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1. 'Just too much': Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the U.S. to consider taxing wealth.

As her family's boat moved through the harbor a few years ago, Munger, whose father is a billionaire investor, saw that many of her neighbors' houses were sitting dark and vacant. She knew why: The owners now controlled enough money to holiday at one of their several other luxury homes. It didn't sit right, she said.

2. Buffett giving annual stock gifts worth $3.6B to 5 charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett continues giving fortune away with $3.6B in Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations.

Buffett has now given away stock worth roughly $34 billion since he started distributing parts of his fortune in 2006.

3. Want a $130K vacation home in Monteagle? Go tiny -

Getting Chip Hayes on the phone isn’t easy. He’s often busy with would-be tiny home owners, taking them for a walking tour and, more often than not, completing some paperwork when that’s over.

4. Investors gather to learn from Buffett and each other -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — In the days before Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, classrooms and hotel meeting rooms around Omaha fill up with investors eager to learn more about the philosophy Warren Buffett used to build his fortune.

5. Home builder to establish $14M facility in Westmoreland -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A home building company plans to set up a $14 million Tennessee facility expected to create about 110 new jobs.

On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced that the Clayton Supply facility in Westmoreland is aiming to begin operations in early 2020. The Maryville-based company plans to add the new workers over the next two years.

6. Buffett praises potential successors, but no plans to retire -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett says two potential successors earned roughly $18 million each last year managing Berkshire Hathaway's dozens of operating companies.

Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his annual letter to shareholders over the weekend.

7. The speed of trust is an undeniable advantage -

I find myself inspired today by a book called “The Speed of Trust,” by Stephen M.R. Covey. You’re probably familiar with Covey’s father, who wrote “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

8. Buffett's firm invests in JP Morgan Chase, drops Walmart -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's company picked up nearly 36 million shares of JP Morgan Chase stock in the third quarter and eliminated its stake in Walmart as part of a number of changes in its portfolio.

9. Buffett's firm quadruples 3Q profit on investment gains -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company more than quadrupled its third-quarter profits because of a huge paper gain in the value of its investments, although its insurance and railroad businesses also improved.

10. Buckle up: Wall Street volatility is back with a vengeance -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're an investor who was lulled to sleep by the stock market's calm, steady gains this summer, you're wide awake by now.

Stocks have swooned over the last three weeks as investors worried about a sea of troubles, including rising interest rates, the trade tensions between the U.S. and China and slowing economies outside the U.S. All of which could impair profit growth for U.S. companies.

11. Buckle up: Wall Street volatility is back with a vengeance -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're an investor who was lulled to sleep by the stock market's calm, steady gains this summer, you're wide awake by now.

Stocks have swooned over the last three weeks as investors worried about a sea of troubles, including rising interest rates, the trade tensions between the U.S. and China and slowing economies outside the U.S. All of which could impair profit growth for U.S. companies.

12. Dow industrials sink 831 points as tech companies plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks plunged to their worst loss in eight months on Wednesday as technology companies continued to drop. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 831 points.

The losses were widespread, and stocks that have been the biggest winners on the market the last few years, including technology companies and retailers, suffered steep declines. Apple and Amazon both had their worst day in two and a half years.

13. Winning in The Nations: Buy, upgrade, sell, repeat -

The Nations is the neighborhood located off Charlotte Avenue and is so named to memorialize a treaty between James Robertson and the Chickasaw Indians in which the Chickasaw were guaranteed certain boundaries in exchange for protecting the settlers. That’s one theory, even though the Chickasaw were one nation, failing to reach plurality.

14. Technology and energy companies help send US stocks higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as technology companies continued to recover from their recent losses.

The approach of Hurricane Florence sent home improvement retailers and gas prices higher. The Department of Energy said it's seeing signs that shipments of oil from Iran are falling as the U.S. prepares to resume sanctions on the Iranian energy industry and pushes other countries to stop buying.

15. Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

Launched as an online bookstore in 1995, Amazon.com has changed the way people shop for toilet paper, TVs and just about anything else. In its two decades, the company has expanded far beyond those bookseller beginnings, combining its world-spanning retail operations with less flashy but very profitable advertising and cloud computing businesses. It's now expanding into the health care industry and increasing its brick-and-mortar presence.

