| Jan 23, 2014
| 8:40 AM
McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that lower traffic led to weaker-than-expected quarterly sales at its established restaurants and warned that its sales would fall short again this month.
The Oak Brook-based company said it had fewer customer visits due...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Netflix's stock defied the broader market malaise, riding out January to an all-time high -- helped by a reversal on the company's international growth prospects by Morgan Stanley analysts.
"We thought Netflix would enter a period of slowing U.S. sub...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 3:14 PM
The stock market's recent roller-coaster ride might scare off some people of modest means, but not Jeff Neubaum.
The 36-year-old maintenance manager from Orlando erased thousands of dollars in credit-card debt recently. Now he wants to put some money in...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 12:14 PM
The big news out of the financial markets Wednesday is that Twitter, whose initial public offering is likely to be one of the hottest transactions of the year, will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange instead of on Nasdaq.
The world asks: So...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 4:35 PM
It's been a good couple of days for entertainment and cable companies.
Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. rose Thursday after those companies reported strong quarterly earnings.
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Media stocks enjoyed a heady run in the bull market of 2013. Shares of most major congloms closed out the last full week of the year at or near 52-week highs.
Netflix regained its platinum-plated status, thanks to solid subscriber growth and a...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Full results of the survey, which I'll compare to my own predictions in the Sunday print column LAW AND ORDER Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is appealing both his conviction and his sentence in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.......
| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:12 PM
NEW YORK — The stock market's all-star team has some new players.
Leaving the Dow Jones industrial average is aluminum giant Alcoa Inc., computer-maker Hewlett-Packard Co. and financial behemoth Bank of America Corp. Joining the index of 30 blue-...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Last week: In the world of sports, the U.S. Men’s National Team qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup this week with a 2-0 win over Mexico. This will be the seventh-consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance for the U.S. MNT.
Looking ahead: The...
| Sep 12, 2013
Everyone is treated like an important part of the company at Virtus Investment Partners, the Hartford-based asset management firm that spun off from The Phoenix Cos. five years ago.
And that's not just lip service at the fast-growing asset management...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
As the Dow Jones Industrial Average inches closer to the psychologically important level of 13,000, the S&P 500 reclaims almost all of the losses sustained since June 2008, and the NASDAQ nears its highest level in a decade, the chorus gets louder and...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I remember clearly my first year as a gold options trader on the floor of the commodities exchange in New York, specifically October 19, 1987. The morning started with stock selling, lots of it, and ended with a day of historic losses. Twenty-five years...