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1. Stocks gain as European central bank says it's ready to act -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed.

2. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.

3. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.

4. Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 282,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

5. Stocks gain; Europe's central bank ready to boost stimulus -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stocks were modestly higher Thursday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed. A rebound in oil prices lifted energy stocks.

6. Fed report finds economy growing at moderate pace in summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's latest look at business conditions nationwide finds that the economy kept expanding during the summer. Housing and auto sales were two bright spots.

However, manufacturers were starting to feel pressure from an economic slowdown in China. The oil industry was also being hit by the drop in energy prices.

7. US productivity up 3.3 percent in spring, labor costs fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labor costs declined.

Worker productivity increased at an annual rate of 3.3 percent in the April-June quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. That was a rebound from the first quarter when productivity had fallen at a 1.1 percent rate and a sizeable upward revision from the government's first estimate of a 1.3 percent growth rate.

8. Survey: US businesses hired at steady pace in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains, a private survey found.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high in June of 231,000.

9. Wobbly euro economy may get bigger push from central bank -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When is a trillion euros not enough? Could be soon, in Europe's shaky economy.

Analysts are already talking about when and how the European Central Bank might extend its 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program that has been running for the past six months in an attempt to boost the modest recovery in the 19 countries that use the euro.

10. US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

11. Fed vice chair indicates September rate hike still possible -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Friday that incoming economic data and market developments will likely determine whether the Fed boosts interest rates in September.

12. Survey: Plunging stock prices hit US consumer sentiment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plummeting stock prices have taken a toll on U.S. consumer confidence, though there are signs the setback may be temporary.

The University of Michigan says its consumer sentiment index fell to 91.9 this month from 93.1 in July. The index is still up 11.4 percent from a year ago.

13. US consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

Spending rose 0.3 percent in July, helped by purchases of big-ticket items such as cars, the Commerce Department reported Friday. June's result was revised up to a matching 0.3 percent gain.

14. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.

15. US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week -

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.

The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.

16. Applications for US jobless aid drop to very low 271,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy and are laying off few workers.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 1,000 to 272,500.

17. US economy surged at 3.7 percent rate in April-June quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a much bigger rebound in growth during the spring than previously reported, thanks to improvements in a number of areas including consumer spending and business investment.

18. US stocks rise after Chinese market surges -

U.S. stocks moved sharply higher Thursday afternoon as investors took advantage of this week's big sell-off to add to their holdings. The stock market is rebounding from a sharp six-day slump that was triggered by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy.

19. Fed official says September rate hike 'less compelling' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday he's less inclined to support a Fed rate hike in September amid recent global turmoil, including falling oil prices and a slowdown in China.

20. Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.

21. US stocks rebound to log best day in 4 years -

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances.

22. Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.

23. US stocks extend losses as early rally fades -

A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street's losing streak to six days.

24. AP survey: Dimmer outlook for US economy, wages and hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the economy's fitful and sluggish six-year recovery from the Great Recession, analysts have foreseen a sunnier future: Growth would pick up in six months, or in a year.

25. Why stocks are tumbling 6 years into the bull market -

NEW YORK (AP) — Well, that was fun while it lasted. For years, investors in U.S. stocks shrugged off threats — a government shutdown, fear of a euro collapse, a near U.S. debt default — and just kept on buying.

26. Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The damage spans the globe. Thailand's baht. Kazakhstan's tenge. South Africa's rand. Peru's nuevo sol.

In emerging markets worldwide, currencies are plunging over fears that developing economies are on the verge of a crippling fall. Success stories until recently, emerging economies are seen as casualties now — of slower growth in China, plunging prices for commodities like oil and iron ore, the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates and homegrown threats.

27. Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.

The rout started in Asia and quickly spread to Europe, battering major markets in Germany and France. In the U.S., the selling started early and never let up. Investors ditched beaten-down oil companies, as well as Netflix, Apple and other technology darlings. Oil plunged below $40 for the first time since the financial crisis, and government bonds rallied as investors raced into hiding spots.

28. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 3.93 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 percent.

29. US home sales soar in July to fastest pace since early 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

30. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 3.93 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 percent.

31. 5 factors that could forestall a Fed rate hike in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to a strengthening U.S. economy, four weeks from now the Federal Reserve is widely expected to engineer its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. Rates on loans throughout the economy could eventually rise as well.

