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  • The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved the Small Business Administration loan program in a bill the Senate had already passed. But the Senate took lightning-fast action to raise the SBA lending limit in less than a day, marking a stark contrast with Congress' protracted battle over another federal loan guarantee agency, the U.S....

  • WASHINGTON— The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:. The House announced plans Tuesday to pass a three-month highway extension that does not include an Export-Import Bank provision— and then adjourn for the summer.

  • A risky investment with maybe 'China-like returns' Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:12 PM ET
    Pedestrians wait at a roadside beside a sign advertising Caterpillar heavy construction machinery in Dakar, Senegal, last January.

    Ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, Africa has resurfaced as a topic of discussion in the investment community.

  • WASHINGTON, July 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans rebounded solidly in June after two straight months of declines, suggesting the drag on manufacturing from capital spending cuts was starting to ebb. "This could be a sign that manufacturing activity is starting to pick up again following the weak start to the year," said Daniel Silver, an economist at...

  • *Core capital goods orders rise 0.9 percent in June. WASHINGTON, July 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans rebounded solidly in June, suggesting the drag on manufacturing from capital spending cuts was starting to ebb. The Commerce Department said on Monday non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business...

  • US business capital spending gauge rebounds solidly Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 8:36 AM ET
    An oil rigger at a Schlumberger field prepares pipes in Midland, TX.

    A gauge of U.S. business investment plans rebounded in June, suggesting the drag on manufacturing from capital spending cuts was starting to ebb.

  • Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No. 1 oilfield services provider said last week it believed the North American rig count may be bottoming and that a slow rise in both land drilling and completion activity could occur in the second half of the year. Schlumberger and rival Halliburton have slashed their capital expenditure budgets for this year.

  • Minefield for market with Fed, earnings, commodities Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 8:08 AM ET
    An oil trader works on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    The Fed meets next week, but a commodities meltdown and earnings season are adding to concerns about global growth and may steal some of its thunder.

  • Scary headlines don't deter investors Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Neither do many on Wall Street.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Amazon.com founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos got a lot richer while he slept on Thursday night, after the company reported its quarterly earnings and its shares rose 20.1 percent. The shares, which had briefly hit a record high of $580.57 overnight, closed at $529.42. The stake held by Bezos would hold a market cap of about $48.6...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Amazon.com founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos got a lot richer while he slept on Thursday night, after the company reported its quarterly earnings and its shares rose 20.1 percent. The stock jump added $8 billion to Bezos' net worth as the market opened on Friday, but by midafternoon, he had given back $3.1 billion of that gain.

  • Do your investments operate in China? Read this Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    A worker repairs steam locomotive parts in Fuxin coal mine locomotive repair plant in Fuxin, China.

    From software companies to drugmakers to fast food chains, economic weakness in China is denting multinationals' financials this earnings season.

  • Traders see more pain for Caterpillar Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    Caterpillar fell to multiyear lows after reporting a second-quarter revenue miss, and traders are betting the decline will continue.

  • Is the Dow’s underperformance a big opportunity? Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

    The Dow’s performance is dragging behind the S&P 500, which could mean trouble for the rest of the market.

  • LONDON, July 24- British temporary power firm Aggreko said on Friday that its pretax profit for this year would be between 8 and 15 percent lower than market forecasts, due to a slowdown in oil and gas and less favorable contract terms. Aggreko said its North American business had been hit by a lower oil price and declining activity there meant less equipment was...

  • Shanghai Comp reverse course to join Asia selloff Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    A sell-off unfolded in Asia's stock markets on Friday, hit by a triple whammy of U.S. losses, a continued slump in commodities and soft Chinese data.

  • *Shin-Etsu Chemical soars on strong results, dividend hike. TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday morning after dismal corporate earnings on Wall Street, while some investors hugged the sidelines ahead of key Chinese economic data due out later in the day. U.S. shares fell after the likes of 3 M, American Express and Caterpillar disappointed...

  • Can Friday put bounce into a limping stock market? Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:24 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks could get a boost Friday from Amazon's strong earnings report, which comes as some key companies are clearly stumbling over the already lowered bar for earnings.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Thursday Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 5:13 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed lower on Thursday for a third straight day as a number of big companies report disappointing financial results. Caterpillar and 3 M released weaker-than-expected earnings, pulling indexes lower. General Motors, Southwest Airlines and Raytheon bucked the downward trend, rising after announcing stronger results than analysts...

  • *Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit. The Dow Jones industrial average fell back into the red for the year, with 3 M, American Express and Caterpillar contributing the most to the average's fall. Union Pacific, down 5.7 percent at $92.12 after posting a lower quarterly profit, led the decline in transportation shares and was among the S&P 500' s biggest...