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1. Stocks rise, erasing most of S&P 500's weekly losses -

Stocks closed out a choppy week of trading with a broad rally, though the gains were not enough to keep the S&P 500 from its first weekly loss in the last five.

The benchmark index rose 1.1% Friday, clawing back all of its losses from a day earlier. It posted a 0.1% loss for the week. The gains were shared broadly by nearly every sector in the index. Technology companies accounted for a big slice of the rally, along with banks, communication stocks and companies that rely on consumer spending. The utilities and consumer staples sectors closed slightly lower. Treasury yields inched higher.

2. US stocks shake off a wobbly start and end mostly higher -

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday, though the S&P 500 posted its first weekly loss in four weeks.

The benchmark index eked out a 0.3% gain after another day of wobbly trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished with a small loss. Gains in communication services, health care and other sectors outweighed a decline in technology and energy companies. Treasury yields remained near their highest levels since June.

3. Virus could weigh on toy shopping starting this summer -

NEW YORK (AP) — From Baby Yoda to eco-friendly stacking rings, toymakers displayed an array of goods last week that they hope will be on kids' wish lists for the holiday 2020 season.

The four-day Toy Fair, which ended last Tuesday, comes as the U.S. toy industry has been whipsawed by a number of obstacles. The liquidation of Toys R Us in 2018 has hurt impulse buying of toys. Then the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China has added costs to manufacturers' supply network. And now, a spreading new virus is threatening to delay product launches and may result in some shortages of seasonal toys starting in May.

4. Matchbox Cars, coloring book, Magic make Toy Hall of Fame -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Matchbox Cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering were inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame, recognized for an enduring appeal that keeps them on store shelves today.

5. Banks, tech stocks drag market to 2nd straight loss -

Stocks closed modestly lower on Wall Street Wednesday, handing the market its second straight loss.

Banks and technology companies accounted for much of the slide as investors shifted money into U.S. bonds, precious metals and other holdings considered safe havens after more than a week of aggressive buying.

6. Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows -

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood.

The rally marked a turnaround from a day earlier, when disappointing holiday sales data led to a modest sell-off. Friday's gains helped push the benchmark S&P 500 index to its third-consecutive weekly gain.

7. Late burst of buying on Wall Street leaves indexes mixed -

U.S. stock indexes stemmed an early slide Friday, finishing mostly higher and nudging the benchmark S&P 500 index to its second weekly gain in a row.

Gains in technology and consumer goods companies outweighed losses in financial stocks and retailers as investors continued to size up the latest batch of quarterly corporate snapshots.

8. Stocks climb on trade talks and encouraging economic report -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose again Monday, led by gains in retailers and smaller companies after a report showed strong orders last month for service-sector companies, where most Americans work. Investors were also encouraged by the resumption of trade talks between the U.S. and China.

9. Young Leaders Council honors Snitker, Day -

Ron Snitker, executive director of business development at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, has been named the 2018 Young Leader of the Year, and Jaynee Day, president & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, received the 2018 Hero of the Year Award from Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,500 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies since 1985.

10. Stores fighting for Black Friday sales aim for convenience -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts — and also to take in the scene.

11. Stocks slump again; S&P 500, Dow back into red for year -

Stocks are back in the red for the year after another wave of selling hit Wall Street Friday.

The latest plunge came at the end of an unusually turbulent week of trading that had one huge gain sandwiched between massive losses.

12. Banks lead US stock slide, extending market's losing streak -

Banks led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Monday as an early rally faded, giving the benchmark S&P 500 index its fourth straight loss.

Health care and energy stocks also helped pull the market lower, outweighing gains by technology and consumer-focused stocks. Crude oil prices eked out a small gain after spending most of the day in the red.

13. Toys R Us ... not dead yet -

There may be a second act for Toys R Us, the retail wonderland for children that turned out the lights at hundreds of stores for what was thought to be the final time over the summer.

After joining the parade of retailers that never recovered from the recession and radical changes in the way Americans shop for toys and everything else, a group of investors is planning a comeback for Geoffrey the giraffe and his crew.

14. Barbie maker Mattel to cut more than 2,200 jobs -

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Mattel says it will cut 2,200 jobs as the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars tries to save money.

The toy company was hurt by the closing of Toys R Us, with revenue falling 14 percent in the most recent quarter. A Mattel spokesman says the job cuts are a part of the company's efforts to cut at least $650 million in costs.

15. US stock indexes end unevenly after day of listless trading -

U.S. stock indexes capped a day of listless trading with a mixed finish Monday, as gains by banks and technology companies were offset by losses in other sectors.

