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Walmart Learns It's Better To Lead Than To Follow
Walmart's announcement that it would increase the minimum wage beginning this year to $9, and ultimately $10 per hour for all employees came as something of a surprise, given how entrenched the company had become in maintaining and defending the ...
Danette Mitchell: Walmart should be a leader on wage increases  TheReporter.Com
Big companies are hiking the wages of their workers
Stanley Fischer Suggests Fed Will Give Less Guidance
The Federal Reserve's vice chairman, Stanley Fischer, said that it was time for the central bank to bring a little more mystery to its relationship with financial markets, suggesting on Friday that the postcrisis era of detailed guidance was drawing to a close.
US dollar rings up modest February gain  MarketWatch
After Yellen's Congressional Turn, Fed Officials Beat the Rate-Hike Drum
U.S. economic growth in Q4 revised down to 2.2 percent
A construction worker stands on an outside balcony earlier this month at Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion mixed-use development located in Miami's financial district.
4th-Quarter Growth Revised to 2.2%, Less Than Initial Estimate  New York Times
Fourth quarter US GDP lowered  Beacon Review
Chief who pulled AIG back from the brink
Robert �Bob� Benmosche, who pulled the world's largest insurance company back from the brink in the wake of the financial crisis, has died, aged 70.
UPDATE 3-Former AIG head Benmosche dies; led insurer after bailout  Reuters
Benmosche Recalled as Tenacious, Fighter as Colleagues Mourn  Bloomberg
Brent rises above $61, set for first monthly gain since June
LONDON: Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday and Brent headed for its first monthly gain since June, helped by strong investor inflows, an improving demand outlook and supply outages.
Oil Up Sharply, Posts First Monthly Gain Since June  NDTV
After bobbing up and down, oil ends week with gain  Houston Chronicle
Expert views: India budget goes for growth, delays cut in fiscal deficit
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (C) arrives at the parliament to present the budget for the 2015/16, in New Delhi February 28, 2015.
Budget 2015: Know all about the benefits to middle class tax payers  Economic Times
Union Budget 2015 Live: Jaitley does not disappoint. This budget is reformist  Firstpost
Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.
Index of Pending Home Sales Rose in January  New York Times
Number Of Contracts Signed For Buying Homes Is The Highest Of The Last 18 ...  The Monitor Daily
Cal. gas prices rose faster than ever
On Friday, San Diego motorists paid $3.33 on average for a gallon of regular, up 9 cents overnight and 42 cents from a week ago, according to the AAA daily fuel gauge.
State sees soaring gas prices after series of refinery woes  OCRegister
Gas prices expected to rise at pump  Huntington Herald Dispatch
C Is For Cookie
March is one of my favorite months because it's when Girl Scouts all over the fruited plain start selling those sweet, yummy, delicious Girl Scout cookies.
Girls Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend With Area Seniors  The Missourian
No cookie rookies; A familiar nemesis makes its return  Harrison Daily (subscription)
J C Penney Company Receives "Hold" Rating from Deutsche Bank (JCP)
J C Penney Company Inc logo Deutsche Bank reiterated their hold rating on shares of J C Penney Company (NYSE:JCP) in a research report released on Friday morning.
JC Penney and Gap are big market movers  Salon