business and finance

Tech earnings help stocks end week with solid gain

A big earnings miss from Caterpillar on Friday wasn’t enough to derail a rally that pushed the stock market up 2 percent for the week. Caterpillar Inc. fell nearly 6 percent after the heavy...

DATE: July 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Opportunities, advice for her

Women, listen up, because the government wants (and needs) your business.Beginning in April, the federal government implemented a new program through the Small Business Administration that sets...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Debt-limit proposal, profits boost stocks

NEW YORK – Strong profits and a bipartisan plan to lift the U.S. debt limit drove a stock market rebound Tuesday.Stock indexes rose after Coca-Cola, IBM and other companies reported better...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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Threatened by the iPad, PCs starting to look like tablets

NEW YORK – The response by computer makers to the iPad stealing sales from them: Make their PCs more like iPads.The “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy” is prompting a wave of...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Business briefs

Region 9 receives assistance grant The Region 9 Economic Development District has been approved for a $61,000 Planning and Technical Assistance grant from the Economic Development...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

When selling your business, be realistic, ready

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal contained some interesting, but possibly misleading, information regarding the sales of small businesses.The information primarily came from...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

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A liquid quest for renewable power

NEW ORLEANS – The powerful flow of the Mississippi River, which brought destruction to scores living near its flooded banks this spring, is viewed by a new generation of energy entrepreneurs as a...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

401(k) investors await solution for debt ceiling

DES MOINES, Iowa – They have one eye on Washington and the other on Wall Street. Investors are paying close attention because the contentious debate in Congress could have very serious implications...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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A home health-care fix that works

When Jeff and Susan Hatfield moved to Durango, their first priority was to find medical care for their baby son, Zane. Zane was born with a chromosomal disorder that left him with disabilities that...

DATE: July 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Stocks miss having worst week in year

A late rally Friday prevented the stock market from having its worst week in nearly a year. Investors seemed to largely ignore the ongoing debate in Washington over raising the country’s borrowing...

DATE: July 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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Where’s the beef?

DETROIT – A small herd of cattle from Michigan State University recently was slaughtered with two goals: boosting the amount of locally produced food on campus and creating a system of tracking...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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Netflix rates rise up to 60 percent for DVDs, streaming

SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is raising its prices by as much as 60 percent for millions of subscribers who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet.The company is separating the two...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business