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U.S. banks plead for more tailored approach to Fed stress tests
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When U.S. auto lender Ally Financial Inc <ALLY.N> failed a key regulatory test two years ago, its executives were surprised to learn that the main reason was that the Federal Reserve treated loans to car dealers just like riskier credit to ...
What to watch for in Bank of America's 'stress test'  Charlotte Observer (blog)
Fed Officials Voiced Doubts First Bank Stress Test Would Succeed  Bloomberg
New York Times  
AbbVie to Buy Pharmacyclics to Expand In Cancer Therapy
Since splitting off from parent Abbott Laboratories in 2013, AbbVie hasn't completed one of the megadeals that have tempted much of the rest of the drug industry.
AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics drug maker for $21bn  BBC News
AbbVie Spending Historic Amount of Cash to Buy Half of a Cancer Drug
China Lowers Growth Goal to About 7% as Li Flags Challenges
Red flags fly in front of the Chinese national flag, right, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Policymakers are trying to balance the need to cushion the economy's slowdown with monetary and fiscal stimulus against longer-term goals.
China signals 'new normal' with higher spending, lower growth target  Reuters
The National People's Congress  Wall Street Journal
ECB Expected to Detail Bond-Buying Program at Cyprus Meeting
NICOSIA, Cyprus - The European Central Bank was expected on Thursday to reveal details of a large-scale asset purchase program that it unveiled last month, its latest and biggest weapon for combating the drop in consumer prices and reviving the ...
European Central Bank faces questions on stimulus, Greece  U-T San Diego
Where Greece hopes to find cash - and why the ECB says no  Economic Times
Euro zone yields near record lows as ECB about to show the money
... * Euro zone periphery yields: * ECB QE purchases as percentage of debt stock by market value: link.reuters.
Portugal's Bonds Rise With Italy's Before ECB Updates QE Plans  Bloomberg
ECB poised to raise funding for Greek banks as euro falls to 11-year low
US running out of room to store oil
For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming.
Rise in crude oil stockpile doesn't ease price in US market  The Market Business
Crude Oil Hits $52 Despite Huge Build In U.S. Inventories  RTT News
UPDATE 1-German industrial orders plunge, darkening Q1 growth outlook
(Adds economist quotes, details, context). By Michelle Martin. BERLIN, March 5 (Reuters) - German industrial orders fell far more than forecast in January, posting their largest drop since August, data showed on Thursday, casting a shadow over what had ...
German manufacturing orders fall by 3.9%  MarketWatch
German factory orders down more than expected in January
Costco's quarterly profit tops estimates on tax benefit
Costco Wholesale Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a tax benefit related to its special cash dividend last month.
Costco beats 2Q profit forecasts
Costco (COST) Profit Jumps 29% in Q215  Wall Street Pit
Citigroup Sells Stake in Turkish Bank for $1.16 Billion
LONDON - Citigroup said on Thursday that it had sold its 9.9 percent stake in Akbank of Turkey for about $1.16 billion. The New York banking giant said it had sold 396 million shares in Akbank for 7.45 Turkish lira, or about $2.92 apiece.
Citigroup sells stake in Turkey's Akbank for $1.2 bln  Reuters
Fed's 'Beige Book' Is Decidedly Blue Over Energy Sector
The Federal Reserve system's latest �Beige Book� snapshot of the nation's economic picture provides a relatively upbeat assessment of just about every sector of the economy.
US economy on moderate growth track
Energy a dark spot in otherwise stable regional economy, Beige Book reports  Dallas Business Journal