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The Latest: Trump says he would likely replace Yellen
WASHINGTON - The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern): 11:30 a.m.. Donald Trump says he has nothing against Janet Yellen but would likely replace her as Fed chair once her term is up.
Donald Trump: I'd most likely replace Janet Yellen as Fed chair if elected  Washington Times
Donald Trump: 'I'm the king of debt'  CNNMoney
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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.
Average US rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.61 percent  Chicago Tribune
Mortgage Rates Back Near 2016 Lows  MarketWatch
US stocks gain as oil rebounds
The S&P 500 and the Dow were higher in late morning trading on Thursday as a rise in oil boosted energy shares, but gains on Nasdaq were limited as Tesla (TSLA.
US stocks open higher, supported by oil, earnings  MarketWatch
Stocks mostly higher; Nasdaq struggles for gains as Apple weighs  CNBC
Ford invests $182 million in cloud-based software company Pivotal
Ford Motor Co. will invest $182.2 million in cloud-based software company Pivotal Software Inc. as the automaker continues to try and tap into Silicon Valley technological development.
Pivotal raises $253 million with Ford as big investor  ZDNet
Ford drops $182M into Pivotal, the company behind FordPass  CNET
Exxon Mobil Backs FuelCell Effort to Advance Carbon Capture Technology
A fuel cell used to capture and sequester carbon emissions, at the headquarters of FuelCell Energy in Danbury, Conn. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times.
Exxon, fighting climate change charges, plans fuel cell venture  Reuters
ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy, Inc. Pursue Novel Technology in Carbon Capture  Nasdaq
Stocks open higher as oil spikes
U.S. stocks look set to get back on the winning track as equity prices opened higher Thursday, helped by a spike in oil prices caused by production outages in Canada due to wildfires.
Wall Street opens higher as oil jumps  Reuters
Wall St. opens higher as oil jumps  StreetInsider.com
Proposed rules could make it easier for consumers to sue banks
For years, consumers wanting to open a credit card or use almost any kind of financial product have often had to give up their right to sue the company - usually as a condition of doing business.
US regulator seeks end to mandatory arbitration  Reuters
Proposed Rule Would Allow Consumers to Sue Banks, Credit-Card Companies  Wall Street Journal
Merck Revenue Falls on Generic Competition, Currency
Merck MRK -1.68 % & Co. posted a revenue decline as generic competition and currency fluctuations hurt its results. Merck said it expects 2016 adjusted earnings per share of between $3.65 and $3.77, compared with its previous projection of $3.60 to $3.75.
Merck Quarterly Sales Slip Again as Some Older Drugs Disappoint  Bloomberg
Merck sales hit by generic competition in US, Europe  BioPharma Dive
Alibaba's revenue soars, but new ventures hit profit
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China's biggest e-commerce company, said fourth-quarter sales rose 39 percent after its core online shopping business grew, but profit fell for the first time as it spent on ventures like food delivery.
Alibaba Profit, Earnings Increase  Wall Street Journal
Alibaba Sales Up 39% on Increased Consumer Spending in China  New York Times
Stocks edge up as investors await jobs report
U.S. stocks were slightly higher Thursday, helped by a sharp upward drive in the price of oil, which rose more than 3%. Investors are looking ahead to Friday's closely watched jobs report.
Wall St. Rises, Helped by Oil Prices  New York Times