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1. Yellen Says Fed Close to Achieving Its Economic Goals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the economy has come a long way in recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, and the Fed is getting close to achieving its goals of maximum employment and stable inflation.

2. Federal Reserve Sees Growth Pickup at End of Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew a bit faster at the end of last year, spurred by healthier sales for manufacturers and steady hiring that is slowly pushing up wages.

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that its survey of economic conditions around the country found that growth was modest or moderate in 10 of its 12 districts. That is an improvement from seven in the previous report. Growth was slight in the Cleveland district and largely unchanged in New York.

3. US Budget Deficit Nearly Doubles in December From Year Ago -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. federal government's budget deficit rose from a year earlier for the second straight month, the latest sign of a rising financing gap.

The Treasury Department said Thursday that the December budget deficit was $27.5 billion, nearly double the $14 billion in December 2015. In the first three months of the government's budget year, the deficit is slightly below last year's total. But adjusting for calendar quirks that moved some large benefit payments into September, the deficit has worsened in the past three months.

4. Transcripts Show Fed Divided in 2011 Over Bond Purchases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Newly released transcripts show Federal Reserve officials were sharply divided in 2011 over whether the central bank should launch a program aimed at pushing long-term interest rates lower to spur economic growth.

5. Fed's Powell Sees Only Isolated Signs of Financial Excess -

A Federal Reserve governor is saying record-low interest rates have so far produced only isolated signs of excess in the economy but that the central bank must remain vigilant.

Jerome Powell says low rates helped pull the country from the Great Recession and toward a healthy job market. But he also says rates that stay low for a long time can lead to excessive risk-taking, as seen in the dot-com and housing bubbles of the last two decades. He made the remarks Saturday at an American Finance Association meeting in Chicago.

6. Consumers Increased Borrowing at Fastest Pace in 3 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers increased their borrowing in November at the fastest pace in three months.

The Federal Reserve says total borrowing in November climbed $24.5 billion, compared to a smaller $16.2 billion in October. The increase pushed total debt to a fresh record of $3.75 trillion.

7. Obama's Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' paychecks rose in December at the fastest pace in more than seven years as steady hiring and low unemployment led some businesses to pay more to attract and keep workers.

8. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

9. Fed Minutes: If Economy Heats Up, Rate Hikes May Accelerate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials, who boosted a key interest rate last month, said they might need to accelerate future rate hikes if a faster-growing economy pushes down the unemployment rate farther than currently expected.

10. Memphis Residential Real Estate Market Remains Healthy in 2016 -

A strong year in the Memphis-area residential real estate market has the potential to carry over into 2017 and even beyond.

Low inventory and the talk of potential interest rate increases are some of the main factors contributing to a competitive market.

11. US Business Investment Rose in November for 2nd Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses stepped up their spending on industrial machinery, steel, and other big-ticket items last month, a sign that one of the economy's weak spots may be improving.

12. Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels Since 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans jumped to an average 4.30 percent from 4.16 percent last week and the highest since April 2014. The average for a 15-year mortgage rose to 3.52 percent from 3.37 percent last week and highest since January 2014.

13. US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Pct. Annual Rate Last Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last.

14. What 2017 May Mean for Your Personal Finances -

It's been a tumultuous 2016 – both financially and politically. The year may have left some people wondering, what's next? And, how will it affect me?

Lacking a crystal ball, we asked a few economic experts what they think 2017 may hold in store for Americans' personal finances. Here's their take on what to expect in the year ahead:

15. Yellen to College Grads: Best Job Market in Nearly a Decade -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Monday that college graduates are entering the strongest job market the country has seen in nearly a decade, and their degree is more important than ever.

16. 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.

17. Renasant Corp. Kicks Off Common Stock Offering -

For the parent company of Renasant Bank, now looked like the perfect time to kick off a common stock offering that will bring more than $75 million into the company’s coffers.

