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Oil Falls On Weaker Chinese Growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices are falling after China reported weaker economic growth.

China is the second-largest oil consumer after the U.S., and its rapid growth has been one of the primary drivers of world oil demand

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US Consumer Confidence Falls In March

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers' confidence in the U.S. economy dropped in March amid higher gas prices, says a private research group. The decline comes after confidence rose to the highest level in a year during the previous month

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Western States Boast the Best Wellbeing, Southern States the Worst

Want to be happier? Move out west.

The latest Gallup report finds people living in western states have the highest well-being.

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Japan’s Trade Deficit Balloons To Record High

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says its trade deficit ballooned to a record high 1.48 trillion yen ($18.7 billion) in January, the biggest in the three decades that such data became available.

The numbers released Monday by the Ministry of Finance highlight this nation's surging import of fuel after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster sent a nuclear plant into meltdown

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Markets React To Positive Jobs Report
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Highest Dow Close Since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average has closed at its highest level since before the 2008 financial crisis.

The Dow jumped 157 points Friday to close at 12,862. That's the highest since May 2008

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Survey At 4-Year High, But Shows Signs Of Trouble

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states puts the report's overall index at a 4 1/2-year high, but other indicators show trouble ahead for the rural economy

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Oil Prices Climb On Improving U.S. Job Numbers

Oil prices are climbing after the government said the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped to its lowest point since April 2008.

Benchmark oil rose 83 cents to $101.42 per barrel Thursday morning in New York

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Factories, Builders Boost Economy At End Of Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since the late spring. And the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months

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Oil Price Above $101 On Rising Consumer Confidence

The price of oil climbed above $101 a barrel in light holiday trading on growing consumer confidence and prospects for stronger demand.

Benchmark crude rose $1.52 on Tuesday to $101.19 per barrel in New York

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Consumer Confidence Index Surges In December

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing.

An improving job outlook helped the Consumer Confidence Index soar to the highest level since April and near a post-recession peak, according to a monthly survey by The Conference Board

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