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  • Social-Media Stocks Wobble Yet Again After Fed Warning

  • Income Ideas for the Yield-Starved

    Ah, to be a rentier! Gone are the days when Vladimir Lenin could rail against these “parasitic” capitalists for “clipping coupons” from their bonds while doing no work at all. Nowadays, with 10-year Treasury notes yielding a mere 2.5 percent and junk bonds barely 5 percent, investors who want a decent stream of income have to scramble.

  • Cash Is Trash? Not To These Value Fund Managers

    The Federal Reserve has made it clear that short-term rates are on lockdown until the unemployment rate drops from its current 7.6 percent to 6.5 percent. That gives ammo to money managers who say "cash is trash." A federal funds rate stuck near zero means cash will continue to deliver negative real returns for some time.

  • U.S. Stocks Advance, Led by Rally in Health-Care Shares

    U.S. stocks rose, briefly sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record, after health-care shares jumped on a smaller-than-forecast cut in Medicare rates and EBay Inc. climbed as Carl Icahn urged the spinoff of PayPal.

  • Structured Note Buyers Boost Bets on Europe Stocks, Not S&P 500

    U.S. investors are increasingly buying structured notes tied to European stocks in preference to domestic equities as the area emerges from recession while the Federal Reserve prepares to slow asset purchases.

  • S&P 500 Touches Record, Ukraine Stocks Jump; Coffee Gains

    U.S. equities rallied, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index touching an intraday record and all but erasing its 2014 decline, amid confidence the economy is strong enough to weather cuts to monetary stimulus. Commodities gained while Ukrainian shares jumped the most since 2010.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall as Investors Weigh Apple, Caterpillar

    U.S. stocks fell, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first-two day drop in a month, as investors weighed global manufacturing data and earnings reports from Caterpillar Inc. and Apple Inc.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall on Draghi Comments, Earnings Reports

    U.S. stocks fell, after a two-day advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as corporate earnings reports disappointed and European policy makers warned the euro’s advance could hamper the region’s recovery.

  • Executives Eschew Forecasts as Economy Sputters: Chart of the Day

    The number of U.S. companies giving financial forecasts plunged as the longest recession since the Great Depression and an uneven recovery made it harder to predict earnings.

  • U.S. Stocks Rally Most in 7 Weeks Amid Economic Optimism

    U.S. stocks rose, giving benchmark indexes their biggest advance in seven weeks, as reports on employment and manufacturing topped estimates while consumer confidence climbed in October to a more than four-year high.

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