16. Buffett says stocks remain attractive even at current highs -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says U.S. stocks remain attractive investments even at today's high prices when compared to bonds or real estate.

Buffett reiterated his view that stocks are the best long-term investment during an interview on CNBC Thursday.

17. Warren Buffett's firm adds to Apple, Teva investments -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's company added to its stakes in Apple and Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter while tweaking several of its other stock investments.

18. Warren Buffett's investing continues to evolve even at 87 -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett is still finding new places to invest decades after he started, even though his basic approach of finding businesses selling for less than they are worth hasn't changed much.

19. Icahn warns Cigna investors on Express Scripts deal -

Carl Icahn is urging Cigna shareholders to reject the health insurer's attempted multi-billion dollar takeover of Express Scripts, saying it's paying too much for a company with a shaky future.

The billionaire and activist investor warned that Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager, could face substantial regulatory risks and intense competition from Amazon. Cigna said in March that it would pay $52 billion for Express Scripts, a deal on which shareholders will vote Aug. 24.

20. US stocks get a lift from earnings; Berkshire boosts banks -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished broadly higher for the third day in a row Monday. Media, retail and technology companies rose, and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway led gains for the financial sector.

21. US stocks edge higher as airlines, railroads and banks jump -

NEW YORK (AP) — Big gains for banks and transportation companies like airlines and railroads took U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Wednesday. Other parts of the market didn't move much.

United Continental had its best day in two years after it said strong demand is resulting in higher ticket prices, while railroad company CSX said it's still cutting costs and improving operations. Their competitors also jumped.

22. Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm -

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have picked well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees.

The three corporate titans said Wednesday that Gawande will lead an independent company focused on a mission they announced earlier this year: figure out ways to improve a broken and often inefficient system for delivering care.

23. Buffett, Dimon urge end to quarterly profit forecasts -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon are encouraging public companies to stop predicting their quarterly earnings and focus on long-term goals.

The two executives said on CNBC Thursday that companies that focus on hitting their quarterly numbers may do things that hurt them in the future, such as delaying investments or changing when certain gains are recorded.

24. Buffett, Dimon urge end to quarterly profit forecasts -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett and JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon are encouraging public companies to stop predicting their quarterly earnings and focus on long-term goals.

The two executives said on CNBC Thursday that companies that focus on hitting their quarterly numbers may do things that hurt them in the future, such as delaying investments or changing when certain gains are recorded.

25. Price of lunch with Buffett climbs to more than $3M -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The price of a private lunch with investor Warren Buffett could set a record this year, with bids already surpassing $3 million.

The online auction that raises money for the Glide Foundation's work to help the homeless in San Francisco wraps up Friday night at 9:30 p.m. CDT. Bids had climbed past $3.2 million by Friday morning.

26. Technology, retailers help drive rebound in US stocks -

U.S. stocks notched solid gains Wednesday, recouping some of the market's losses from a day earlier.

Technology and health care companies drove much of the rebound, outweighing losses in safe-play stocks like utilities and real estate investment trusts. Small-company stocks fared better than the rest of the market.

27. Buffett says stocks remain best investment option for most -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett recommends that investors stick with simple stock index funds — not bonds and especially not bitcoins.

Buffett discussed a variety of topics during an interview on CNBC Monday after he spent Saturday answering questions before thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

28. Buffett's firm buys 75 million more Apple shares in 1Q -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company bought 75 million more Apple shares in the first quarter, giving it more than 240 million shares of the iPhone maker.

Buffett told CNBC about the latest Apple stock purchases Friday as tens of thousands of shareholders begin to arrive at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting this weekend.

29. Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Higher mortgage rates are making the already challenging task of buying an affordable home even tougher for many Americans this spring.

In metro areas such as Denver, buyers are rushing to close a deal before mortgage rates get too high. In Dallas, some are embracing longer commutes to find homes they can afford. And in places such as Los Angeles, where the number of homes for sale is down sharply from a year ago, sellers routinely receive multiple offers.

30. As Trump tweets, Amazon seeks to expand its business empire -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon is spending millions of dollars on lobbying as the global online retailer seeks to expand its reach into a swath of industries that President Donald Trump's broadsides haven't come close to hitting.

31. Stock mostly higher but Facebook sinks again; Oracle plunges -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes finished mostly higher after a day of bouncing around Tuesday as retailers, energy companies and banks recovered some of their losses from the day before, but technology companies struggled as Facebook dropped again.

