NewsWatch: The stock market suffers from seasonal affective disorder too

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Seasonal variations in investors’ moods impact stock market returns, according to new studies. See full story.

ECB aims to end its massive bond-buying program in December

The European Central Bank says it will begin tapering its monthly bond purchases in October, aiming to bring its controversial quantitative easing program to a close by the end of 2018. See full story.

U.S. retail sales jump 0.8% in May, point to strong second-quarter GDP

Sales at retail stores surged in May, but the increase was a double-edged sword. Americans are spending more because of a strong economy, but rising inflation also means they have to pay more for gas and other staples. See full story.

Whole Foods CEO says he’s ‘not afraid to get fired’ over clashes with Amazon

The relationship between Amazon.com Inc. and Whole Foods has been rocky since the tech giant acquired the grocery chain a year ago, Whole Foods Chief Executive John Mackey told employees, but he said he’s held his ground and is happy with how it turned out. See full story.

Here’s the biggest winner in the AT&T-Time Warner merger

AT&T-Time Warner merger could hand Time Warner’s CEO a $434 million ’platinum parachute,’ writes Howard Gold. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

Soccer’s transfer market can be a financial bonanza for those who break out in the World Cup. See full story.

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