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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.
Stocks Eye Positive End to First Quarter on Good News Trifecta
TSX Pushes Higher, Up 142 Points at Midday, As Catamaran Leads Rally in ...  Nasdaq  
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
Home sales at fastest pace in nearly two years  The Hill
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
GNC to Test Supplements After Charges of 'Phony' Products
Mitch Lipka is one of the nation's leading consumer journalists. He writes the consumer column for The Boston Globe, and also contributes to Reuters and CBS News.
GNC Reaches Accord With New York State on Herbal Supplements  Bloomberg
GNC amps up its supplement quality controls  Fortune
'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
SEC Accuses Diva Of Distressed Lynn Tilton Of Nearly $200 Million Fraud  Forbes
George Soros: I may invest $1 billion in Ukraine
George Soros has long called for the West to pump billions into Ukraine. Now he says he's ready to walk the talk. The veteran hedge fund investor told an Austrian newspaper he was prepared to invest $1 billion in the collapsing war-ravaged economy under ...
George Soros ready to invest $1bn in Ukraine  RT
Soros says ready to invest $1 bln in Ukraine if West helps  Reuters
New from Amazon: A marketplace for finding a handyman
Amazon has long aimed to be your one-stop shop for buying items ranging from books to furniture. On Monday, the e-commerce giant announced it is now pushing to be your go-to destination for yet another kind of purchase: home services such as gutter ...
Now you can book a plumber or housecleaner on Amazon in 60 seconds  Business Insider
Amazon Home Services sends professional handymen and instructors to your door  PCWorld
Bernanke: I didn't throw seniors under the bus
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled a new blog on Monday and used his first post to defend his record from criticism that he kept rates artificially low and hurt savers.
Former Fed Chair Bernanke Blogs About Why Low Interest Rates Are Here to Stay
Bernanke answers Fed policy critics in new blog  USA TODAY (blog)
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
Massachusetts gas prices unchanged  Boston Globe (subscription)
Driver of tanker that tipped in Bourne facing charges
BOURNE, Mass. (AP) - The driver of a gasoline tanker truck that crashed at the Bourne Rotary last week and spilled about 5,000 gallons of fuel is facing charges.
Mass. State Police seek charges against Bourne tanker driver  WHDH-TV