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Stock market got you confused? 13 of your questions, answered

The stock market was down, way down, see-sawing, way up, topsy turvy, way down and then up again last week.<p>Stock futures were rising Monday morning.<p>You probably have a ton of questions. We've got you covered.<p><b>1. Why is this happening?</b><p>Well, first let's say: Markets function like a crowd of 45,000 …

Stock Markets

OPEC hikes its 2018 forecast for oil supply growth on a flood of US crude

OPEC said Monday it expects demand for oil to grow faster than it originally expected in 2018, but the organization also sees supplies from beyond the producer group surging this year, driven by rising U.S. output.<p>A monthly report also showed OPEC's production was little changed in January as the …

Oil

Joe Johnson commits to signing with Rockets

Joe Johnson has committed to signing with the Houston Rockets after his contract buyout from the Sacramento Kings was completed Saturday, league …

NBA

Isaiah Thomas to come off bench vs. Mavericks in Lakers debut

Isaiah Thomas will come off the bench when he makes his Los Angeles Lakers debut ‪Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.<p>Lakers coach Luke …

Basketball

I Will Die in This Beautiful Place

Whenever I think of those alternate realities, those theories of time where new dimensions split open every time you choose between hot or cold coffee, I feel like hurtling myself into the sun. It’s just too big, there’s too much, and I begin to feel shackled by the “shoulds.” Which decisions …

Mind

No Fairy, No Cry

Republicans preached fiscal austerity when the economy needed stimulus, and have turned to fiscal profligacy now that it doesn’t. If this surprises you, either you’ve been completely oblivious to the reality of the modern GOP for the past decade, or you’re a reflexive centrist – which is pretty …

Economics

Yellen's historic legacy: Wise caution and a successful recovery

Millions of Americans are back to work, and they have Janet Yellen to thank.<p>When she began her four-year term as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve in 2014, the unemployment rate was 6.7%. Today it's 4.1%, the lowest in 17 years.<p>"There's less to lose sleep about now than has been true for …

Economy

Easy home touch-ups to bring all the buyers to your yard

If you’re planning to sell a home in spring, prepare now for the crucial (and fun) job of luring home shoppers. Homes that look loved and well-maintained get more attention — and first impressions matter: “A buyer makes their buying decision as they are coming up the front walk or walking through …

Home Improvement

Good news for Main Street is freaking out Wall Street

<b>1. Market mayhem:</b> Main Street is feeling good right now -- maybe a little too good if you ask Wall Street.<p>After years of stagnant wages, American workers finally got a legit raise in January. Wages grew at the fastest pace since 2009 -- a strong signal of a healthy economy and a tight jobs …

Markets

Costco's future: Here's why the best is yet to come

The retailer has shown that it's not affected by the internet in the same way many of its rivals are.<p><b>Costco</b> (NASDAQ: COST) has taken the long-range approach to building its business. The warehouse club often reacts slowly to change, and while that may appear complacent, it's actually …

Investing

Roger Federer Again? It's Getting Crazy

It’s supernutsobananas that we’re here again, but we’re here again.<p>Roger Federer has won another Grand Slam. This one, at age 102.<p>OK, so he’s 36. But you know what I mean. If you follow tennis, you did not see this coming a couple of years ago. After collecting a record 17 major tournaments, …

Roger Federer

Foolish Take: Is the PC market finally stabilizing?

Holiday PC shipments increased for the first time in six years.<p>The PC market has been out of favor over the past few years, due to longer upgrade cycles and the rise of smartphones and tablets.<p>However, research firm IDC recently reported that worldwide PC shipments grew 0.7% year over year during …

Investing

Why Strong Growth Is a Headache for the European Central Bank

FRANKFURT — Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has what might be called a happy problem.<p>The eurozone economy is performing better than anyone expected a few months ago. That’s reason to celebrate. But the vibrant growth is also upending assumptions about when the European …

Central Banks

Nike hopes runners will respond to the new "Epic React''

Nike unveiled its newest running shoe Tuesday, a sneaker designed to give runners more spring in their step -- and possibly also give a bounce to the sneaker giant's North American sales.<p>The Nike Epic React Flyknit, which officially goes on sale Feb. 22, features a special foam dubbed Nike React …

Shoes

Washing machines are going to get more expensive

President Trump is adding a tax on foreign-made washing machines that will likely make all washers more expensive in the United States.<p>The tax, or tariff, starts at 20% for the first 1.2 million imported washers this year. It then goes up to 50% for every other washer brought in after …

CNN

Here’s How to Deal With Men (Thwack!)