Bond yields rose, pointing to a pickup in interest rates on consumer loans, which helped drive bank shares higher. Technology stocks also posted solid gains, adding to the sector's market-leading showing this year. Alphabet, Google's parent company, surged in aftermarket trading after it reported its latest quarterly results.

16. Goodbye, Geoffrey: Toys R Us closing its last stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is closing its last U.S. stores by Friday, the end of a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores, brightly colored logo and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

17. Goodbye, Geoffrey: Toys R Us closing its last stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is closing its last U.S. stores by Friday, the end of a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores, brightly colored logo and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

18. Slumping tech companies weigh on US stocks -

A steep slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, pulling the market lower for the second day in a row.

Losses among retailers, packaged food and beverage makers and other consumer goods companies also helped weigh down the market. Banks rose as bond yields continued to climb, reflecting increasing investor concerns of higher inflation in the wake of rising oil and other commodity prices.

19. AP Exclusive: Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toy company executive Isaac Larian and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in a bid to save potentially more than half of the 735 Toys R Us stores that will go dark in bankruptcy proceedings.

20. Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers -

NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

The 70-year-old retailer sought court approval Thursday to liquidate its remaining 735 stores, eliminating the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

21. US stock indexes climb higher after two days of losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday as technology, industrial and health care companies lead the way following two days of broad losses. Discount retailer Dollar General is climbing after a strong profit forecast for the year. Toymakers Hasbro and Mattel are down as Toys R Us moves toward shuttering its U.S. stores.

22. Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers -

NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

23. US stocks soar on strong jobs report; inflation fears ease -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got exactly what it wanted from Friday's jobs report: solid hiring, moderate wage growth and continued low unemployment. Investors sent stocks sharply higher, particularly their recent favorites, technology companies.

24. US stock indexes move higher in late-afternoon trading -

Retailers and consumer goods companies led U.S. stock indexes higher in late-afternoon trading Friday, on track to end the week with a gain. Energy companies were the biggest laggard as the price of crude oil declined. Utilities also fell as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than three years. Investors were monitoring developments in Washington ahead of a possible federal government shutdown this weekend.

25. 2017 winners and losers: Amazon, Boeing soared; GE plunged -

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a strong year for the stock market, but 2017 was a great year if you made airplanes (think Boeing), were an online juggernaut (Amazon) or built homes (KB Homes). It was a year to forget if you were an energy company (Chesapeake) made Barbie dolls (Mattel) or if you were a storied industrial conglomerate about to go on a radical slim-down program (General Electric).

26. 2017 winners and losers: Amazon, Boeing soared; GE plunged -

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a strong year for the stock market, but 2017 was a great year if you made airplanes (think Boeing), were an online juggernaut (Amazon) or built homes (KB Homes). It was a year to forget if you were an energy company (Chesapeake) made Barbie dolls (Mattel) or if you were a storied industrial conglomerate about to go on a radical slim-down program (General Electric).

27. Technology companies and retailers lead US stocks higher -

Gains by technology companies helped send U.S. stocks higher in midday trading Thursday. Retailers also rose after the government said retail sales jumped in November. Health care stocks lagged the market.

28. Bratz brawl: A good tale of Mattel, intellectual property -

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? You can probably remember it instantly: the thing you couldn’t bear to leave at home, the doll you spent hours with, the toy truck that road-tripped your imagination.

29. Consumer safety group unveils its 'worst toys' list -

BOSTON (AP) — Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holidays.

30. Consumer goods firms lead US stocks slightly higher -

The major U.S. stock indexes capped a day of mostly subdued trading with slight gains Monday.

Consumer and household goods companies led the market higher, offsetting losses by industrial and energy stocks.

31. Barbie's world shaken by Toys R Us bankruptcy -

NEW YORK (AP) — There's trouble in toyland, and companies are blaming Toys R Us.

Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, reported disappointing third-quarter results late Thursday and said it was hurt by Toys R Us' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month. Earlier this week, Hasbro, the maker of My Little Pony and Monopoly, also blamed weak results on the Toys R Us bankruptcy filing.

32. Tech giants lead rally as stocks near records; Amazon surges -

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the biggest companies in the world had their best day in years Friday as Microsoft and Alphabet soared following strong third-quarter reports, as did online retail giant Amazon. U.S. stocks set more records as their winning streak extended to a seventh week.

33. US stocks skid as GE tumbles and technology companies fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Industrial and technology companies and retailers all stumbled Monday as U.S. stocks began the week with losses. General Electric suffered its worst one-day loss in six years following downgrades from analysts.

34. Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence -

NEW YORK (AP) — In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

35. Banks lead US stocks modestly higher; oil prices slide -

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed at new highs as the market extended its gains from last week.

36. Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The contenders for the class of 2017 were announced Tuesday.

37. Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years -

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show.

38. Losses for finance, health care companies send stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Friday as financial and health care companies moved lower. Industrial companies rose as stocks continued the up-and-down pattern they've been stuck in for the last month.

39. US stocks close lower, snap S&P 500's 3-day winning streak -

Energy companies led U.S. stocks slightly lower Monday as the price of crude oil declined, snapping a three-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

Phone company and real estate stocks were also among the big decliners. Technology and industrial companies eked out tiny gains.

40. US stock indexes drift mostly lower in morning trading -

U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly lower in morning trading Thursday as the market gave up some of its gains from the day before, when the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 20,000 for the first time. Technology stocks were down the most, while financial companies led the gainers. Investors have their eye on the latest company earnings news.

41. US stock indexes mixed in early trading; oil down -

U.S. stocks were little changed in early trading Thursday as investors weighed disappointing quarterly results and forecasts from several big companies. Telecom stocks fell, while health care stocks mostly rose.

42. US stock indexes close modestly lower as energy prices fall -

Major U.S. stock indexes closed modestly lower Monday, with some of the biggest declines coming in oil and gas companies as energy prices turned lower.

Companies that rely on consumer spending also lost ground. Utilities and telecom stocks, which pay large dividends, bucked the downward trend as bond yields fell.

43. Mixed open on Wall Street; indexes waver -

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings news. Telecom services and consumer staples companies were down the most. Oil prices were also headed lower. The stock market is coming off a three-day winning streak.

44. For the world's most scrutinized body, Barbie has a new look -

NEW YORK (AP) — At 57, Barbie is getting a major makeover. The iconic plastic doll, whose small waist and long legs have been criticized for creating unrealistic expectations for girls, will soon be sold with three new bodies — curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also be more diverse, coming in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

45. For the world's most scrutinized body, changes for Barbie -

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie's got a brand new bod. Mattel, the maker of the iconic plastic doll, said it will begin selling Barbie's in three new body types -- curvy, tall, and petite. She'll also be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

46. 3 shopping trends for the holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season is upon us. Here's what shoppers can expect if they're heading out to stores at any point during the holiday shopping season:

NO FIGHTING OVER MUST-HAVE GIFTS

47. Toys have best year in a decade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback. The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

48. Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment -

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.

Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings release Friday drilled down into the details of a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO.

49. Sector-by-sector breakdown of 2014's market moves -

It was another great year for the stock market in 2014, but as is often the case the gains were not evenly distributed across industries.

Many investors just wanted to play it safe with high-yielding, low-volatility stocks like power companies. A collapse in the price of oil left energy stocks with the biggest loss in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Airlines gained as their fuel costs dropped.

50. Retail sales report boosts US stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) — An encouraging report on U.S. consumer spending pushed stocks sharply higher Thursday. The energy sector rose after crude oil prices stabilized.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 214 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,747 as of 12:09 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 28 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,054 and the Nasdaq composite rose 73 points, or 1.6 percent, to 4,757.

51. Levy leaves Belmont to launch consulting firm -

Claudia Levy, the former Belmont University College of Law director of career services, has launched Levy Legal Consulting, LLC, where she will provide strategic counsel to lawyers and law firms in the areas of attorney recruitment, business development, career counseling and more.

52. Barbie's star fades, dragging on Mattel in 3Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its American Girl toys could become another headache for the toy company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.

53. Stocks decline in afternoon trading; Mattel down -

U.S. financial markets veered lower in afternoon trading Thursday, giving back gains from a day earlier. Economic data were mixed and company earnings reports were mostly disappointing. Investors also monitored developments in Ukraine following reports that a passenger plane was shot down over the eastern part of the country.

54. Stocks drift after Google, IBM earnings disappoint -

Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between gains and losses in morning trading Thursday amid a crop of disappointing corporate earnings. Google, IBM and insurers UnitedHealth and WellPoint were among the big market decliners.

55. Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie -

NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts.

Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — on Thursday urged the Girl Scouts of the USA to end its partnership with the doll's manufacturer, the Mattel toy company.

56. After tough January, stock extend slide -

For investors, February is starting out just as rough as January.

U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. The slump follows the Dow's worst January performance since 2009.

57. US stocks rally, breaking a three-day slump -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied Tuesday, ending a slump that had ushered in the New Year.

The Standard and Poor's 500 index climbed the most in three weeks, led by gains for health care stocks. UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, and Johnson & Johnson both climbed on recommendations for brokerage firms.