32. China worries weigh down US stocks in morning trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — Another sell-off in the Chinese stock market spread across global markets on Thursday. The declines pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index into the red for 2015 in early-afternoon trading.

33. Fed at July meeting appeared to be moving closer to hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials in their July discussions appeared to move closer to their first interest rate hike in nearly a decade but expressed wide-ranging concerns about wages, inflation and a significant slowdown in China.

34. US consumer inflation slowed in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in July following increases of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May.

35. Stocks lower as Fed minutes keep rate increase in play -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid losses on Wednesday as investors got mixed signals from the Federal Reserve over the possibility of an interest rate hike in September. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil plummeted.

36. US homebuilder sentiment improves in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose this month to 61, the highest level since November 2005. The reading was 60 in both June and July. Any reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.

37. More millennials stuck renting for years before buying home -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

Short of cash, burdened by student debt and unsettled in their careers, young adults are biding time in apartments for longer periods and buying their first homes later in life.

38. US factory output climbed in July, lifted by auto production -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Auto plants, clothing makers and plastics factories drove a sharp rebound in U.S. manufacturing in July.

U.S. factory production climbed 0.8 percent last month after revisions showed output dipped 0.3 percent in June, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The gains suggested that manufacturers are adjusting to the obstacles of a stronger dollar, tepid economic growth abroad and lower oil prices, which have led energy firms to slash their orders for equipment and pipelines.

39. US producer prices up just 0.2 percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.

The Labor Department said Friday its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in July compared to June when prices had risen 0.4 percent.

40. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.94 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up this week after three straight weeks of declines. The key 30-year loan rate remained under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.94 percent from 3.91 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.17 percent from 3.13 percent.

41. China currency falls for 2nd day after surprise devaluation -

BEIJING (AP) — China's yuan fell further Wednesday, fueling concern about a possible "currency war" if other governments fight back with their own devaluations to compete in export markets.

Shock waves from Tuesday's 1.9 percent devaluation against the U.S. dollar, which was the yuan's biggest change in a decade, spread through financial markets, causing stocks and Asian currencies to tumble.

42. US wholesale stockpiles in June show largest gain in year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in June by the largest amount in more than a year, while sales crept up slightly.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that wholesale stockpiles rose 0.9 percent, the largest monthly gain since April 2014. Sales increased 0.1 percent in June yet have dropped 3.8 percent over the past year largely because of cheaper oil prices.

43. China's move to cut currency reverberates in global economy -

BEIJING (AP) — China's bold move Tuesday to sharply devalue its currency threatens to squeeze exporters around the world whose goods will likely become comparatively costlier than many Chinese products.

44. US productivity growth rebounds to 1.3 pct. in 2nd quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a moderate pace in the April-June quarter as growth picked up and hiring remained steady.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that worker productivity increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 percent, up from a drop of 1.1 percent in the first quarter. The first quarter's decline was revised sharply higher from a previous estimate of a 3.1 percent decline.

45. 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.

46. Steady US job gains likely foretell a new era: Higher rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new era of higher rates on home and car loans, steeper borrowing costs for businesses and the government — maybe even a bit more return for savers — is about to arrive.

That, at least, is the word from most economists. After another solid U.S. jobs report Friday, they say the Federal Reserve seems all but sure to raise its short-term interest rate next month after keeping it pinned near zero for nearly seven years.

47. US economy adds 215K jobs and moves Fed closer to rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market just demonstrated that it may be nearing full health more than six years after the Great Recession — and showed why the Federal Reserve may be about to raise interest rates from record lows.

48. US stocks drop after solid jobs report suggests higher rates -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell Friday after a solid jobs report kept alive the possibly that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates as soon as next month.

It was the seventh straight day of declines for the Dow Jones industrial average. That's the longest losing streak for the index since July 2011, when investors were worried that the U.S. would slip back into recession.

49. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.91 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a third straight week amid anxiety over developments in the U.S. economy that lifted bond prices.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 3.91 percent this week from 3.98 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 3.13 percent from 3.17 percent.

50. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.91 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a third straight week amid anxiety over developments in the U.S. economy that lifted bond prices.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 3.91 percent this week from 3.98 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 3.13 percent from 3.17 percent.

