U.S. stock indexes mostly recovered from a steep decline and were modestly lower in midday trading Thursday, following a wild ride the day before.
Investors were combing through the latest batch of corporate earnings and a dash of new economic data for clues about the prospects for global economic growth. A key highlight: U.S. unemployment aid applications fell last week to the lowest level in 14 years, another sign that the job market is strengthening.
53. Locker’s opportunities to succeed slipping away - Friday, October 17, 2014
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says Jake Locker is still his starting quarterback.
That, of course, is predicated on when Locker will be able to recover from his bruised right thumb and is well enough to grip and throw a football.54. For varying groups, market frenzy may help or hurt - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The turbulence that's roiling financial markets is punishing stock investors, raising worries for major U.S. companies and will likely produce even punier returns for savers.
Yet some Americans actually stand to benefit from the forces that are driving the frenzied trading. Lower oil prices and sinking interest rates are lowering gas prices, keeping inflation low and cutting mortgage rates to levels that, for some, will scream refinance.55. Surging sales, prices reset reality for buyers - Friday, October 17, 2014
Last week The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) released the sales information for the area for September, and the numbers were staggering, with sales up 19 percent.
That’s staggering in the sense that this is the third consecutive year of similar growth, and the inventory when all of this began was at 19,622. Now there are only 15,182 properties available.56. Ben Little's: Service station service in self-serve world - Friday, October 17, 2014
The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.57. Surprise career twist for area’s top recruiter of corporations - Friday, October 17, 2014
Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.
But ask others about her and they’ll talk about an exceptional ability to lead, build trust and forge relationships with a diverse range of people, and, above all, her will to win.58. Bond prices surge the most since financial crisis - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors flooded into the U.S. Treasury market in a way not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, causing the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note to fall below 2 percent for the first time in more than a year.59. HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts.
Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.60. US producer prices fell 0.1 percent in September - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation was limited last month because of falling gasoline and food costs that have lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.61. Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs?
Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.62. Stock swoon brings S&P 500 closer to 'correction' - Friday, October 10, 2014
The downturn in the U.S. stock market has brought it closer to what professional investors refer to as a "correction." That happens when a benchmark index like the Standard & Poor's 500 closes 10 percent or more below a recent peak.63. How the new HealthCare.gov stacks up with the old - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, has been revamped as its second enrollment season approaches. But things are still complicated, since other major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are taking effect for the first time. A look at website and program changes just ahead:64. Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.65. Citigroup to exit 11 markets in restructuring - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said Tuesday that it will bow out of the retail banking business in 11 markets as part of its ongoing effort to restructure and slim down since the financial crisis.66. US stocks stabilize after a three-day sell-off - Friday, October 10, 2014
A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years.
The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, a sign of slowing economic growth. Chevron fell 2 percent, helping to drag down the Dow Jones industrial average in the waning moments of trading.
67. Tennessee voters to decide on veterans gaming measure - Friday, October 10, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow charitable gaming fundraisers for veterans groups may not carry the same excitement as other Tennessee ballot measures on abortion, judges and income taxes, but supporters say it would correct an omission dating to the approval of the state lottery in 2002.68. How Frenchman's Nobel research could aid consumers - Friday, October 10, 2014
U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition.
So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old Frenchmen who won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for showing how to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.69. Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.70. Fiat Chrysler shares close down in 1st day on NYSE - Friday, October 10, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bounced between negative and positive Monday after making their debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
The newly merged company's stock, traded under the symbol FCAU, opened at $9 and rose quickly to $9.55 before falling much of the day. The stock closed at $8.92 as the Dow Jones industrial average slumped 222 points in a late slide.
71. Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize - Friday, October 10, 2014
STOCKHOLM (AP) — French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few companies.72. US indexes slide; Airlines, energy stocks drop - Friday, October 10, 2014
The stock market couldn't shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed sharply lower again on Monday.
Airlines, energy and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. The market is coming off its biggest weekly decline in more than two years.
73. Nielsen admits to errors in TV measurement - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company on Friday admitted to errors dating back to March in its measurement of television viewing, statistics that serve as the foundation for billions of dollars in advertising spending for the entire broadcast industry.74. Top finance officials hope to boost growth - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's largest economies are being urged to prevent the global economy from falling into a "new mediocre" in which growth remains stuck at subpar levels for years to come, trapping millions of people on unemployment rolls.75. Bernanke says he was reluctant on AIG bailout - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke etched a portrait Friday of his initial reluctance to have the central bank rescue American International Group Inc. in 2008. But he ultimately came to believe the bailout loan to the company was needed to avert a shock to the financial system.76. US mortgage rates down for third straight week - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan fell to 4.12 percent from 4.19 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, also declined to 3.3 percent from 3.36 percent.77. US stocks close out worst week since May 2012 - Friday, October 10, 2014
Investors avoided another roller coaster day on Wall Street Friday.
What they got instead was a steady, moderate decline that left the market with its worst weekly performance since May 2012.
78. Airline delays, cancelations rise from last year - Friday, October 03, 2014
Airline delays and cancelations are up slightly from last year's peak travel season.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that flights on the nation's largest airlines arrived on time 77.7 percent of the time in August. That is down from 78.8 percent in the same month last year, although it is better than July.79. Redesign spurs 77% sales bump for Lexus IS 250 - Friday, October 10, 2014
A showy exterior, V-6 power, nimble handling and the lowest starting price of any Lexus sedan are proving to be a winning formula for the Lexus IS compact sedan.