“So you like breaking rules, do you?” Kasia Urbaniak said to the bald man seated before her. “Or do you like getting in trouble? That’s pretty greedy of you, to come here and do something right away to warrant punishment. I haven’t even had a chance to assess what kind of punishment you need.”<p>She …

Midtown Manhattan

Mark Zuckerberg is fighting to save Facebook

If there's one thing Mark Zuckerberg has consistently excelled at as Facebook's CEO, it's destroying his enemies.<p>When Google (GOOGL) launched Google Plus, a rival social network, Zuckerberg put Facebook (FB) in a state of "lockdown" and informed employees that "Carthage must be destroyed," …

Social Media

Brandon Ingram on LaVar Ball talk: Important it stays out of Lakers locker room

LOS ANGELES -- With controversy swirling around them and frustration mounting over the past couple of tumultuous weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers …

Your move, L.A.: Magic and the Lakers need to hold LaVar Ball accountable

Nobody, not even the Los Angeles Lakers, can act surprised that LaVar Ball told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that head coach Luke Walton has lost the team, …

How bad off is Sears Holdings? Worse than you think

The company is closing more stores as it continues toward what looks like the end for this American icon.<p><b>Sears Holdings</b> (NASDAQ: SHLD) CEO Eddie Lampert has maintained a brave face and a positive message as his company has steadily declined around him. He has insisted that Sears has a viable plan …

An eventful year: 5 most popular energy stories of 2017

The year in which WTI went from barely above $50 to more than $60 a barrel and Brent hit OPEC’s much-sought-after $65 a barrel was full of the usual mix of price forecasts, warnings and unpredictable events that left readers wondering what will happen next.<p>Here are five of Oilprice.com’s most …

11,500-year-old infant remains reveal ancient population

<b>(CNN) —</b> The skeletons of two ancient infants, who lived and died in Alaska 11,500 years ago, are helping tell the story of a previously unknown population called the Ancient Beringians, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. This is the first genomic evidence that all …

Anthropology

Crude oil exports: The biggest oil story of 2017

There have been plenty of eye-catching stories in the energy industry this year, but one notable development has been the rise of the U.S. as a crude oil exporter.<p>The ban on crude exports from the U.S. was lifted at the end of 2015, and exports ticked up in the following year, but only modestly. …

Where Athletes in the Premier League, the N.B.A. and Other Sports Leagues Are From, in 15 Charts

Charts detailing the international composition of sports leagues in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Angry Customers Don’t Want an Apology

It’s the first rule of customer service: When something goes wrong, apologize. In many cases, the apologies continue throughout the interaction as an employee goes the extra mile to convey empathy and concern. But surprising new research shows that approach can backfire: An apology that extends …

The Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2017

The year 2017 has been a long, strange trip. The definition of sustainability in business evolved quickly — the topic in executive suites now covers a wide range of issues that address how a company navigates environmental and social challenges. From carbon footprint to taking a stand on human …

How to Get Your Colleague to Cooperate

With the exception of “dyed-in-the-wool” unforgiving types (you know, the people who seem to delight in ruining family holiday dinners), one of the …

Owe

Lakers' Andrew Bogut: We can't let 'business decisions' distract us

LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers' eye toward clearing cap space and pursuing two superstar free agents next summer might be causing some frustration within …

Olney: Could Ohtani's arrival introduce more two-way roles in MLB?

Shohei Ohtani broke the hearts of executives across the baseball landscape when he picked the Los Angeles Angels over the rest of the field. But some …

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