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  • Customers, left to right, Alli Bertucci, Patrick Bean and Ali Regan shop for marijuana Friday inside the retail store at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver. The marijuana industry was analyzing federal banking regulations issued Friday.

    Government letting banks, marijuana sellers do businessFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Currently, processing money from marijuana sales puts federally insured banks at risk of drug racketeering charges, so they’ve refused to open accounts for marijuana-related businesses.

     
  • American Airlines CEO nets $13.4 million in stock saleFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The CEO of American Airlines Group Inc. is netting a profit of $13.4 million after selling about one-third of his holdings in the company.

     
  •  The John Deere facility in East Moline. Moline-based Deere & Co. says it will lay off about 120 workers at its combine plant in East Moline on March 31. The company said this week that it expects the North American farm-equipment industry to see a 5 percent to 10 percent drop in sales.

    Dollar drops as factory production slipsFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    “This weaker data is bringing down growth expectations for the first quarter,” Robert Sinche, a global strategist at Pierpont Securities Holdings LLC in Stamford, said. “Investors came into the year with a pretty positive view on the dollar, and there’s been a squeeze going on.”

     
  • Pedestrians carrying umbrellas walk past a Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. store in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Men's Wearhouse Inc., which less than two weeks ago let a takeover bid from Jos. A. Bank Clothiers expire without entering discussions, today offered to buy its smaller rival for about $1.54 billion. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

    Jos. A. Bank to Buy Eddie Bauer in Blow to Men’s Wearhouse (1)c.2014 Bloomberg News(Updates with chairman’s comments in 14th paragraph.) Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The agreement to buy Eddie Bauer, best known for its clothing for outdoor enthusiasts, threatens to make Jos. A. Bank too big for a deal with Men’s Wearhouse, which has offered to buy its smaller competitor for $1.6 billion. While Men’s Wearhouse has said it’s willing to raise the bid, Jos. A. Bank has resisted the overtures, and the stock has fallen from the offer price, signaling investors don’t expect the companies to work out a deal.

     
  •  Daily-deal sites, known for blasting email offers for limited-time discounts at restaurants, spas and gyms, were one of the hottest things on the Internet in 2011. But as more and more websites entered the market, people grew immune to their clogged inboxes and stopped buying as many daily deals.

    Giving daily-deal sites a second chance Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daily-deal sites, known for blasting email offers for limited-time discounts at restaurants, spas and gyms, were one of the hottest things on the Internet in 2011. But as more and more websites entered the market, people grew immune to their clogged inboxes and stopped buying as many daily deals. But the sites have recently changed their businesses to lure back customers.

     
  • A new way to invest in a 401(k): ETFs Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Be the market. Minimize costs. It sounds like a Zen saying, but itís also an investing strategy that more of us are adopting. Every month, billions of dollars flow into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that simply track a market index rather than try to beat it. Demand is so strong for the lower costs of index funds that itís pushing the industry to alter its offerings. The latest shift: 401(k) plans built entirely around ETFs, rather than traditional mutual funds.

     
  •  Before you whip out your debit card, consider this: if some crafty thief hacks the store terminal and goes on a shopping spree using your data, you could be held responsible for $500 in charges. Thatís because debit cards do not share the same consumer protections as credit cards.

    Debit card users beware: All plastic is not protected equally Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before you whip out your debit card, consider this: if some crafty thief hacks the store terminal and goes on a shopping spree using your data, you could be held responsible for $500 in charges. Thatís because debit cards do not share the same consumer protections as credit cards.

     
  •  A sign for Fazio Mechanical Services Inc. at their location in Sharpsburg, Pa.

    Pennsylvania vendor may have been gateway to Target data Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Like Target, we are a victim of a sophisticated cyberattack operation,” Ross Fazio, the company’s president and owner, said in a statement. Fazio’s company is cooperating with the Secret Service and Target to identify the possible cause of the breach, he said.