51. Fannie Mae posts $4.6B profit in 2Q; paying $4.4B dividend -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $4.6 billion from April through June, up from $3.7 billion a year earlier. Rising interest rates enabled Fannie to post gains on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in rates.

52. Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 270,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remain near historic lows in a sign that the job market is healthy.

The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 270,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 6,500 to 268,250. That average has fallen nearly 10 percent over the past year, close to levels last seen in 2000.

53. Media stocks are among biggest losers in midday trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — Big media companies led the stock market lower Thursday as investors fretted over fading revenue from cable television. Viacom and 21st Century Fox were among the hardest hit.

54. Survey: US businesses add 185,000 workers in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate of hiring by U.S. businesses slowed in July, according to a private survey. But job gains remained at a solid level, which should help boost overall economic growth.

55. Economists dump on Trump boast to bring jobs back from China -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House.

Economists say he wouldn't stand a chance: Trump's boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away.

56. US stocks eke out gains following solid earnings news -

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest batch of corporate results helped nudge the stock market to a slight gain Wednesday, snapping a three-day slump. Another drop in oil prices held indexes back.

First Solar soared 17 percent, the biggest gain in the S&P 500, following news that the country's largest solar company turned in results that beat estimates and also raised its outlook for full-year profits. First Solar's stock jumped $7.42 to $51.92.

57. Freddie Mac posts $4.2B profit in 2Q; paying $3.9B dividend -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter, up sharply from the same period of 2014, as it increased its purchases of home loans and sold off greater volumes of riskier mortgages.

58. US stocks move lower as earnings disappoint; Allstate slumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing slightly lower as investors focus on the latest earnings and deal news.

Allstate sank 10 percent Tuesday after its results came up far short of what analysts were expecting.

59. US consumer spending edges up in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.

Consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

60. US stocks close lower as earnings disappoint; Allstate slumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a third straight day Tuesday as investors assessed some disappointing earnings reports.

Allstate slumped to its biggest loss in more than five years after reporting a drop in profits that was worse than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. NRG Energy was another company that disappointed investors, reporting a loss, when analysts had been expecting a small profit.

61. University of Michigan: Consumer sentiment dips this month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment slipped this month but remains at healthy levels, the University of Michigan said Friday.

Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell to 93.1 in July from 96.1 the previous month.

62. US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

63. US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

64. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.98 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.98 percent this week from 4.04 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased to 3.17 percent from 3.21 percent.

65. Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.

Applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure that is a better measure of underlying trends, dropped 3,750 to 274,750.

66. Takeaway from Fed meeting: Expect a rate increase this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows. The only question seems to be when.

A statement the Fed issued Wednesday after ending its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. The central bank signaled that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before raising rates.

67. US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

68. Stocks end higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the market higher.

69. Fed is likely to delay 1st rate hike in 9 years a bit longer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows — just not likely yet.

On Wednesday, when it ends its latest policy meeting, Fed officials will issue a statement that will be parsed for clues to just when the first rate increase since 2006 might occur. The meeting will end with a policy statement but no news conference by Chair Janet Yellen.

70. Strong home sales, limited supply lift US home prices in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4.9 percent in May from 12 months earlier, down slightly from a 5 percent pace in April, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

71. US indexes advance on strong earnings; China stabilizes -

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks steadied and U.S. markets advanced Tuesday, as investors were encouraged by strong results from UPS, Ford and other big companies.

The recovery comes after five straight days of losses for U.S. indexes. It's not uncommon for stocks to reverse course after several days in one direction, and investors say the market is still lacking the foundation for an extended rally.

72. Can US housing industry's comeback endure? The outlook dims -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year.

Or will it?

73. Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly rewriting a landmark law that tightened regulation of the financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis that sparked the Great Recession.

74. US home sales surge in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

75. Obama nominates economist Kathryn Dominguez to Fed board -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating economist Kathryn Dominguez to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors.

76. Fed directs 8 biggest US banks to hold extra capital -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

77. Survey: US companies less optimistic about future sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses' outlook on sales in the coming months has darkened after sales growth slowed in the second quarter, according to a survey released Monday.

