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New home sales fall 8.1% in June
New home sales fell 8.1% in June, losing some momentum after two months of increases. Revised figures for March, April and May also show the industry's performance was weaker than previously estimated, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
Mixed Messages: New Home Sales Slide in June  Fox Business
New Home Sales Fall in June  Wall Street Journal
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Jobless claims lowest in more than eight years
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The number of unemployed workers applying for jobless benefits tumbled in the most recent weekly data to the lowest level in more than eight years, signaling that employers are letting go of very few workers.
US jobless claims tumble to lowest level in nearly a decade
US Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level Since 2006  Wall Street Journal
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Global economy starts second half on solid footing: PMIs
(Reuters) - China's factory activity expanded at its fastest in 18 months in July as new orders surged while the euro zone's private sector also perked up, suggesting the global economy started the second half of 2014 on a solid footing.
Euro Economy Shows Unexpected Strength After ECB Action  Bloomberg
Chinese, Eurozone PMI data show strong start to 3Q  Fortune
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Caterpillar Sees No Sign of Upturn in Mining Industry
Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), the largest maker of mining machinery, forecast full-year sales and earnings that fell short of analysts' estimates as it said there's no sign of an upturn in the industry in 2014.
Caterpillar Raises Forecast, But Falling Sales Clip Stock  Forbes
Caterpillar Beats Earnings Expectations, Announces A Big Buyback (CAT)  SFGate
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Facebook Poised to Hit Record High After Quarterly Gains
Mark Zuckerberg is staring down naysayers who hammered Facebook Inc. (FB)'s stock after its debut two years ago. Facebook shares are poised to reach a new high today after the social network topped its record close from March of $72.03 in early trading.
Facebook Answers Critics With Mobile-Ad Surge  Wall Street Journal
Facebook shares hit record high as market likes earnings  Chicago Tribune
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Supervalu Profit Falls 49%
Last year, Supervalu cut up to 1,100 positions from its corporate and store-support-center offices in a stint to cut costs after it sold five grocery-store chains.
Supervalu beats quarterly forecasts as turnaround takes hold  Minneapolis Star Tribune
SuperValu 1Q profit drops 49 percent; shares fall | The Republic  The Tribune
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Flights to and From Israel Can Resume, Regulators Say
The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on American carriers flying into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv late Wednesday night, saying it was satisfied with the security precautions Israel had taken to assure flight safety at the ...
Gaza conflict: US and Europe lift bans on flights to Tel Aviv  Financial Times
European Carriers Suspend More Tel Aviv Flights
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Record North America profit boosts Ford results; shares rise
DEARBORN Mich. (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) reported second-quarter operating earnings that beat expectations thanks to record profit in North America, boosting its shares more than 1 percent in early trading.
Ford Reports Earnings of $1.3 Billion  New York Times
Ford's second-quarter earnings up 6.3%  The Detroit News
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Can the S&P 500 top 2000?
The Dow Jones industrial average was flat and the Nasdaq moved higher as investors focused on the latest batch of earnings. Overall, corporate earnings for the second quarter have been strong.
Apple Inc. pushes S&P to record close  Jamestown Sun
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UPDATE 2-Dunkin' Brands cuts 2014 forecasts, shares tumble
(Adds details on results, company comment). July 24 (Reuters) - Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its full-year forecasts on Thursday, as its U.S.
Dunkin' stock dunked on poor sales  CNNMoney
Dunkin' misses estimate, cuts outlook
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