18. Fed Raises Key Interest Rate and Foresees 3 Hikes in 2017 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more rate hikes in 2017.

19. With Fed Expected to Hike, Attention Turns to What It Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There isn't much doubt about what the Federal Reserve will do when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: It's all but certain to raise its benchmark interest rate – its first increase in a year.

20. December 9-15, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

1986: Foreclosure proceedings are underway for the Downtown Radisson on the southeast corner of Third Street and Union Avenue. The $25 million, 284-room hotel had just opened the previous June after a renovation that incorporated the old eight-story Tennessee Hotel facing Third into a new 11-story tower east of that. The Radisson is the second Downtown hotel to have financial difficulties since the start of 1986. Chattanooga developer Franklin Haney had defaulted on interest payments for the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, the hotel connected to the Memphis Cook Convention Center, prompting a refinancing of the deal.

21. US 30-Year Average Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.13 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the sixth straight week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, marking new highs for the year.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan jumped this week to 4.13 percent from 4.08 percent the previous week. The benchmark rate surpassed its 3.95 percent level of a year ago.

22. Get Used to It: Economists See ‘New Normal’ of Slow Growth -

Americans should get used to a "new normal" of slow economic growth, business economists say.

The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for the American economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2017, up from a forecast 1.6 percent this year and unchanged from the previous survey in September.

23. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet -

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

24. US Employers Add 178K Jobs as Unemployment Sinks to 4.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

25. Fed Reports Modest Growth Around Nation in New Survey -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reports that the U.S. economy grew at a modest rate this fall, with solid gains in consumer spending helping offset lingering weakness in exports.

26. US Bank Earnings Up Nearly 13 Percent in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the July-September period jumped nearly 13 percent from a year earlier as continued growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed strength in the banking industry more than eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans. Some energy companies have struggled to repay loans, causing distress for banks in oil and gas producing regions.

27. US Economy Grew at 3.2 Percent in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy in the third quarter grew at the fastest pace in two years, with a revised report showing stronger consumer spending than first estimated.

The gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, expanded at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That is up from a previous estimate of 2.9 percent.

28. November Fed Minutes Show Officials Moving Closer to Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month believed it would be appropriate to raise a key interest rate "relatively soon," with some arguing for a hike at the Fed's next meeting in December in order to preserve the Fed's credibility.

29. Fund Managers: No, the Election Won't Wreck Your 401(k) -

NEW YORK (AP) – Worried that the election will ruin your 401(k)?

Don't be, fund managers say, no matter who wins the White House. As long as you're a long-term investor willing to ride through whatever market bumps occur after Election Day, and there certainly could be scary ones, presidential elections historically haven't had much impact on stocks over the long term. Other factors, such as how expensive stocks are relative to their earnings and what the Federal Reserve is doing with interest rates, are more important factors for the market than who sits in the White House.

30. Fed Leaves Key Rate Unchanged But Hints at Upcoming Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday, six days before Americans choose a new president, but hinted again that it would likely raise rates soon.

31. Consumer Spending Rebounded in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers boosted their spending in September at the fastest pace in three months, while their incomes grew by a modest amount.

Consumer spending increased 0.5 percent, a significant rebound from August when spending fell 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. The increase was led by a 1.3 percent surge in spending on autos and other durable goods. Incomes increased 0.3 percent in September, slightly faster than the 0.2 percent gain in August.

32. US Economy Grew a Bit Faster in September, Fed Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth accelerated slightly as summer ended and fall began, supported by modest hiring, an uptick in consumer spending, and steady homebuilding, according to the Federal Reserve.

33. US Consumer Prices Rose in September on Higher Oil Costs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs fueled U.S. consumer prices in September, but overall inflation remained in check as it has for the past several years.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that consumer prices increased 0.3 percent last month. Much of that rise stemmed from energy, housing and prescription drugs. Energy costs surged 2.9 percent in September as oil and gasoline prices rebounded from recent lows. Previous price declines still mean that gas costs 6.4 percent less than a year ago.

