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1. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

2. Customers Avoid New Wells Fargo Accounts After Sales Scandal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Customers are still turning their backs on Wells Fargo after a scandal over sales practices, with the bank saying Friday the number of new checking accounts people opened was down 31 percent in January from a year earlier.

3. Sector-by-Sector Highlights of the Commercial Property Forecast Summit -

Many of the area’s best and brightest commercial real estate minds were on hand for the Memphis Area Association of Realtor’s Annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit at the Halloran Centre for Performance Thursday afternoon. 

4. Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion -

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

5. Archived Article -

3333 Hacks Cross Road

Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

Project Cost: $17 million

6. MAAR Commercial Council Hosting Forecast Summit -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will host its 15th annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts & Education, 225 S. Main St.

7. Midtown High-Rise Sells For $2.3 Million -

A Central Gardens high-rise apartment switched hands for a cool $2.3 million, according to commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory company Marcus & Millichap, which brokered the deal.

8. MAAR’s Commercial Council Hosts Property Forecast Summit -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will host its 15th annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts & Education, 225 S. Main St.

9. Midtown High-Rise Sells For $2.3 Million -

A Central Gardens high-rise apartment switched hands for a cool $2.3 million, according to Marcus & Millichap, the commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory company that brokered the deal.

10. Army Vet the Real Winner of National Architectural Competition -

Despite gray skies and frigid February weather, dozens of camera crews and corporate executives from across the country packed a normally quiet cul-de-sac in Raleigh to watch a middle-aged man move into his house.

11. Dow Jones Industrial Average Breaks Through 20,000 Milestone -

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time Wednesday, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market.

Strong earnings from Boeing and other big companies helped push the Dow past the threshold early on and had U.S. stocks solidly higher in late-afternoon trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite were on course for record highs of their own after each closed at all-time highs on Tuesday.

12. Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump's election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

Dean Bingham says he's cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election – people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it's time to get them serviced.

13. Habitat Memphis Receives $160,000 Grant -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has received a $160,000 Priority Market Program grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation toward work in the Bearwater Park neighborhood, just north of Uptown.

14. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sells for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown recently was purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

15. Fed Has 8 Biggest US Banks Shift Loss Burden to Investors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The eight biggest U.S. banks will be required to build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors. The action by the Federal Reserve was the latest bid by regulators to reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

16. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

17. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

18. US Homebuilder Confidence Holds Steady in November -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence held steady this month, though their expectations for sales into next year dimmed slightly.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday was unchanged at 63. That's two points below September's reading, which was the highest in nearly a year, and up one point from a year ago.

19. Last Word: An Early Voting Challenge, Raleigh Settlement and Rocky Top Tumult -

Early voting in Shelby County ended with some lines Thursday at several of the 21 sites. We should have the final turnout numbers Friday morning and you can get the totals first @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

20. Wells Fargo Discloses SEC Investigation for Sales Practices -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo has confirmed that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its sales practices, and revealed that it has almost doubled to $1.7 billion the amount set aside to deal with its legal problems.

21. Bank of America's Profits Rise 6 Percent, Beats Estimates -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America's third-quarter profits rose nearly 6 percent from a year earlier, helped by strong results in investment banking and trading as well as lower expenses. The profit growth came from all four of the bank's businesses and despite continuing low interest rates.

22. Last Word: Festival Season, The Unbanked and Artspace Lofts Gets Started -

It was one of those weekends. In thinking back on it you will probably add rich fall colors on the trees that will come just a bit later. And since you are adding things you might give the Tigers another touchdown or two – or not, depending on where your allegiances are.

23. Last Word: In Charlotte's Shadow, EDGE Action and Elvis TV Bio at Graceland -

The Memphis City Council’s final vote next month on pot decriminalization is shaping up to be about more than marijuana. The vote on the ordinance proposed by council member Berlin Boyd is the leading edge of a larger push for changes in the local criminal justice system, according to Boyd.

24. US Home Construction Slumped in August; Big Dip in the South -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homebuilders pulled back on construction in the South, causing the pace of August housing starts nationwide to fall to their lowest level in three months.

Despite the monthly decline, construction activity has accelerated for much this year. Builders are increasingly optimistic about sales growth, a reflection of how steady job gains are leading more Americans to purchase new houses and sign leases for new apartments.

25. Last Word: Pot's Second, Marina Cove to Eden Square and Deadspin on the NCRM -

With the work week underway, the gas price spike is official and regional.

26. Banks Focus More on New Accounts – And the Fees They Bring -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, it won't be just his bank under fire for turning friendly branches into high-pressure sales centers. It'll be the entire industry.

