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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Buying stocks now may be less risky than you thinkNEW YORK (AP) _ Is it too late If you've stayed out of stocks recently, you might be worried that you've missed your chance to get back in. After all, they must be expensive now that the Dow Jones industrial average has risen 120 percent in four years to a record high.
Time spin-off highlights risks facing magazinesLOS ANGELES (AP) _ From Sports Illustrated to People to its namesake magazine, Time Inc., was always an innovator. But now when the troubled magazine industry is facing its greatest challenge, the company Henry Luce founded is struggling to find its way in a digital world. Time Warner Inc.'s decision to shed its Time Inc. magazine unit last week underscores the challenges facing an industry that remains wedded to glossy paper even as the use of tablet computers, e-readers and smartphones explodes.
Report: EU to propose controls on bosses' payBERLIN (AP) _ A top European Union official says he plans to propose that company shareholders across the continent be given the power to set managers' pay _ an approach similar to an initiative recently approved by voters in non-EU Switzerland. EU internal market commissioner Michel Barnier was quoted Sunday as telling Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper he plans to make his proposal by the end of this year.
Class of 2012: Young Spaniards launch startupsMADRID (AP) _ In a cramped office in downtown Madrid, five young architects who found themselves jobless in Spain's wrenching economic crisis sit almost elbow to elbow _ glued to computer screens as they create 3-D videos of construction proposals for far-flung sites in Britain, Panama, Malaysia and Zambia. The founders of the Factoria 5 digital design company last month took home (EURO)2,000 ($2,700) each for the projects they are delivering. That's good money for professionals in a field so blighted by Spain's building bust that many of Factoria 5's fellow architecture grads are either unemployed, have given up on architecture or moved abroad. One, who considers himself lucky, became a train conductor.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba names new CEOBEIJING (AP) _ Alibaba Group, one of the world's biggest e-commerce companies, said Monday its executive vice president will succeed founder Jack Ma as chief executive. Ma, 48, announced in January he was stepping down as CEO to make way for younger leaders. He stayed on as chairman.
World stocks mixed after strong US jobs reportBANGKOK (AP) _ A strong U.S. jobs report helped propel Asian stock markets higher on Monday, but shares in Europe were weighed down by renewed worries about the region's struggling economies. France will release monthly industrial production figures that analysts said would likely reflect continuing weakness while investors were still smarting from a credit downgrade slapped on Italy on Friday. The Fitch Ratings Agency said the country's inconclusive election that left no party in clear control of the government harmed the chances of Italy moving ahead with economic reforms.
Cause of off-color, fetid water eludes Pa. townPITTSBURGH (AP) _ What causes clear, fresh country well water to turn orange or black, or smell so bad that it's undrinkable Residents of a western Pennsylvania community have been trying for more than a year to get that question answered in their quest to get clean water back.
Many left behind as Silicon Valley reboundsSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ On a morning the stock market was sailing to a record high and a chilly storm was blowing into Silicon Valley, Wendy Carle stuck her head out of the tent she calls home to find city workers duct taping an eviction notice to her flimsy, flapping shelter walls. "I have no idea where I'm going to go," she said, tugging on her black sweatshirt over her brown curls and scooping up Hero, an albino dog.
German exports start the year stronglyBERLIN (AP) _ Official figures show that German exports began the year strongly with a 1.4 percent rise in January over the previous month. Exports rose to (EURO)91.9 billion ($120.3 billion) in January from (EURO)90.6 billion in December 2012, according to figures Monday from the Federal Statistical Office, which adjusts values for calendar and seasonal effects.
Sandy-damaged homes hit market at bargain pricesLONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) _ It sounds like the premise for a new reality TV series: "Hurricane House" _ people scouring waterside communities looking to buy homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy at a deep discount. While there are bargains out there, ranging from 10 percent off pre-storm prices for upscale homes on New York's Long Island and the Jersey Shore to as much as 60 percent off modest bungalows Staten Island and Queens, it's still very much a game of buyer beware.
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