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Day ahead in business

Reports: Existing home sales for March, 9 a.m.; Crude oil inventories, 9:30 a.m.

Local earnings: Abbott Laboratories, USG Corp.

Other major earnings: Altria Group, American Express Co., AMR Corp., Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Fiat SpA, Marriott International, Qualcomm Inc., Union Pacific Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., Yum Brands Inc.

The day ahead in business

Local earnings: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Boeing Co., Exelon Corp., GATX Corp., Packaging Corp. of America, RC2 Corp., RLI Corp., Stepan Co., USG Corp., W.W. Grainger Inc.

Other major earnings: Citigroup, Delta Air Lines,  Eli Lilly and Co., Gannett Co.,  Halliburton Co., Hanesbrands Inc., Hershey Co., Manpower Inc., Netflix Inc., Reynolds American Inc., Snap On Inc.

The day ahead in business

Reports: Consumer Price Index for March, 7:30 a.m.; International money flows for February, 8 a.m.; Industrial production, 8:15 a.m.;  Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index, 9 a.m.

Local earnings: Amcol International Corp.

Other major earnings: Bank of America, Mattel Inc., Nestle

The day ahead in business

Reports: Jobless claims for week ended April 9, 7:30 a.m.; Producer price index for March, 7:30 a.m.; Mortgage rates for week ended April 14, 9 a.m.

Earnings: Google Inc., Hasbro Inc., J.B. Hunt Transportation Services,  Roche, SuperValu Inc.

The day ahead in business

Reports: Retail sales for March, 7:30 a.m.; Business inventories for February, 9 a.m.; Job openings and labor turnover for February, 9 a.m.; Fed Beige Book, 1 p.m.

Local earnings: Northern States Financial Corp.

Other major earnings: Charles Schwab Corp.,  JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kaufman & Broad

Sears among companies helping military families

The White House is partnering with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and Siemens AG to help struggling military families find jobs as part of an initiative partially overseen by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.

Each company will offer different services for military spouses and veterans as part of an initiative–called Joining Forces–formally launched Tuesday by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. Get the full story »

The day ahead in business

Reports: Balance of trade for February, 7:30 a.m.; import/export prices for March, 7:30 a.m.; federal budget for March, 1 p.m.

The day ahead in business

Local earnings: Equity Lifestyle Properties

Other major earnings: Alcoa, Bassett Furniture Industries, Progressive Corp.

Expedia shares gain on TripAdvisor spin-off plan

Shares of Expedia rose 13 percent Friday as analysts hailed the online travel agency’s TripAdvisor separation plan as a way to unlock potential value. Get the full story »

Nipping at Groupon, LivingSocial raises $400M

Online coupon site LivingSocial said it raised $400 million in a round of funding, bringing the total to more than $600 million as investors flock to companies that provide socially driven discounts. Get the full story »

Free CaramelCrisp popcorn at Garrett today

A tub of Garrett's caramel popcorn. (Garrett)

Chicago’s iconic Garrett Popcorn is giving away free snack-sized bags of its CaramelCrisp from 11 a.m, until 2 p.m. at all of its stores today, in a promotion celebrating National Caramel Popcorn Day.

Garrett’s will donate $1 to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. Through the end of today, Garrett is also donating $2 from every popcorn tin sold to Save the Children.

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Toyota wins jury verdict in acceleration case

A federal jury decided Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. was not negligent in the design of a 2005 Scion, which a New York doctor said caused the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly and smash into a tree, the automaker said. Get the full story »

Critics cite kids’ health in urging ban on food dyes

The color dyes used to brighten cereals, snacks and drinks help make some children hyperactive and should be banned or at least carry a warning, critics told U.S. government advisers on Wednesday. Get the full story »

Caterpillar CEO hits at Ill. business climate

The chief executive of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. again criticized the business climate in the heavy equipment maker’s home state of Illinois Wednesday, but downplayed reports that it might leave. Get the full story »

BATS to list public shares, challenging NYSE

BATS Global Markets plans to list U.S. public stocks by year end, opening the door for companies to float shares somewhere other than the Big Board or Nasdaq for the first time in years. Get the full story »