Reynolds American Lifts Earnings Outlook

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Reynolds American lifted its earnings outlook for the year, reflecting strong sales from its recently acquired Newport brand and a dramatic slowing in the industrywide rate at which cigarette smoking is falling off.

Harper Lee's Lawyer Expands Role

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Harper Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, is the author’s chief spokeswoman and advocate. Recently, Ms. Carter has taken on a new role: theater producer.

Wanted in China: Public Face to Calm Turbulent Markets

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Wanted in China: a reassuring face to tell panicking investors that everything will be all right.

Rent-to-Own Homes Make a Comeback

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Wall Street firms have found a new way to profit from consumers with blemished credit who can’t qualify for a mortgage: let them rent a home first with the option to buy it later.

Relistings of Chinese Tech Firms Are in Limbo

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China’s market rout has left in limbo many small technology companies that had planned to return home after listing in the U.S.

U.S. Health-Spending Growth Jumped to 5.5% in 2014

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Growth in national health spending, which had dropped to historic lows in recent years, has snapped back and is set to continue at a faster pace over the next decade, federal actuaries said.

Twitter Must Lead, Not Follow, on User Growth

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Twitter recognizes it has a growth problem but it will be hard to fix.

Rental Demand Supplies Home-Building Opportunity

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A tight market is pushing rents higher, but new supply is on the way.

Some Investors Bet on Puerto Rico Hotels

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Puerto Rico’s worsening debt crisis has whet the appetite of a small but devoted group of distressed investors, including hedge-fund manager John Paulson, who are buying hotel properties.

Smaller Chinese Cities Miss Housing Recovery

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Housing markets in some big Chinese cities are starting to heat up, but smaller markets like Changchun in northeastern China show few signs of thawing.

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