| Dec 25, 2013
Smack in the middle of the holiday rush, college applications are due — anxious weeks for high school seniors and their families. To heighten the anxiety, no month passes without a critic proclaiming that college is a pedantic waste of money,...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
NEW YORK — It's been a fantastic time for stocks, but it's been even better for shares of small companies like Zale Corp.
The small Texas company's shares rocketed more than 280% last year, propelled by investors who expect lovebirds to...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 1:01 PM
One of the hoariest misrepresentations in the anti-Social Security arsenal reappeared over the weekend, in the hands of Cato Institute tax analyst Daniel J. Mitchell. The claim is that Social Security hurts black workers.
Mitchell's piece was published...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 8:30 AM
One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a "redistributionist." Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history -- a redistribution upward, from average working people to the...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Snack-food maker Diamond Foods Inc. agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that the company cooked its books.
The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Thursday that Diamond boosted its earnings and stock price in 2010 and 2011 by...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:06 AM
NEW YORK -- JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s profit slipped 7% in the fourth quarter as the bank's legal costs mounted and investment banking slumped.
The nation's largest bank said Tuesday it earned $5.3 billion, or $1.30 a share, down from $5.7 billion, or $1....
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:44 PM
NEW YORK — Massive legal payouts didn't just cost JPMorgan Chase & Co. billions last year. They also cost the Wall Street giant its title as America's most profitable bank.
After weathering a barrage of legal and regulatory assaults in 2013, the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:17 PM
NEW YORK — Bank of America Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit surged as the financial giant continued to work through its hangover from the housing meltdown.
The Charlotte, N.C., bank Wednesday reported net income of $3.4 billion, or 29 cents a share,...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:11 PM
General Electric Co. shares fell the most in seven months after Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt failed to deliver on a profit-margin forecast that he had been repeating for more than a year.
GE shares dropped 62 cents, or 2.3%, to $26.58 on Friday...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The stock market shined last year with an epic rally. Now it's time for corporate America — and the economy — to catch up.
Stocks ballooned 30% last year, as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500 index. But the average company in the broad...
| Jan 20, 2014
Republican governor hopeful Bruce Rauner has shaped a campaign narrative as a business-savvy, detail-oriented Mr. Fixit in a state in dire need of fixing. But there's one investment in the venture capitalist's portfolio that diverts sharply from that...