Author Archives: John Natale

Paper coupons still rule in the digital era

Stocks ended in the green as investors pored through the ongoing stream of earnings reports and shrugged off disappointing data on new-home sales. The Dow rose 20 points, with 17 of its 30 components gaining; the S&P 500 Index increased … Continue reading

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Yard sale merger fuels interstate commerce

Stocks ended mixed after a day of corporate earnings reports, including a handful of Dow components that beat profit expectations but showed declining revenue. The Dow fell 85 points, with 18 of its 30 components retreating; the S&P 500 Index … Continue reading

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What kind of mobile shopper are you?

Stocks erased today’s gains as investors weighed corporate earnings, mixed economic reports, and OPEC’s foreboding comments on the future of U.S. oil production. The Dow slipped 6 points, with 21 of its 30 components retreating; the S&P 500 Index fell … Continue reading

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For Gen Xers, family costs cloud retirement picture

Why is it that nearly half of the nation’s 46 million Generation Xers aren’t confident they’ll be able to afford retirement, according to Pew Research? It’s not for lack of responsibility. Contrary to what you’ll find online, Gen Xers aren’t … Continue reading

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Initial jobless claims hit 15-year low

Stocks rebounded with help from new data showing a 15-year low for jobless claims and a modest improvement for factory orders. The Dow rose 65 points, with 22 of its 30 components gaining; the S&P 500 Index increased by 7 … Continue reading

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Will consumer optimism boost retail store traffic?

Stocks declined following yesterday’s rally as oil prices fell for a third consecutive session. Today’s economic reports included gains for consumer confidence and home prices, but investors are most interested to see Friday’s March employment report. The Dow lost 200 … Continue reading

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How TripAdvisor reviews boost hotel rates

Stocks declined as investors weighed continued job market gains against other recent economic data showing mixed growth prospects. Meanwhile, the escalating Middle Eastern conflict sparked concerns of oil supply disruptions, which lifted crude prices by 4.5%. The Dow lost 40 … Continue reading

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How algorithms predict employee turnover

Stocks ended lower on a quiet trading day as investors considered how the Fed might view fresh economic data showing a rebound in consumer prices and rising demand for new homes. The Dow lost 104 points, with 24 of its … Continue reading

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App revives lost art of mixtapes and DJ hosting

Stocks retreated a day after the Fed’s cautious views on rate policy emboldened investors. The S&P 500 Energy Index fell 1.6% as oil prices continued their downward trend. The Dow lost 117 points, with 24 of its 30 components retreating; … Continue reading

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Survey says: Procure with Google!

Stocks erased early gains as investors wait for the Fed to shed light on its next steps for rate policy. The Dow lost 128 points, with 25 of its 30 components retreating; the S&P 500 Index fell by 6 points; … Continue reading

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