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  • Housing data boost U.S. outlook

      Housing data boost U.S. outlook
    Home prices across the U.S. are showing signs of slower growth, but a recent upswing in new construction plans is injecting the market with optimism that the housing recovery has more momentum left. Building permits for new homes jumped 6.2% in...
  • ShopperTrak: Sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday rise just 2.3%

    ShopperTrak: Sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday rise just 2.3%
    U.S. retailers eked out a 2.3% sales gain on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, in line with a prediction for the weakest holiday results since 2009. Sales at bricks-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday increased to $12.3 billion, according to...
  • N.Y. rail crash: How much safety are railroads willing to pay for?

    N.Y. rail crash: How much safety are railroads willing to pay for?
    When a train derails and people die, as happened Sunday in New York, there are going to be lots of questions. Eventually, there will be answers to most. But will anyone be able to answer this question: How much are the lives of train passengers worth?...
  • Economic recovery outlook improves after government shutdown

     Economic recovery outlook improves after government shutdown
    WASHINGTON — The nation's economic recovery, seemingly stuck in another pothole after the 16-day federal government shutdown, now looks to be back on track again — and accelerating into the new year. Recent data, especially this week, have...
  • U.S. households regain almost all wealth lost during Great Recession

    U.S. households regain almost all wealth lost during Great Recession
    WASHINGTON — American households have regained almost all of the wealth lost during the Great Recession, thanks to surging stock prices and recovering home values. Total household net worth — assets minus liabilities — expanded 2.6%,...
  • Finance executives warn Washington not to risk a government default

    Finance executives warn Washington not to risk a government default
    WASHINGTON — To Wall Street, the partial government shutdown is another unfortunate economic speed bump caused by partisan political fighting. Failure to raise the debt limit, triggering a first-ever federal default, would be a brick wall on the...
  • Lew won't commit to paying bondholders if debt limit is breached

    Lew won't commit to paying bondholders if debt limit is breached
    WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday would not commit to paying interest on government bonds if the debt limit is not raised, saying it would be extremely difficult to choose which bills to pay if there is not enough money. On top...
  • Shutdown puts many furloughed workers in financial distress

    Shutdown puts many furloughed workers in financial distress
    It might seem like a paid vacation for the 500,000 federal workers on furlough. They've been out of work since last week and were promised back pay once a budget is passed and the government reopens. But for many rank-and-file employees who live...
  • Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on downgrade watch over debt fight

    Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on downgrade watch over debt fight
    WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade because of the standoff over raising the nation's debt limit. The company said it still believed the debt limit would be raised soon, but the...
  • Budget stalemate could end talk of the Fed tapering its stimulus

    Budget stalemate could end talk of the Fed tapering its stimulus
    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appeared poised a few weeks ago to start pulling back on its unprecedented support for the economy, but surprisingly stopped short out of fear the recovery still was too fragile. That was before the budget...
  • Moody's upgrades U.S. credit rating outlook as budget deficit falls

    Moody's upgrades U.S. credit rating outlook as budget deficit falls
    WASHINGTON -- The shrinking budget deficit and improving economy has led Moody's Investor Services to affirm the nation's AAA credit rating and upgrade the outlook for government debt to stable from a negative watch that could have led to a downgrade....