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___ Retailers, brands see green for back-to-school shopping NEW YORK (AP) — For the back-to-school season, many parents and their kids are thinking green.

New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

New Jersey has become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21. Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Friday a measure that raises the age from 19. Hawaii and California are the only other states where the smoking age is 21.


International Dividend ETFs to Limit Currency Risks

As many income-minded investors turn to alternative avenues in search for yields, international markets have become a popular destination, but one should be mindful of potential currency risks associated with overseas exposure. Consequently, investors may look to a currency-hedged dividend exchange traded fund to generate yields while mitigating foreign exchange fluctuations. Investors have been flocking…


3 Been-There-Done-That Biotech CEOs Who Are Doing it Again

After Puma Biotech's recent success, the search is on for other clinical-stage biotechs being run by proven CEOs. Could leadership experience turn Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Axovant Sciences, and Esperion Therapeutics into winners too?


U.S. Stock ETFs Take a Breather on Latest Weak Earnings

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds ended a seven-day streak Friday as industrial giant General Electric (NYSE:GE) dragged on the broader sector. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEARCA:VOO), were 0.2% lower Friday. GE shares…