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Market Wrap: Dow, S&P 500 Slip as Apple, Energy Weigh

NEW YORK — The Dow and the S&P 500 edged lower Monday as energy shares dropped with oil prices and Apple retreated a day before its quarterly results. Investors were cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, which begins Tuesday. The market is looking for clues...
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Where to Get This Year’s Flu Shot for Less

With flu season about to rear its ugly head, now is the time to line up for your annual flu shot. Peak time for flu in the United States generally falls in January or February, but activity can erupt as early as October and it takes two weeks...
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Ask Stacy: How Can I Curb Emotional Shopping?

From eating too much to drug addiction, sometimes we engage in self-destructive behavior. Why would we deliberately do things we know to be against our self-interest? Often we’re doing it because of an unaddressed emotional issue. Here’s this week’s question: How can I curb emotional shopping? When I’m...
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Market Wrap: Stocks Slip as Investors Digest Fed, Earnings

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks ended slightly lower Thursday as the market digested the potential for an interest rate hike in December and some disappointing tech earnings reports. The Federal Reserve, which kept rates unchanged at its policy meeting that ended Wednesday, downplayed concerns about global growth and...
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Medicare Premium Increases: Not as Bad as Predicted

The Obama administration and congressional leaders have finally reached a tentative budget agreement that will prevent a 52 percent spike in Medicare premiums for millions of Americans. Without the bipartisan budget deal about 17 million Medicare recipients would see their Medicare Part B premiums soar to about $160...
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Market Wrap: Stocks Climb, Led by Energy, Health Care

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks added to their recent run with gains across all sectors on Monday, led by increases in the beaten-down energy group and the acquisition-driven health care industry. The gains on the first trading day of the month followed the best monthly performance of the...
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To Wait – or Not to Wait – for Black Friday Deals?

Christmas is still about eight weeks away, but retailers and many shoppers don’t seem to care. Holiday shopping is in full swing. Gone are the days when shoppers waited until Black Friday, once revered as the biggest shopping day of the year, to hit the stores and snatch...
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