Buybacks have gotten a bad rap from both Republicans and Democrats. But stocks would be trading at a massive discount without them.Marketsread more
Fiat Chrysler and France's Renault could soon partner up to take on the sweeping changes to the global auto industry, according to a report in the Financial Times. The...Autosread more
Microsoft shares have gained 133% since November 2015, outperforming a tech "basket of unicorns" over that stretch.Technologyread more
The president's state visit comes amid tensions with carmaker Toyota over potential auto tariffs. Trump has repeatedly threatened Japanese and European carmakers with tariffs.Traderead more
The IRS is about to release a new draft of Form W-4, which will more closely reflect the changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. For workers, that means they'll need...Personal Financeread more
When commercial real estate investor Manny Khoshbin spent $2.2 million on the fastest production car in the world, he had no idea it would very quickly also become the...Autosread more
The Mega Millions jackpot has spilled over $400 million. It would be the ninth largest winning since the game began in 2002.Personal Financeread more
Trump was speaking at a meeting of Japanese business leaders in Tokyo during his state visit to Japan on Saturday.Marketsread more
The biggest U.S. gasoline price surge in years is running out of steam just in time for the start of the summer driving season.Energyread more
The federal minimum wage has remained $7.25 per hour since 2009. But several states, and even some companies, have since taken matters into their own hands to pay employees a...Workread more
Stocks rose on Friday, but notched weekly losses as investors worried the U.S.-China trade war is hurting economic growth.US Marketsread more
French President Francois Hollande said after an impromptu visit to Russia for crisis talks with Vladimir Putin on Saturday that a ceasefire could take hold in eastern Ukraine in the next few days.
The Russian president, who met Hollande during his stopover at a Moscow airport after a trip to Kazakhstan, said he also hoped agreement would be reached soon to shore up a shaky truce reached for east Ukraine on Sept. 5.
Hollande's unexpected visit underlined the West's concern about the conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, and about Putin's increasingly hostile anti-Western rhetoric as he defies calls to do more to end the crisis.
Hollande, the first head of a leading Western power to meet Putin in Russia since Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula in March, urged all parties to respect the Sept. 5 truce deal.
"The ceasefire that will be proclaimed tomorrow or the day after must be completely respected," Hollande said in comments broadcast on French television after the talks at Vnukovo airport, southwest of Moscow, without giving details.
"France's role is to search for solutions and prevent problems from degenerating," he added. "I wanted today, alongside President Putin, to send a message of de-escalation. Today that message is possible."
Putin, who looked nervous before he greeted Hollande with a handshake, said they had held detailed discussions on ending the violence in which more than 4,300 people have been killed in mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine since April.
"I very much hope that in the nearest future a final decision on ceasing fire will be taken," Putin told reporters.
Day of Silence
In the Ukrainian capital Kiev, President Petro Poroshenko said a preliminary agreement had been reached to hold new talks on Tuesday on implementing the steps agreed under the Sept 5 ceasefire deal reached in the Belarussian capital, Minsk.
It was not clear whether Hollande and Putin were referring to these new talks or to a separate, new ceasefire plan.
Poroshenko said the latest round of talks on implementing the 12-point peace plan known as the Minsk protocol would focus on agreeing a schedule for all measures to be taken.
The proposed date of Dec. 9 coincides with a promised "Day of Silence," when both sides say they will observe a truce.
Putin said Russia would respect Ukraine's territorial integrity. But that may not reassure Kiev and its Western allies, including the United States, who view the annexation of Crimea as an illegal seizure of Ukrainian territory.
Hollande made clear he was alarmed by a speech by Putin on Thursday in which the Kremlin chief accused Russia's enemies of trying to bring a new Iron Curtain down around Russia.
NATO and Western powers accuse Moscow of sending troops and weapons to back the rebels. Moscow denies this and says it is not party to the conflict.
Hollande last month suspended indefinitely the delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia because of the conflict in Ukraine. Putin said they did not discuss the deal but he hoped Paris would stick to the contract.