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    Though rising mortgage rates made her nervous, Molly Parker Wade closed on a $975,000 one-bedroom apartment late last year.
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    Falling Mortgage Rates Bring Some Home Buyers Back to Market

    The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 6.09 percent this week, the lowest in five months. Buyers are returning, but experts say the state of the economy will drive the market’s next moves.


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    A chicken breeding farm in Missouri.
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    Forget Pandemic Puppies. Meet the Inflation Chicken.

    People are snapping up chickens that are “heavy layers” in response to egg inflation. The chick situation holds lessons about the broader economy.

     By Jeanna Smialek and

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    Shell will spend some of its profits on shareholders, with a bigger dividend and a share buyback program.
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    Shell’s Profit Soared to $42 Billion Last Year

    The record haul, pushed by high energy prices and a hunger for liquefied natural gas, came as a new chief signaled a more “balanced approach” to renewable energy.