32. Amazon CEO's wealth soars to new heights while Trump's sinks -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has become the first $100 billion mogul to top Forbes' annual rankings of the world's richest people. But President Donald Trump's fortune sank during his first year in office despite a surging stock market.

33. Buffett says tax cuts provide huge boost to US businesses -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says American businesses are getting a significant boost from the tax overhaul, but health care costs remain a drag so he hopes a new initiative his company started with Amazon and JP Morgan Chase will deliver significant savings.

34. US stocks keep gaining as tech, industrial companies rise -

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading stocks higher in morning trading Thursday, putting the market on track for its fifth gain in a row. A brief dip in the late morning put U.S. indexes into the red for a few minutes, but stocks were higher again shortly before noon. Apple and Cisco were among the big winners in tech, while industrial companies including Boeing also rose. Energy company continued to struggle. The gains helped erase part of the steep losses the market suffered over the past two weeks.

35. Stocks edge higher as a 3-day win streak restores some calm -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose for the third day in a row Tuesday, led by banks, retailers and technology companies. The rebound over the last few days follows a harrowing drop of more than 10 percent over the previous two weeks.

36. Can 3 business titans cure the US health care system? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a legendary investor, the king of on-line retail and a Wall Street financier find a cure for what ails America's health care system?

The trio of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon have had enough success in their respective industries that they are at least being given the benefit of the doubt.

37. Business titans face complex system in US health care push -

The leaders of Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan announced the ambitious goal of improving health care coverage all of their employees. They say they are forming a new company that will be "free from profit-making incentives and constraints" and hint its results might be applied on a broader scale. But the campaign is in its early planning stages.

38. Amazon, Buffett and JPMorgan join forces on health care -

Three of corporate America's heaviest hitters — Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase — sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care.

39. US stocks drop for a second day in a row, led by health care -

U.S. stocks fell sharply in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, placing the market on course for its worst day since August and its first two-day losing streak in more than a month. Health care and technology stocks accounted for much of the decline. Banks, industrial companies and energy stocks also racked up hefty losses. Bond prices fell, sending yields to their highest level since April 2014.

40. Warren Buffett has gifted $43M in stock since July -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away roughly $43 million of Berkshire Hathaway stock since last summer with the majority of that — $30 million — going to one unnamed charity.

41. All eyes on December as area sales record could fall -

The race to the top is going down to the wire. Back in 2006, the area set the record for the most residential properties sold in a calendar year with 40,056, Greater Nashville Realtors statistics show. November data reveal year-to-date sales have reached 37,236, some 2,820 off the record.

42. US stocks decline for a second straight day; oil falls -

Technology companies led U.S. stocks lower Wednesday, giving the market its biggest loss since early September.

Grocery stores and packaged foods and beverage companies also accounted for much of the decline. Energy stocks fell as the price of crude oil closed lower a day after its biggest loss since October. Banks and phone companies eked out modest gains.

43. Prosecutors: 'Infection of fraud' at Haslam truck stop chain -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday outlined their case against former Pilot Flying J executives and sales representatives as being the result of an "infection of fraud" at the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

44. Trial underway for former execs of Haslam truck stop chain -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A jury was seated Monday in the federal fraud trial of four former executives at the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

45. Trump's wealth, ranking fall in latest Forbes 400 list -

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's ranking in the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans has dropped, as the magazine said the value of some of his Manhattan real estate holdings has declined recently.

46. Buffett makes a truck stop, buys big into the Flying J -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company is acquiring a major stake in Pilot Flying J truck stops and it will take over a majority stake within about five years from the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

47. Billionaire Warren Buffett says hurricane damage will linger -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the storm damage in Texas is staggering, but he isn't sure yet how much insurance companies will have to pay in claims.

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate owns Geico and several other insurers, so his company will be helping people rebuild. Buffett appeared on CNBC Wednesday before dining with the person who paid nearly $2.7 million in a charity auction for lunch with Buffett.

48. Sempra Energy bids $9.45B for Oncor, topping Buffett offer -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

Sempra said Monday that it will also pick up $9.35 billion of the company's debt. To gain possession of Oncor, Sempra will acquire the reorganized Energy Future Holdings Corp. Energy Future entered bankruptcy in 2014, saddled with more than $40 billion in debt due to cratering energy prices.

