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U.S. is dangerously close to economic contraction
First Take: Consumers are growing more cautious, which could trip up the recovery, says Rex Nutting.

real estate
Six stocks positioned to gain with housing market
A 19th-century row house in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood under contract in May 2013. Its asking price had been listed at a bit below $1.25 million.  MarketWatch/Tim Rostan
Rachel Koning Beals spotlights consumer discretionary stocks in line for gains if the U.S. housing market continues to improve.
When a home seller is also the lender
Home-equity lines bedeviling Americans
Five ways to avoid home buyer’s remorse
MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
J.K. Rowling book: mystery or marketing coup?
Either way, the “Harry Potter” author, who admitted that she wrote the previously obscure spy novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” still has the golden touch.

Phone cameras won’t kill SLRs
Point-and-shoots may be headed for history's dustbin, but sales of higher-end SLRs are up.

Apple's building more iPhones, but at what cost?
Work on iPhone 5S may be gearing up, but demand for a new model is far from certain.
IPad to benefit as IT spending rises (Minyanville)

Need to know
Leap investors may be banking on a higher bid
Target turns to reality TV to reach college crowd
Keystone pipeline's biggest lobbyist? Canada
Consumer prices may see a jump
B. of A. Merrill raises 2013 target for S&P 500
‘Nuclear option’ off table in the Senate?

BOND REPORT
Why higher Treasury rates can’t last
Economist says recent moves toward higher yields are not sustainable.
Should 401(k) savers bail on bond funds?
Retail data lift Treasury prices

THE NEXT 24
Coca-Cola on tap
Earnings from several big names are coming before the bell, including Coke.

What to watch in Goldman Sachs earnings
A realistic course emerges for Citigroup

TRANSPORT
Is Boeing immune to Dreamliner woes?
Shares of Boeing rebound on indications that fire at Healthrow was unrelated to battery issue.
Dreamliner investigators look at transmitter

COMMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
Corporate America, meet Corporate Africa
The private sector has become a vital force in the development of Africa. And that’s the right approach, writes Rhonda Zygocki.
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Smarter Money Trading Deck
HEALTH
A tax guide to Obamacare
What taxpayers and tax pros need to know about the health law.
Obamacare and factory employment
Obamacare lacks teeth — literally

Vanguard: When financial advisers add value
Retirement
Vanguard: When advisers add value
They may not be the buggy whips of modern financial planning as many think, a new study shows.
Long-term-care planning too vital to ignore
Beware of treacherous summer markets AVI GILBURT
Beware of treacherous summer markets
NIGAM ARORA
AT&T’s next buyout candidate after Leap
MICHAEL A. GAYED
We’re all wrong about the bull market
Mick Weinstein: Do hedge funds even matter anymore? Mick Weinstein
The long-cash squeeze
More market views and investing insights »
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Zimmerman verdict
Feds weigh charges vs. Zimmerman
Justice Department is considering whether to file civil-rights charges in Travyon Martin killing
Protests over Zimmerman acquittal rage on
Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin killing
Protests hit Chicago
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future of dell
Michael Dell, Carl Icahn and the fate of Dell
Can founder's bid to company private overcome Icahn's opposition in shareholder vote?
IPad to benefit as IT spending rises (Minyanville)
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Adventures in Hollywood:
The Investor's Cut
Can investors profit from the movie business's summer blockbusters? Find out from the experts in this month's installment of Trading Strategies.
The Force is strong with Disney investors
Lionsgate looks to continue upward climb
13 biggest July blockbusters


Art: Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
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Bernie Madoff: Don’t let Wall Street scam you the way I did
Bernie Madoff, serving 150 years for orchestrating the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, says market oversight doesn’t work and markets are unfair for investors.
Crazy Eddie's tips
for getting away
with fraud
Overpaying taxes and overstating income is the way to go, says the CFO of the criminal enterprise that passed itself off as a New York electronics retailer in the 1980s.
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MarketWatch Radio Network »

After cupcakes, will Greek yogurt be the next food trend to fade?
As cupcakes fade, is Greek yogurt next?

Adrienne Mitchell talks with MarketResearch.com's Larry Finkel about these two and whether they will still be trendy in a couple of years.
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Retirement »

Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
Why aren't you using your Roth 401(k)?
One in two employers now offer a Roth 401(k). But we’re a long way from one in two workers taking advantage of the chance to sock away after-tax money to their Roth 401(k), according to a new study. Here’s how to decide when using a Roth 401(k) is a good idea for you.
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Markets »

99.43MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 131.90M
Unchanged
221
Decliners
2225
Advancers
3724
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449 15,484 +20 0.13%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936 3,607 +7 0.21%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025 1,683 +2 0.14%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063 2,205 +4 0.17%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/6585799 1,283 -1 0.05%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2291781 106.50 +0.18 0.17%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262 6,586 +41 0.63%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246 8,235 +22 0.27%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214 3,879 +23 0.61%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176 15,597 +167 1.08%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620 7,855 +10 0.13%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150 297 +1 0.40%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860 2,958 +6 0.20%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735 14,506 +34 0.23%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475 21,303 +26 0.12%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015 2,059 +20 0.98%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085 20,034 +76 0.38%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939 3,237 +1 0.02%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/sampled 1.31 +0.00 0.04%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/sampled 99.89 +0.03 0.03%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/sampled 1.51 +0.00 0.02%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/sampled 0.91 +0.00 0.02%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083 83.04 0.00 0.00%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991 75.11 -0.01 0.02%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666 2.54 -0.04 1.74%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409 1.58 +0.02 1.20%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497 4.46 -0.02 0.44%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444 4.69 -0.05 1.04%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328 2.34 +0.01 0.60%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525 0.82 +0.00 0.44%
Crude Oil
107 +0 0.17%
Gold
1,283 -1 0.05%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/1824760 504 -6 1.08%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/11753299 15,416 0 0.00%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/10359609 1,678 0 0.00%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/6975855 20 +0 0.38%

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Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 26.28 0.37 1.43%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 427.44 0.93 0.22%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 924.69 1.69 0.18%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 13.88 0.10 0.73%
C /quotes/nls/c 51.81 1.00 1.97%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.12 0.01 0.06%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.55 -0.26 -0.73%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 42.14 -0.05 -0.12%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 23.63 -0.13 -0.55%
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Equity
6.1%

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3-month CD
0.2%
1-year CD
0.6%

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You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.40%
Balance Transfer 12.39% 12.39% 12.62%
Business 12.98% 12.98% 13.13%
Student 13.16% 13.16% 13.31%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.63%
Reward 14.79% 14.79% 14.80%
Cash Back 14.85% 14.85% 14.30%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 23.64%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 15.49%
Source:CreditCards.com
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