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Why Chemists Rinse Their Glassware Three Times (and Why You Should, Too)

Why Chemists Rinse Their Glassware Three Times (and Why You Should, Too)

In a former life, I was a lab technician in a chemistry lab, where I used a very small portion of the knowledge I had gained studying chemistry for four years. I left that industry over a decade ago, but little habits have stuck with me, particularly when it comes to glassware. I love chemical …

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New home construction cools as more people get priced out of the housing market

New home construction cools as more people get priced out of the housing market

July housing starts, a measure of new home construction, plunged 9.6% month-over-month and 8.1% from a year ago, according to the US Census Bureau. After a big drop earlier this spring, housing starts had been holding relatively steady up until last month. Separately, a survey released Monday found home builder confidence fell for the eighth …

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The top 10 cities desperate homebuyers are eyeing in search of cheaper housing

The top 10 cities desperate homebuyers are eyeing in search of cheaper housing

New user data from Redfin reveals that a record share of users were looking to move from one city to another in July, many in search of cheaper housing. Home prices and mortgage rates have gone up so much that people are now increasingly looking to move to more affordable areas, according to a new …

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AMD, PayPal, Starbucks, Uber, Paramount, and Other Stocks for Investors to Watch This Week

AMD, PayPal, Starbucks, Uber, Paramount, and Other Stocks to Watch This Week

It’s the peak stretch of second-quarter earnings season, with roughly 150 S&P 500 firms scheduled to report this week. The highlights on the economic calendar will be a pair of purchasing managers’ index readings and jobs Friday. Wednesday’s earnings highlights will be Booking Holdings , CVS Health , eBay , and Moderna . Thursday will …

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AMD, PayPal, Starbucks, Uber, Paramount, and Other Stocks for Investors to Watch This Week

AMD, PayPal, Starbucks, Uber, Paramount, and Other Stocks for Investors to Watch This Week

It’s the peak stretch of second-quarter earnings season, with roughly 150 S&P 500 firms scheduled to report this week. The highlights on the economic calendar will be a pair of purchasing managers’ index readings and jobs Friday. Wednesday’s earnings highlights will be Booking Holdings , CVS Health , eBay , and Moderna . Thursday will …

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As Twitter rethinks its San Francisco footprint, a bigger $9 billion question hangs over the city's office market

As Twitter rethinks its San Francisco footprint, a bigger $9 billion question hangs over the city’s office market

Twitter Inc. put its large San Francisco office footprint on review for downsizing on Wednesday, and has nixed the opening of an office in Oakland, Calif., a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. The move clouds the future of the social-media site’s stylish San Francisco headquarters, a 1.1 million-square-foot trophy office complex at …

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Stock market turbulence may not be scaring off retail investors: 'We’re not seeing investors respond the way they typically have'

Stock market turbulence may not be scaring off retail investors: ‘We’re not seeing investors respond the way they typically have’

For all its downward dips so far this year, the stock market may not scaring off many retail investors, polling and purchase data suggest. One quarter (26%) of people said the stock market is the best place to tuck away money they will not need to tap for a decade, according to a new Bankrate.com …

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Value stocks post best stretch in 20 years relative to growth stocks --- but that's starting to change. Why?

Value stocks post best stretch in 20 years relative to growth stocks — but that’s starting to change. Why?

Since the start of the year, a longstanding trend in U.S. stocks has suddenly reversed: formerly highflying growth stocks have gotten hammered, while “value” names have taken on the mantel of market leaders at a time when stocks are on track for steep annual losses. For years, rock-bottom interest rates and negligible inflation motivated investors …

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Only 10% of new homes now sell for less than $300,000. Two years ago, a third did. It's not just because of the pandemic.

Only 10% of new homes now sell for less than $300,000. Two years ago, a third did. It’s not just because of the pandemic.

Homeownership became out of reach for millions of Americans following the recent boom in home prices. Lower-income families have been hit especially hard, with the share of new homes selling for under $300,000 plummeting to 10% from 35% in just two years. A number of factors, including more than a decade of limited homebuilding, a …

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The 15 housing markets in America that are now actually more affordable than they were in 2005

The 15 housing markets in America that are now actually more affordable than they were in 2005

“Worsening affordability appears to be having an impact on demand, which could lead to prices plateauing or even correcting modestly in some markets,” one pro told MarketWatch Picks. Getty Images/iStockphoto Rising home prices and mortgage rates have made homeownership unaffordable across much of the United States. Indeed, home prices have jumped 20% over the past …

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