But banks are ramping up their repossession efforts, RealtyTrac says. That could bring more foreclosed homes to the market.
Higher crude oil boosts energy shares. BP is a big winner after hitting a 14-year low Wednesday. Jobless claims dip. China confirms big export growth. Goldman Sachs shares slip.
A report says it is not clear if taxpayers will ever be repaid in full. Fed Chairman Bernanke isn't worried.
AT&T says it has closed the hole, but about 114,000 e-mail addresses were exposed, including those of well-known people.
The SEC is expected to announce new measures to limit market volatility.
The man who ran what's supposed to be the biggest Ponzi scheme is a celebrity at his prison in North Carolina. He may even be happy.
That's how much the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has cost shareholders. So far.
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