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Mutual funds chase head start on hit IPOs with pre-public investing

U.S. mutual funds are placing bigger bets on privately held companies to get a head start finding the next IPO superstar, a strategy that has yielded some dramatic payoffs and flameouts.

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Apple

What would the Dow look like if it included Apple?

It may be by far the most valuable American company but Apple Inc still can’t get into at least one exclusive club – the 30-member Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Shopping mall

U.S. holiday sales may recover with help of deep discounts

Despite a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. holiday sales may squeak by expectations if steeper and longer-running discounts lure enough shoppers.

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Cybersecurity

Bebe Stores confirms payment card security breach

Bebe Stores Inc said it detected a hacking attack on its payment processing system that could have compromised data from cards swiped in its stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Home Depot electronic payment

Home Depot says about 53 million email addresses stolen in breach

Home Depot Inc (HD.N), the world's largest home improvement chain, said about 53 million email addresses were stolen during a recent breach of its payment data systems, in addition to some 56 million payment cards previously disclosed by the retailer.

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U.S. President Barack Obama

Obama signs order to tighten security for federal credit cards

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity fraud.

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PayPal

PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

PayPal's biggest threat as it prepares to split from eBay (EBAY.O) next year may come from former employees who back a crop of new businesses serving shoppers who increasingly prefer to pay with mobile phones rather than personal computers.

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Home Depot electronic payment

Home Depot breach bigger than Target at 56 million cards

Home Depot Inc (HD.N) Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp (TGT.N).

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Wall Street

Wall Street ends lower as Apple falls, bond yields rise

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday as Apple (AAPL.O) shares declined and as bond yields hit their highest in a month on concerns the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than some investors had expected.

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Home Depot Inc

Home Depot purchases Houston-based retailer Blinds.com

Atlanta, Georgia-based home improvement specialty retailer Home Depot purchased Houston-based window covering seller Blinds.com for an undisclosed amount to expand the technology on its company website.

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Radius

San Francisco's Radius scores $13M to improve workflows for salespeople

San Francisco, US-based big data firm Radius raised $13 million in a funding round led by Formation8 Partners to spot great leads and improve workflows for salespeople.

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Home Depot Inc

Housing market recovery boosts Home Depot's sales

A recovery in the US housing market lifted the sales and earnings of Home Depot.

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Rona Inc

Rona Inc Cuts Back Further

Rona Inc, in a bid to be more competitive, is further cutting back on overheads and salaries.

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HD Supply

HD Supply Holdings Inc to do IPO

HD Supply Holdings Inc sets IPO, becoming public after going private back in 2012.

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