White Picket Fence

Distressed Home Sales Remain High in Baltimore, Chicago, Tampa

U.S. sales of distressed homes totaled 7.8% of all homes sold in June of 2016, according to data published Thursday by CoreLogic. The total represents a 2.2 percentage point drop ...
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August Pending Home Sales Drop as Prices Rise, Inventory Falls

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Thursday morning released its data on pending sales of existing homes for August. The pending home sales index fell 2.7 points (down 2.4%) to ...
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Natural Gas Price Cuts Loss After Storage Report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 49 billion cubic feet for the week ending September 23. Analysts were expecting a ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, BlackBerry, eBay, Fitbit, Lululemon, Nike and More

Stocks were indicated lower on Thursday after trading higher on Wednesday. Regardless of a day's trading, the reality is that investors keep proving that they will still buy stocks after ...
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800,000 People Will Cut Cable Cords in the Next Year

Cable cutting is costing cable companies and cable stations big time. The anxiety particularly swirls around operations like ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS). The channel represents billions ...
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Oil Barrels

Dip in Crude Oil Inventory Offset by Rise in Gasoline Stockpiles

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories decreased by 1.9 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial ...
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US, Singapore and Switzerland Are World’s Most Competitive Economies

The World Economic Forum's new Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017 looked at 138 nations, and it put the United States, Singapore and Switzerland at the top. The organization announced: This year’s edition ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Abercrombie, Alphabet, Baidu, Dillard’s, Nike, Workday and Many More

Stocks were simply looking for direction on Wednesday after solid gains on Tuesday. Investors keep proving that they will still buy stocks after any real weakness. Investors also have continued ...
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Americans Warm to Self-Driving Cars

One thing that companies developing self-driving, or autonomous, cars face is that Americans love the experience of driving themselves. Why buy a car you love and let it be driven ...
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Do Engaged Employees Create Higher Profits?

Gallup has a novel concept, based on metadata research. Employees who are more engaged (which is not entirely well defined) at the workplace help companies create higher profits. In a ...
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June Cash Home Sales Drop Below 30% for First Time Since 2007

In June of 2016, cash sales comprised 29.3% of all home sales, down from 31.8% in June of 2015, marking the 42nd consecutive year-over-year monthly decline. Cash sales fell by ...
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Cash Sales of Homes Highest in New York State

CoreLogic keeps data on cash sales as a percentage of all home sales. In June, the number was an extraordinary 29.3% nationwide. Some states have numbers much higher than that. ...
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Portland, Seattle Home Prices Surge

In all 20 U.S. cities included in the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, July house prices increased year over year, and all 20 also posted month-over-month increases. Portland (up 12.4%), Seattle ...
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Donald Trump

Trump Brand Hurt by Presidential Bid: Brand Keys Survey

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has never before actually made a run at public office, even though he made noises about running for the presidency in 1988, 2004 and 2012. ...
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bull and bear

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: CBOE, Comcast, GW Pharma, Hormel, Vonage, Wells Fargo and Many More

Stocks were indicated higher on Tuesday after Monday's first presidential debate. Despite a bull market that is seven and a half years old, and despite high valuations, investors are still willing ...
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