Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher, but Boeing sinks Dow

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, although a sharp drop...

US retail sales up just 0.2 pct. as consumers stay cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market. ...

How Facebook stands to profit from its 'privacy' push

At first glance, Mark Zuckerberg's new "privacy-focused vision " for Facebook looks like a transformative mission statement from a CEO under pressure to reverse years of battering over its surveillanc...

Job losses hit construction, retail and transportation

Several industries endured weak hiring or job losses in February. The construction sector, for example, shed 31,000 jobs, its sharpest decline in more than five years. The retail, transportation and g...

Cheaper, easier, still risky: Investing after a 10-year run

NEW YORK (AP) — As the bull market for U.S. stocks celebrates its 10th birthday, joining the party has never been cheaper or easier. Investors can buy or sell stocks on their phone w...

Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of US House, dead at age 95

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to the bank-robbing duo of Bonnie and Clyde...

Abercrombie and Dollar Tree surges while Exxon and GE fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: Exxon Mobil Corp., down 91 cents to $79.28 The energy company plans to increase its ...

Internet, intuition can help businesses spot next big thing

NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain old in...

Energy, industrial stocks push indexes lower in early trade

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks moved slightly lower in early trading on Wall Street as losses for energy and industrial companies offset another set of gains for retailers. The mostly wobbly...

Business Highlights

___ Holiday season defines winners and losers in retail NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers. Retailers like Walmart, Targe...

Banks, technology stocks pull indexes lower in early trade

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging mostly lower in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday as losses for banks and big technology companies offset gains elsewhere in the market. The...

UAE non-oil companies cutting jobs at fastest rate in decade

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Dubai bank is warning that non-oil companies across the United Arab Emirates have cut staff at their sharpest rate in nearly a decade amid an economic sl...

Office Depot and Alibaba opening online store

Office Depot and Alibaba.com are creating an online store to expand the reach of both companies with small businesses. The two companies announced the agreement Monday as part of a b...

A right to vacation? NYC idea prompts debate over days off

NEW YORK (AP) — A debate over whether New York City should make a pioneering move to require paid vacation has both sides saying: Give me a break. Mayor Bill de Blasio wants New York...

Electrics, compacts and SUVs share stage at Geneva auto show

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers are hoping to give consumers a glimpse of the future at this year's Geneva auto show as they roll out new electric cars and try to re-energize an industry facing se...