49. Retailers stumble but stocks are little changed overall -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes finished Tuesday close to where they started as technology companies and household goods makers rose. But weak reports from sporting goods and auto parts retailers left a lot of smaller companies with steep losses.

50. Warren Buffett to buy 700 million shares in Bank of America -

NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway said Friday it will amass a 700-million-share stake in Bank of America, making Buffett the largest shareholder in two of the nation's largest banks.

51. Buffett's firm to become Bank of America's biggest investor -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company is likely to become Bank of America's largest investor soon because the bank received approval to boost its dividend.

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holds warrants to buy 700 million shares of Bank of America stock. It received the warrants in 2011 when Buffett invested $5 billion in the bank.

52. US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil recovers -

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average on a day of largely listless trading.

Utilities led the gainers as falling bond yields made high-dividend companies more attractive to income-seeking investors. Phone companies and real estate investment trusts, which also tend to offer high yields, notched gains. Financial stocks also did well. Technology companies declined the most, giving up gains from an early rally.

53. It's primetime at Amazon.com as shares hit $1,000 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the internet goliath that revolutionized the way much of the world buys books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone Tuesday. Its stock surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time.

54. Buffett's investors facing more resolutions, like many firms -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Before billionaire Warren Buffett takes the stage Saturday to spend hours answering at his conglomerate's annual meeting, his investors had to weigh questions about climate change and disclosing political contributions.

55. After jobs report, a late push takes stocks to new records -

NEW YORK (AP) — A solid pickup in hiring last month helped push the stock market to record highs Friday. The gains were driven by energy, technology and industrial companies.

The Labor Department told investors what they had hoped to hear: employers added more workers last month after a sluggish beginning to the year.

56. US stock indexes waver between small gains and losses -

U.S. stock indexes are wavering between small gains and losses in morning trading Thursday as investors size up earnings from several major banks and new economic data. Technology stocks led the gainers, while energy companies were down the most. Trading was light ahead of the long Easter holiday weekend.

57. Realtors survive tech advances that have hurt other professions -

Technology has a way of devastating industries, and as early as 1997 a national journal predicted a dire future for the real estate profession.

Incredible advances in technology would put Realtors – along with travel agents – on the endangered species list.

58. Berkshire Hathaway's newspaper group cutting 289 jobs -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The newspaper chain owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is eliminating nearly 300 jobs to cut costs because of declining advertising and circulation revenue.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2o5YHDd ) that 181 people will be laid off at BH Media Group newspapers and another 108 vacant positions will be eliminated.

59. Deal hunger sends food stocks higher; US indexes at records -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are breaking records again Tuesday as investors come back from a long weekend hungry for deals. While Kraft Heinz and Unilever couldn't complete a proposed $143 billion mega-merger, food and household goods makers are rising as investors think other deals are coming. Chicken chain Popeyes is jumping after it agreed to be bought by Restaurant Brands, which owns Burger King. Energy companies are also climbing.

60. Bond yields rise, stocks push to records as economy cruises -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks and bond yields punched higher Wednesday, and U.S. indexes set records again, following more encouraging news on the U.S. economy.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 11.67 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,349.25. It's the seventh straight gain for the index and its longest winning streak in three and a half years.  The Dow Jones industrial average rose 107.45 points, or 0.5 percent, to 20,611.86. The Nasdaq composite rose 36.87, or 0.6 percent, to 5,819.44. Seven stocks rose on the New York Stock Exchange for every five that fell.

61. Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans -

LONDON (AP) — The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity.

62. Energy companies lead indexes higher as oil price soars -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Tuesday as the price of oil made its biggest jump in seven months and energy companies rose with it. Technology stocks like Microsoft and Google's parent Alphabet traded higher and bond yields slipped, a break with the pattern since last week's election.

63. Warren Buffett responds to Donald Trump's tax comments -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says he's never used the kind of tax deduction that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did, and Buffett says he's paid taxes every year for 72 years.

64. Realtor math: $100K sales better than $1M sales -

The subject of affordable housing arose a few years back during a luncheon panel featuring several Middle Tennessee mayors.

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, which was hosting the event, was devoting a great deal of its time and resources to promote affordable housing, just as it had done for low-income housing years before and continues to work with workforce housing today.