34. US Factory Production Rebounded in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers boosted output modestly last month, led by greater production of construction supplies, autos and petroleum products.

Factory production rose 0.2 percent in September, following a decline of 0.5 percent in the previous month, the Federal Reserve said Monday. The broader industrial production category, which includes mining and utilities, ticked up 0.1 percent.

35. Will Boom in Loans at Retailers, Manufacturers Turn to Bust? -

NEW YORK (AP) – They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers.

Not one has "bank" in its name, but they are all big lenders, and getting bigger by the day.

36. Fed Doesn't Move Key Rate But Hints of Coming Hike -

The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged but sending a strong signal that it will likely boost rates before the end of the year.

The Fed said in a statement Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up.

37. Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged But Hints of Coming Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end.

The Fed said in a statement ending its latest policy meeting Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up. But it noted that business investment remains soft and inflation too low and that it wants to see further improvement in the job market.

38. OB-GYN Shweta Patel Joins Adams Patterson Gynecology -

Dr. Shweta Patel has joined Adams Patterson Gynecology & Obstetrics as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Patel, who’s a lieutenant commander of the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, comes to Adams Patterson after serving as a naval medical officer and sexual assault response liaison at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

39. With Economic Outlook Hazy, Fed Likely to Leave Rates Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Again and again in recent months, the Federal Reserve has signaled that it's edging closer to resuming the interest-rate hikes it began in December.

It just doesn't seem to be there quite yet.

40. 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.

41. US Consumer Prices Ticked Up 0.2 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent in August as a surge in medical care offset flat readings for food and energy.

The result follows an unchanged figure in July. Core inflation, which excludes the volatile categories of food and energy, rose 0.3 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. It was the biggest monthly increase since February. The climb in core inflation was led by a record jump in drug prices and the biggest rise in doctor and hospital charges in a quarter-century.

42. Americans Take on More Mortgage Debt as Housing Recovers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans are buying houses and taking on mortgage debt at a time when higher home prices are also boosting their ownership stakes.

The trends, revealed in a Federal Reserve report Friday, reflect the healing of the U.S. housing market nearly a decade after the real estate bubble burst.

43. A Flurry of Tepid Economic Data Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory output fell, consumers cut back at retailers and wholesale prices went nowhere in August, the latest evidence of a less-than-robust economy. The weak numbers could give the Federal Reserve further reason to hold off on raising interest rates when it meets next week.

44. US Manufacturing Output Stumbled in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory production fell last month amid cutbacks in appliances, home electronics and machinery, threatening hopes for a manufacturing rebound after two previous months of gains.

45. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 17 Percent in August -

Bankers like Scott Stafford are watching for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates soon and, at least for the moment, expect the usual mortgage market cool-down heading towards the end of the year.

46. Kirkpatrick Named CFO At Commercial Advisors -

Lori Kirkpatrick has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as chief financial officer. In this role, Kirkpatrick oversees all finance and accounting functions at the commercial real estate services firm, including lease administration services provided to clients. 
She focuses on driving projects and innovations and ensuring quality and commitment to our clients. 

47. Americans Got Raise Last Year for First Time Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans finally got a raise last year after eight years of stagnating incomes.

The typical U.S. household's income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Even with the solid gain, that remains below the median household income of $57,423 in 2007 when the Great Recession began. The median is the point where half of households fall below and half are above.

48. Fed's Brainard: Move Cautiously Before Hiking Interest Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard indicates she's in no hurry to raise interest rates again, comments that could be greeted with relief on Wall Street.

In a speech in Chicago, Brainard says the risk that higher rates will damage a fragile economy exceeds the risk that higher rates will ignite inflation. Economic weakness "counsels prudence," she says.

