New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing a tactic used by some of the largest private equity funds -- but he may have a hard time making his case.
The Dow holds at 13,000, but the S&P 500 drops below 1,400. Will Fed Chairman Bernanke signal new stimulus plans? Retailers see strong back-to-school sales in August. Sears is leaving the S&P 500. Crude oil and gold slip.
The Las Vegas Sands head may be focused too much on the US presidential campaign and not enough on his gaming empire.
Now that the Supreme Court has found the law Constitutional, both party's bases will likely be re-energized.
Hospital stocks and Medicaid insurers saw big gains after the Supreme Court's ruling, while other health care stocks dropped.
The Dow ends the week up 3.6% despite European worries. Spain is expected to seek eurozone aid to prop up its banks. McDonald's sees uncertainty hitting results, but Wal-Mart leads the blue chips. Crude oil briefly falls under $83.
As the political glass ceiling continues to crack, these women leaders have the most influence.
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