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April 23, 2018

April 22 ws Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration to support clean air, clean water, and other measures to protect our planet. As an investor, what lessons can you learn from this special day?

Consider the following:

Avoid “toxic”…

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April 23, 2018

Stephen Stansbury, an independent home improvement contractor by day, was more than aware of the food delivery options in Rocky Mount.

More aptly, he was well aware of the pizza options — Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa John’s. He didn’t notice much else, so he and wife, Heather, saw a…

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April 21, 2018

A steep slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, pulling the market lower for the second day in a row.

Losses among retailers, packaged food and beverage makers and other consumer goods companies also helped weigh down the market. Banks rose as bond yields continued to climb,…

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April 20, 2018

Losses among technology and consumer products companies weighed on U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak for the market.

Banks bucked the trend, rising along with bond yields. Energy companies also eked out a slight gain, despite a late-afternoon downturn in oil prices. The…

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April 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy.

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief.

Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce…

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April 19, 2018

Officials with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline invited local residents to an open house and job fair Wednesday at Northern Nash High School for people to learn more about what to expect during construction while contractors, local unions and inspection companies discussed training and job opportunities.…

April 18, 2018

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s highest court is deciding whether a clean-energy advocacy group illegally sold solar power to a church as part of its plan to undercut the monopoly of the state’s electric utilities.

The state Supreme Court listened Tuesday as lawyers offered differing…

Duke Energy Solar Power

April 18, 2018

The unemployment rate dropped in most counties in North Carolina in February as a PNC economic outlook reports business owners around the state are optimistic about the state economy, national economy and their own company’s prospects.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, 74 out of…

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April 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers bounced back in March and bought more cars, furniture and appliances after three months of declining retail sales.

The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.6 percent last month, the largest increase since November. Auto sales jumped 2 percent, the most in…

Retail Sales

April 16, 2018

NEW YORK — Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in a state where they don’t have a store or other building.

If the court backs government…

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