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Italy Cuts Income Taxes in Effort to Boost Economy

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:23
Italy's government on Friday approved the country's first sweeping income tax cuts in more than a decade, giving up to €80 a month in extra cash to three-quarters of the workforce.

Lenders Ease Mortgage Rules in Hunt for Business

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:18
Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing market.

DealBook: Italian Bank Increases Planned Share Sale to $6.9 Billion

NYT > Business - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:16
Monte dei Paschi di Siena is fighting to avoid nationalization and bracing for stress tests of its balance sheet by European regulators.






What's Ahead for AT&T's Stock Price?

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:49
AT&T, the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., will report first-quarter 2014 earnings on Tuesday after the market closes.

Wealth Matters: Live Longer and Heirs Will Prosper in New York

NYT > Business - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:47
A new estate and gift tax law that went into effect on April 1 will create enormously complex financial planning problems for a few years.






Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold Merger Talks Break Down

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:42
Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining were in advanced talks this week over a deal that would have combined the world's two largest gold producers, but the talks broke down.

Italian Bank Proposes Increased Stock Offering

NYT > Business - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:37
The plan to issue $6.9 billion in new stock comes as the bank fights to avoid nationalization and braces for stress tests of its balance sheet by European regulators.






A Discount on Muni Funds

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:37
Investor fears on interest rates and finances have held down prices for some closed-end funds that hold municipal bonds.

Michaels Stores’ Breach Involved 3 Million Customers

NYT > Business - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:32
The company said that two security firms had found evidence of a breach at Michaels, a crafts retailer, and at a subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, a framing company.






Can the Dow Climb Higher on Consumer Strength? Earnings Say Yes

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:02
Solid results from two consumer-facing stocks this week suggest a source for further market gains.






IRS Pays Awards to Whistleblowers

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:26
The Internal Revenue Service handed out $53 million to tax tipsters in fiscal 2013 and collected $367 million based on information provided by tipsters.

Verizon, AT&T May Face Bidding Limits in Spectrum Auction

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:00
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said a portion of the high-quality wireless airwaves coming up soon for auction should be reserved for smaller carriers.

SEC Freezes TelexFree's Assets

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:46
The SEC has filed charges against TelexFree, accusing the VOIP service of illegally operating a $1 billion pyramid scheme targeting Brazilians and other immigrant groups.

NY Regulator, AIG at Odds on Court Request

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:35
New York's top financial watchdog is at odds with American International Group Inc. over the next steps in federal court to resolve a potentially costly licensing dispute, as an unusual confrontation between the big insurer and a key regulator unfolds.

4 Reasons You Should Watch This Under-the-Radar Stock on Your Watchlist

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:30
Little known NPS Pharmaceuticals has fallen hard of late, along with other biotechs. Yet there are four compelling reasons why you should keep tabs on this stock.






How Big Is the Threat to This Johnson & Johnson Blockbuster?

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:30
Growth for Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) blockbuster Zytiga is being weighed down by Medivation (MDVN) and Astellas (ALPMY) Xtandi.






3 Reasons the Market Is Down on Gilead Sciences

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:30
Gilead Sciences's competition from AbbVie and Merck is just one of the reasons.






1 of These 3 Cratering Biotechs is a Buy

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:30
Biotech stocks have been performing poorly in general this year. However, some biotechs have been having a truly terrible year. Here's a look at the three worst-performing biotechs and their respective chances at making a comeback.






'My Father Is Going to Die From Red Tape'

WSJ.com What's News US - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:28
A patent dispute between Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences over a potentially lifesaving artificial heart valve is prompting a scramble among doctors and hospitals to treat desperately ill elderly patients before a court injunction curtails sale of one of the devices.

Dow Jones Earnings: What Intel and IBM Said About Tech This Week

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:01
Can the tech sector keep leading the Dow Jones Industrials higher? Find out here.






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