27. Last Word: Gas Prices, Hotels and Airbnbs and Dicamba Drift -

How is your gas tank doing as the work week begins? If you are running on fumes you will probably also notice a dramatic hike in gas prices at the pump very shortly.

The Colonial Pipeline from Houston to New York closed Sept. 9 after a spill of 250,000 gallons was found in Alabama.

28. House Panel to Probe Wells Fargo Opening of Accounts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House panel is starting an investigation of Wells Fargo amid a growing scandal over its opening of millions of unauthorized accounts.

The House Financial Services Committee on Friday announced an investigation of the allegedly illegal activity by Wells Fargo employees to meet aggressive sales goals as well as the role of federal regulators in the debacle.

29. Last Word: After The Fire, Hard Changes at Fred's and Durham Doesn't Go Quietly -

The immediate questions have simple answers. It was a short in an air conditioner cord that caused the fire that killed 9 people – three adults and six children – before dawn Monday morning in South Memphis.

30. Wells Fargo Cutting Sales Goal in Wake of Hefty Fine -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo is cutting its aggressive product sales goals for retail bankers, the bank announced Tuesday after state and federal regulators fined it $185 million last week for allegedly opening millions of unauthorized accounts to meet those targets.

31. US New-Home Sales Climb to Best Level Since Late 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

32. US Home Construction Climbed to a 6-Month High in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Apartment construction in the Northeast fueled a jump in home building in July as the pace of housing starts nationwide reached the strongest pace in six months.

The rate of overall construction rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million from 1.19 million in June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was the highest level since February. Most of the gain came from an 8.3 percent acceleration in the construction of multi-family buildings. Construction of single-family houses edged up just 0.3 percent.

33. US Homebuilder Sentiment Rises in August as Sales Improve -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose two points to 60 following a downwardly revised reading of 58 in July.

34. Wells Fargo Says Small Business Optimism Ticks Up Slightly -

Small business owners showed a modest uptick in optimism in a survey released Thursday by Wells Fargo & Co.

35. US Home Construction Posted Solid Gain in June -

Construction of new homes posted a solid increase in June, led by a surge of building in the Northeast and the West.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts rose 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million from a revised 1.14 million in May. The June reading was the highest level since February, but was down from 1.21 million a year earlier.

36. Bank of America Profits Fall 20 Percent, Hurt By Low Rates -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America's earnings fell 20 percent in the second quarter, the bank said Monday, as historically low interest rates dented the bank's profitability, just like it had done for its major competitors.

37. Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction -

4572 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017

38. Pinnacle Financial Partners Makes Memphis Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new talent in Memphis.

Leigh Brown joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist for the firm’s Cordova office. She brings a seven-year career from Wells Fargo Bank, where roles included serving as lead teller, customer sales and service representative, service manager and personal banker.

39. Fast Money: Banks Making It Easier to Split the Tab -

NEW YORK (AP) – Splitting the bill for those pizzas you shared with your buddies or that utility bill that is suddenly due is going to get easier and faster even if you don't all use the same bank.

40. Collierville Shopping Center Sells for $3.5 Million -

2140-2150 Poplar Avenue Holdings LLC, a company of Maryland-based CW Capital Asset Management LLC, sold a Collierville shopping center in a May 20 warranty deed to PHC Country Club Collections LLC for $3.5 million.

41. Collierville Shopping Center Sold For $3.5 Million -

2140-2150 Poplar Avenue Holdings LLC, a company of Maryland-based CW Capital Asset Management LLC, sold a Collierville shopping center in a May 20 warranty deed to PHC Country Club Collections LLC for $3.5 million.

42. US Builders Increase Home Construction in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Builders ramped up construction of new homes in April, suggesting that the market remains solid despite sluggish economic growth at the beginning of the year.

Housing starts climbed 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The increase makes up for much of March's 9.4 percent drop in starts, a decline that partially reflected the volatile swings in residential construction on a monthly basis.

43. FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.

44. Small-Business Hiring Expected to Slow in Next Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – The pace of small business hiring is stalling and expected to slow over the next year.

Small companies created 93,000 new jobs last month, the same amount as in March, according to a report Wednesday by ADP. The payroll company's small business customers have added an average 85,000 new jobs over the past eight months, down from nearly 106,000 the previous five months.

45. Justices Reject Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo Class-Action Appeals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is turning down appeals by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. of multimillion-dollar class-action judgments.

46. Airport-Area Industrial Sells for $1.2 Million -

1525 Three Place, 3365-3378 One Place
Memphis, TN 38116

Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Buyer: Gregory Realty

Seller: One Place Associates

47. Quince Road Walgreens Sells for $3.6 Million -

A Walgreens at 5121 Quince Road, at the corner of White Station Road, has sold for $3.6 million.

