giving some respite to energy stocks, which have been hammered in concert with the slide in oil prices this year.

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