These large cap stocks trade at attractive valuations and pay generous dividends.
Rising tensions over the civil war in Syria pushes energy prices higher. Brent crude, which affects gasoline prices, approaches $107 a barrel.
MSN Money's Charley Blaine explains what's influencing what we end up paying at the pump.
The Energy Information Administration raises its estimates of shale oil and gas, which are both costly to extract.
Without a stronger natural gas lobby, Brent will stay where it is and only the Middle East sheiks will win.
With Edison International permanently closing the facility, the issue of aging reactors in the US is becoming inescapable.
North Dakota's oil boom has sent its GDP soaring, and it's minting 2,000 millionaires a year. But it also faces tough problems.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Children from lower income families are at greater risk of suffering accidental injuries and being sickened by food, according to a Consumer Federation of America study.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.