Money & Markets modules for Thursday, March 31

Money & Markets modules for Thursday, March 31

TODAY

The Labor Department reports weekly unemployment benefit applications and the Institute for Supply Management issues its Chicago business barometer. The New York and Chicago Fed bosses are scheduled to speak at separate events.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT

Lululemon finds right fit in 4Q

Lululemon Athletica shares jumped after the athletic clothing retailer reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by strong holiday sales.

CENTERPIECE

Crude question: Is oil high or low?

The price of U.S. crude oil has jumped more than 40 percent since hitting its lowest level in 13 years last month, yet at around $40 a barrel it is half of where it has been for much of the decade.

STORY STOCKS

Carnival (CCL)

Norfolk Southern (NSC)

MetLife (MET)

Lululemon Athletica (LULU)

Sonic (SONC)

Acadia Pharma (ACAD)

Verint Systems (VRNT)

Paychex (PAYX)

FUND FOCUS

Artisan Mid Cap Value (ARTQX)

Even though investors have been leaving this fund in droves as it trails its peers, Morningstar says its strengths are intact.

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