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China's House Prices Fall Further, Economic Gloom Deepens By Clip Syndicate Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity. For now, policy easing is likely to come in the form of help to the most vulnerable sectors, rather than more aggressive steps such as cutting interest rates, but authorities are ready to step in with bolder measures if unemployment rises. China's central bank reportedly stepped in this week to avert any further shocks to the world's second-largest economy.

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Dow Analyst Moves: CAT By Clip Syndicate The latest tally of analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses shows that among the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Caterpillar (CAT) is the #26 analyst pick. Within the broader S&P 500, when components were ranked in terms of analyst favorites, CAT claims the #365 spot. ...Read More »
Dow Movers: INTC, GS By Clip Syndicate In early trading on Thursday, shares of Goldman Sachs Group (GS) topped the list of the day's best performing Dow Jones Industrial Average components, trading up 1.1%. Year to date, Goldman Sachs Group registers a 5.4% gain. ...Read More »
U.S. Household Net Worth Rises To Record $81.5 Trillion By Clip Syndicate U.S. household net worth hit a record high in the second quarter as the stock market continued its upward climb and property values rose. Net worth nudged up 1.7 percent to $81.5 trillion. The S&P 500 set another intraday record on Thursday, with the Federal Reserve continuing with a highly accommodative monetary policy for a recovering U.S. economy. U.S. household debt increased at an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the second quarter, excluding charge-offs of home mortgages, while federal debt rose at an annual rate of 2.5 percent.

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Alibaba Set To Price IPO Shares Amid Investor Frenzy By Clip Syndicate Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to sell some $22 billion of shares on Thursday, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide and may be the world's largest ever initial public offering. The shares are expected to be priced after the markets close at 4 p.m. Thursday and start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker "BABA. ...Read More »
Federal Reserve Signals Faster But Still Slow Path For Rate Rises By Clip Syndicate Federal Reserve officials nudged their expected path of interest rate increases higher on Wednesday, but did little to change the outlook for a long slow climb back up to normal monetary policy. The revised rate projections left a deep disconnect between the U.S. central bank and financial markets, with investors anticipating significantly lower rates in the future than the Fed officials themselves project. ...Read More »
IOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient By Clip Syndicate Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to ease the strain, and there’s going to be tremendous demand on their servers for tat least the next several hours.

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Dow Analyst Moves: PG By Clip Syndicate The latest tally of analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses shows that among the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Procter & Gamble (PG) is the #18 analyst pick. Within the broader S&P 500, when components were ranked in terms of analyst favorites, PG claims the #267 spot. ...Read More »
Dow Ends At Record After Fed Maintains Low Rates By Clip Syndicate The Dow Jones industrial average is closing at a record high after the Federal Reserve maintained its stance on record-low interest rates. The Dow rose 24 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 17,156 Wednesday, surpassing its previous high from July by 18 points. The blue-chip average rose as much as 89 points after the Fed kept the phrase "considerable time," in referring to how long it would wait before raising interest rates. The Nasdaq rose nine points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,562.

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Alibaba Is A Phenom — Just Not In America By Clip Syndicate American investors will clamor for a piece of the action this week when Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba holds its highly anticipated initial public offering. Yet even though the firm will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is unknown to most Americans, and a huge splash in financial markets won’t necessarily raise the company’s profile on Main Street. ...Read More »

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