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Why are IBM and Twitter joining forces?

Partnership between microblogger and Big Blue aims to help companies analyze their social data

Earnings Cheating Season: Is Your Favorite Company Cooking the Books?

In his latest Global Strategy Report, Albert Edwards at Societe Generale discusses "earnings season" which he calls "cheating season". We have always found that swings in analyst earnings expectations mirror the economic cycle quiteShow More Summary

Hotels: Occupancy up 5.4%, RevPAR up 10.8% Year-over-Year

From STR: US results for week ending 25 OctoberThe U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 19-25 October 2014, according to data from STR, Inc.In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy rose 5.4 percent to 69.4 percent. Show More Summary

US Economy Grows at 3.5 Percent in Q3 2014 for Best Six-Month Run of Recovery

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today that US GDP grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter of 2014. Combined with the strong 4.6 percent showing in Q2, the six-month average of 4.05 percent is the best half-year performance of the recovery. Show More Summary

Honeywell sued over wellness program testing

Federal officials say Honeywell went too far in requiring its employees to submit to medical screening or face financial penalties

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/30/14

Today's Water Cooler: Steve Israel and Dem turnout, Hong Kong and Ferguson, Cuomo, the "sharing" economy, smart sewage, and Soyuz T-13.

Is Military Spending Driving U.S. GDP Growth?

Economic growth was more robust than expected in the third quarter, due partly to stronger defense spending by the federal government.

Why chocolate prices are set to rise

That bowl of Halloween chocolates won't cost you more this year, but picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could

Teen learns the first rule of investing

Here's why buying a few shares of stock or a mutual fund can be a good tool to learn about investing

Solid GDP report

The Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that U.S. real GDP grew at a 3.5% annual rate in the third quarter. That combines with a 4.6% annual growth rate now reported for the second quarter, giving us an average growth rate for the last six months that is solidly above the postwar average. Almost all […]

Why Not to Get Too Excited About U.S. Economy’s Strong Third Quarter

One of the largest quarterly contractions outside of a recession kicked off the year, followed by a roaring rebound, now only to end with mounting fears of a global slowdown.

Lunchtime Must-Read: Simon Wren-Lewis: In Praise of Macroeconomists (or at Least One of Them)

Simon Wren-Lewis: [In Praise of Macroeconomists (or at Least One of Them)]( "One of the architects of that macroeconomic mainstream is Lars Svensson... Show More Summary

The Federal Reserve Retires to Its Tent...

A very interesting piece by Tim Duy on the recently-concluded Federal Reserve FOMC meeting. The precis: the Federal Reserve does not view itself as moving to tighten policy, but rather as moving to a policy that is still extraordinarily stimulative--especially considering the level of the unemployment rate. Show More Summary

Morning Must-Read: Matt O'Brien: Why the Fed Is Giving Up too Soon on the Economy

As I see it, Federal Reserve policy right now is reasonable only if the unemployment rate is taken as a sufficient statistic for the state of the labor market. And it seems to me the odds are 4-1 against that being true... Matt O'Brien:...Show More Summary

?Move over, Apple and Samsung: Here comes Xiaomi

A little-known Chinese smartphone maker is grabbing marketshare from more established players

Average 30-year mortage rates remain below 4 percent

tkThe average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, increased to 3.13 percent from 3.08 percent

U.S. stocks are mixed in midday trading

Stronger corporate earnings have helped turn the market higher in recent weeks

Noted for Your Afternoon Procrastination for October 30, 2014

Over at [Equitable Growth]([The Equitablog]( [Suppose-Counterfactual World-That the U.S. Had Avoided Large-Scale QE since the Start of 2010... - Washington Center for Equitable...Show More Summary

Ebola "Turning Point" and Perspective

Last Week the Huffington Post reported Sells For More Than $200,000 -- Including 19,000 Shares Of Cannabis Sativa Stock. Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs attempting to sell the rights to succeeded in selling to the highest...Show More Summary

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