• Have small-cap stocks suffered enough? - 12/11/2014 01:03 PM PST
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    ( Robert F. Bukaty )
    Online shoppers flummoxed by changing prices

    Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to 'buy low.' 
    A personal finance book or other like-minded gift may not be at the top of most 20- and 30-somethings' wish lists this holiday season, but if they are new to managing money, it might be a good idea.  
     
    San Francisco's Pacific Research Institute hosted a panel discussion reflecting the thoughts of four free-market adherents -- including Paul Atkins, a former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  
     
    Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that San Francsico-based Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and regulatory authorities.  
     
    Robert F. Bukaty
    Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to 'buy low.'  
     
    Paul Sakuma/AP photo
    Amazon is courting last-minute holiday shoppers by extending its free-shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19.