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  • Stocks ended modestly higher after fluctuating in the final hour of trading as investors shrugged off further evidence of a slowing economy.

  • Stocks fluctuated in the final hour of trading as the Dow and the S&P 500 trimmed gains, but the tech stocks fueled a gain in the Nasdaq.

  • Stocks slumped, led by materials, after an unexpected gain in jobless claims and after a second reading on first quarter economic growth was reported as unchanged.

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    When he was 17, Fred DeLuca borrowed $1,000 from a family friend to start a sandwich shop, with the goal of paying for college. That was in 1965.  Today, his humble shop — Subway — is the largest sandwich franchise in the world, with 34,000 locations in 94 countries and sales of more than $13 billion in 2009 alone.  Much of that growth is thanks to franchising.

  • Stock index futures lost steam after a gain in jobless claims and after a second reading on first quarter economic growth was reported as unchanged.

  • Trader at London Stock Exchange, England.

    A group of Canadian banks and pension funds said on Wednesday it will take its C$3.6 billion ($3.7 billion) bid for TMX Group directly to shareholders after the exchange operator rejected the bid in favor of a friendly offer from the London Stock Exchange.

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    Sales of distressed U.S. homes fell in the first quarter as demand remained weak, but they still made up about 28 percent of total sales, the highest amount in a year, a RealtyTrac report said Thursday.

  • The anti-corruption group Global Witness says it has obtained a document that details for the first time the involvement of Western banks—including some in the U.S.—in financing the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddhafi.

  • Stocks ended modestly higher, snapping a three-day losing streak thanks to news that gasoline demand was stabilizing, and as investors shrugged off weak economic news.

  • Stocks pared gains just before the close, but remained on track to snap a three-day losing streak thanks to news that gasoline demand was stabilizing.

  • Stocks gained despite further evidence of weakening in the nation's manufacturing sector and continuing concerns over the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Wednesday as concerns over the euro zone debt crisis and fears of a Greek default in particular weighed on sentiment.

  • Disappointing Durable Goods

    CNBC's Steve Liesman says takes a look at what's behind the slowdown in industrial production.

  • Libyans shout slogans against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi while holding a cartoon depicting Kadhafi being hit with a hammer symbolising 'the people's will'.

    The lack of world peace affects the economy by trapping productivity and removing vital resources, according to an international research institute which also put the cost of global violence at $8.1 trillion last year.

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    Belgium became the latest small European nation to come under the cloud of having its credit ratings outlook cut on Monday. As rating agencies themselves are increasingly criticized, is this the threat it once was?

  • Stocks ended modestly lower amid further signs of economic weakness, and despite a positive call on commodities by Goldman Sachs, which lifted prices of oil and metals.

  • Stocks turned modestly lower before the close amid more news of weakness in the nation's manufacturing sector, and a positive call on commodities by Goldman Sachs lifted prices of oil and metals.

  • Stocks turned mixed a day after a steep selloff, although energy and materials sectors were lifted by a positive report on commodities prices by Goldman Sachs.

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    Companies in the wind power industry are gearing up for expansion, despite hurdles such as decreasing demand for electricity and lower natural gas prices.

  • Stock index futures gained ahead of the open Tuesday, tracking European and Asian shares higher a day after the markets sold off amid fears over euro zone debt troubles and falling commodity prices.