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Stocks edge up, extending their winning streak

U.S. stocks posted modest gains Monday, extending a record-setting run into a sixth straight week. Financial and technology companies notched some of the biggest gains. Energy stocks rose as crude oil prices went up. Healthcare companies declined the most. Bond prices fell. The three major stock...

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    Gains for tech help U.S. stocks higher, but insurers skid

    U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Friday to wrap up a subdued week, and technology companies did most of the heavy lifting. Investors were also pleased to see that shoppers spent more money in September. Printer and PC maker HP sent technology companies higher after releasing a strong profit forecast...

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    Will tourists return to wine country after the Northern California fires?

    Most vineyards and wineries in Northern California’s wine country have been spared by several days of firestorms, but it isn’t clear yet whether the nearly 24 million tourists who visit the region each year will want to return to charred hillsides. Tourism officials remain optimistic, saying huge...

  • Social Security benefits to rise by 2% in 2018

    Social Security benefits to rise by 2% in 2018

    Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2% increase in benefits next year. It's the largest increase since 2012 but amounts to a bump of only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA,...

  • Wells Fargo profit falls 18% in third quarter due to legal costs

    Wells Fargo profit falls 18% in third quarter due to legal costs

    Wells Fargo's third-quarter profit dropped 18%, caused by a significant increase in the bank's legal expenses tied to its mortgage practices before the financial crisis. The increase in legal expenses comes as the San Francisco-based bank tries to move beyond its recent scandals involving unauthorized...

  • Surge in energy costs sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5%

    Surge in energy costs sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5%

    U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5% in September, the largest increase in eight months. The result reflects another big jump in energy prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which shut Gulf Coast refineries and caused gasoline prices to jump across the country. The September increase in the closely...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe

    2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe

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  • Key Samsung executive announces his resignation

    Key Samsung executive announces his resignation

    The chairman of Samsung Electronics Co.'s board of directors, who has been the public face of the company since its de facto chief was jailed on corruption charges, said Friday he will resign next year to make way for a new leader. “As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe...

  • Retail and media stocks pull indexes down from highs

    Retail and media stocks pull indexes down from highs

    U.S. stock indexes retreated from their record highs Thursday as retailers and media companies declined and investors shrugged at quarterly reports from a few big banks. Clothing companies and other retailers fell after women's clothing company J. Jill slashed its third-quarter forecast. The company's...

  • Equifax says code on its website 'was serving malicious content'

    Equifax says code on its website 'was serving malicious content'

    Equifax Inc. took part of its website offline Thursday after code on the site redirected users to a malicious URL urging them to download malware. Also Thursday, a top Republican congressman introduced a bill that would stop credit reporting companies such as Equifax from using Social Security...

  • Vineyards may have kept wine country fire from getting worse

    Vineyards may have kept wine country fire from getting worse

    Christian Palmaz used hoes, shovels and rakes to keep flames from his family’s 19th-century vineyard estate home on the flanks of Mt. St. George in eastern Napa County. But he didn’t have to worry about his vines. They’re green, very much alive, and a stark contrast to more than 500 acres of oak,...

  • Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X SUVs because seats could move forward in a crash

    Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X SUVs because seats could move forward in a crash

    Tesla Inc. is recalling 11,000 Model X SUVs worldwide because their rear seats might not lock into place. The recall involves vehicles with fold-flat second-row seats made between Oct. 28, 2016, and Aug. 16, 2017. Tesla said it believes that only about 3% of the recalled vehicles have the issue....

  • Snap's stock rises further the day after its biggest jump since IPO

    Snap's stock rises further the day after its biggest jump since IPO

    Snap Inc.’s stock rose again Thursday after shares of the Snapchat maker enjoyed their best daily gain since the day of the company’s stock market debut in March. The stock was up 51 cents, or 3%, to $16.49 a share in midday trading after surging 11.4% on Wednesday following a positive report from...

  • Tech and healthcare stocks lift indexes back to record highs

    Tech and healthcare stocks lift indexes back to record highs

    U.S. stock indexes drifted back to record highs Wednesday as investors got ready for another round of corporate reports to begin. Technology, healthcare and household goods companies all rose. Tech-sector companies such as PayPal, Visa and Alphabet, Google's parent company, made some of the biggest...

  • Trump meets Canadian prime minister amid growing doubts about NAFTA talks

    Trump meets Canadian prime minister amid growing doubts about NAFTA talks

    Negotiations to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement resumed Wednesday amid increasing concerns of a breakdown, with President Trump continuing to threaten to withdraw from the pact and the administration planning to push several contentious proposals across the table over the next few...

  • Totally driverless cars could be allowed on California roads by June 2018

    Totally driverless cars could be allowed on California roads by June 2018

    Driverless cars — with nobody behind the wheel — could be on California roads and highways by June 2018. That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to buy a completely driverless car next year, or even hail a ride in one. The technology is still being developed. The driverless cars that may begin appearing...

  • The legal fallout from the mushrooming Weinstein sex scandal could be big

    The legal fallout from the mushrooming Weinstein sex scandal could be big

    The mounting sexual assault and harassment claims against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein could have severe legal consequences for the executive and his already struggling namesake company. Although it may be difficult to build a criminal case against Weinstein, his alleged mistreatment...

  • Steven Spielberg will revive '80s NBC series 'Amazing Stories' for Apple

    Steven Spielberg will revive '80s NBC series 'Amazing Stories' for Apple

    Apple is making a major statement on its television ambitions as it nears an acquisition of an original series from filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The tech giant is close to a deal to buy a new version of Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” the Emmy-winning sci-fi anthology series that ran on NBC from...

  • Stocks end higher, lifted by Wal-Mart and airlines

    Stocks end higher, lifted by Wal-Mart and airlines

    A big jump for Wal-Mart helped the Dow Jones industrial average reach a record high Tuesday, and gains for other retailers and airlines lifted other stock indexes as well. Airlines rose after American and United issued strong forecasts. Utilities and smaller companies also climbed. Banks edged...

  • Wal-Mart expects its online sales to jump 40% next year

    Wal-Mart expects its online sales to jump 40% next year

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is all about online, anticipating that digital sales next fiscal year will rise about 40% and that it will double the number of U.S. curbside locations for online grocery shoppers at its stores. But the world's largest retailer continues to scale back new store growth in the...

  • Martial arts comedy 'Never Say Die' dominates the Chinese National Day holiday

    Martial arts comedy 'Never Say Die' dominates the Chinese National Day holiday

    Chinese sports comedy “Never Say Die” continued to rule China’s box office through the first week of October, fueled by a weeklong autumn holiday that sends droves of restless citizens to the cinema. The martial arts film raked in an additional $175.2 million in its second week of release in China,...

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    Think outside the bank: How to get a business loan online

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish and high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

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    5 big changes for today's small businesses

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