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US stocks move higher, led by gains in energy companies
Encouraging economic data on housing and consumer spending helped drive U.S. stocks sharply higher in midday trading Monday. Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers, bucking a slide in the price of crude oil.
TSX Pushes Higher, Up 142 Points at Midday, As Catamaran Leads Rally in ...  Nasdaq
Markets snap higher at midday, led by gains in energy stocks  FOX6 WBRC -
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February's Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level Since June 2013, Says NAR
The number of contracts signed to buy previously-owned homes in February hit the highest level since June 2013, thanks to big leaps in the Midwestern and Western regions, the National Association of Realtors said Monday.
Pending home sales jump 3.1% in February, Realtors say  Los Angeles Times
Good spring ahead for housing? Pending home sales up 3% in February  Denver Business Journal
Frigid February Saps Spending as U.S. Consumers Nestle at Home
(Bloomberg) -- Consumer purchases rose less than projected in February, indicating the biggest part of the U.S. economy will find it hard to sustain momentum after the best quarter since 2006.
Consumer spending disappoints. Blame gas prices, not weather.  Christian Science Monitor
US consumer spending tepid; savings at two-year high  Reuters
Investigation prompts new scrutiny of dietary supplements
The New York state attorney general's office recently accused dietary-supplement retailers of putting deeply flawed products on shelves for consumers.
GNC to Test Supplements After Charges of 'Phony' Products  DailyFinance
GNC Reaches Accord With New York State on Herbal Supplements  Bloomberg
'Diva of Distressed' Tilton Accused of Defrauding Investors
Lynn Tilton attends the 12th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 16, 2015. Photographer: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.
SEC Accuses Financier Lynn Tilton of Defrauding Investors  New York Times
Tilton charged with misleading investors  Financial Times
Bernanke Defends Fed Rate Policy As Yellen Moves Towards First Hike
Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, with his soon-to-be-successor Janet Yellen in 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images). Sometimes the leaders of an institution can be undermined by their high-profile predecessors, but when it comes to the Federal Reserve it ...
Ben Bernanke: The Fed Is 'Groping' to Find the Full Employment Rate  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Former Fed Chair Bernanke Blogs About Why Low Interest Rates Are Here to Stay
George Soros: I may invest $1 billion in Ukraine
LONDON (CNNMoney) -- George Soros has long called for the West to pump billions into Ukraine. Now he says he's ready to walk the talk.
George Soros ready to invest $1bn in Ukraine  RT
Soros says he is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine  Anadolu Agency
Maryland attorney general opposes offshore drilling plan
BALTIMORE - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is opposing a plan to allow drilling in the Atlantic region's outer continental shelf.
Feds receive thousands of comments on Atlantic drilling  WPDE
Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases  FuelFix (blog)
Amazon Home Services Will Eliminate All Your Household Chores
Now THIS is improving home improvement. Amazon on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new section of the site that allows less-than-motivated homeowners to purchase services at the tap of a screen.
You can now hire a goat herder through Amazon  USA TODAY New Home Services  Tech News Today
Popular Google search: 'Why are gas prices so low?'
If you type "why are" into Google search, the top two auto-complete results are: "gas prices so low" and "oil prices falling.
Not much change in Heartland gas prices over the last week  KTVO
RI gas prices down 4 cents per gallon