P&G profits up, stock down
Procter & Gamble's earnings were up 11 percent in the second quarter, but the company's stock price remained depressed in the wake of merger talks with two big drug makers. TRISTATE EARNINGS REPORTS
AK Steel reported lower fourth-quarter and full-year earnings. Retailers sue over debit cards
Wal-Mart, Cincinnati-based Federated Department stores and other large U.S. retailers will seek $8.1 billion in damages from Visa and MasterCard for alleged debit card antitrust violations, according to a newspa per report Tuesday. Index rates consumers as thrilled
Consumer confidence, a driving force in the economy's long expansion, has soared to its highest level in the 33 years that the statistic has been kept, driven by the booming stock market and plentiful jobs. EBay earnings exceed expectations
Online auction house eBay Inc. topped Wall Street's estimates Tuesday, posting higher-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings reaped from record numbers of registered users and auctions. TRISTATE BUSINESS SUMMARY
Hoping to once again outperform the market, portfolio managers at Fifth Third Bank announced which stocks they think are hot for 2000. INDUSTRY NOTES: RETAIL
Store of Knowledge has acquired 21 Learningsmith educational games and toy stores, but not the Learningsmith in Tri-County Mall. That store closed this month. TRISTATE MARKET SPOTLIGHT
Shares of Regent Communications Inc. rose 41 percent to $12 Tuesday, its first day of trading.
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