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Pleasure and Pain: GE and United Earnings Calls in Contrast

General Electric Co.’s post-earnings conference call Friday was a portrait of grabbing the bull by the horns. United Airlines’ call the day before was more like getting gored.When GE released results at 6:30 a.m. in New York -- missing analysts’ estimates by a mile and slashing the profit forecast -- the

JPMorgan Executive Is Named to Run SEC Trading and Markets Unit

A JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive was picked to run the Securities and Exchange Commission unit that regulates U.S. stock markets and Wall Street brokerages.Brett Redfearn, head of market structure at the New York-based bank, will oversee the SEC’s trading and markets division, according to a statement from the regulator

Trumps Chief of Staff Says Hes Not Quitting or Being Fired

Rest easier, official Washington: President provocative words of Republican Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, surprised reporters on Thursday by conducting the White House’s daily news briefing himself. His appearance followed recent reports that he’s unhappy in his job and has considered leaving.Vanity Fair, for example, reported on Wednesday that

American Households Spend Bigger Slice of Income on Debt Payments

Families making between $25,300 and around $43,000 devoted 15.6 percent of their income to paying their debts last year, the first increase since 2010, and a factor that may be contributing to rising consumer default rates, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Debt levels for these households are rising even as the broader

How Hollywood’s Decades-Later Sequels Stack Up

Harrison Ford appears destined to reappear as much-aged versions of the characters that made him a star: Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and now ’s Rick Deckard. These decades-later followups rarely match the box office power of the original when inflation is taken into account.That pattern was evident with both Star Wars (38 years between and ) and Indiana

Googles probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

Google has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited its platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Washington Post. It says tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who were aiming to spread disinformation across Google’s products — including