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Trade Tensions Rattle Markets

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The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says investors are worried that the U.S.-China trade fight could put the brakes on economic growth.

5 Min

Jun 15, 2018

Apple to Stick with Cheaper Screens for New iPhones

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P.M. Edition for June 15: In a surprise, Apple reportedly expects most of its new iPhone lineup this fall will feature the older LCD screens. It marks a slower transition to the newer OLED display. Tripp Mickle points to slower demand for the pricey iPhone X.

6 Min

Jun 15, 2018

Chinese Investors Bet Big on Western Biotech

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A.M. Edition for June 15: Research funding can be hard to come by. But some biotech firms in the U.S. and Europe are getting a big helping hand from Chinese investors, who are supplying record amounts of cash. The Wall Street Journal's Jonathan D. Rockoff has more.

8 Min

Jun 14, 2018

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6 min
Jun 14, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 14: Americans spent freely in May. The government says retail sales rose eight tenths percent last month, the biggest jump since November. Josh Mitchell says a strong economy is prodding consumers to spend.

8 min
Jun 13, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 14: As expected, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates by a quarter-percentage point, and pencilling in a total of four rate hikes this year. But there are still challenges ahead. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip has more.

9 min
Jun 13, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 13: A judge has cleared the way for AT&T to buy Time Warner, saying the Justice Department's antitrust suit had no merit. What does this mean for other planned mergers? Brent Kendall has five takeaways from the judge's ruling.

7 min
Jun 13, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 13: Facebook is introducing a new feature that allows users to leave reviews of sellers on its platform - a move that could lead Facebook to ban bad sellers. The Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar explains.

7 min
Jun 12, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 12: A federal judge has approved a merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Plus, the much-anticipated summit between the U.S. and North Korea did little to roil global markets on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Riva Gold explains.

7 min
Jun 12, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 12: The Federal Reserve is expected to raise short-term interest rates for the second time this year, at the end of its policy meeting this week. But The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos says what's less clear is the Fed's path for the rest of 2018.

8 min
Jun 11, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 11: A rift between the U.S. and Canada could weigh heavily on upcoming international negotiations. The Wall Street Journal's Vivian Salama has more on what happened at the G-7 summit, and how it could impact the talks ahead.

8 min
Jun 11, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 11: The Fed's two-day policy meeting is this week. Ben Leubsdorf says we should watch for what the Fed might say about interest rate hikes for the rest of the year. We'll also get a report on May retail sales.

5 min
Jun 9, 2018
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Akane Otani says Wall Street will look for clues about future interest rate hikes from the upcoming Fed policy meeting. She adds we're entering a period with low trading volumes, which could lead to a bit of volatility.

7 min
Jun 8, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 8: The Justice Department says it won't defend the Affordable Care Act, in a new blow to the law. Stephanie Armour says Justice is asking a federal court to strike down key elements of the law.

8 min
Jun 7, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 8: The G-7 summit comes at a tense time for the U.S. and its allies, who are angry over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Zumbrun has more on the shadow that's casting over the meeting.

8 min
Jun 7, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 7: A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds voters would rather see control of Congress flipping to Democrats. Also, President Trump's approval rating has risen, and he gets more credit for the strengthening economy. Aaron Zitner has more.

7 min
Jun 6, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 7: Amid continued trade uncertainty, U.S. farmers are getting caught in the crosshairs. The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Bunge has more on how that's influencing everything from day-to-day operations, to planning for the future.

8 min
Jun 6, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 6: Ahead of midterm elections, the Democratic Party appeared on track to avoid being shut out of several House races in California primaries. Republicans also dodged a bullet. Natalie Andrews says it's tied to California's unique primary election system.

7 min
Jun 5, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 6: Wendy's is moving its tomato production from fields to greenhouses. The fast-food chain says that means no more mushy tomatoes. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon explains why Wendy's is making the move.

