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Justin Lahart
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Investors are cheering DuPont’s announcement that its chief executive is retiring and that the chemical giant will step up its cost-cutting plan. But the applause may not last.

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Investors hoping that unsettled markets will persuade the Federal Reserve to hold off on raising short-term interest rates later this month aren’t getting any help from U.S. consumers.

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The real global threat from China and Greece may not be financial-market contagion, but economic contagion.

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The good news for banks is that the odds still favor the Federal Reserve raising rates this year. The bad news is that the pace of further increases may be slower than many investors anticipate, leaving banks with a trickle of additional interest income where they are hoping for a steady flow.

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It was easy to predict that dollar strength and weak overseas economies were going to lay into many companies’ first-quarter results. So the idea analysts and investors were somehow surprised can be a bit hard to take.

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The best reason to look past the economy’s weak showing over the winter can be found in what most American households and businesses seem to be doing as spring emerges.

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Low as inflation is, it would be even lower if not for one group that has been remarkably adept at pushing through price increases: Landlords.

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My latest

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When short sellers are willing to put their necks on the line, investors should think twice before sharpening their axes.

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