U.S. First-Quarter GDP Growth Revised Higher to 0.8%

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The U.S. economy’s first-quarter slowdown was less pronounced than initially thought, and recent data have pointed to a pickup for growth this spring.

The Economy vs. Earnings: Companies Aren't Winning

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The U.S. economy isn’t as weak as the GDP report suggests. As that becomes clear, companies will need to find another excuse.

Williams and Energy Transfer: No Rhyme or Reason

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Energy Transfer Equity’s counterclaims in a suit against Williams Cos are hard to swallow.

Terex-Zoomlion: Another Chinese Deal Bites the Dust

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After Zoomlion abruptly pulled the plug on buying U.S. equipment maker Terex, other potential takeover targets might want to grill their Chinese suitors on whether they have the cash, or are truly willing to pay the price.

Oil Prices Poised to Hit Sweet Spot

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On Thursday oil prices rose above $50 a barrel, putting crude back within a range between $50 and $60 in which almost everybody benefits, economists and investors say.

U.S. Consumer Sentiment at Highest Level in 11 Months

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Americans are more confident than at any time in almost a year—with the consumer sentiment index rising to 94.7 this month from April’s 89.0—as cheap gasoline, low interest rates, and a rebound in stocks boost the economy’s prospects.

U.S. Companies Dial Back Their Investment

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Slower spending on capital goods comes despite a solid labor market, a strengthening housing sector and continuing low interest rates.

Fed Survey Finds Improvement in Household Finances

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Most Americans reported their household finances mildly improved last year, but nearly half said they would struggle to cover a $400 expense in an emergency.

Auto, Mortgage Delinquencies Rise in Energy Regions

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The New York Fed’s quarterly report on household debt and credit found rising auto and mortgage delinquencies in the U.S. counties that had the highest employment in the oil and gas industry, even as the national picture continues its gradual improvement.

Is a Higher-Yielding Bond Worth the Risk?

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Financial advisers and other investors need to be careful in evaluating seemingly sweet offerings, columnist Allan Roth says.

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