49. US Stocks Slump As Traders Fear Higher Interest Rates -

Investor jitters over the possibility the Federal Reserve is ready to raise interest rates this year roiled Wall Street Friday, handing the stock market its worst day in more than two months.

The Dow Jones industrial average sank nearly 400 points, its worst single-day loss since June. The broad slump wiped out two months of gradual gains, jolting the market out of a mostly flat course over the past several weeks.

50. Consumer Borrowing Grows by $17.7 Billion in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers increased their borrowing in July, though the category that includes credit cards grew at the slowest pace since February.

The Federal Reserve said Thursday that consumer borrowing rose by $17.7 billion in July, up from a $14.5 billion increase in June.

51. US Job Openings Jump to Record High in Mixed Signal to Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American employers advertised a record number of open jobs in July, a sign hiring may stay healthy despite a slowdown last month.

Job openings jumped 4 percent to 5.87 million, the Labor Department said Wednesday, slightly above the previous peak reached in April. The data dates back to December 2000.

52. US Services Firms Register Slowest Growth Since 2010 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services companies grew last month at the slowest pace in more than six years, a private survey finds.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index fell to 51.4 last month from 55.5 in July. The August reading was the lowest since February 2010, and last month's 4.1-point drop was the biggest since November 2008 when the U.S. economy was in a recession. Still, anything above 50 signals growth, and services firms have now expanded for 79 straight months.

53. Slower Hiring in August Signals Fed Rate Hike Less Likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After two months of blockbuster gains, U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest increase of 151,000, reducing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates when it meets this month.

54. US Factory Activity Shrinks for First Time in 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing contracted last month for the first time since February, as new orders and output plummeted and factories cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its manufacturing index dropped to 49.4 in August from 52.6 in July. Any reading below 50 signals contraction.

55. US Productivity Down in Spring, While Labor Costs Rise -

U.S. productivity fell in the April-June quarter by a larger amount than first estimated, while labor costs accelerated sharply.

Productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.6 percent, even worse than the 0.5 percent drop initially reported, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It marked the third straight quarter that productivity has fallen.

56. US Banks’ Q2 Earnings Climbed 1.4 Percent to $43.6B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the April-June period rose 1.4 percent from a year earlier as growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed continued strength in the banking industry eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans.

57. Yellen Suggests Rate Hike is Coming, Offers No Timetable -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.

58. US Economy Grew at Tepid 1.1 Percent Pace in Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.

59. Yellen, in Speech Friday, Could Send Signal About Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The job market is humming, and so are the U.S. financial markets, with major stock indexes near record highs.

All that would normally trigger a green light for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates – especially when they're barely above all-time lows. Yet the Fed, still casting a wary eye on the economy, has yet to signal that it will resume raising rates soon.

60. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

61. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving into South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

62. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Sept. 29 Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving in to South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

63. Fed Minutes: Conditions Could 'Soon Warrant' A Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials believed last month that near-term risks to the U.S. economy had subsided and that an interest rate increase could soon be warranted. But they did not indicate when they would likely raise rates.

64. Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary -

Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

65. Fed Numbers Show Memphis-Based Banks Getting Bigger, More Profitable -

A lingering story among banks based in Memphis is that the biggest banks keep getting bigger. And new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show that trend continued uninterrupted in the second quarter.

66. Tepid Retail Sales Lower Expectations for US Economic Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sluggish month of retail spending has tempered expectations for the U.S. economy's growth in the coming months.

Consumers pulled back on shopping and eating out in July after three straight solid monthly gains, the government said Friday. Those declines were offset by increases in auto sales and online and catalog sales.

67. US Employers Advertised More Jobs and Boosted Hiring in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised more openings and hired more people in June, adding to evidence that the job market has rebounded from a brief soft patch in the spring.

The number of job openings rose a modest 2 percent to 5.6 million in June from 5.5 million in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Still, that figure remains below the 5.8 million openings advertised in April, the highest on records going back 16 years.