6 min
Jun 5, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 5: Food companies are struggling to figure out what you want to eat. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street Columnist Aaron Back has more about how that's translating to changes in the food industry - and on supermarket shelves.

6 min
Jun 4, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 5: Trying to beat robocallers? Turns out they're still winning, even if you don't pick up the phone. That's because some are actually making money off an old caller ID system. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse explains.

8 min
Jun 4, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 4: Trade tensions are high heading into the G-7 summit later this week, with the U.S. alienating major allies over steel and aluminum tariffs. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun has more on the latest trade talks.

6 min
Jun 4, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 4: In a quiet week for economic reports, April trade deficit numbers could get some attention. And with U.S. tariffs angering allies, we'll be watching a G7 summit taking place at the end of the week in Quebec. We get a preview from Harriet Torry.

6 min
Jun 2, 2018
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Investors were heartened by good news from the May jobs report. But Mike Wursthorn says U.S. tariffs and promises of retaliation by trading partners are hanging over the markets.

7 min
Jun 1, 2018
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P.M. Edition for June 1: The economy added 223 thousand jobs in May and the jobless rate fell to 3.8 percent, lowest level in 18 years. Greg Ip says the report provides evidence that the strong labor market is bidding up wages.

8 min
Jun 1, 2018
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A.M. Edition for June 1: The May unemployment report beats Wall Street's expectations. Who's the highest-paid CEO of a banking or financial company? It's Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase. That's according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of best-paid financial chiefs. WSJ's Theo Francis has the story.

7 min
May 31, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 31: The Wall Street Journal says Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett offered to invest three billion dollars in Uber Technologies. But talks between Berkshire and Uber fell apart. We get more from WSJ's Nicole Friedman.

7 min
May 31, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 31: There's a new federal law aimed at preventing online sex trafficking and prostitution. The Wall Street Journal's Heidi Vogt says online dating sites are worried about potential liability caused by the law's vague wording.

9 min
May 30, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 30: In a Wall Street Journal exclusive, depositions of several NFL owners show that pressure by President Trump caused them to change the rules on player behavior during the national anthem. WSJ's Andrew Beaton has more.

8 min
May 30, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 30: Major food companies hungry for sales growth and market share have experienced a remarkable rate of CEO turnover. The Wall Street Journal's Annie Gasparro says companies have been impacted by a change in Americans' eating and shopping habits.

10 min
May 29, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 29: Media chiefs Les Moonves and Shari Redstone are locked in a legal war triggered by disagreement over whether to merge CBS with Viacom. The Wall Street Journal's Keach Hagey says it's become a bitter battle over who will control CBS.

8 min
May 27, 2018
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The May jobs report is due on Friday, and other reports will shed light on inflation and how trade concerns are impacting the economy. WSJ's Ben Leubsdorf breaks down what to look for this week.

7 min
May 27, 2018
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Memorial Day Edition: Memorial Day marks the start of summer, and businesses are struggling to find temporary seasonal workers. The Wall Street Journal's Ruth Simon says business owners are running up against a visa shortage and a tight job market.

7 min
May 25, 2018
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Stocks ended mostly lower in quiet trading ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says the markets await Friday's May jobs data, and will monitor wage growth for any signs of inflation.

8 min
May 25, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 25: With a planned summit off at least for now, the White House has resumed its pressure campaign against North Korea. The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Lubold explains.

6 min
May 24, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 25: The nation's top colleges and universities are making more accommodations, as an increasing number of students are classified as disabled. The Wall Street Journal's Doug Belkin explains what's behind the increase, and how schools are adjusting.

8 min
May 24, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 24: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is unhappy with media coverage of his company. So he tweeted about plans to start a website named "Pravda" that would rate media credibility. More from Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins.

7 min
May 23, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 24: In a rare, bipartisan deal, Congress has approved a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank law. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Tracy explains how it happened.

7 min
May 23, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 23: Apple has been searching for a city to house a tech support site. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says the search has been done secretly, unlike Amazon's "beauty contest" search for a second corporate headquarters site.

