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  • FILE- In this Friday, June 29, 2012, file photo Specialists Frank Masello, left, and John T. O'Hara work on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York shortly before the closing bell. World stock markets rose Wednesday April 16, 2014 as China's slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected.    (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

    US Stocks Gain for Third Day; Yahoo Soars in Early Trading

    U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading on Wednesday, extending their gains into a third day. Investors welcomed solid earnings from Yahoo as well as... Read more

  • People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukraine, China Tensions Depress Global Stock Markets

    LONDON—World markets turned lower on Tuesday amid concerns about instability in Ukraine, the value of technology stocks and an economic slowdown in China. Ukraine has... Read more

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 11, 2014 in New York City. In early morning trading the Dow was down over 70 points following a large drop on Thursday due to disappointing results from the tech sector. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Wall Street Stocks Rise on Retail Sales Increase

    Stocks got a boost Monday from a government report showing U.S. retail sales notched their biggest increase in 18 months in March. Investors also bid... Read more

  • Trader Anthony Carannante, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Wall Street Stocks Move Higher After a Rough Week; Citi Gains

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks are higher in midday trading after the government reported that retail sales notched their biggest increase since 2012 in March. Better-than-expected results... Read more

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    Three Types of People to Avoid Hiring

    The irony of running a professional staffing firm is that it is more challenging for me to find talent for our firm than it is... Read more

  • People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, April 11, 2014. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock average fell more than 400 points at one point in morning trading. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Global Markets Upset After Terrible Nasdaq Day, Tech Slump

    LONDON—Another rout on the Nasdaq index roiled global markets Friday. On Thursday, the Nasdaq index slumped 3 percent — its worst day since 2011 —... Read more

  • Trader Ryan O'Day works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   The Nasdaq had its worst day since 2011 as investors dumped biotechnology shares. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Nasdaq Worst Day Since 2011, Biotech Plunges

    NEW YORK — The high-flyers are laying the stock market low — once again. Investors turned against biotech, Internet and other once-soaring stocks on Thursday,... Read more

  • A man walks by an electronic stock price indicator showing the regional heavyweight, Tokyo's Nikkei 225, that shed 201.97 points, or 1.36 percent and closed at 14,606.88, in Tokyo Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday after Japan's central bank refrained from expanding its stimulus and declines in tech stocks weighed on prices. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Tech Stocks Continue to Tumble in Global Markets

    LONDON— The sell-off in global markets dragged into Tuesday following another Nasdaq-inspired retreat on Wall Street and as investors fretted over the rise in tensions... Read more

  • Financial Stocks Losing Value on Wall Street in Afternoon Trading

    NEW YORK—The stock market is slipping lower at midday, led by financial companies and retailers. Genworth Financial and Chipotle Mexican Grill were among the biggest... Read more

  • Specialist Joseph Dreyer works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, April 4, 2014. Technology stocks fell sharply in afternoon trading Friday, a trend which has continued in early trading Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Tech Stocks Continue Decline in Early Wall Street Trading

    NEW YORK—Stocks are starting out the week the same way they ended the last one — down. Technology stocks fell broadly in early trading Monday,... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 3, 2014, photo, Trader Dudley Devine, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks made modest gains Friday April 4, 2014 and Asian markets meandered as investors looked to the upcoming U.S. job report for a fresh trading cue. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US Stock Indexes Climb Slightly After Jobs Report

    NEW YORK—Stocks are edging mostly higher in early trading Friday after the government reported that U.S. employers added to their payrolls last month. The overall... Read more

  • James Rickards, lawyer, economist, investment banker, and author of the "Death of Money"(Courtesy of James Rickards)

    Book Review: ‘The Death of Money’ by James Rickards

    Rumor has it most book reviewers don’t even read the whole book. In case of Rickard’s new book, “The Death of Money,” they’d be missing... Read more

  • Trader Michael Zicchinolfi, left, and specialist Frank Masiello work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Stocks indexes are edging higher as investors become more optimistic about the outlook for the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks Drop From Record Highs Ahead of Jobs News

    NEW YORK— Stocks are turning lower in midday trading after a four-day advance that brought the market to record highs. Traders are looking ahead to... Read more

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 28, 2014, file photo, Trader Daniel Trimble, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Wall Street Stocks Rise on Positive US Manufacturing News

    NEW YORK—New signs of life in the U.S. manufacturing sector sent buyers back to the stock market Tuesday. Ford rose after reporting higher sales for... Read more

  • In this Friday, March 28, 2014, file photo, Trader Joel Luccese, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks rose broadly in afternoon trading Monday, March 31, 2014, as the market headed for its fifth straight quarterly gain. Microsoft led the technology sector higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US Stocks Close Out a Meager First-quarter Gain

    NEW YORK—If 2013 was a year where the stock market went straight up, 2014 has started off as a year where the stock market moves... Read more

  • A screen at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the S&P 500 Index, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Wall Street Stocks Rise as Traders Evaluate First-Quarter Performance

    NEW YORK—Stocks were broadly higher in early trading Monday as the market headed for its fifth straight quarterly gain. Dow member Johnson & Johnson rose... Read more

  • A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first news conference, in Washington D.C., Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The Federal Reserve is seeking to clarify when it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows. The Fed also says it will cut its monthly long-term bond purchases by another $10 billion to $55 billion because it thinks the economy is strong enough to support further improvements in the job market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Global Stocks React Positively to Yellen Comments

    LONDON—Global stocks rose Monday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said interest rates in the world’s largest economy would stay low for some time... Read more

  • A man walks past an electric quotation board showing stock market indexes of Tokyo and New York in front of a securities company in Tokyo on March 14, 2014. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

    Global Stock Markets Rise on China, Japan Stimulus Hopes

    SEOUL, South Korea—Global stocks rose Monday on expectations China and Japan will take steps to spur economic growth and ahead of an address from U.S... Read more

  • A Blackberry smartphone on a table during the Blackberry Brunch at KAIORIZE Showroom, June 7, in Berlin, Germany. (Timur Emek/Getty Images)

    BlackBerry’s Earnings Disappoint and More Stocks News (Video)

    Steve Russolillo takes a look at which stocks traders will be watching during market action, including BlackBerry, Finish Line, and Tesla.…... Read more

  • Trader Michael Mozian works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as the market shrugs off a two-day decline. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stock Futures Point to Mixed Open on Wall Street

    Stock futures are little changed ahead of the opening bell, though Citigroup is being punished by shareholders after the Federal Reserve shot down its plan... Read more