Greece debt swap down to the wire

Greece is on the cusp of what could be a real make-or-break moment.

Hope about Greece spurs stocks

U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday as investors grew hopeful that private-sector bondholders are on the verge of accepting a debt-swap deal with Greece.

House passes bipartisan bill aimed at start-ups

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday aimed at making it easier for small companies to grow and go public.

Ford warns shareholders about low-ball stock offer

Ford Motor is urging its shareholders to reject a Canadian investment firm’s bid to buy up to 8 million Ford shares at below-market price.

IPad cases are a high-stakes betting game

Apple’s decision to keep the new iPad’s size nearly identical to the iPad 2 is giving case makers some wiggle room — literally.

ECB: Gloomy on economy, upbeat on euro

The European Central Bank offered a slightly more pessimistic outlook for the eurozone economy Thursday and said it expects inflation to rise this year on higher oil prices.

Women making slow gains in boardroom

Women have made modest advances in the boardroom over the past few years, now holding roughly 10% of directors’ seats worldwide, according to a new report. A survey of over 4,300 companies in 45 countries by research firm GMI Ratings found incremental gains globally over the past few years. Women held 10.8% of board seats in the companies surveyed as of the fourth quarter of last year, the highest share ever. That’s up from 9.8% in late 2010 and 9.3% a year prior. More than 60% of companies surveyed had at least one female director, up from 58% in last year’s survey, though just 2% had a female chair. Some 9.8% had at least three female directors.

Guitar-maker Fender files for IPO

Fender is ready to rock the Nasdaq.

Japan: One year after the quake and tsunami

It is nearly a year since one of the worst natural disasters ever devastated the northeast coast of Japan.

Wells Fargo to charge $7 fee on more checking accounts

Wells Fargo will start charging $7 a month for checking accounts in six more states, expanding on its efforts to do away with free checking accounts altogether.