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What $55 oil looks like to a U.S. producer12/17/14
Breitling Energy CEO Chris Faulkner says only half of the U.S. oil fields are profitable for producers once oil reaches $50 per barrel. And at $40, only a few are. Faulkner also sees oil prices rebounding next year, but not enough to make it worth the...
Home builders expect to do a lot more in 2015
The National Association of Home Builders' chief economist predicts single-family home construction will rise 25% next year due to pent-up demand that wasn't satisfied this year.
Mismatch between good jobs and affordable homes
One problem with home sales: Homes aren't affordable in the places with the best job markets. And what's expected to help home sales in 2015.
NHL ticket prices rising the fastest of all
Looking to score cheap tickets to a pro hockey game? You'll be hard-pressed to find any. John Greenberg, the executive editor of Team Marketing Report, says NHL ticket prices are rising the fastest of any major professional sport.
Get ready for 'spring cleaning' in foreclosures
RealtyTrac sees foreclosures at pre-recession levels early next year, and banks gearing up for some "spring cleaning."
TransUnion predicts less trouble with mortgages
Mortgage delinquency rates won't drop down to normal levels in 2015, says TransUnion vice president Ezra Becker, but they'll be closer than they've been in years.
Now McDonald's wants you to have it your way
After a drop in November U.S. sales that BurgerBusiness.com editor Scott Hume calls "seriously bad," McDonald's is expanding a custom orders system that could do some serious good.
What it costs to win the Olympics - as the host
The four U.S. cities preparing bids for the 2024 Games must choose between beating the competition and angering taxpayers, says Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson. "Any bid that would win almost certainly won't make economic sense," he...
The 10 best jobs in health care
The Labor Department estimates that health care industry will add five million jobs in the next ten years. Which ones are the best? Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast.com, breaks it down for MarketWatch's Steve Potisk.
2015 could be watershed year for Hollywood
2014 been a largely lackluster year for Hollywood and Thanksgiving was no exception. Rentrak's Paul Dergarabedian says the industry and moviegoers have a lot to look forward to next year, though.
What's behind a 'relentless grind' to stock highs
Investors aren't exactly exuberant about stocks, says Bruce McCain of Key Private Bank. But they're even less excited about the alternatives.
There's some truth to those holiday car ads
Luxury cars with big red bows on top aren't just something you see on TV, says TrueCar's Eric Lyman. He also explains why Ford was a laggard as Chrysler and GM posted their best November sales in years.
$2.50 gas by Christmas - and some will be luckier
How does $2 gasoline strike your fancy? GasBuddy.com's Patrick DeHaan says some gas stations are closing in on that price now.
Online shoppers are going big - though not today
We're not shying away from making big purchases online, and as stores move to capitalize on that, Cyber Monday is less of a big deal.
Will lower gas prices fuel holiday spending?
The National Retail Federation's chief economist isn't so sure about that.
Toys 'R' Us offering time-savers with doorbusters
As consumer surveys offer mixed views of our holiday spending plans, Toys "R" Us is trying to appeal to our need for speed. "Time is their currency," Toys "R" Us President Hank Mullany says of shoppers.
Newscast: GDP rises, consumer confidence falls
We're seeing some of the best economic growth in almost a dozen years, but we're less confident.
Top female CEOs usually insiders and more educated
Women who land the top jobs at Fortune 500 companies are more likely to be insiders and have stronger credentials than their male counterparts.
Record MLB contract is remarkable for length
What's remarkable about Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton's record 13-year, $325 million deal is the length, not the dollar amount, says Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist. And he says player salaries have no direct ties to ticket...
Manufacturers brace for another brutal winter
Manufacturers are heeding forecasts and preparing for winter as best they can. But the chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers says the global economic environment is what's actually sending chills through the sector.
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