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Contracts to buy US homes barely budged in January

02/28/2014 8:50am
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes was essentially flat in January, a possible sign of a softening real estate market.

US consumer confidence ticks up in February

02/28/2014 9:26am
A rising stock market and a more optimistic outlook among younger Americans pushed up a measure of U.S. consumer sentiment in February.

US consumer confidence ticks up in February

02/28/2014 3:53pm
A surprisingly optimistic outlook among younger Americans and a higher stock market pushed up a measure of U.S. consumer sentiment in February.

US rig count down 2 to 1,769

02/28/2014 3:53pm
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by two this week to 1,769.

GrubHub orders up an IPO

02/28/2014 3:54pm
Online delivery company GrubHub plans to raise up to $100 million through an initial public offering.

Winter-weary Americans plead: Get me out of here

02/28/2014 3:54pm
Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she's back in Mexico, where she's already vacationed once this winter.

Recalls this week: Inline skates, heated gloves

02/28/2014 3:55pm
A line of Rollerblade inline skates is being recalled because the boot can separate from the skate frame during use. Other recalled consumer products include garage door openers and heated gloves that both pose fire hazards.

Oil ends month with 5 percent gain; pump price up

02/28/2014 3:58pm
The price of oil rose slightly Friday and finished the month with a gain of 5 percent. And the price of gasoline saw the biggest monthly increase since July as refineries prepared for the U.S. driving season.

For some fliers, mileage programs come up short

02/28/2014 3:58pm
Travelers take note: The economics of earning free airline flights are changing.

Sotheby's takes huge diamond back after default

02/28/2014 3:58pm
Sotheby's says an enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" is back in its possession after the buyer couldn't pay for the jewel and defaulted.

How the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday

02/28/2014 3:59pm
Stocks mostly rose on Friday, adding to the February's strong gains. Investors were encouraged by news that manufacturing expanded in the Midwest this month at a faster pace than economists were expecting.

Wheat, corn futures rise; Metals end mixed

02/28/2014 4:05pm
Wheat and corn futures rose sharply Friday, closing out a volatile week. Metals prices were mixed and energy futures ended slightly higher.

US regulators close 2 small lenders

02/28/2014 4:51pm
Regulators have closed small lenders in Virginia and Pennsylvania, bringing U.S. bank failures this year to five after 24 closures in 2013.

Goldman cites US probe of how it allocates bonds

02/28/2014 5:10pm
Goldman Sachs has disclosed that federal regulators are examining how it divides up newly issued bonds among investors.

Citigroup lowers 2013 profit on Mexico fraud

02/28/2014 5:36pm
Citigroup reduced its 2013 earnings by $235 million on Friday, saying it was a victim of fraud committed by a Mexican oil services company to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in short-term loans.

Burger chain owner aims for sizzle with Maxim buy

02/28/2014 5:56pm
Seeking some sizzle, the owner of the Steak `n Shake burger chain is buying men's magazine Maxim.