Nightly Business Report — April 18, 2014

Tonight on Nightly Business Report, a special “spring thaw” edition that examines whether the winter doldrums are gone and the economy is ready to grow.

Nightly Business Report — April 17, 2014

Tonight on Nightly Business Report, what results from General Electric, Goldman Sachs and United Healthcare say about the health of three distinct parts of the American economy – industry, finance and healthcare. And, did you know that if you ‘like’ a General Mills product on Facebook or have downloaded its coupons, you may never be …

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Today’s stock stories: MS, DD, MAT, PEP, BKS & WB.

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Tonight, what results from General Electric, Goldman Sachs and United Healthcare say about the health of three distinct parts of the American economy – industry, finance and healthcare. Don’t miss NBR.

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Russia is going to great lengths to try to reassure investors, foreign businesses and its own people about its economic and political stability. But in the midst of escalating violence in Ukraine and huge capital outflows, Russia has already dug itself a deep economic hole—and it’s getting worse. On Thursday, with U.S. Secretary of State …

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A newly published survey suggests that Americans expect the next 50 years to bring innovations of science-fiction proportions—including old standbys like flying cars and “Star Trek” teleportation. But the future that Americans expect isn’t totally bright, according to the survey issued by the Pew Research Center in partnership with Smithsonian Magazine. “Even though people are optimistic about …

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Here’s a reason to embrace your inner guitar player or secret poetry writing habit: It may be making you better at your day job. Employees who did something creative after work—like knitting, drawing or even playing a video game that required creative thinking—were more likely to be helpful and creative problem solvers on the job, …

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Wal-Mart Stores said Thursday it will partner with Ria Money Transfer to launch the Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service, a program that will allow customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 of its stores. Through the service, customers can transfer as much as $50 for a $4.50 fee, and up to $900 for a …

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This week I got lucky. I scored a business trip to a Lockheed Martin facility where they make all kinds of warfare simulators—everything from tank mock-ups to pretend F-35 jet fighters. I got to play, but even playing was stressful. I can’t imagine how stressful it must be in real life, being a soldier on patrol in …

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Grocery shoppers aren’t the only ones seeing a surge in food prices. Chipotle’s feeling the pinch too and plans to pass along some of its increased costs to customers soon for the first time in three years. On the company’s earnings call, Jack Hartung, the company’s chief financial officer, said the burrito chain plans to hike …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has for the first time admitted that Russian forces were present in Crimea before its annexation last month but refuted claims they are currently operating in the eastern part of Ukraine. “We had to take unavoidable steps so that events did not develop as they are currently developing in southeast Ukraine,” …

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For millions of Americans still stuck in homes with mortgages bigger that the house is worth, the long slog back to dry land is getting longer. Nationwide, plummeting prices from the housing collapse in 2007 left more than a quarter of all homeowners with a mortgage owing more than their home was worth. Now, the …

Is your child college bound? How do you pay for it?

Millions of college-bound high school seniors are receiving college acceptance letters and financial aid award packages this month. Now it’s decision time—not only for the student, but for Mom and Dad too—forcing families to grapple with how to pay for it all. Many parents may be overwhelmed by the cost of college, which has ballooned …

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Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, talks in front of the Chevrolet Trax at the New York International Auto Show, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in New York.

Walk around the New York Auto Show’s main floor at the Javits Center during press days and there’s no shortage of auto executives, journalists and industry consultants milling around. But stroll down to the North Hall, where General Motors is displaying the new Z06 Corvette convertible and the Chevrolet Trax SUV, and it’s a far different story. …

Should you own utilities?

The utilities sector is up eleven percent so far this year, but there’s still more room to run. Should you own them in your portfolio.