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Tonight: How Google, Amazon and Visa’s after the bell earnings could shape the trading day tomorrow.

Nightly Business Report — January 29, 2015

Tonight on Nightly Business Report, how Google, Amazon and Visa’s after the bell earnings could shape the trading day tomorrow. And, we’ll meet the man who has a big task ahead of him: turning sales around at the world’s largest fast-food chain, McDonald’s.


Today’s stock stories: BABA, F, JBLU, PHM, DOW, HSY & BIIB.

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Denver, Colorado.

Denver is suffering from the same housing malady as much of the nation: Too few listings. Sales of both single-family homes and condominiums in the city improved last year, but just barely—up 1 percent from 2013. The market did see an unexpected sales ramp-up toward the end of the year, but that could translate to …

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Where to stash your cash? Some Americans are sleeping on it—literally. While banks are still the go-to solution for most consumers, 29 percent say they’re keeping at least some savings in cash bills and coins, according to a new survey of 1,820 adults from American Express. Of those holding cash savings, 53 percent are hiding …

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Ford worker on the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant, Dearborn, Michigan.

Investment advisors are less bullish on the economy than they were a year ago, according to a new survey, but their outlook on U.S. financial markets remains largely positive. The latest TD Ameritrade Institutional RIA Sentiment Survey, released Thursday, found 2014 was a strong year for registered investment advisors who saw double-digit growth in clients, …

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Dish Network has made a name for itself in the cable and satellite industry with technology that lets customers completely skip commercials. For this weekend’s Super Bowl, though, it’s letting them skip the game. The company has announced a new temporary feature called “Reverse AutoHop” that will let subscribers who record the game skip all …


Amazon investors’ fingers are crossed in hopes that the e-commerce giant will finally break its losing streak when it reports fourth-quarter earnings after Thursday’s closing bell. Amazon posted a negative earnings surprise for the past two quarters and in three of the last four quarters. After the company reported its third quarterly results in October, …


Retirement savers achieved record balances in their 401(k) balances in 2014—thanks in part to the stock market’s gains—but the biggest winners were the thousands of workers who became newly minted millionaires. The average 401(k) balance hit a record high of $91,300 at the end of last year, according to new data from Fidelity Investments, the …

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The currency war is getting out of control. A snapshot of the week so far in central banking: The Monetary Authorty of Singapore surprised markets Tuesday night with a policy switch to pursue a slower pace of currency appreciation, its main policy tool. Wednesday afternoon, New Zealand’s Reserve Bank kept policy unchanged, but significantly altered …

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Home buying cooled in December, but is still stronger than it was a year ago. A monthly index from the National Association of Realtors measuring signed contracts to buy existing homes fell 3.7 percent from a downwardly revised November reading, but it is 6.1 percent above December of 2013. This, after closed sales in December …

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The 60-story luxury tower in Chicago at 111 W. Wacker Drive sold for $328 million last week

The record sale price of a 60-story luxury apartment tower in downtown Chicago is turning the heat up on Windy City real estate. After a rough ride through the recession, with both job and population losses, several of the city’s residential projects stalled, but now they are rising again—and selling. “It talks most to how …

Gaming sector check

Jane Wells takes a look at what the gaming sector is doing to make sure its luck doesn’t run out.

Oil majors earnings preview

With demand so low and oil prices sliding nearly 60 percent over the past seven months, what should investors expect from the energy sector’s earnings?

Apple’s record-breaking sales

Apple announced record-breaking sales of its newest iPhones last quarter. Josh Lipton breaks down all the numbers in the tech giant’s latest earnings report.