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U.S. stock indexes wobble to a mixed finish

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks hardly budged Thursday and finished with a mix of small gains and losses. Banks and airlines rose on strong first-quarter reports, while consumer products companies struggled. The market wavered throughout the day. Stocks are coming off two big gains in a row and are trading at their highest levels of the year. “People are ...

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US stocks jump as JPMorgan gives banks a big boost

US stocks jump as JPMorgan gives banks a big boost

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed again Wednesday as quarterly results from JPMorgan Chase gave banks a big lift. Economic news from China powered industrial and technology companies in the U.S. and stock exchanges overseas. JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., led a rally in financial stocks after its first-quarter results came in better than analysts expected. ...

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Peabody Energy, largest US coal miner, seeks bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, has filed for bankruptcy protection as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry. Mines and offices at Peabody, a company founded in 1833 by 24-year-old Francis S. Peabody, will continue to operate as it moves through the bankruptcy process. However, Peabody’s planned sale ...

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Asian stocks lifted by optimism on oil prices, Wall Street

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks logged solid gains Wednesday, cheered by a rally on Wall Street, although oil prices erased some of the recent big gains that had relieved among global investors. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 2.6 percent to 16,341.01 in morning trading. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 2.3 percent to 20,970.31, while the Shanghai Composite index ...

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5 ways to score a better loan

improve your credit score

If you’re looking to make a big purchase in the near future, such as buying a home, you’ve probably been looking intently at your credit to determine just what kind of a loan you can actually get. For millions of Americans, this is where the purchasing process comes to a screeching halt. Without a great credit score, few traditional lenders ...

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