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  • U.S. stock index futures were mixed Monday following six weeks of gains, but hopes of further bond buying by the ECB helped limit losses.

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    Eliot Spitzer, former New York attorney-general, defended the changes in Wall Street research practices that were brought as part of his 2003 “global settlement” with leading banks, after Goldman Sachs said it had closed its independent analysis venture, the Financial Times reports.

  • Stocks finished higher in a tight-range session Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 logging gains for the sixth-consecutive week, following a pair of better-than-expected economic reports.

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    Franchise owners and small businesses are the real owners of the American economy and offer the best solution to the world’s economic ills, Jim Amos, CEO of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie, told CNBC.

  • U.S stock index futures hovered around the flatline Friday, after major indexes posted their biggest gains in two weeks, propelled by gains in techs and following German Chancellor Angela Merkel's support for the European Central Bank’s plans to combat the euro zone crisis.

  • Stocks had their best session in nearly two weeks Thursday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her support for the ECB's plans to fight the euro zone crisis and Dow component Cisco Systems hiked its dividend 75 percent.

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    Some home renovations pay off at a much better rate than others, and here are the top seven fixes.

  • U.S stock index futures held modest gains Thursday despite a pair of weaker-than-expected economic reports.

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    A criminal investigation into the collapse of the brokerage firm MF Global and the disappearance of about $1 billion in customer money is now heading into its final stage without charges expected against any top executives.

  • HSBC

    HSBC opted to continue with a business relationship with one of the key financiers to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad even after its own compliance officials raised concerns about a trust linked to him, according to an investigative report into money-laundering by the U.S. Senate. The Financial Times reports.

  • Stocks ended flat in another lackluster trading session Wednesday as investors digested a string of mixed economic data and earnings reports.

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    In Illinois, we’ve experienced the sixth-driest growing season on record. Of 102 counties, 100 are disaster areas, the state's governor addresses the issue of what's been done and what still needs to happen to help his state.

  • Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17, 2012 near Fritchton, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades.

    The Senator from Kansas writes, "We need to approve this drought assistance to ensure livestock producers can continue providing us with the most affordable and safe food supply in the world."

  • U.S. stock index futures held losses Wednesday, following a recent rally and after a report that showed consumer price index remained unchanged last month.

  • Stocks erased most of their gains in the final hour of trading to finish nearly flat Tuesday, as earlier enthusiasm over the encouraging retail sales report and better-than-expected economic news from the euro zone faded.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to gains Tuesday following better-than-expected retail sales and after both French and German gross domestic product (GDP) data beat expectations.

  • Stocks eased off their session lows but still ended in negative territory Monday, with the S&P 500 snapping a six-day winning streak, amid ongoing worries over a global economic slowdown.

  • U.S. stock index futures were in negative territory Monday after five-straight weeks of gains and as disappointing data from Japan fueled fears of a global slowdown.

  • Stocks turned higher in the final minutes of trading Friday, with the S&P logging its sixth-consecutive rally, despite a disappointing Chinese trade report that raised worries over slowing global growth.

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    Want to buy a nuke-proof underground bunker? There are many for sale online, including this one on eBay. Meet the seller and learn more about this decommissioned Atlas F missile silo.