Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Stocks manage modest gains in early trading on Wall Street

Stocks are moving modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street as investors cautiously welcome signs of calm in the bond market. The S&P...

For the first time since COVID, profits are rising again

The freefall for corporate profits because of the pandemic is over, at least for now. The last few companies are letting their investors know how...

US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite...

US fourth quarter productivity revised to a decline of 4.2%

U.S. productivity fell at an annual rate of 4.2% in the fourth quarter, a sharp decline but not as large as first estimated. That revised...

Study: Employment rose among those in free money experiment

After getting $500 per month for two years without rules on how to spend it, 125 people in California paid off debt, got full-time...

Mississippi River cities join project to map plastic litter

 Cities along the Mississippi River will take part in a global system to determine where plastic pollution comes from and how it ends up...

5 things agents wish people knew about insurance

Insurance is notoriously complicated, and few people have the time or desire to pore over their policies. But some basic knowledge can go a...

Stocks rise after Fed seeks to calm markets about rate hikes

World stock markets and U.S. futures rose Wednesday after a Federal Reserve governor said the central bank is still far from raising interest rates. Expectations...

Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of...

President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two...

Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to no longer require one of the most...