68. Consumer Borrowing Slows to $12.3 Billion Gain in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers increased their borrowing in June but at the slowest pace in 17 months as auto and student loans registered the slowest growth in nearly five years.

The Federal Reserve said Friday that total borrowing rose by $12.3 billion in June, down sharply from an increase of $17.9 billion in May. That was the smallest monthly gain since January 2015.

69. Steady Hiring is Now Benefiting a Broader Group of Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.

A second straight month of robust hiring – 255,000 jobs added in July – pointed to employer confidence that suggested that the economy is powering through a slump that struck early this year. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

70. Fed Fines Goldman $36.3M for Use of Confidential Material -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve fined Goldman Sachs $36.3 million for what it called the use and disclosure of confidential materials that the U.S. uses in its supervision of banks.

71. Crowded Race in 8th District GOP Primary Tops Thursday's Ballot -

Two days before the Thursday, Aug. 4, election day, state Rep. Curry Todd was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies for removing a rival’s campaign signs in Collierville.

The arrest Tuesday on a warrant sworn out against Todd for theft is an indication of just how hard fought some of the races are in what is considered a minor election cycle in the shadow of the November presidential general election.

72. US Consumer Spending Grew a Solid 0.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers turned in another strong month of spending in June despite a decline in spending on autos.

Consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in June after an identical increase in May and a 1 percent surge in April, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The strength in June came from a surge in spending on nondurable goods, which offset a drop in spending on autos.

73. US Regulators: Still Heavy Risk in Big Bank Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say risk remains heavy in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, though lending standards have improved.

The Federal Reserve and other agencies cite increasing risks in loans to oil and gas producers as oil prices have fallen to three-month lows. The regulators said their latest examinations also showed continued high risk from loans made to companies that are already heavily in debt.

74. US GDP Grows a Weak 1.2 Percent in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.

75. As Fed Meets, No Rate Hike is Expected Until Late This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On again. Off again. On again?

Anyone trying to peg the likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year has been subject to a topsy-turvy shift of expert opinion the past few months. And when the Fed holds its latest policy meeting this week, few think it will provide much more clarity.

76. US Consumer Prices, Retail Sales Rose in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in June as the costs of gasoline and rent kept climbing, while sales at American retailers registered a healthy gain.

The Labor Department said Friday that consumer prices increased 0.2 percent last month, matching the gain in May. Prices are up 1 percent from a year ago, well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent inflation target.

77. White House: Budget Deficit to Rise to $600 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday predicted that the government's budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's tally and a reversal of a steady trend of large but improving deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.

78. US Producer Prices Rose in June at Fastest Pace in 13 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products.

The Labor Department says that its producer price index, which measures cost pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.5 percent in June. That was the largest one-month jump since a similar rise in May 2015.

79. Fed Beige Book Finds Modest Growth in Most of the US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy and hiring continued to expand modestly across most of the United States from mid-May through June, leaving some firms struggling to find skilled workers.

80. US Claims for Jobless Aid Fall, Sign of Employer Resilience -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that U.S. workers still have job security despite recent tremors in the global economy.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The 4-week average, which is less volatile, dipped slightly to 264,750.

81. Survey: US Businesses Add Decent 172,000 Jobs in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added 172,000 jobs last month, according to a private survey, a sign that hiring may have recovered after a slowdown in April and May.

Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that service firms, such as retailers and transportation companies, added jobs at a solid pace in June. Manufacturers shed 21,000 jobs, while construction companies cut 5,000.

82. Fed Minutes Show Worries About Job Slowdown, Brexit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month were unsure about the outlook for the U.S economy because of a sharp slowdown in job growth and the potential threat posed by a vote in Britain over leaving the European Union.

83. Survey: US Manufacturing Accelerates In June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American manufacturing expanded for the fourth straight month in June, hitting the strongest reading in 16 months as the outlook for new orders and production improved.

