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Mortgage rates retreat following weak economic data
After wandering higher for the past two weeks, mortgage rates reversed course, pulling back to near yearly lows. The retreat began last week after the Federal Reserve met and expressed concerns about the economy.
Today's Mortgage Interest Rates at Wells Fargo, US Bank, and SunTrust ...  USFinancePost
Mortgage Round-Up: Rates Slip Near 2016 Lows, Applications Drop  The MReport
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Trump says he would likely replace Yellen once her term ends
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump said Thursday he has nothing against Janet Yellen but would likely replace her as Fed chair once her term is up.
Trump: "Let's be honest, I'm a low-interest-rate person" ...  ForexLive
Trump says he likely wouldn't keep Yellen in Fed post  Houston Chronicle
Discovery plans buyouts that may lead to layoffs
Discovery Communications, the Maryland-based television programming company, has announced a round of voluntary buyouts that may lead to layoffs as the cable giant looks to cut costs by the end of September.
Discovery Communications (DISCA) Tops Q1 Earnings Beat in Q1, Sales Lag  Zacks.com
Discovery Eyes Layoffs Amid Financial Woes  Hollywood Reporter
GM and Ford lean on Lyft and Pivotal for help in developing self-driving cars
Two miles apart in Palo Alto, workers from Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. are hustling to establish a role for their companies in a future where consumers don't own cars and the vehicles steer themselves.
Ford invests $182.2 million in cloud-based software company  Mashable
Why Ford And Microsoft Are Betting On Pivotal Software At A $2.8 Billion ...  Forbes
Asian shares languish near three-week low ahead of US jobs data
TOKYO Asian shares wallowed near three-week lows as investors braced for the U.S. payrolls report after other jobs-related data raised some doubts about the seemingly rosy picture on employment conditions in the world's no.
Asian Stock Losses Deepen Before U.S. Jobs Data; Aussie Slides  Bloomberg
Asian futures outside Japan tip losses as traders await payrolls  Malay Mail Online
Canadian oil surges as wildfire knocks out more production
... * At least nine producers cut output * June synthetic settles at $2.15/bbl above WTI * June WCS settles at $12.00/bbl below WTI (Updates with diluent pipeline reopening, price settles) By David Gaffen NEW YORK, May 5 Canadian crude prices rallied ...
Canadian Wildfires Curtail Oil Sands Production  New York Times
Oil Rises Second Day Amid Canadian Wildfires, U.S. Output Drop  Bloomberg
Smoke prompts closure of DC Metro stations
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Washington D.C. subway officials suspended service on a section of track shared by three lines after smoke appeared in a station, CBS affiliate WUSA reported.
Arcing fire prompted shutdown of Metro's Federal Center SW station  Washington Post
DEBORAH SIMMONS: Metro has a culture problem  Washington Times
Wal-Mart is bringing back greeters
Wal-Mart cashier Sandra Brown, second left, greets customers at its store in Horn Lake, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The store officially opened early Wednesday morning following a brief ceremony featuring comments from Wal-Mart and city officials.
Wal-Mart Bringing Back Greeters After a 4-Year Hiatus  NBC 7 San Diego
US STOCKS-US stocks edge up as rise in oil drives energy shares
... * Weekly jobless claims rise more than expected. * Tesla reverses premarket gains, falls 4.5 pct. * Alibaba rises after reporting results.
Wall Street slips as consumer stocks, oil drag  StreetInsider.com
US Treasurys climb amid higher oil; Fed Speakers eyed  CNBC
Fitch Ratings downgrades Brazil further into junk
SAO PAULO Fitch Ratings downgraded Brazil's sovereign debt further into junk territory on Thursday, citing a deeper-than-expected economic contraction and changing fiscal targets that have undermined credibility.
Brazil Cut by Fitch, Outlook Negative on Political Gridlock  Bloomberg
Fitch Downgrades Brazil to 'BB'; Outlook Negative  Business Wire (press release)