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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 10:13 A.M.

2017 investment forecasts: Possibly good, no longer great

Get ready for investments to be merely good again. They’ve already been great for years, as both stocks and bonds have delivered fat returns since the worst of the financial crisis passed in 2009. But after such a strong and long gallop upward, markets have many reasons to slow down, analysts and fund managers say.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

Business Beat: A collection of regional advancement and achievement

Agriculture The Dude Ranchers’ Association recently recognized Kettle Falls’ Bull Hill Guest Ranch for meeting the highest standards of the dude ranching industry. DRA membership is awarded after completing a two-year inspection and approval process, ensuring the ranches provide genuine, Western hospitality. Bull Hill opened as a guest ranch in 1995 and is part of a working cattle ranch that dates back to 1903.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

Consumer Confidential: Insulin price hikes aren’t sweet

A key feature of Republican plans to replace Obamacare is allowing market forces to boost innovation and competition among health care providers. “Unleashing the power of choice and competition is the best way to lower health care costs and improve quality,” declares House Speaker Paul Ryan in his conservative manifesto “A Better Way.”

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

The Motley Fool: CVS Health has a healthy future

It’s been a tough road recently for shareholders of drugstore giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). The company has shown moderate results in its front-of-the-store business (think shampoo, diapers, soap, chips and beer), with comps (sales at stores open more than a year) falling 1 percent during the most recent quarter. But the pharmacy business keeps humming along nicely, with comps rising 3.4 percent during the same time frame. The reason for the stock’s recent fall has to do with pharmacy accounts leaving CVS and migrating over to rival Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prime Therapeutics - the nation’s fourth-largest pharmacy benefits manager - and Tricare - which provides insurance to active-duty and retired military personnel - decided to use Walgreens to meet their members’ prescription needs. Those changes caused CVS to lower its expectations for the coming year. The stock has already fallen 30 percent from its May highs.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, 7:56 P.M.

Washington’s top-tier hotels selling out for Trump’s inauguration

Looks as if it will be business as usual for Washington, D.C.’s top hotels for next month’s inauguration. Donald Trump’s victory last month caught more than a few of his supporters by surprise, if hotel reservations are any indication. Instead of the expected calls to secure a luxury suite for the celebrations, operators spent the day after the election staring at silent phones as Trump voters scrambled to make plans for a trip to the nation’s capital.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016

The Dirt

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