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E-Cigarettes Under Attack by World Health Organization

If the tobacco industry thought it had solved all its legal problems with the introduction of electronic cigarettes, the industry is very likely rethinking its original conclusion. While some of ...
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shopping

Consumer Sentiment Up in August, but Outlook Dims

The final August reading on the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose to 82.5. A survey of economists by Bloomberg had a consensus estimate for a reading of ...
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credit cards

Decline in Consumer Spending Raises Concern for Deflation

In its report on personal income and spending for July, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data show that personal income in current dollars grew by 0.2% month-over-month, and personal ...
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40-Hour Workweek Actually 47 Hours Long

Only about four of 10 U.S. workers actually work a 9-to-5, 40-hour a week job. A full 50% say they work more than 40 hours a week, and just 8% ...
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Fracking in California Gets New Approvals

Fracking may be critical to increased U.S. oil production, but it is also one of the most controversial, widespread technologies in America. Repeatedly, critics of the practice have warned of ...
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Cows

Record-High Meat Prices for U.S. Consumers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its preliminary report on August farm prices Thursday afternoon. The all-products price index was unchanged month-over-month at 109, with the crop index down ...
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Credit cards

The Worst Credit Cards in America

The abundance of rewards programs for U.S. credit card users might lead one to conclude that the best credit cards offer the best rewards. Not even close. According to J.D. ...
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Slower Natural Gas Inventory Growth Gives Prices a Boost

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 75 billion cubic feet for the week ending August 22. That compared with an ...
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Jeep Cherokee

Chrysler Sales Surge in August

Automakers will be reporting U.S. August new car sales next week, but an early estimate from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has sales declining 0.7% year-over-year on an unadjusted basis and ...
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San Francisco

Cities With the Most (and Least) Underwater Mortgages

The number of U.S. homes with underwater mortgages (i.e., the amount owed on the mortgage is greater than the market value of the home, often called negative equity) has been ...
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Price Reaction Muted on Crude Oil Inventory Decline

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories decreased by 2.1 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Akamai, Facebook, Garmin, Waste Management and More

Stocks were firm yet again on Wednesday, after the S&P 500 hit 2,000 for the first time this week, and with the DJIA having hit a record. Investors are still looking for value ...
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Mercedes Ranks Number 1 in Customer Satisfaction

Compared with the second quarter of last year, overall U.S. customer satisfaction with all products was down 0.1%. That’s not good, but far better than the drop of 0.8% in ...
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Las Vegas Home Prices Surge 15%

The only U.S. city to post a year-over-year home price increase of more than 15% in June was Las Vegas, where prices rose 15.2% from June 2013. The city’s home ...
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Bull and Bear

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Enphase, Goldman Sachs, InterMune, Melco Crown, SunEdison and More

Stocks were firm on Tuesday after the S&P 500 hit 2,000 for the first time this week. Investors remain opportunistic for value and individual overlooked stocks. 24/7 Wall St. reviews ...
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