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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mixed in early trading today and indexes made only small moves for the second straight day. The S&P 500 index is still on track to deliver its seventh week of gains in the last eight, following a big rally earlier in the week sparked by the Federal Reserve's announcement on interest rates. At 10:13 a.m. Eastern Time, the S&P was virtually flat, at 2,382. The Nasdaq was up one point, at 5,902. And the Dow was up 13 points, at 20,948.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories cranked out more autos, steel and computers in February. It's the sixth straight monthly increase in manufacturing output. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent last month from January. Factories are benefiting from greater consumer and business optimism since the elections.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle, which is trying to revive its fortunes after being rattled by food safety scares, says a third of its board members will leave after their terms expire in May. The burrito chain, under pressure from activist investor Bill Ackman to speed up its recovery, expanded its board to 12 members in December after four new directors, approved by Ackman, were added. Chipotle says four members won't seek re-election in May.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Slammers are tough to sell. A recent national study has found that at least 94 state correctional facilities have been shut down since 2011, and only a few have been sold. Developers say cell blocks and dormitories tend to be too expensive to tear down, and too restrictive to repurpose. In New York, a mountaintop site in the Adirondacks is on the market for the second time in two years despite stunning views and proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hasbro has made changes to its Monopoly board game. The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down. In their place this fall will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky. Hasbro says more than 4.3 million voters from 146 countries weighed in on which tokens they wanted to see in future versions of the game.
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