Florida-based Lease Fund I LLC sold the property to a conglomerate made up of four trusts and a limited partnership, according to a Feb. 17 warranty deed recently filed with the Shelby County Register’s Office.

48. US New-Home Sales Tumble in January, Big Decline in West -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped back from buying new homes in January, as purchases plunged sharply in western states where prices are typically higher.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell 9.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 494,000. Most of the decline stemmed for a 32.1 drop in sales in the West. Sales also slipped in the Midwest, while edging up in the Northeast and South.

49. US Bank Earnings Jump 11.9 Percent In 4Q; Loan Losses Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The impact of plummeting oil prices has shown up in the financial picture of U.S. banks, whose losses from loans increased for the first time in five and half years, according to new government data.

50. US Homebuilder Confidence Held Steady in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confidence among U.S. home builders held steady in January even though builders' expectations about future sales dipped slightly.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index stood at 60 in January, matching the December reading, the association reported Tuesday.

51. US Stocks Veer Lower Following Another Drop in Price of Oil -

A slump in crude oil prices and other commodities weighed on stocks in afternoon trading Monday. Energy companies were among the biggest decliners as the price of crude oil sank to the lowest level in more than a decade. Investors also weighed the implications of another drop in China's stock market.

52. US Employers Hire at Robust Pace, Defying Global Trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

Employers added a robust 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in the October-December quarter averaged 284,000, the best three-month increase since last January.

53. Expect Less and Buy Antacid: 2016 Investment Forecasts -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investing is becoming more of a grind. Expect it to stay that way.

Analysts, mutual-fund managers and other forecasters are telling investors to expect lower returns from stocks and bonds in 2016 than in past years. They're also predicting more severe swings in prices. Remember that 10 percent drop for stocks that freaked investors out in August? It likely won't take another four years for the next one.

54. US Homebuilder Sentiment Slips in December -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident about their sales prospects in coming months, though they remain positive overall that the housing market will continue to improve next year.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday slipped to 61 this month, down one point from a reading of 62 in November.

55. Berkshire Hathaway Reduces Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart Stakes -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's company sold some of its Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart shares during the third quarter, and made several smaller changes to its stock portfolio.

56. US Home Values and Rents Defying Global Slowdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing appears to be insulated so far from the cooling global economy.

Home values and rental prices are steadily rising, fueled by strong demand and a tight supply of available properties, a pair of reports Tuesday showed. The solid demand drove sales growth early this year and spurred additional construction.

57. Trinity Ridge Business Center Sells for $16M -

7730, 7740, 7750, 7760, 7866 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $16 million

58. Trinity Ridge Business Center Sells for $16 Million -

California-based Corsair Boulevard LLC, affiliated with Libitzky Property Cos., has purchased the Trinity Ridge Business Center in Cordova for $16 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Oct. 15.

59. Why Optimism About the US Economy's Strength Has Dimmed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump.

That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. Now, doubts are growing that the United States can withstand economic pressures flowing from overseas. Economies in China, Canada, Brazil and Europe are struggling. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession.

60. Trinity Ridge Business Center Sells for $16 Million -

California-based Corsair Boulevard LLC, affiliated with Libitzky Property Cos., has purchased the Trinity Ridge Business Center in Cordova for $16 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Oct. 15.

61. US Homebuilder Sentiment Improves in October -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market, lifting their confidence this month to the highest level in 10 years.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose this month to 64, up from 61 in September. The last time the reading was higher was October 2005 at 68.

62. US Homebuilding Slows in August After Hot Streak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year.

63. Survey: Most Economists Say Fed Will Raise Rates in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of business economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year, according to a survey released Monday.

Minutes from the Fed's meeting in late July showed that officials could raise rates as early as September. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents believe the Fed will raise rates from their current near-zero levels, but only 37 percent of respondents believe it will happen as soon as next month.

64. US Homebuilder Sentiment Improves in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.

65. Appeals Court Revives Antitrust Lawsuit Over ATM Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices at the expense of consumers.

The federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that a group of consumers and independent ATM operators could pursue antitrust claims against the companies.

66. First Tennessee Promotes Walker to Lead Diversity Efforts -

First Tennessee Bank has made a key executive promotion to help enhance the myriad diversity and inclusion efforts within the bank, among its customers and in the communities it serves.

67. Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That's the lowest since September's reading of 89.

68. Fed Directs 8 Biggest US Banks to Hold Extra Capital -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

69. Apartment Construction Drives US Homebuilding Surge in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

70. US Homebuilder Sentiment Hits Highest Level Since 2005 -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the housing boom a decade ago.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday rose this month to 60, the highest level since November 2005.

71. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

72. JPMorgan 2Q Profit Up As Bank Trims Expenses -

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s second-quarter profit rose 4 percent as the bank made up for lower revenue by cutting expenses.

73. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

74. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

75. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

76. US Unemployment Falls to 7-Year Low, But Wages are Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

77. US Homebuilders’ Confidence in Sales Surges in June -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about their sales prospects than they have since last fall, while their outlook for sales over the next six months is at the highest level in 10 years.

78. Mickelson Calls TPC Southwind ‘Most Underrated Course’ on PGA Tour -

Phil Mickelson may or may not win this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. But last Wednesday, or one day before competition started, he did the FESJC a solid when talking about the TPC Southwind course.

79. 5 Reasons Why US Employers are Showing Confidence in Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.

They added 280,000 jobs – a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.

80. Local Wealth Managers Put Service Above Self -

Service over self is the Rotarian creed, and one that local wealth manager William (Bill) Pickens, has embraced in his life.

As founder of Gift of Life International’s local chapter, Gift of Life Mid-South – an organization that brings children with congenital heart defects from developing countries to Memphis to undergo lifesaving surgery – Pickens has put his mantra to work in tangible ways.

81. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

82. Survey: US Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.

83. Why Banks Made More Money Last Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter.

Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home loans and paying off their debts.

84. US Homebuilders' Outlook for Spring Sales Surges -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic that sales will perk up in coming months as the spring home-selling season unfolds.

That would bode well for home construction, which slowed early this year as severe winter weather halted new projects in the Northeast and Midwest.

85. GE Pares Off Financial Unit and Returns to Industrial Roots -

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.

The company said Friday that it will sell most of its GE Capital assets over the next two years, shedding businesses in a sector where it has had a tough time generating acceptable returns. GE also plans to repurchase as much as $50 billion of its own stock.

86. Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook for US Economy -

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast in December 2014.

87. US Home Sales Rebound Slightly in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months.

88. As Fed Weighs a Rate Hike, US Economy is Looking a Bit Paler -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the Federal Reserve seems to be inching toward an interest rate hike because of the strengthening U.S. job market, its task is getting more complicated:

Several key sectors of the economy are flashing some signs of weakness.

89. Chicago-Based LivCor Snaps Up Memphis Apartment Community -

9230 Thornbury Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $51.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Buyer: BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based LivCor LLC,
Seller: Forest Creek Apartment Associate LLC and Forest Creek Land Associates LLC, affiliates of Carter Hastin Real Estate Services Inc.
Loan Amount: $44.2 million
Loan Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank
Details: The Preserve at Forest Creek Apartments in Southeast Memphis has been sold for $51.3 million.

90. Preserve at Forest Creek Sells for $51.3 Million -

The Preserve at Forest Creek Apart- ments in Southeast Memphis has been sold for $51.3 million.

Forest Creek Apartment Associate LLC and Forest Creek Land Associates LLC, affiliates of Carter Hastin Real Estate Services Inc., sold the 414-unit apartment complex at 9230 Thornbury Boulevard to BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based LivCor LLC, ac- cording to a Feb. 27 special warranty deed.

91. Preserve at Forest Creek Sells for $51.3 Million -

The Preserve at Forest Creek Apartments in Southeast Memphis has been sold for $51.3 million.

Forest Creek Apartment Associate LLC and Forest Creek Land Associates LLC, affiliates of Carter Hastin Real Estate Services Inc., sold the 414-unit apartment complex at 9230 Thornbury Boulevard to BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based LivCor LLC, according to a Feb. 27 special warranty deed.

92. US Home Sales Plunge 4.9 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That brings sales down to their lowest level since April 2014.

93. US Homebuilder Confidence Slides Slightly in February -

U.S. homebuilders say sales prospects and buyer traffic fell slightly this month.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index slipped to 55 in February from 57 in January. Despite the decline, builders remain optimistic a month before the start of the spring buying season.

94. Homebuilder Confidence Sales Outlook Slip in Jan. -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects ahead of the spring homebuying season, traditionally the peak period for home sales.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday slipped this month to 57, down one point from a revised reading of 58 in December.

95. Homebuilder Confidence, Sales Outlook Slip in January -

Homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects ahead of the spring homebuying season, traditionally the peak period for home sales.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday slipped this month to 57, down one point from a revised reading of 58 in December. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.

96. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

97. 2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

98. Homebuilder Sentiment Slips in December -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped this month to 57, down one point from 58 in November.

99. US Homebuilder Sentiment Slips in December -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped this month to 57, down one point from 58 in November.

100. Fed Proposing Big US Banks Boost Capital Buffers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses.