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Bond yields and the dollar's value rise on a listless day for stocks

The stock market hasn't been this boring in years. The Standard & Poor's 500 remained at a near-standstill Wednesday, the ninth day in a row that it has moved less than 0.4% up or down. That's its longest streak of listlessness since the summer of 2013. Other indexes were mixed. The S&P 500 rose...

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    U.S. industrial output rose in December at best pace in 2 years

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    Inglewood real estate market expected to score as Chargers join Rams at new stadium

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  • With Michael Lynton's exit, what's next for Sony Pictures?

    With Michael Lynton's exit, what's next for Sony Pictures?

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  • Qualcomm is accused of anti-competitive tactics

    Qualcomm is accused of anti-competitive tactics

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    Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs this year

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    On-location filming in L.A. area rose 6% in 2016, lifted by California tax incentives

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  • Lockheed Martin CEO tells Trump the cost of F-35 will be 'significantly' lower

    Lockheed Martin CEO tells Trump the cost of F-35 will be 'significantly' lower

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  • What to expect in the workplace in 2017

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    Assaulting an airport gate agent can now lead to major prison time

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    Are American Airlines uniforms safe? The manufacturer steps into the fray

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    Solid bank earnings push stocks mostly higher

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  • EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements before Trump takes office

    EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements before Trump takes office

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    Leader of Wells Fargo criminal fraud ring sentenced to seven years in prison

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  • NASA safety advisory group raises concerns about SpaceX rocket fueling process

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  • Exxon Mobil is ordered to hand over climate change research

    Exxon Mobil is ordered to hand over climate change research

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  • Financial companies lead stocks down; oil rises

    Financial companies lead stocks down; oil rises

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