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US jobless claims rise; fourth quarter productivity revised down
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week rose to its highest level since May, which could raise concerns about some weakness in the labor market.
Jobless claims hit highest level since May  MarketWatch
Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jump to nine-month high  Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal  
With a bullet: Stress test day for banks
Here on the East Coast, it's a snowy Thursday, which means it's time to catch up on bank news. Wait, come back! There's other news, too!
Fed regulation of Wall Street banks shifts to Washington  MarketWatch
Fed's Yellen, in 2009, Urged 'Bold Action' on Growth  Wall Street Journal
ECB raises growth forecasts, to start printing money next week
NICOSIA/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next.
Wall Street keys off ECB QE and big pharma deal  USA TODAY
ECB to Begin Bond-Buying Program on Monday  New York Times
AbbVie returns to dealmaking with $21bn Pharmacylics purchase
AbbVie, the US drug company, has shown its determination not to miss a second takeover opportunity with a $21bn rival bid for Pharmacyclics.
Sunnyvale Cancer Drug Maker Pharmacyclics To Be Acquired By AbbVie For ...  CBS Local
Biotech buys get pharma M&A off to flying start in 2015  Reuters
UPDATE 1-Bank of England keeps rates on hold, six years after crisis cut
... * BoE keeps rates at record low 0.5 pct, as expected. * Decision marks 6th anniversary of record low rates. * Strong economy points to rate hike before long.
Sixth year after historic UK rate cut, what next?  CNBC
Bank of England rates have now been on hold six years. Here's how it has ...  Telegraph.co.uk
McDonald's to remove antibiotics from chicken
McDonald's USA has vowed that within two years, the chain will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.
McDonald's announces plans to change chicken suppliers  Local 10
Brooklyn-based Etsy filing for IPO of stock valued at $100M
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 Pearl Gabel/Pearl Gabel/New York Daily News A cheese board in the shape of New York City, made by aheirloom, a Brooklyn-based maker of cheese plates, who sells their ...
Etsy Says It Isn't Scared Of Wall Street  Forbes
Etsy files for IPO  Retail Dive
Brent tops $61 as Iraq, Libya offset US stockpile jump
LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Brent crude future prices rose above $61 a barrel on Thursday, as investors brushed aside bearish U.S.
Oil higher as investors weigh China's lower growth target, Libyan supply ...  MarketWatch
Here's Why USO Traded In The Green On Wednesday  Bidness ETC
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals To Expand Hospital Growth Platform With Ikaria ...
... -- Enters definitive agreement to acquire Ikaria, Inc. for $2.3 billion from a group of investors led by Madison Dearborn Partners ---- Transaction expected to be accretive to Mallinckrodt's fiscal year 2015 adjusted diluted earnings per share ---- Transaction ...
Mallinckrodt (MNK) to Acquire Critical Care Company Ikaria in $2.3B Deal  StreetInsider.com
Costco Wholesale (COST) Stock Rising Today on Earnings Beat
NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST - Get Report) are higher by 2.13% to $150.30 in pre-market trading on Thursday morning, after the membership warehouse retailer posted its fiscal 2015 second quarter earnings results, ...
Costco's payout to investors pays off in the second quarter  SFGate
Costco Profit Beats Forecasts in Second Quarter -- 3rd Update  Nasdaq