Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre

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Americans Lift Back-to-School Spending

American parents will spend more this year than last and begin back-to-school shopping earlier. In theory, it is a good sign for the economy. Unless, that is, people cut spending ...
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Samsung Trouble Good for Apple

Samsung has an ugly stock chart for the past three months, dropping almost every week. And investor sentiment received confirmation as the South Korean company posted its most recent numbers. ...
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Google Self-Driving Car Has 2 Crashes

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) puts out a monthly report on the activity of the unit that runs its self-driving car initiative. The June report disclosed two accidents, which should barely ...
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Amazon to Offer Huge Discounts on ‘Prime Day’

July 15 marks "Prime Day" for Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a day on which the e-commerce and cloud company will offer what it says are a number of deals that will exceed ...
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Europe Stocks Recover After Greek Sell Off

After dropping by over 2% in early trading, all major indexes in Europe have recovered to the point that they have only fallen 1%. A deal with Greece may still ...
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Most Asia Markets Fall, Japan Plunges

An attempt by China to buy its way into support of falling markets barely worked. The government reasoned that if it could build enough buying on its own accounts, its ...
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Detroit’s $1,000 Homes

While there is little or no sign of the success of Detroit’s program to sell homes for as little as $1,000, the opportunity continues. The Detroit Land Bank Authority may ...
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China Has World’s Fastest Trains, US Lags

As Amtrak trains lumber along at speeds much less than 100 mph, and are susceptible to fatal crashes, China has some legs of its railroad system where trains speeds top 180 mph ...
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Gas Remains Above $3 in 7 States

The cost of gasoline is still low compared to a year ago and has flattened recently at about $2.76 for the average price for a gallon of regular nationwide. However, there are ...
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More Than 2 Million People Still Unemployed Long Term

The ranks of the long-term unemployed -- those out of work for 27 weeks or more -- were 2.1 million in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This ...
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Apple Seizes Smartphone Share From Rivals

Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android helped smartphone manufacturers to seize market share from Apple Inc. (NYSE: AAPL) for years. That trend has reversed, at least in the United States. Apple clawed back more ...
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America’s Hottest Housing Markets

There are a number of ways to define hot housing markets, ranging from price increases to new housing starts. has come up with its own, which is the number ...
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BMW Beats Mercedes in June Sales

The battle between the two largest luxury car companies based on sales goes back and forth most months. In June, BMW was the leader, edging out Mercedes by a small ...
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Unemployment Remains Above 20% in 2 Cities

Unemployment rates in two American cities are closer to the jobless rate of Greece than that of the United States. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest in ...
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Ford F-150 Sales Continue to Collapse

After repeated assurances that sales of Ford's flagship F-150 would rise as production of the new generation model came online, the opposite held true in June. Sales of the F-Series ...
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