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Nasdaq Math: 5000 Doesn't Equal 2000
The Nasdaq has again touched 5000. But don't wait for that popping sound. It is tempting to recall history: The Nasdaq Composite spent about two days atop the 5000 mark back in March 2000 before it began its rapid descent as the technology bubble burst.
Market report US wage gains lead stocks' rise  Arkansas Online
Indexes rise to historic levels on economic data  The Denver Post
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Strong German retail sales keep European shares near seven-year highs
LONDON (Reuters) - European shares rose close to seven-year highs on Tuesday as better than expected German retail sales further buoyed investors days before the European Central Bank kicks off a trillion-euro bond buying program.
German Retail Sales Accelerate in January  Wall Street Journal
Solid rise for German retail sales in January  Hong Kong Standard
Swiss GDP beat expectations in quarter before franc cap removal
ZURICH, March 3 (Reuters) - Switzerland's economic growth slowed slightly in the fourth quarter but the economy still grew by more than analysts had expected, supported by government and consumer spending, data showed on Tuesday.
Swiss economy stronger than expected in 4th quarter
Swiss Economy Expands More Than Forecast In Q4  RTT News
Barclays Takes $1.2 Billion Charge in Currency-Rigging Probe
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc set aside an extra 750 million pounds ($1.2 billion) to cover the cost of settling the probe into alleged currency rigging and posted a 32 percent drop in full-year pretax profit at the investment bank.
UPDATE 2-Barclays takes $1.2 bln charge as FX settlement looms  Reuters
Barclays, Weighed Down by Litigation Charges, Reported Loss in 2014  New York Times
Gross Says He's Got Up to Four Years to Reestablish Mark
Bill Gross wrote, �Common sense would argue the global economy cannot devalue against itself. Either the strong dollar weakens the world's current growth locomotive (the U.S.
Gross giving himself four years to re-establish track record  InvestmentNews
Janus Bond King Bill Gross on the hunt for yield (Video)  Denver Business Journal (blog)
Stratos wants to replace your wallet with its smart card
Stratos Card Colors The Stratos Card looks like a credit card but is as thin and light as a business card. Stratos wants to make your credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards obsolete.
Ann Arbor startup hopes to redefine mobile payment  The Detroit News
Carrying too many credit cards? There's a card for that  bradfordtoday
Pollution Documentary Attracts Huge Interest in China
A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.
Documentary on Air Pollution Grips China  New York Times (blog)
China's biggest viral video right now is this two-hour-long documentary ...  Washington Post (blog)
Bill Gates still world's richest man: Forbes
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, according to a report.
Jordan joins Lurie on Forbes' billionaires list
Mukesh Ambani becomes the richest man of India for 8th consecutive year: Forbes  India Today
Australia's RBA holds rates, leaves door open for cut
A construction crane is reflected on the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) building in central Sydney April 2, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Daniel Munoz/Files.
Asian close down despite US closing highs  BBC News
Aussie Jumped 0.6% in Minute Before RBA's Rate Announcement  Bloomberg
Merck KGaA sees slight increase in 2015 adj core earnings
DARMSTADT, March 3 (Reuters) - Germany's Merck KGaA said underlying core earnings would stagnate or grow only slightly this year as it spends money on developing a new immunotherapy against cancer and as its injectable multiple sclerosis drug Rebif ...
German Merck sees slight gain in 2015 core profit  Reuters UK