More companies also expect to cut back on their investment in equipment and buildings in the July-September quarter, the survey found. However, hiring and wage and salary increases are likely to continue at about the same pace in the third quarter as they did in the previous three months. The overall survey results, compiled by the National Association for Business Economics, portray an economy muddling along at a steady, if tepid, pace.

78. Rising gas prices push inflation up modestly in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising gasoline prices pushed inflation up modestly in June, leaving overall consumer prices higher than they were a year earlier for the first time since December.

Economists say the tick up in consumer prices makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will end a policy of keeping short-term interest rates near zero for more than six years. "Rebounding inflation combined with solid employment growth will likely lead the Fed to raise rates in September," said Gregory Daco, head of U.S. macroeconomics at Oxford Economics.

79. Yellen: Higher rates won't derail recovery -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought to reassure worried lawmakers on Thursday that when the Fed begins to raise interest rates, it will be careful not to derail the economy.

80. US wholesale prices rise 0.4 percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for the producers of goods and services rose modestly in June, a sign that broader inflation is being kept in check. But an outbreak of avian influenza caused the cost of eggs to nearly double, as prices soared at the fastest pace ever recorded.

81. Yellen: First Fed rate hike likely later this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.

82. Yellen expects interest rate hike this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects to start raising interest rates later this year but stresses that a number of headwinds are still holding back the U.S. economy.

83. House OKs bill to speed drug approvals, boost bio research -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Urged on by the medical industry and patients' groups, the House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill that would speed federal approval of drugs and medical devices and boost biomedical research.

84. Applications for US jobless benefits rose again last week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying labor market weakness.

85. Fed officials still cautious in June about rate hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.

86. IMF: Financial risks growing at US insurers, mutual funds -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010.

87. US job openings stay high, but actual hiring falters in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn't driven the same kind of increase in actual hiring.

88. US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

89. US stocks lower after mixed US jobs report, Greek fears -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower as investors reacted to news that Greece's finances are deteriorating and a mixed report on the job market.

Investors drove bond prices higher Thursday in a bet that the Federal Reserve will be in no hurry to raise interest rates.

90. US stocks lower after mixed US job report, new Greek fears -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell in afternoon trading Thursday following the release of a mixed report on the U.S. job market and news that Greek finances are deteriorating as a Sunday referendum on terms of an international bailout nears. While U.S. payrolls grew overall, many people gave up looking for work and wage growth stalled. Investors drove bond prices up in a bet that the Federal Reserve will be in no hurry to raise interest rates soon.

91. US manufacturing growth improves in June; hiring jumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. Manufacturing activity matched January's level for the highest this year. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.

92. US stocks gain as Greece appears to be willing to negotiate -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hopes that a deal could be reached between Greece and its creditors pushed stocks higher on Wednesday.

The U.S. market opened higher, following strong gains for European stocks, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote a letter to the nation's creditors and appeared to make concessions. Greece failed to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund that was due on Tuesday after talks between the nations and its creditors broke down late last week.

93. Stocks end mostly lower as Greece debt deadline approaches -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks had a mixed day Friday, as investors waited for negotiators to finish their work on a solution to Greece's debt problems. Chinese stocks plunged 7 percent as fears spread that a yearlong bull rally there has become overheated. China's benchmark index is still up more than double over the past year.

94. Durable goods orders retreat again in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in May, pulled down by a sharp drop in demand for aircraft. But a category that reflects business investment rose last month, a hopeful sign for manufacturing.

95. Stocks make slight gains amid optimism on Greek debt deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing with a small gain as investors wait for a deal between Greece and its creditors. Greece faces defaulting on its debt without new loans.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 24 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,144 on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose one point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,124.

96. Here's why home sales are finally surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.

Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007.

First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.

97. Bernanke: Dump Jackson, not Hamilton, on US currency -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve chief-turned blogger Ben Bernanke is calling for the U.S. Treasury to abandon plans to drop Alexander Hamilton from his featured spot on the $10 bill and to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20 instead.

98. High court strikes down raisin program as unconstitutional -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional.

99. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 4 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week after hitting their highest levels this year in the previous week.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4 percent this week from 4.04 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.23 percent from 3.25 percent.

100. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 4 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week after hitting their highest levels this year in the previous week.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4 percent this week from 4.04 percent a week earlier.