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Small business optimism rose in April but is still weak

NEW YORK — Small business owners recovered some of their optimism during April, but they’re still wary about the economy. The National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday that its index of small business optimism rose 2 points last month, ...

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Maryland business executives find few reasons for optimism

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland business executives delivered a mixed economic forecast Tuesday, tempering any reasons for optimism with caveats and warnings about pitfalls for the state in the coming months. Banks can’t find enough qualified borrowers looking for money, and consumers ...

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Economic concerns sink stocks for 4th straight day

NEW YORK — Lingering concerns about the U.S. economy pushed the stock market lower for a fourth straight day. With little new economic data, investors remained focused on Friday’s grim unemployment report. “Wall Street came back, quickly and very strongly, ...

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Optimism, uncertainty of tax changes fueled strong 4th quarter

Whether it was increased optimism about the economy or uncertainty about changes in the tax law, the market for buying and selling companies remained strong during the final three months of 2010. The number of mergers and acquisitions involving Maryland ...

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Economic experts voice cautious optimism for 2011

While 2011 is barely underway, there remains cautious optimism that this year will see less unemployment, more freedom in the credit markets and greater spending by consumers in Maryland and the country as a whole. For its annual First Friday ...

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Optimism for 2011 pushes consumer confidence higher

NEW YORK — Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to a five-month high in November, showing increased optimism for the first half of next year. The report offered some comfort to the nation’s retailers during the holiday shopping season, but ...

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