65. Tesla opens Gigafactory to expand battery production, sales -

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — It's Tesla Motors' biggest bet yet: a massive, $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world's production of lithium-ion batteries.

Tesla officially opened its Gigafactory on Tuesday, a little more than two years after construction began. The factory is about 14 percent complete, but when it's finished, it will be about 10 million square feet, or about the size of 262 NFL football fields. That will make it one of the largest buildings in the world.

66. Amazon's Bezos moves past Buffett on world's richest list -

NEW YORK (AP) — A rough day on Wall Street for Warren Buffett means Amazon's Jeff Bezos is now the third richest person in the world.

Bloomberg's billionaire index shows Buffett lost more than $754 million Thursday, thanks to a slide in shares of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos lost $136 million, but at the end of the day Bloomberg said his $65.1 billion net worth edged out Buffett's $65 billion even.

67. Buffett delivers annual gifts worth $2.86B to 5 charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett has delivered his annual donation of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

The gifts of Class B Berkshire stock that Buffett disclosed Thursday were worth roughly $2.86 billion. More than 19.6 million Berkshire shares were donated.

68. Warren Buffett's company buys 9.8 million Apple shares -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investors might question Warren Buffett's long-standing aversion to tech stocks after his Berkshire Hathaway bought 9.8 million shares of Apple.

Buffett has always avoided technology companies because he said it was too hard to pick which ones would prevail long term, although he made an exception to that rule to buy a major IBM stake in 2011.

69. US stocks climb in broad rally as crude oil rises -

NEW YORK (AP) — A jump in oil prices and some deal news helped send stocks up broadly Monday, breaking a three-day losing streak.

Investors bought from the start of trading, pushing oil drillers and other energy stocks up sharply. A bullish oil report from Goldman Sachs helped send benchmark U.S. crude up 3.3 percent to its highest close in six months. All 10 sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index rose.

70. Trust creates undeniable sales advantage, savings -

I find myself inspired today by a book, recommended by a colleague, called The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey. You are probably familiar with Covey’s father, who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

71. Buffett praises Fed but warns of unintended consequences -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett said the Federal Reserve and other policymakers are generally doing a good job, but it's difficult to predict all the effects of interest rates remaining low for this long.

72. Buffett says US economy weaker than he expected but growing -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the U.S. economy appears weaker than he thought it would be as recently as last fall, but that doesn't change his optimistic long-term view of the country's prospects.

73. Buffett says distracted driving is a growing problem -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says distracted driving appears to be a growing problem on American roads that contributed to an increase in deaths last year and hurt profits at his company's Geico insurance unit.

74. Stocks leap for a 3rd day, driven by gains in oil and tech -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Wednesday as investors clung to hope for an international deal to stem a global glut in crude oil with production cutbacks. That sent the price of oil sharply higher, as well as the stocks of major energy companies like Chevron. Tech stocks also rose, led by Microsoft and Facebook.

75. A breakdown of the S&P 500's sectors in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — While the Standard & Poor's index is finishing 2015 around where it started, the index has been sharply divided between winners and losers. Four of the index's 10 sectors rose, while energy and five others lost ground.

76. How to spend $5 trillion: A record-breaking year in deals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies around the world spent a record $5.04 trillion on acquisitions in 2015, according to Dealogic, as slow worldwide economic growth and low interest rates pushed companies to combine forces.

77. Google founder hopes Alphabet spells innovation -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google founder Larry Page is hoping his newly created company called Alphabet becomes synonymous with innovation.

78. Think Middle Tennessee's real estate is pricey? Try London -

Just when Nashville starts buying into its “Itness,” Niall McCarthy of Statista sends an e-mail to Music Row mogul Rick Sanjek with some staggering data.

“When the super-rich snap up luxury real estate, more often than not London is their city of choice,” McCarthy writes, citing information from the Knight Frank real estate firm that shows prime real estate in London is rising faster than any other city in the past 10 years.

79. Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada after merger -

NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.

The company says it has a total of around 46,600 employees. Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. and Canada and were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming at Kraft's Northfield, Illinois, headquarters.

80. Google forms a new holding company, 'Alphabet' -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating a new company to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit.

81. US stocks jump as oil's bounce boosts energy stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — A resurgent energy sector and another big acquisition by Warren Buffett propelled the stock market to its best day in three months on Monday.

