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Say cheese! Your hamburger is ready for its close-up

Stocks traded in a narrow range and closed lower after core CPI rose more than expected and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the Fed would likely begin raising rates later this year if the economy continued to strengthen. The … Continue reading

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How 3-D movies boost our cognitive abilities

Stocks posted gains today as earnings season begins to wrap up and investors continue monitoring economic data—and signals from the Fed—to gauge when rates will rise. The Dow closed ahead by less than 1 point, with its 30 components split … Continue reading

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Leftovers go high-tech

Anticipation over what the Federal Open Market Committee minutes might hint about upcoming rate increases made for a choppy day of trading. Stocks initially rallied after it appeared from the minutes that a June rate increase was unlikely, but the … Continue reading

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Kids’ influence on vacation planning grows

Stocks ended mixed after early gains as investors weighed mixed earnings results from top retailers against positive signals about U.S. homebuilding and the eurozone’s stimulus program. The Dow closed ahead by 13 points, with 19 of its 30 components gaining; … Continue reading

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Memorial Day traffic gets ready to feed on lower gas prices

Stocks closed moderately higher at the tail end of first-quarter earnings season, which showed modest earnings advances on average compared with what many analysts had thought would be steeper declines. The Dow and S&P 500 Index reached new highs. The … Continue reading

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Dialing up memories of AOL CDs

Stocks were mixed on weaker-than-expected economic data. The Dow gained 20 points, with 18 of its 30 components advancing; the S&P 500 Index eked out a record close by closing higher by 1 point; and the Nasdaq lost 2. Advancers … Continue reading

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Inventors unite for gadget-maker movement

Stocks rallied as the dollar’s retreat against U.S. trading partners’ currencies sparked bullish thinking about multinationals. The Dow climbed 191, with all but 1 of its 30 components gaining; the S&P 500 Index rose 22 points; and the Nasdaq added … Continue reading

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When no one’s the boss, is everyone the boss?

Tepid retail sales in April kept a lid on the markets, and the major indexes closed essentially flat. The Dow lost 7 points, although 20 of its 30 components posted gains. The blue chip index was dragged down by DuPont, … Continue reading

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Why humblebragging won’t impress employers

Stocks pared sharp losses from earlier today, sparked by a sell-off that spanned from European equities to U.S. Treasuries. The Dow fell by 36 points, with 21 of its 30 components retreating, the S&P 500 Index decreased by 6 points, … Continue reading

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Unbundled cable might be pricey for sports fans

Another interest-rate cut in China and rumbles from negotiations with Greece helped set a more worrisome tone for the day, and the major indexes closed lower. The Dow fell 85 points, with 24 of its 30 components retreating; the S&P … Continue reading

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