5 min
May 22, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 23: In less than a year, the relationship between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has changed drastically. The Wall Street Journal's Michael C. Bender has more on what's behind the change.

7 min
May 22, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 22: Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip argues the U.S. has the advantage in negotiations. But so far, he says the U.S. has failed to use that leverage, giving China the upper hand.

7 min
May 22, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 22: Changes in consumer tastes are leading to new challenges for big food brands like Campbell, who are struggling to keep up with the smaller, novelty brands cutting into their business. The Wall Street Journal's John D. Stoll has more.

8 min
May 21, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 21: Boston is among the finalists for Amazon's second headquarters. Specifically, the city has proposed East Boston, a rapidly-gentrifying area, and that's raising fears the city could become too crowded, forcing residents out. The Wall Street Journal's Jon Kamp has more.

8 min
May 20, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 21: Will it be four rate hikes this year instead of three? This week's minutes from the last Fed policy meeting could give us clues about the future path of interest rate hikes, says the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Chaney.

7 min
May 19, 2018
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Stocks dipped lower Friday and booked losses during a relatively quiet week. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says that, unlike in recent weeks, trade tensions didn't rattle investors.

8 min
May 18, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 18: Long-term mortgage rates have topped 4.6 percent, the highest rate since 2011. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode talks about how higher rates really put the squeeze on first-time home buyers and others with moderate incomes.

8 min
May 18, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 18: Small companies are cutting back on expense account-related events like business lunches or tickets to baseball games. Why? The new tax law eliminates or reduces tax breaks for these events, according to the Wall Street Journal's Ruth Simon.

7 min
May 17, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 17: Walmart said its first quarter revenue jumped more than four percent, aided by a strong economy. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer said Walmart's grocery business and e-commerce unit both showed solid growth.

9 min
May 16, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 17: The years following the recession were some of the strongest ever for credit card issuers. But the Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says card lenders' returns are being pressured by higher loan losses and rising rewards costs.

8 min
May 16, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 16: More employers are moving to ban cellphones at meetings. The Wall Street Journal's John Simons talked to corporate managers who say smartphones can make employees less attentive and can sap worker productivity.

6 min
May 16, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 16: Concert promoters are trying a new tack to weed out scalpers. The strategy is known as slow ticketing. But is it working? The Wall Street Journal's Anne Steele has more.

8 min
May 15, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 15: It may not be a surprise to learn that most college graduates are moving to major U.S. cities post-graduation. But some smaller cities are attracting them, too. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner has more on the cities with the most drawing power.

7 min
May 15, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 15: More often than not, CEO pay doesn't match performance. The Wall Street Journal's Vanessa Fuhrmans has more on why that gap persists.

7 min
May 14, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 14: Some of the cities competing to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters are using their presentations to the company to create other partnerships. The Wall Street Journal's Keiko Morris has more.

6 min
May 14, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 14: Retail sales were surprisingly weak at the start of the year. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Nunn says if the weak trend continues, it could be bad news for second quarter economic growth.

5 min
May 12, 2018
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U.S. stocks had their strongest week since March, rising over two percent. Volatility was noticeably absent but the Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says it could reignite over issues such as trade negotiations.

9 min
May 11, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 11: What's on TV? Good question. A flurry of industry merger activity could lead to changes at the top of companies like Fox, CBS and Viacom. And that could mean changes in TV programming, says the Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint.

7 min
May 11, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 11: The majority of economists recently surveyed by The Wall Street Journal say the next recession might begin in 2020, ending our current period of economic expansion. Reporter Ben Leubsdorf has more.

8 min
May 10, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 10: President Trump Thursday welcomed home three U.S. citizens who'd been detained in North Korea. It comes ahead of the U.S. - North Korea summit, now scheduled for June 12th. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender has more.

8 min
May 10, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 10: It's not too early to start thinking about summer travel. And this year, The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney says some of the best deals lead to Europe.

