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Archived Since:March 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Big-name stocks have lagged the bull market run the last 3 years

When investors think of "growth" stocks, some classic American names usually come to mind: Coca-Cola Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., McDonald's Corp., Procter & Gamble Co.

Unemployment rate drops to 5.9% as job growth rebounds

Job growth rebounded strongly last month and the unemployment rate fell below 6% for the first time in more than six years, easing fears the labor market was faltering again and providing a boost to congressional Democrats before the midterm elections.

California regulators clear Obamacare rates, hold off on networks

California regulators won't challenge the next round of health insurance rate increases in the state exchange, but insurers' narrow networks of doctors and hospitals are drawing tougher scrutiny.

Apartment rents climb in Southern California, but at a modest pace

Apartment rents in Southern California rose this summer, but at a relatively modest pace.

Planned layoffs drop to 14-year low as unemployment claims fall

American companies announced the fewest planned layoffs in 14 years in September while initial unemployment claims dropped last week to near a post-recession low, two positive labor market signs ahead of Friday's jobs report.

Higher-wage industries boost hiring in L.A., but income growth lags

California is “in growth mode from top to bottom,” but the expansion is happening unevenly around the state, a report by Los Angeles research firm Beacon Economics found.

SoCal housing markets among most overvalued, but at least we're not Austin

Southern California's housing markets are among the most overvalued in the nation, according to a new report. But the closest thing in this country to a housing bubble is actually in Texas.

Small businesses in SoCal increasingly optimistic, survey finds

Businesses in Southern California are increasingly optimistic, with most expecting better revenue this year and even higher sales in 2015, according to a new report.

Stocks tumble in sell-off; Dow closes down 264 points

The U.S. stock market closed sharply down Thursday following the largest sell-off in two months, with the Dow Jones industrial average dipping 264 points.

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates drop a notch; 30-year averaging 4.2%

Mortgage interest rates eased slightly this week amid mixed housing data, with Freddie Mac's survey showing that lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate loans to well-qualified borrowers at an average of 4.2%, down from 4.23% last week.

Durable goods orders plunge as aircraft demand returns to normal

Orders for computers, automobiles and other long-lasting durable goods last month posted their biggest drop since the federal government began collecting the data in 1992 as aircraft demand returned to normal levels after a surge in July.

Former CEO of O.C. company charged with insider trading

A federal grand jury indicted the former chief executive of an Orange County medical device company on insider-trading charges for allegedly tipping his friend, former Angels player Doug DeCinces, to company secrets that moved the stock market.

General Mills shareholders reject proposal to dump GMOs

General Mills Inc. has made strong commitments this year to natural and organic foods. It took genetically modified ingredients out of its signature cereal brand Cheerios and then doubled down on its organic lineup by striking an $820-million deal for Annie’s, a stalwart of the organic...

KB Home sees prices, profit grow in third quarter

More sales of higher-priced houses, especially in the West, powered KB Home to higher revenue and profit in its fiscal third quarter, but the Los Angeles-based home builder's stock price was falling Wednesday after the results came in below analyst expectations.

Sales of new homes reach highest level in six years in August

Sales of newly built homes in the U.S. surged in August to their highest level in six years, according to new figures out Wednesday.

Can a gas station charge for providing air for your tires?

Sharon wants to know how gas stations get away with charging people for providing air for their tires.

If you get hacked, are you safer with a credit card or debit card?

Bob notes that when something bad happens with his credit cards, he receives a notice from the bank, new plastic and no financial headaches.

The letter says they want to buy your home. Should you bite?

Nel, like many homeowners in Southern California, has been receiving letters from people and companies offering to buy her house.

Is a 'global opt-out' for spam wishful thinking?

Michael says he's been getting more and more spam in his inbox over the last couple of months.

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