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South Korea Has World’s Fastest Internet

People who want to have the world's fastest broadband connections should stay away from parts of the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. They also should move to South ...
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Pigs

U.S. Meat Prices Rise Sharply in October

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its preliminary report on October farm prices Friday afternoon. The all-products price index fell 8.4% month-over-month to 98, with the crop index down ...
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Bull and Bear

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Aegerion, Avon, Atmel, LinkedIn, Ocwen, Visa and More

Stocks screamed higher on Friday on a surprise Japan expansion of its own stimulus and quantitative easing measures. Investors have proved, even during October, that they are willing to buy ...
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Wealthy

20% of Nation’s Homeless Are in California

The Department of Housing and Urban Development put out a sobering report about the status of homeless people in the United States. Although the count of the homeless dropped 10% ...
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Natural Gas Inventory Rises Ahead of Start to Heating Season

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 87 billion cubic feet for the week ending October 24, compared with an expected ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alibaba, Cree, JD.Com, RF Micro, Kraft, Sprint, Visa and More

Stocks were trading lower Thursday morning. One thing that holds true is that investors keep proving that they will step into the market and buy value stocks and overlooked stocks ...
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UPS Expects Record Holiday Shipments

It is not particularly surprising that a major shipping company would disclose that the holiday season will be its busiest. FedEx already has. On the other hand, the fact that ...
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Crude Oil Price Rises on Falling Gasoline Inventories

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories increased by 2.1 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial ...
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Foreclosed home

Florida Leads US in Annual Foreclosures

In the month of September, 46,000 U.S. home foreclosures were completed, up 4.7% from the previous month but down 32.6% from 68,000 in September of 2013, according to research firm ...
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Bull and Bear

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alibaba, Amgen, Cliffs, Michael Kors, Sanofi, Yahoo! and More

Stocks are looking for direction on Wednesday with mixed indexes, but that is after another massive rally on Tuesday that took the DJIA back over 17,000 again. Earnings season is ...
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Townhouses

Mortgage Loan Rates Climb Higher

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its weekly report on mortgage applications Wednesday morning, noting a decrease of 6.6% in the group’s seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending ...
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Online shopping

American Habit of Shopping Online Increases for Holidays

The move to do holiday shopping online has increased most years since the dawn of broadband. This year, it is the preferred means of buying goods and services for the ...
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America’s 10 Best Local Housing Markets

In 76 of the top 100 U.S. housing markets, home prices posted a gain, as measured by the Homes.com Local Market Index. The top gainer month-over-month was Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.-Ind., ...
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Mortgage Fraud Risk Rises 3.2%, Worst in Florida

An estimated 11,100 mortgage applications filed in the second quarter of 2014 contained fraudulent information or serious misrepresentations, according to data released on Tuesday by CoreLogic. The total represents 0.67% ...
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Townhouses

Home Prices Decline in Just 3 Cities

Only three of 20 U.S. cities included in the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index posted month-over-month declines in home prices -- Charlotte, San Diego and San Francisco. The top monthly gain ...
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