LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Stocks once again end higher with help from retailers including Rite Aid and Ross stories.
But tech companies lagged after powering gains on Wednesday.
PC shipments drop sharply 1st quarter
Computer hardware and software makers taking it particularly hard following a report that PC shipments dropped sharply in the first quarter.
Shares of Hewlett-Packard fell 6 percent and Microsoft fell 4 percent, the worst drops in the S&P 500. In all, three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.
Entergy Arkansas cleared to join Midwest system
Here in Arkansas, Entergy Arkansas clearing another hurdle toward what they say will be hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for their ratepayers.
The Arkansas Public Service Commission is clearing the utility to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, or MISO for short.
That nonprofit organization is a massive regional power pool spanning from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Entergy says joined that group will save its Arkansas customers $263 million over 10 years.
Entergy says it expects to be fully integrated with the regional power grid in December.
Entergy has been working since the late 1990s to exit its old system agreement and join a new one.
Acxiom Corp. prepping new information service
And the Financial Times is reporting that Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock is preparing a service that will show people just what information it has on them.
Acxiom says the new service could be available sometime this year.
The move comes as Acxiom and other data marketers face increasing scrutiny from governments about the type of information it collects on people and how it collects it.
Acxiom is company that gathers data on people to help companies target advertising and marketing efforts.
Acxiom has said before that it has information on at least 98 percent of the American adult population. Acxiom executives have testified before Congress on the company's privacy policies.