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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, Point to Firmer Labor Market
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.
Jobless Claims in U.S. Decrease to Lowest Level in Six Weeks  Bloomberg
US Jobless Claims Fall to 289000 in Week Ended Dec. 13  Wall Street Journal
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New York to ban Hydrofracking
New York State has planned to ban hydrofracking, a method in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground at a high pressure to release natural gas.
New York state bans fracking, Pennsylvania energy producers � and Wolf ...  Philadelphia Business Journal
NEW YORK STATE TO DRILLERS: No fracking here, no way  Sky Valley Chronicle
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Draghi Counts Cost of Outflanking Germany in QE Battle
As Mario Draghi prepares to push the European Central Bank into quantitative easing, he's counting the cost of alienating its home nation.
Oil drop sends major central banks in different directions  Reuters
ECB to begin publishing minutes of policy meetings  MarketWatch
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Yellen Makes Clear That Fed Patience on Rates Has Limits
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen restored clarity to the central bank's monetary policy plans, saying it was on course to raise interest rates, though not right away, after officials issued a statement that some Fed-watchers found confusing.
Most Wall Street firms still project June 2015 rate hike: Reuters poll  Reuters
Why the Fed thinks the US economy still needs help  CNBC
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Putin blames 'external factors' for Russia's economic crisis
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his nation Thursday amid the worst economic crisis of his 15-year reign. He blamed "external factors" for the current woes and said recovery is about two years away.
Putin Paints a Besieged Russia, Says U.S. Wants to 'Rip Out Its Teeth ...  Bloomberg
Putin: West Is Trying to 'Defang' the Russian Bear  ABC News
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Amazon launches one-hour deliveries with Prime Now  Fortune
Amazon Confirms Rollout of One-Hour Delivery Service  Wall Street Journal
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Franc drops as Swiss announce negative rates; stocks jump after Fed
LONDON (Reuters) - The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year.
Swiss Defend The Franc In Wake Of Ruble's Collapse  Forbes
Swiss Negative Rates Seen Targeting Foreign Banks Seeking Safety  Businessweek
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Kraft Foods Group Names John Cahill as CEO
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Kraft Foods names John Cahill as CEO effective Dec. 27. He succeeds Tony Vernon, who will stay as senior advisor through March 31 and director through the 2015 annual meeting.
CompaniesKraft chairman Cahill adds chief executive role  Financial Times
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FedEx Corporation's Financial Results Fall Short of Q2 Forecast
FedEx Corporation's 2Q15 financial results fell short of $2.19 analyst forecast by 2.3%. But the result was 36% up when compared to the same quarter in 2013.
FedEx Price Target Increased to $165.00 by Analysts at RBC Capital (FDX)  WKRB News
Investors Buy FedEx on Weakness Following Weak Earnings (FDX)  The Legacy
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Alimentation Couche-Tard to buy Pantry in $1.7 bln deal
Dec 18 (Reuters) - Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc will buy U.S. convenience store chain The Pantry Inc for $1.7 billion, including debt.
Couche-Tard to buy Pantry for $860 million  MarketWatch
Alimentation Couche-Tard To Buy Pantry Inc. In $1.7 Bln Deal  RTT News
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