84. Pat Summitt Latest Exception to Tennessee Flag-Lowering Rule -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's order for flags to be flown at half-staff following the death of former University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is the latest exception to state protocols that normally reserve the honor for members of the military.

85. Memphis Financial Pros Brace for More Brexit Fallout -

Markets are a little like patients going in for a medical checkup. Neither one likes big surprises.

Nevertheless, that’s what everyone got at week’s end after the United Kingdom voted to pull out of the European Union. And the first phone call that First Tennessee Bank chief investment officer Jerry Laurain got on the morning after the unexpected vote result was the kind investment professionals always brace for after market-moving shocks.

86. Yellen Says Uncertainties Justify Cautious Approach -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates.

87. For Minorities, Pain is Severe Decade After Housing Peaked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the U.S. housing bubble peaked a decade ago, soon to burst with far-reaching consequences, the pain was particularly severe for black and Hispanic Americans.

A disproportionate number of minorities succumbed to subprime mortgages and foreclosures and lost their homes. Their collective loss of home equity and shift toward rental housing could widen America's racial and ethnic divides well into the future, according to researchers and housing advocates.

88. US Consumer Prices Climbed in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose a moderate amount in May, driven up by rising energy costs and the biggest increase in shelter costs in more than nine years.

Consumer prices increased 0.2 percent last month following a 0.4 percent April increase, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Energy prices rose for a third straight month, but food costs fell.

89. County Schools Funding Compromise to Be Tested -

Fragile is probably the best way to describe the compromise that emerged this week from county commissioners to fully fund the Shelby County Schools budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The plan that closes a $27.4 million gap between what the school system wants and what Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed in April had eight votes on the 13-member commission in Wednesday, June 15, committee sessions.

90. Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged in light of an uncertain job market and offering no hints of when its next rate hike might occur.

The Fed noted in a statement Wednesday after its latest policy meeting that the pace of hiring has slowed even as the overall economy has improved.

91. Banc3 Touts Niche, Inks Its First Acquisition -

The way longtime Memphis banking executive Frank Cianciola thinks a community bank ought to organize itself and how it should be run in today’s bank climate is right there in his new company’s name.

92. With Economic View Hazy, a Wait-and-See Fed Message Expected -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's all about the data. For months, the Federal Reserve has said that once economic data showed a consistently healthy economy, it would be time to resume raising interest rates. And for almost as long, the data has shown improvement and suggested that a rate hike was likely this summer.

93. Memphis-Based Banc3 Makes First Acquisition -

Memphis-based community bank holding company Banc3 Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of The Farmers Bank of Woodland Mills, Tenn.

94. US Job Openings Rise, Yet Employers Cut Back on Filling Them -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in nine months in April but pulled back on filling them, a sign of caution that may reflect concerns about tepid economic growth.

95. Mortgage Market Up 26 Percent In May -

Shelby County’s mortgage market continued heating up in May, and when combined with April’s numbers makes it likely the second quarter will end up well above where things stood at this time last year.

96. Consumer Borrowing Slowed in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers slowed their borrowing in April after pushing up their debt levels by a record amount in March.

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that total borrowing increased by $13.4 billion in April. That's down from a revised March increase of $28.4 billion, which had been the largest monthly increase on record.

97. Memphis-Based Banc3 Makes First Acquisition -

Memphis-based community bank holding company Banc3 Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of The Farmers Bank of Woodland Mills, Tenn.

98. Yellen: Economy Improving but Timing of Rate Hike is Unclear -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated Monday that the U.S. economy is improving but remains defined by so many uncertainties that it's unclear when the Fed should resume raising interest rates.

99. US Gains Just 38K Jobs, Fewest in 5 Years; Rate at 4.7 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than five years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.

100. Fed Member Brainard Urges Caution on Raising Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – An ally of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen who has been a longtime skeptic of raising interest rates signaled Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after a bleak U.S. jobs report was released earlier in the day.