Through the first eight months of this calendar year, sales of the IS four door are up a whopping 77 percent from the year-earlier period. In fact, IS sales of 33,427 in the United States so far in model year 2015 nearly equal all the U.S. sales that the IS had last year.80. A new twist on turnip greens – soup - Friday, October 10, 2014
The ladies in my neighborhood had a luncheon social this past week, and we figured there was no better way to welcome autumn than with soup. So that was the theme of our gathering.
There were many wonderful soups, along with breads, cheeses and – of course – desserts. It was a great turnout, and we had a wonderful time visiting and catching-up with each other.81. Try to work ‘hobbledehoy’ into your daily conversation - Friday, October 10, 2014
Regarding the recent Faulkner column, Tracy writes that she got “a solid feel for the place and the time of year. Thank you for not honoring your subject by writing paragraph-long sentences with intricate layers of subordination.”82. US mortgage rates down for third straight week - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan fell to 4.12 percent from 4.19 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, also declined to 3.3 percent from 3.36 percent.83. Focus on your strengths - Friday, October 10, 2014
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.84. Top Advertising Week trends - Friday, October 10, 2014
Advertising geeks from across the nation unite annually at “Advertising Week” to hear industry experts share opinions on the current state of advertising and predictions for the future.85. Five reasons to go north to Traverse City's beaches, food & wine scene - Friday, October 10, 2014
Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.
If that’s what you think, think again.86. After Florida, how do fans, players get excited about UTC? - Friday, October 10, 2014
Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.
No more human orange-and-white checkerboard in the stands. Some empty seats, for sure. The most diehard of UT football fans will turn out to cheer for their beloved Vols against Tennessee-Chattanooga.87. It’s bad now, but the future looks worse for the aging Titans - Friday, October 10, 2014
If the Tennessee Titans want to find a blueprint for fixing the mess this franchise has become, perhaps they should study the team that’s coming to LP Field this Sunday.
What, you say?88. Is showing a house to a stranger really worth the risk? - Friday, October 10, 2014
The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.89. Stocks sink yet again, dragged down by energy - Friday, October 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's roller coaster ride is continuing for a third day Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging nearly 300 points in afternoon trading. Gap's stock dropped after the company announced its CEO was retiring, and energy stocks fell sharply as the price of oil fell again.90. Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 287K - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Oct. 4. That is the fourth straight week that applications have been below 300,000, a clear sign of a job market on the mend.
91. EPA says new vehicle mileage hits record 24.1 mpg - Friday, October 03, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slowing.
The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly because automakers have improved gas engines and transmissions and added turbochargers to give smaller motors more power.92. Alexander sheds feel-good image in Senate race - Friday, October 03, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Forget the syrupy, feel-good message so common to Lamar Alexander's past political campaigns. This time, the Tennessee Republican is going into attack mode.
With early voting in the U.S. Senate race set to kick off next week, the two-term incumbent has unleashed two television ads hammering his previously little-known Democratic opponent, Gordon Ball, as a proxy for President Barack Obama and as a "slick-talking personal injury lawyer."93. Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has unveiled an updated version of HealthCare.gov. It's got some improvements and some challenges. There's also at least one early mistake.94. Fed officials link rate increase to economic data - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials agreed last month that they would begin raising interest rates only when measures of the economy's health and inflation signaled the time was right.
Minutes of the Fed's discussions at the Sept. 16-17 meeting released Wednesday also showed that officials expressed increased concerns about the impact of weak European growth and a strengthening dollar to U.S. growth prospects.95. Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event - Friday, October 03, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event.
The showcase also is expected to feature an update to the operating system for its Mac computers and the possible release of a new digital payment service called Apple Pay. The company's new iPhones released last month include a wireless chip equipped to make the payments, but the service isn't available yet.
96. Appeals court rules against Occupy Nashville - Friday, October 03, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Two top Tennessee officials are protected from claims that they violated the rights of Occupy Nashville protesters who were arrested on a plaza outside the state Capitol in October 2011, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.97. MBA student, faculty films air - Friday, October 10, 2014
Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.
A short film by student Jacob Lothers was created as an entry in the Full Moon Film Festival for high school students, with the longer cut of his film airing this month. Lothers is part of Red Tower Productions, the school’s film and video club.98. University School of Nashville kicks off its centennial commemoration - Friday, October 10, 2014
It was the summer of 1915, and a young Nashville educator had the audacity to suggest that a basement schoolroom on the grounds of the George Peabody College for Teachers might serve as a model for preparatory schools.99. Harpeth Hall: ‘Tenacious’ curriculum, dedication to tradition - Friday, October 10, 2014
Harpeth Hall’s new head of school is a fierce proponent of single-sex education who says that an all-girls school can nurture a female mind, especially one interested in going into a STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.100. SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market - Friday, October 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — SolarCity will begin offering loans to homeowners for solar systems, a move that industry analysts say could reshape the market for rooftop solar and propel its rapid adoption.
Most current rooftop solar deals involve a lease or an agreement to buy power over a period of time, but the company owns the panels. SolarCity's loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.