     
  • Stocks move higher after unemployment rate falls Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The U.S. stock market is moving higher in early trading after the government reported a decline in the unemployment rate last month. Earnings gains from several U.S. companies including Expedia also drove the market higher early Friday. The market had its best day of the year the day before.

     
  • Chicago Board of Trade owner says 4Q profit rose 16 percent Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    CME Group, the parent company of the Chicago Board of Trade and other exchanges, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter net income rose 16 percent, as trading volumes in futures contracts increased. Net income rose to $193.1 million, or 58 cents per share, for the three months that ended on Dec. 2013, from $166.8 million, or 50 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

     
  • Jack Ablin

    Investment expert: Good year ahead Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The rough winter has taken a toll on business profits and has even contributed to stock market volatility, said Jack Ablin, executive vice president and chief investment officer for BMO Private Bank in Chicago. Ablin plans to talk about the markets, the housing market and other economic outlook issues Thursday during an event at Harper College in Palatine.

     
  • Europe on the hunt for Ďzombie banksí Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    In Europe, the zombie hunt is on. Not for undead humans, that is, but zombie banks ó the walking dead among lenders, too financially troubled to loan money to an economy that desperately needs investment, growth and jobs.

     
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  • Unconstrained bond funds: What you should know Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bond funds arenít boring anymore. A new kind is on the scene, after many of the formerly steady and reliable workhorse investments lost money last year for the first time in more than a decade. Analysts say conditions will remain tough for bonds, but the industry says these funds can better withstand the challenges.

     
  •  Neal Breen, 21, works Monday at the Ashburn Bagel & Sandwich Shop in Ashburn, Va. Breen, who quit college a year earlier with hopes of saving money to start his own business, is keenly aware that the wealth in the neighborhoods where he delivers breakfast sandwiches is, for now, beyond reach.

    Americans grapple with income inequality Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    When President Barack Obama promised to do something about growing economic inequality in his State of the Union address, he spoke to a public whose own experiences have shaped very personal views about who makes it in todayís economy and who gets left behind."Those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. ... Our job is to reverse these trends,Ē Obama said.

     
  •  Farmer Ben Burgess examines a rice field near Coy, Ark.

    New farm bill changes subsidy payments Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The farm billís authors tout the changes as reform, particularly the elimination of direct payments, which cost $4.5 billion annually. The legislation also caps how much money an individual farmer can receive ó $125,000 annually for all payments and loans. But that maximum is more generous than versions that passed the House and Senate earlier.

     
  • United Airlines drops Cleveland as hub Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    United Airlines said Saturday it will drop its money-losing hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs.The companyís CEO Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports around the country.

     
  •  People sit in front of an electronic stock board at the Asia Plus Securities Pcl headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Stocks in Southeast Asia are tumbling at the fastest pace in 12 years relative to global equities, sending the regional benchmark index into a bear market as foreign investors cut holdings for a third month.

    Analysis: Obamaís Asia policy set back by Democrat Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Asia got little mention in Obamaís State of the Union address Tuesday, adding to perceptions in some quarters that the pivot has dropped in the administrationís policy agenda in the presidentís second term.

     
  •  The Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, stands in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada. Canadian heavy crude reached its strongest level in more than two months on the spot market as a pipeline connection to the U.S. Gulf Coast began filling with crude ahead of its startup next month.

    Pipeline report said to find little climate impact Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The agency is updating its analysis of how much greenhouse- gas emissions come from a barrel of tar sands compared to a barrel of heavy crude from Venezuela or Mexico. And analysts are including new information about constraints on railroads to move the same amount of oil if the pipeline werenít built.

     
  •  MasterCardís fourth-quarter earnings climbed 3 percent as higher revenue countered a jump in expenses, but results missed expectations.

    MasterCard 4Q profit climbs 3 percent Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    MasterCardís fourth-quarter earnings climbed 3 percent as higher revenue countered a jump in expenses, but results missed expectations. The Purchase, N.Y., payment networks company earned $623 million, or 52 cents per share, in the three months that ended Dec. 31. That compares with $605 million, or 49 cents per share, a year earlier.

     
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