Market Wrap: Stocks Gain with Health Care, Upbeat Auto Sales

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks started December stronger Tuesday as health and consumer shares bounced back while auto sales suggested upbeat growth in November. The S&P health care index jumped 1.7 percent, while the consumer discretionary index was up 1 percent, both retracing Monday’s losses. UnitedHealth Group (UNH)...
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Manufacturing Contracts, but Rest of Economy Hums Along

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing contracted in November for the first time in three years as the sector buckled under the weight of a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy firms, but robust automobile sales suggested the economy remained on solid ground. Other data released Tuesday showed...
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Are Women More Generous Than Men?

When it comes to giving to charity, women are in the driver’s seat. A recent survey conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) found that women are more generous than men when it comes to charitable giving, especially with respect to decisions about volunteer activities and smaller...
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For Third Straight Quarter, U.S. CEOs Cautious on Economy

CHICAGO — For the third consecutive quarter, U.S. CEOs expressed growing caution about the country’s economic prospects in the short term and more said they expected to curtail capital investments over the next six months, according to a survey released Tuesday. The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index...
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The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

December is a month when most people can’t avoid shopping. You may have skipped Black Friday, but the holiday season is a different beast altogether, with gifts from loved ones, friends and people you barely know coming at you from all angles. Maintain lots of holiday cheer by...
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Is the Force With the New Star Wars Credit Card?

As fans all over the world eagerly await the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” we are continuously reminded that the global Star Wars phenomenon isn’t just about movies. Sure, it all starts with the movies, which have earned billions of dollars at the box office....
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Private Payrolls, Wage Data Point to Sturdy Job Market

WASHINGTON — U.S. private employers boosted hiring in November and wage growth appeared to pick up in the third quarter, signs of labor market strength that could support the first Federal Reserve interest rate increase in nearly a decade later this month. The reports released Wednesday overshadowed data...
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How to Get Financially Ready for a Power Outage

Extreme winter weather has already arrived in some parts of the country: Parts of California have seen snow and more is expected. Some meteorologists are calling for a cold, snowy winter from coast to coast, and that means it’s time to get prepared. According to tale of the...
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