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  • Treasury Secretary Lew to have outpatient prostate-related surgery

    Treasury Secretary Lew to have outpatient prostate-related surgery
    WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will undergo outpatient surgery to treat a benign enlarged prostate and will be sidelined for about a week, a department spokeswoman said Sunday. Lew, 58, will have the procedure Tuesday in New York and...
  • 4 million homeowners climb out of negative equity

    WASHINGTON — The economy may be growing at a frustratingly slow pace, but one piece of it is booming: American homeowners' equity holdings — the market value of their houses minus their mortgage debts — soared by nearly $2.1 trillion...
  • Can't hold a good stock market down: S&P 500 sets intraday record

    Can't hold a good stock market down: S&P 500 sets intraday record
    A week-long rally in the stock market carried the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an intraday record Friday morning, the latest indication that investors worry more about missing potential gains than suffering losses. Stocks have been buoyed this week by...
  • California Bank & Trust parent to retake stress test it failed

    California Bank & Trust parent to retake stress test it failed
    Zions Bancorp, which failed a Federal Reserve test simulating a severe recession, says it has shed some high-risk holdings and will submit a beefed-up capital plan for approval. Zions said the Fed determined that its holdings of loans and securities...
  • Appeals court upholds Fed's 21-cent cap on retailer 'swipe fees'

    Appeals court upholds Fed's 21-cent cap on retailer 'swipe fees'
    A Federal Reserve rule allowing banks to charge retailers 21 cents to process debit-card transactions has been upheld by a federal appeals panel, a blow to big merchants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. A lower court judge invalidated the...
  • Fitch takes U.S. credit rating off downgrade watch after debt deal

    Fitch takes U.S. credit rating off downgrade watch after debt deal
    WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Friday upgraded its outlook for the U.S. AAA credit rating, removing the nation from a downgrade watch after politicians put off another debt limit battle until next year. The company, one of three major credit rating...
  • Transparency at the Fed: What's wrong with that?

     Transparency at the Fed: What's wrong with that?
    The Federal Reserve said again this week that it didn't foresee raising short-term interest rates any time soon, although it did so in an official statement that was more vague than its previous pronouncements. Then new Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave...
  • Nearly all top U.S. banks could withstand severe recession, Fed says

    Nearly all top U.S. banks could withstand severe recession, Fed says
    WASHINGTON -- Only one of the nation's 30 largest banks would not be able to withstand a severe recession and the firms collectively are in better financial position to handle economic shocks than five years ago, according to Federal Reserve stress test...
  • Freddie Mac: Average 30-year fixed mortgage rate falls to 4.32%

    Freddie Mac: Average 30-year fixed mortgage rate falls to 4.32%
    Fixed mortgage rates fell early this week, with Freddie Mac reporting the average for 30-year loans dropped to 4.32% from 4.37% last week. The McLean, Va., housing finance company said lenders were offering 15-year fixed home loans, a popular option for...
  • Initial jobless claims remain low at 320,000 as weather effects ease

    Initial jobless claims remain low at 320,000 as weather effects ease
    WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims rose a bit to 320,000 last week, but remained low as the effects of severe winter weather continued to ease, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. The number of people filing for first-time...
  • Federal Reserve continues scaling back bond buying

    Federal Reserve continues scaling back bond buying
    WASHINGTON — With the economy slowly improving, Federal Reserve officials are shifting their efforts from stimulating the recovery to restoring normal monetary policy — although new Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen tried to stress that day remains...