8 min
May 10, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 10: It's not too early to start thinking about summer travel. And this year, The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney says some of the best deals lead to Europe.

9 min
May 9, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 9: President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord. The Wall Street Journal's Dion Nissenbaum says it's a sign Trump is increasingly charting his own foreign policy path and no longer following advice from cautious national security aides.

8 min
May 8, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 9: Democrats may be united in their opposition to President Trump. But a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows there are some growing divisions within the party. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner explains.

7 min
May 8, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 8: Tiger Woods takes Ibuprofen to prevent back pain. But experts are split on whether that's advisable for the average person. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa explains. Plus, President Trump announces the U.S. is withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

7 min
May 7, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 8: An earnings report that showed Tesla burned through $1 billion is raising questions about the company's finances. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street Columnist Charley Grant breaks down the numbers.

7 min
May 7, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 7: Berkshire Hathaway wrapped up its annual shareholders meeting this weekend. And The Wall Street Journal reports that top executives are taking on more responsibility from "semiretired" CEO Warren Buffett. Global Investment Editor Geoffrey Rogow has more.

7 min
May 7, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 7: Consumer data out this week will give us more clues about inflation, and the health of the economy. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf has more on this week's economic calendar.

6 min
May 5, 2018
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News that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway upped its stake in Apple led to a big tech rally. Also, more sluggish wage growth in the April jobs report eased worries about inflation, according to the Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani.

8 min
May 4, 2018
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P.M. Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting is expected to draw more than 42,000 people. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman has some tips for newcomers. Plus, President Trump delivers a speech at the NRA's annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

8 min
May 3, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 4: More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association's annual conference in Dallas, Texas. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Frosch is covering the event, and has more on what to expect. Plus, the April unemployment rate drops to a 17-year low, but wages still struggle to rise at a swift pace.

7 min
May 3, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 3: President Trump is now acknowledging a payment made by lawyer Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, after Rudy Giuliani, now one of his attorneys, said the president reimbursed it. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus has the details.

6 min
May 3, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 3: Some of the cities that were rejected by Amazon during the company's search for a home for its second headquarters are taking the company's criticism to heart. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more on Amazon's advice to those cities, and the changes they're making as a result.

7 min
May 2, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 2: Apple posted a strong earnings report this week, and signaled confidence in growth for the months ahead. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more on what's ahead for the tech giant.

7 min
May 2, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 2: A tight labor market is forcing small cities and towns to think outside the box to encourage workers to relocate. The Wall Street Journal's Shayndi Raice has more on the tactics they're trying to bring in top talent.

8 min
May 1, 2018
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P.M. Edition for May 1: President Trump is giving the European Union and some other nations more time to negotiate exemptions from new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The Wall Street Journal's William Mauldin has more on what's behind the decision.

7 min
May 1, 2018
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A.M. Edition for May 1: Banks and credit-card companies are having preliminary discussions about ways to potentially monitor gun purchases. The Wall Street Journal's Telis Demos has more on the options they're considering, and why they're controversial.

7 min
Apr 30, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 30th: T-Mobile and Sprint are joining forces. If approved, the $26 billion deal will leave three major players at the top of the U.S. wireless market. The Wall Street Journal's Dana Cimilluca has more on the deal, and how it could change the wireless landscape.

8 min
Apr 30, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 30: All eyes are trained on the April jobs report, which comes out on Friday. But there's plenty of other economic data to parse this week. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath breaks down the economic calendar.

6 min
Apr 28, 2018
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Investor concerns about earnings and rising Treasury yields made for a volatile week on Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says the volatility could continue into the new week, with the Fed meeting, the jobs report and more key earnings on tap.

7 min
Apr 27, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 27: The Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn says colleges are putting more and more applicants on wait lists. It's an ideal situation for schools, but it creates more uncertainty for students who face a deadline to commit to their college of choice.

7 min
Apr 27, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 27: A new report finds some colleges and universities are asking alumni to postpone payments on their loans - so the institutions won't face penalties. The Wall Street Journal's Michelle Hackman has more.