58. Stocks fall as government shutdown drags on -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its lowest close in a month Monday as few signs emerged of a deal to end the U.S. government shutdown and raise the nation's borrowing limit.

59. Barbie fights for her life -

NEW YORK (AP) — As far as catfights go, this is a doozy. Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life.

But Barbie's competitors look nothing like the blue-eyed, blond-haired, long-legged fashion icon. And they don't have the same baggage and old standards of beauty either.

60. Mattel 2Q profit falls, Barbie sales slide again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Monster High dolls are taking a bite out of Barbie.

Mattel said Wednesday its second-quarter net income fell 24 percent, hurt by a continued slide in Barbie sales and a $14 million write-down on the toy maker's Polly Pocket line.

61. Stocks close up as Bernanke reassures on stimulus -

NEW YORK (AP) — Some soothing words from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pushed the stock market to slender gains on Wednesday. Higher earnings for several major companies also helped.

Bernanke said that the U.S. central bank had no firm timetable for cutting back on its bond purchases. The Fed would consider reducing its stimulus program if the economy improves, but Bernanke emphasized in his testimony to Congress that the reductions were "by no means on a preset course."

62. Earnings propel Dow to its biggest jump in a month -

The stock market is closing with its biggest gain in a month following strong earnings from Mattel, Johnson & Johnson and other big companies.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed nearly 128 points to 13,552 points Tuesday, its best gain since Sept. 13.

63. Bernanke: Recession likely if Congress doesn't act -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke painted a dark picture of where the U.S. economy is headed if Congress fails to reach agreement soon to avert a budget crisis.

"It would probably knock the recovery back into a recession and cost a lot of jobs, and would greatly delay the recovery that we're hoping to facilitate," said Bernanke at the end of two hours of testimony Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee.

64. Dow closes up 78 points; Mattel, Coke among earnings winners -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stronger earnings from Mattel, Coca-Cola and other big companies lifted the Standard & Poor's 500 index on Tuesday for only the fourth day this month.

Mattel jumped 9 percent, more than any other company in the S&P. The country's biggest toy maker said net income rose because of better sales of Barbie dolls and lower advertising costs. Its stock climbed $3.01 to $34.05.

65. Mattel 1Q net income falls, Barbie sales down -

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Mattel's first-quarter profit dropped 53 percent, pulled down by costs tied to an acquisition and lower sales for Barbie and Hot Wheels.

The largest U.S. toy maker reported on Monday that its net income fell to $7.8 million, or 2 cents per share, for the three months ended March 31. That's down from $16.6 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier.

66. Apple weighs on Nasdaq; Dow climbs 72 -

NEW YORK (AP) — For most of the year, Apple has propelled the Nasdaq composite index forward. The stock climbed from $405 at the start of the year to more than $630 last week, and the Nasdaq easily beat the gains of other indexes.

67. Demand for Barbie helps push Mattel 4Q profit up -

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong holiday demand for toys including Barbie and Monster High dolls helped push Mattel Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit up a better-than-expected 14 percent.

68. Why are toys selling out? Might be mommy blog buzz -

Emily Vanek is not buying up a bunch of LeapPad Explorers herself, but she may be at least partly to blame for some stores selling out of the $99 children's tablet this holiday season.

"The LeapPad is incredible," the Denver mother of three boys wrote to the 6,000 readers of her ColoradoMoms.com blog. "Not only do kids get to have a toy resembling their parents' tablet, it's durable and my favorite part?! It's not just mindless games they are playing."

69. Takeovers, anticipated European deal lift stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are closing at the highest point since the U.S. debt limit showdown in August. A round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than originally thought drove the market higher.

70. Barbie drives 6 pct rise in Mattel net income -

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Toy maker Mattel Inc. said Friday that strong sales worldwide of its iconic Barbie brand and "Cars 2" toys helped third-quarter net income rise nearly 6 percent.

71. Mattel 2nd-quarter net income jumps 56 percent -

EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) — Strong sales of Barbie and toys tied into Disney/Pixar's "Cars 2" helped Mattel's second-quarter net income rise 56 percent, the largest U.S. toy maker said Friday.

Net income for the three months ended June 30 rose to $80.5 million, or 23 cents per share, from $51.6 million, or 14 cents per share, last year. Analysts expected net income of 16 cents per share, according to Fact Set.

72. Hasbro 1st-quarter profit drops 71 percent -

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Toy maker Hasbro Inc. said Thursday its first-quarter profit tumbled 71 percent as weakness persisted in games, puzzles and its girls' toy lines. The company also invested in new product development and spent on staffing its joint-venture TV station.