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Business U.S. economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up U.S. economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up
The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.
Business Stock markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge Stock markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
Stocks in energy companies have fallen nearly 12 percent in three months, nearly cancelling out moves up for most other industries. The S&P 500 is up less than 1 percent in that time.
Business Wary businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name Wary businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name
For most people, the game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is the Super Bowl. But for many business owners, it's simply the "big game" or "game day."
Business For traders, oil's plunge takes a toll on egos and accounts For traders, oil's plunge takes a toll on egos and accounts
The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil's market value and pushed Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse. But to Justin Thomas, the real drama in oil unfolds on a smaller scale.
Business 1st-time advertisers gamble on Super Bowl ads 1st-time advertisers gamble on Super Bowl ads
More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday. There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000.
Business Boeing reports record quarterly revenue, higher profit Boeing reports record quarterly revenue, higher profit
Demand for commercial airliners boosted Boeing Co.'s fourth-quarter profit by 19 percent, topping Wall Street expectations by a wide margin and offsetting weakness in the defense business.
Business U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 7½-year high in January U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 7½-year high in January
The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed this month to 102.9, highest level since August 2007 - four months before the start of the Great Recession. January's figure was up from a revised 93.1 in December.
Business Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute
Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.
Business Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50 Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50
With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.
Business Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1st quarter Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1st quarter
Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows.
Business Mattel CEO resigns, toy maker results miss expectations Mattel CEO resigns, toy maker results miss expectations
Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results that fell far short of analyst expectations.