7 min
Apr 26, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 26: First-time claims for jobless benefits have fallen to the lowest level since early in the Nixon administration. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell talks about what the report might mean for wages, the Federal Reserve and interest rates.

6 min
Apr 26, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 26: A new report finds Americans could end up paying more for their next television, if proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports go into effect. The Wall Street Journal's Andrew Tangel has more.

7 min
Apr 25, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 25: Amazon is optimizing its smart speakers for kids. The company is highlighting new controls to make the devices child-friendly, like functions to block them from shopping, or hearing bad language. The Wall Street Journal's Wilson Rothman has more.

6 min
Apr 25, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 25: Amazon is working with General Motors and Volvo, to begin delivering packages to cars. But will consumers be comfortable giving strangers access to their vehicles? The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more.

6 min
Apr 24, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 24: The Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the Trump Administration's ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The Wall Street Journal's Brent Kendall has more on what's at stake.

7 min
Apr 24, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 24: Despite an expected boost from the nation's new tax law, economists think economic growth slowed down in the first quarter of 2018. The Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart has more, on what economists expect in Friday's GDP report.

7 min
Apr 23, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 23: Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert has offered to buy company assets, including the Kenmore brand. That's after other buyers couldn't be found. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner says it's a bid by Lampert to save his retail empire.

8 min
Apr 23, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 23: How fast is the economy growing? We'll get the initial estimate of the first quarter GDP this week. And keep an eye on March durable goods orders to see if businesses are spending, says the Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell.

5 min
Apr 21, 2018
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Stocks fell sharply Friday, as worries about Apple iPhone sales fueled a tech selloff. Akane Otani of the Wall Street Journal thinks investors may have priced in expected earnings strength. Akane says inflation is a bigger worry for Wall Street.

8 min
Apr 20, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 20: The Southwest Airlines engine failure that resulted in one passenger death highlights a continuing challenge for carriers: getting passengers to follow safety instructions. The Wall Street Journal's Patrick McGroarty explains.

6 min
Apr 20, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 20: The Permian basin has been the big growth driver for the shale oil industry. But now, the giant oil field has encountered some rough spots, such as pipeline bottlenecks. We get more from the Wall Street Journal's Alison Sider.

9 min
Apr 19, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 19: Why did an engine cover break apart during a Southwest flight, killing a passenger and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing? Investigators hope to answer that question, according to the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor.

8 min
Apr 19, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 19: Amazon and its bricks-and-mortar rival Best Buy are teaming up to sell smart televisions. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce says the TVs are powered by Amazon's Fire TV operating system.

7 min
Apr 18, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 18: President Donald Trump has spoken out against U.S. trade deficits with other countries. But the Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip says the tax cuts enacted by Trump and the GOP actually make trade deficits wider.

7 min
Apr 18, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 18: The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger says a wave of new instant messaging apps has changed the way people communicate at work. And older employees who still favor email are scrambling to keep up.

6 min
Apr 17, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 17: Walmart plans to redesign its website next month. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer says Walmart wants to make a site that looks less like a Walmart store and appeals to higher-end brands.

8 min
Apr 17, 2018
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A.M. Edition for April 17: States want to expand their ability to collect online sales taxes. The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments on the case Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin tells us what's at stake.

8 min
Apr 16, 2018
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P.M. Edition for April 16: President Donald Trump tweeted "mission accomplished" after the U.S. and allies used a missile strike against facilities in Syria. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender says "mission accomplished" is a loaded term in Mideast foreign policy.

8 min
Apr 16, 2018
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Investors will have lots to watch this week, from Syria to earnings. Plus, trucking companies have trouble recruiting drivers.

5 min
Apr 14, 2018
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The earnings season starts to heat up in the new week. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says profits of S&P 500 companies are expected to rise about 20 percent. But she notes stocks struggled earlier this year, even after strong earnings reports.

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