Energy stocks jumped, following the price of oil higher. Crude rebounded after dropping to its lowest level of the year in early trading. Industrial stocks also climbed sharply after Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a maker of industrial components, for $32 billion.

82. Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.4 percent to 112.4 last month. It's the fourth consecutive monthly gain. The index now stands at its highest level since May 2006.

83. Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.4 percent to 112.4 last month. It's the fourth consecutive monthly gain. The index now stands at its highest level since May 2006.

84. US stocks end lower following late-day sell-off; oil gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as an early advance fizzled in the last hour of trading.

Energy stocks rose with the price of oil while consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest decliners. Utility stocks also dragged down the major indices.

85. One (day)-and-done home sales drive buyers nuts -

With the dismal winter behind us, and trees beginning to glow with greenery, many are hoping the spring will sprout some listings.

In the past few months, the lack of inventory and the market’s avaricious appetite have driven frustrated buyers to the point of anger. March Madness has a new meaning with buyers at wit’s end.

86. HJ Heinz buying Kraft, building a $28 billion food giant -

NEW YORK (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

87. US market indexes slump, extending declines to a 3rd day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors dumped high-flying technology and biotech companies and sent the stock market down for a third straight day Wednesday.

Major indexes drifted lower in early trading, following news that orders for long-lasting U.S. goods sank last month. The selling gathered strength in the afternoon, with companies like Avago Technologies and Skyworks Solutions losing the most.

88. Buffett declines to clarify plan to eventually replace him -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett won't end speculation about his eventual successor, but he reiterated that Berkshire Hathaway's board has a plan in place.

Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders over the weekend.

89. Taking stock: Realtors running out of inventory in some areas -

Richard Exton, the dean of real estate appraisers, well at least a tenured gentleman, spoke to a group pf Realtors recently and provided the data reflecting the current state of the real estate market.

90. US stocks inch higher on earnings, merger news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are inching higher in afternoon trading Thursday as traders respond to generally positive corporate earnings results. DreamWorks soared on a report that Hasbro is trying to buy the movie company. The price of oil fell to a four-year low.

91. US housing recovery appears to be back on track -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

92. Berkshire Hathaway stock tops $200,000 -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The stock price of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway topped $200,000 for the first time Thursday.

Class A shares of Berkshire jumped past the milestone to an all-time trading high of $201,740 Thursday morning.

93. US stocks creep higher following earnings news -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market crept higher Thursday following a mixed batch of corporate news. In Europe, investors brushed aside more worrying news on the economy and nudged markets up.

94. US stocks bounce back after worst week since 2012 -

Solid earnings from Berkshire Hathaway and a bank rescue in Europe gave investors enough encouragement to send stock prices higher.

The market was coming off its worst week since 2012.

95. Stock market manages slight gain after choppy day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Good results from retailers and demand for telecommunications shares market helped push the stock market to a small gain on Friday.

Telecoms rose the most among the 10 industries in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Their jump followed news that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway made a new investment in Verizon Communications. Other big-name investors, including John Paulson, also reportedly took stakes. Verizon climbed $1.11, or 2 percent, to $49.07.

96. Warren Buffett praises General Motors' new CEO -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says General Motors' new CEO would do a great job running any business, and she is the best person to handle the company's recall problems.

Buffett said on CNBC on Monday that he was impressed with Mary Barra when he met her at a conference last fall.

97. Buffett says economy continues to grow steadily -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says the economy continues the steady improvement that began in fall of 2009 and he remains optimistic about the future.

Buffett appeared on the business cable channel CNBC Monday morning after releasing an upbeat annual letter to his Berkshire Hathaway shareholders over the weekend. Buffett is chairman and CEO of the Omaha, Neb., conglomerate.

98. Are you really bidding against yourself? -

“I am not going to bid against myself.” That’s a popular sentence these days, and a growing number of real estate buyers and sellers delight in their utterance of this proclamation.

99. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013 -

SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

100. Consider selling momentum, buying contrarian -

The S&P 500 has been the world’s performance bell cow since the great recession on the relative strength of the U.S. economic recovery.

The S&P 500 has outperformed the MSCI All World ex USA All Cap Index by 17 percent over the last year, 11 percent annualized over the last three years, and 5 percent annualized over the last five years.