By Wire reports
Report: Apple may unveil new MacBook
LOS ANGELES – The iPad mini may not be the only major new product Apple announces this month.
A new report by 9 to 5 Mac’s Mark Gurman says the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant also plans to announce a 13-inch MacBook Pro with high-resolution Retina display, expanding the company’s catalog of Retina-enabled products. It already offers a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
The report says Apple will introduce the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina at the rumored Oct. 23 iPad mini event.
The 13-inch laptop is expected to be thinner and lighter than its non-Retina counterparts, and it is also expected to be available in two versions, with one having a better processor and more storage.
Stocks higher after
retail sales improve
NEW YORK – Stocks rose on Monday after a strong gain in retail spending suggested that consumers could be getting more confident about the economy. Bank stocks rose broadly after Citigroup delivered a strong earnings report.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 95.38 points to close at 13,424.23, its biggest gain since Sept. 13.
The Standard amp& Poor’s 500 index was up 11.54 points at 1,440.13 and the Nasdaq composite index rose 20.07 points to 3,064.18.
The price of crude oil fell a penny to finish at $91.85 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Gold for December delivery settled down 1.3 percent at $1,737.60 an ounce.