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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 central bank moves to negative deposit rate  Financial Times
Swiss Central Bank Imposes Negative Interest Rates  ABC News
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Yellen Makes It Clear That Fed's 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.
US Stock Futures Soar in Wake of Fed's Stance on Rates  Wall Street Journal
Why the Fed thinks the US economy still needs help  CNBC
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New York bans fracking after health report
ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.
NEW YORK STATE TO DRILLERS: No fracking here, no way  Sky Valley Chronicle
Cuomo administration bans fracking in New York  Mid-Hudson News
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Putin blames Western sanctions for economic crisis
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.
European stocks climb; Russian stocks up, ruble falls as Putin speaks  MarketWatch
Watch Vladimir Putin's annual press conference live  Telegraph.co.uk
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Amazon's Prime Now service delivers your order in one hour
Remember that string of companies like Kozmo.com that popped up in the late 1990s and offered same-day delivery service on thousands of items?
Amazon offers one-hour deliveries with Prime Now  Engadget
Need it now? Amazon unveils one-hour delivery  Fox 59
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Uber says it will toughen background checks
Uber, under fire around the globe for how it screens drivers, said it will toughen up its background checks and take other measures to improve passenger safety.
Uber vows larger focus on safety  Fox News
Portsmouth says Uber drivers get same regs as cabs  San Francisco Chronicle
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UPDATE 1-Canada's Couche-Tard to buy Pantry for $861 mln to expand in US
(Adds details, background, shares). Dec 18 (Reuters) - Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc will buy smaller U.S.
Canadian Convenience Store Operator Buys Pantry in US  New York Times
CompaniesAlimentation Couche-Tard buys US rival The Pantry  Financial Times
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Rite Aid shares rise on earnings beat
Rite Aid (RAD) shares rose in pre-market trading Thursday after the drugstore chain reported third-quarter financial results that topped Wall Street expectations and raised the company's full-year fiscal guidance.
Rite Aid Boosts Guidance on Sales Strength  Wall Street Journal
Rite Aid boosts guidance as profit, sales beat  MarketWatch
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FedEx Price Target Increased to $165.00 by Analysts at RBC Capital (FDX)
FedEx logo Analysts at RBC Capital upped their price target on shares of FedEx (NYSE:FDX) from $155.00 to $165.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday.
FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Earnings Crumble Due to Lower Revenue per Package  WallStreet.org
FedEx Corporation (FDX)'s Shares Fall Post Weaker Quarterly Results ...  StockWise Daily
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German Economy on course to make Good Start in Fourth Quarter
A recent survey released on Thursday revealed that the confidence of German business rose in December for the second month. This rise indicates that the German economy is on the course to make a good start in the fourth quarter after narrowly avoiding a ...
Ifo economist: Signs of economic trend change mounting in Germany  Reuters
German Business More Bullish as Euro Weakens, Oil Price Falls -- Update  Nasdaq
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