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CEO Pay Up 12% in 2014

Compensation among S&P 500 chief executive officers (CEOs) rose 12.1% last year, according to consulting firm Towers Watson. Furthermore, financial advisor firm Mercer indicates that an average worker's pay rose ...
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Oil Rigs Drop by 26, Hedge Funds Increase Long Bets as Crude Prices Rise

In the week ended April 17, the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States totaled 734, compared with 760 in the prior week and 1,510 a year ...
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Best Markets for Fixer-Upper Homes

Among homes that Americans are most likely to own are, first, primary residences, and second, vacation homes, which can also be rented. More intrepid buyers, and likely a small minority ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, CyberArk, EMC, Goldman Sachs, SanDisk, ULTA, Wayfair and More

Stocks were down handily on Friday morning, with the Greek fears of a "Grexit" back in focus. The trend that remains in place is that investors have bought stocks on ...
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Global Bank Account Owners Rise 700 Million

The number of global bank account holders increased by 700 million recently, which is good news for banks and bad news for consumers who pay fees for maintaining these accounts. Gallup researchers ...
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US May Become a Net Exporter of Energy by the End of the Decade

In its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 published on Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected the country’s energy demand and supply out to 2040. Perhaps the key projection is ...
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New Housing Starts Disappoint Again in March

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Tuesday morning that new housing starts in March rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000, ...
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Natural Gas Price Falls on Large Inventory Addition

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 63 billion cubic feet for the week ending April 10. Analysts expected a storage ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Coach, Etsy, Intel, MannKind, Netflix, SanDisk, Starbucks and More

Stocks were down across the board on Thursday morning. Still all-time highs are not far off and investors have bought stocks on weakness for over three years now. 24/7 Wall ...
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VW Leads Europe Car Sales, Up 9%

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reported that new vehicle registrations in the European Union rose 8.6% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015 and were up 10.6% in the ...
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Fed Beige Book Highlights Job Losses in the Oil Patch

U.S. economic activity expanded or remained steady in all 12 Federal Reserve districts, according to the latest version of the Beige Book released Wednesday afternoon. Eight Fed districts characterized growth ...
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What Is the Right Age to Get a Credit Card?

More than a third of 18- to 29-year-olds (affectionately known as millennials) do not have a credit card. Whether that is due to choice or legal restrictions is arguable, but ...
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Crude Oil Price Jumps Following Light Inventory Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories increased by 1.3 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial ...
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Homebuilder Confidence Weakest in the Northeast

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for April increased by four points from a prior revised reading of 52 in March to 56. The reading ...
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US Crude Oil Production Begins to Fall

Earlier this week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its drilling productivity report for the month of April. The agency forecast a drop in production of 57,000 barrels of oil ...
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