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Trader Tommy Kalikas, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at record high

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year … 0

Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on concerns about rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine. Investors were encouraged by economic reports that … 0

Miss. sues credit-reporting firm Experian, alleging errors

Monday, June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Mississippi has sued Experian, the world’s largest firm that collects detailed information about consumers to evaluate their financial trustworthiness. The lawsuit and a separate investigation of the industry by 32 other states led by Ohio represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry over allegations of paperwork errors and violations … 0

Making News: Awards for local businesses, charitable donations

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rotary Club hosts events NORTHAMPTON — The Rotary Club of Northampton is hosting four events in December. Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. the group welcomes new and prospective members at Packards Restaurant on Masonic Street. Cover … 0

B2B ID: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, owner at Florence Animal Clinic

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Name: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, DVM Job Title, Company: Owner at Florence Animal Clinic, 185 Locust St., Northampton Website: florence-animal-clinic.com Age: 45 What You Do: Help our clients care for their pets, strive to be compassionate and caring and … 0

Eastmont Custom Framing in Easthampton changes name to Big Red Frame

Sunday, November 24, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — A framing business in the Old Town Hall that has been known as Eastmont Custom Framing for the last 12 years is now Big Red Frame. Owner Jean-Pierre Pasche announced last week that he was renaming … 0

Shel Horowitz: Busting myths about the costs of going green

Sunday, November 24, 2013

You often hear going green is too expensive. Answer those critics with the ways going green is actually cheaper than staying brown. And there are many of those “low-hanging fruit” savings areas. So you can put those into … 0

Area propety deed transfers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2013 Amherst Cheryl H. Cobb, Cheryl V. Cobb, George & Cheryl Cobb Living Trust, George W. Cobb to Cheryl V. Cobb Revocable Trust, Cheryl V. Cobb, trustee, George W. Cobb Revocable Trust, … 0

Financial stress may hit your brain and wallet

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests. People worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points, scientists found when they gave intelligence tests to shoppers … 0

Conspicuous Consumer: Beware of free checks in mail

Sunday, August 11, 2013

PICKY AND CHOOSY: Cleaning my refrigerator usually prompts some unsettling questions … What, exactly, is the food that now sports a furry white coat? What am I going to do with that half bag of spinach that has … 0

Survey: Brighter US economic outlook boosts hiring

Monday, July 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists. Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National … 0

Four in 10 US homes have mom as top earner

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds. Mothers now keep finances afloat in 40 percent of households with children, up from just 11 percent … 0

Counseling available for homeowners at risk of foreclosure

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Valley Community Development Corporation is currently offering free, one-on-one counseling for homeowners in Hampshire County who feel that they are at risk of foreclosure or need help with financial management. The counseling, which is confidential, is designed to help homeowners understand the options available to … 0