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Covestro leader MacCleary finds stability amid change

By Alex Nixon
Jerry MacCleary has commuted to the same office complex in Robinson during his 37-year career in the plastics industry even though he has worked for four different companies. He managed to remain in the same location because the companies he ...

Stocks finish weak before Thanksgiving holiday; energy firms give back some gains

By The Associated Press 7:04 p.m.
NEW YORK — Stocks wobbled Wednesday and finished little changed before the Thanksgiving holiday. The market was positive for most of the day, but its gains dissipated in the final minutes of trading. Last week, the markets made their biggest …

Union leaders warn Post-Gazette newsroom of possible layoffs

By Chris Fleisher
Newsroom employees at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette were warned by union leaders that the company may resort to layoffs months after it moved to cut costs through buyouts. “We are hopeful there are no layoffs, but we don’t know whether there’s ...

Terror threat doesn’t keep Pittsburgh International travelers down

By Melissa Daniels
The State Department warning to U.S. travelers frequenting airports amidst terrorist attacks overseas did not deter traffic during the busiest week of the year at ...

North Shore parking garage plan moves forward in Pittsburgh

By Tom Fontaine
Construction of a  $15 million parking garage near the North Shore’s Heinz Field will start at the beginning of the Pirates’ upcoming season and continue ...

H&M to open in Westmoreland Mall

By Mary Pickels
Just in time for fashion-conscious shoppers to update their holiday wish list, popular retailer H&M will open its new store in Westmoreland Mall at noon Dec. 11. To celebrate, the first 100 shoppers on opening day will receive a store logo ...

Self-driving vehicles closer to getting green light as feds ease stance

By Wire and Staff Reports
Over the river and through the woods, the car knows the way. At least that’s the growing expectation of federal transportation officials for Thanksgivings of ...

Mall stores required to open for Thanksgiving

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice. Take jeweler Jerry Amerosi, who ...

Feds upgrade GDP’s growth

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought. The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, ...

Coke had hand in shaping nonprofit health group, emails show

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world’s largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping ...

Black Friday loosens its hold on the holiday season

By The Los Angeles Times
Retailers are going into hyper-drive to attract shoppers with the approach of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that officially kicks off the holiday shopping ...

New rules proposed for high-speed traders

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Regulators are proposing new procedures to monitor high-speed trading more closely in response to wild market swings brought on by a series of technical breakdowns. More than 70 percent of all trading is automated, the Commodity Futures Trading ...

German financial giant Allianz SE slashes coal investments

By The Associated Press
BERLIN — Germany’s Allianz SE, one of the world’s largest financial asset managers, said Tuesday that during the next six months, it will decrease investments ...

Stocks shake off Middle East tensions, drop in consumer confidence

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stocks overcame an early stumble Tuesday and finished higher as investors shook off concerns about heightened conflict in the Middle East and a drop in consumer confidence. The price of oil spiked after Turkey shot down a Russian ...

Powder metals fabricator Atlas Pressed Metals diversifies appeal to customers

By David Conti
When Atlas Pressed Metals was a young company, it was forced to look beyond automakers that buy about three-quarters of the parts made by the ...

Hedge fund Elliott Management grabs 6.4 percent stake in Alcoa

By Alex Nixon
Activist hedge fund Elliott Management disclosed Monday that it has taken a major stake in Alcoa Inc. and plans to push the aluminum producer to look for ways to increase profitability ahead of its split into two companies. The 6.4 percent ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: Alcoa names post-split leaders for company keeping its name; General Mills sets goal to buy all-cage free eggs by 2025; more

Staff and Wire Reports
Alcoa names  post-split leaders Alcoa Inc. said Tuesday that Roy Harvey, the president of its primary products division, will become chief executive of the business ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: Ideas can help — if politicians will let them

It’s raining ideas out there this season. Some might do just the watering that business, profits and jobs need to …

John Browne

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Oil prices fall, markets wobble as tension mounts

The heinous ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris sent financial and oil markets downward, continuing a week-long trend. Only three days …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Chew on these 5 stocks for growth at a reasonable price

In this column, I am a cheapskate 51 weeks a year. But once a year, at Thanksgiving time, I offer …

Chris Posti

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End of year good time to take stock

Here it is, nearly 2016, and if you’re a Baby Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964), you might be thinking …

Kim Komando

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Don’t buy these 4 things on Black Friday

Black Friday has become synonymous in our minds with great deals. Often, the deals are impressive as businesses compete for …

Real Estate

Dormont’s Sugarplum House Tour spotlights 100- to 120-year-old homes

By Katie O'toole 6:39 p.m.
Dormont Public Library will host its first Sugarplum House Tour on Dec. 6, showcasing a church and five historic homes in the borough. The event ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery: Nov. 22, 2015

By Tribune-Review
MANUFACTURING PPG appointed Dave Cole vice president, architectural coatings, U.S. and Canada, and Ken West global vice president, packaging coatings. BANKING, FINANCE McMahon Financial ...