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US stock indexes shift mostly higher in afternoon trading

Health care companies led the major U.S. stock indexes mostly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, as the market gave up some of its gains from earlier in the day. Consumer goods and financial stocks also rose, while real estate companies were the biggest laggard. Crude oil prices headed lower. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 27 points, or ...

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Hattiesburg’s The First Bancshares announces the acquisition of Iberville Bank and Gulf Coast Community Bank

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, (www.thefirstbank.com), based in Hattiesburg, has announced that it has acquired Gulf Coast Community Bank, based in Pensacola, FL and Iberville Bank, based in Plaquemine, LA. » READ THE COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg Business Today

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US stocks rise as auto makers and retailers trade higher

U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday morning as December auto sales start to roll in. General Motors and Ford are trading higher. That’s helping consumer-focused companies. The market is building on its gains from the day before. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average added 30 points, or 0.2 percent, to 19,911 as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & ...

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US stocks ring in 2017 with gains as energy companies rise

U.S. stock indexes are jumping on the first trading day of 2017. Energy companies are climbing with the price of oil, while banks are advancing thanks to a bump in interest rates. Those two sectors had the biggest gains in the market last year. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average leaped 120 points, or 0.6 percent, to 19,882 as ...

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Tech stocks dip, dividend payers rise as indexes tread water

Technology stocks fell Friday, but gains for utilities and other big dividend payers helped U.S. indexes hold close to record levels. Bond yields gave up some of their big gains from the last few days. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,260 as of 11:40 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones ...

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Banks lead US stock indexes higher, and dollar jumps again

A surge in banks and other financial stocks that stand to benefit from higher interest rates led U.S. indexes higher Thursday. The dollar climbed to its strongest level in more than a decade against other currencies, and the price of gold sank on expectations that the Federal Reserve will follow up Wednesday’s rate increase with several more next year. KEEPING ...

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Mississippi’s Renasant Bank says stock sale will raise $75M

A Mississippi bank says it’s likely to raise $75 million by selling new stock to investors. Renasant Corp., the Tupelo-based parent company of Renasant Bank, said Wednesday that it will sell 1.9 million new shares at $41.50 per share. After paying underwriting firms $3.5 million, the bank expects to net $75 million. Renasant says the stock sale is likely to ...

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The latest: stocks tumble lower after Fed rate hike

After initially wobbling between gains and losses following the Fed’s announcement, stocks turned moderately lower in afternoon trading following the rate increase decision. Bond prices fell after the announcement Wednesday, sending bond yields higher. High-dividend utilities and real estate companies, which would stand to lose more than other companies from rising interest rates, fell more than the rest of the ...

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Dow hits another record as bank stocks continue to climb

U.S. stocks are rising Monday morning, led by gains in bank stocks, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to another record high. Other major indexes are also up but still below their own all-time highs. European stocks were mostly higher, but Italy’s market fell after Italian voters rejected constitutional changes, dealing a major setback to Premier Matteo Renzi. KEEPING SCORE: ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS’ deficit “mortgage” ballooning, not shrinking

You know how a mortgage works right? You make your monthly payments and gradually your mortgage balance comes down.   Pat Robertson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), tells legislators and retirees to think of PERS’ massive $16.8 billion funding shortfall as a mortgage: “Having an unfunded liability (deficit) is analogous to having a mortgage and ...

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