Tonight on Nightly Business Report, stocks turn in a strong August performance. But could September’s jam-packed calendar send stocks in a different direction? And, why Wal-Mart wants to be your primary care doctor.


Today’s stock stories: AAPL, NXPI, BIG, AZN, BCRX, TSLA & KRFT.

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The Coolest Cooler can do it all.

Time just ran out for Pebble. The smartwatch that has been able to claim most-funded Kickstarter project ever status has lost those bragging rights to a cooler project, literally. With hours to go before the Coolest Cooler campaign ends, the project raised $12,413,954 as of early Friday, surpassing Pebble’s $10,266,845. Created by Ryan Grepper, the high-tech cooler is part …

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Educational Support Specialists provide online university level tutoring in Mountain View, California.

The $7 billion market for tutoring services is in the midst of a transformation, driven by new technology. And it’s not just nonprofits like Khan Academy and for-profit online schools like University of Phoenix that are making it happen. “Tutoring tends to be a very labor intensive business. But you don’t need tutors in every …


To look at some of the recent economic data, one would think the consumer is in great shape. The U.S. economy—70 percent of which is driven by consumer spending—grew 4.2 percent last quarter, even better than the originally reported 4.0 percent growth in GDP. The report, issued Thursday, also showed consumer spending rose 2.5 percent in …

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NFL general managers, coaches and team owners are close to making final roster cuts for the season opener on Sept. 4. They’re looking at injured players, deciding whether rookies were worth the high draft pick or if a free agent signing was a good idea. While the locker room chatter is happening in the pros, it’s …

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Kraft Singles with new packaging

Up to 1.5 million shares of Kraft stock are being offered as part of the company’s new “social stock plan.” This social media stock plan partners Kraft with San Francisco-based Loyal3 Securities and allows investors to invest for as little as $10, according to a report in The Chicago Tribune. Read More Here’s what could fluster stocks on Wall Street …

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Reading the fine print on credit card offers could save you substantial cash—and not just by avoiding fees. There are a lot of valuable perks listed in card terms that go unnoticed. “There’s a ton that consumers are missing out on,” said Odysseas Papadimitriou, chief executive of comparison site Several cards offer good reason to …

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A Walmart Care Clinic in Carrollton, Georgia, is ready to start seeing patients. Those who use the clinic will pay $4 if they are covered by Wal-Mart's employee health plan or $40 if they do not.

Wal-Mart has played it safe when it comes to retail clinics, partnering with regional hospitals to offer services like flu shots. But now, the retailer is taking a more aggressive tack, with in-store branded clinics offering primary care at a price competitors may find hard to match. “It was important to Wal-Mart that we be able …

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Yahoo's chief executive, Marissa Mayer, speaks at the 2014 Cannes Lions in June in Cannes, France.

With all of Yahoo’s troubles—including declining sales and grim outlook—the company has at least one bright spot on the horizon. It’s expected to cash in big when Chinese Internet giant Alibaba goes public, widely expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of all time. Read More Alibaba IPO likely happening late September Yahoo owns a 24 percent stake in …

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Instruments are viewed inside the target chamber at Lawrence Livermore lab's National Ignition Facility.

Consider a supercomputer so fast and powerful that it generates simulated models to better understand everything from irregular human heartbeats to earthquakes. Picture tiny brain implants that can restore sight and possibly memory. Or what about the world’s largest laser, with powerful beams,zooming rocket-like across three football fields—research that could lead tofuture sources of clean energy? This is …

Human trials of Ebola Vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline is gearing up for the first human trails of a vaccine for the Ebola virus.

How to protect yourself from hackers

Worried about the hack attack on J.P. Morgan? There are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your small business.

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U.S. home buyers signed more contracts to buy existing homes in July, rebounding from a drop in June. The National Association of Realtors’ monthly “pending home sales” index rose 3.3 percent in July over June but is still 2.1 percent below its level in July 2013. “Interest rates are lower than they were a year ago, …

Economy & the markets

Two pros discuss the health of the economy amid geopolitical concerns and changing monetary policies in Europe.