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Stock market heading lower in midday trading
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is heading lower in midday trading as investors sift through mixed economic and corporate news....

US economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year....

US pay and benefits rose at slightly faster pace last year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wages and benefits rose at a slightly healthier rate last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers....

Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors seem to be craving burgers and crinkle-cut fries....

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a promising earnings season into a grim one....

FAA investigating after planes nearly collide by NY airport
NEW YORK (AP) -- The FAA is investigating a near-midair collision between two planes by an airport north of New York City....

Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name
PHOENIX (AP) -- It is the game that must not be named - at least not without permission....

Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment
Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc....

US consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers are more confident than they've been since January 2004....

How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins....

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Stock market heading lower in midday trading

Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment

US stock markets move lower on mixed US economic data

US economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up

Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

US pay and benefits rose at slightly faster pace last year

US consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004

MasterCard tops Street 4Q forecasts

Marlboro maker Altria's 4Q profit more than doubles