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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.
Politics|Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgages Falls to 3.61 Percent  New York Times
Mortgage Rates: Trending Down Going into Homebuying Season  Forbes
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Donald Trump Is Coherent on Monetary Policy, but Not on Debt
Janet Yellen with the former Fed chairs Ben Bernanke, center, and Paul Volcker. Donald Trump said he would most likely replace her as Fed chairwoman if he became president.
Donald Trump Says He Would Replace Janet Yellen, Supports Low Interest Rates  Wall Street Journal
Donald Trump: I'd most likely replace Janet Yellen as Fed chair if elected  Washington Times
Exxon, FuelCell Seek Cheaper Way to Make Power Plants Cleaner
Exxon Mobil Corp., which has criticized the idea of investing in renewable energy, is working with a clean-energy company to develop technology to fight climate change.
Exxon Mobil Backs FuelCell Effort to Advance Carbon Capture Technology  New York Times
Exxon, fighting climate change charges, plans fuel cell venture  Reuters
Proposed Rule Would Allow Consumers to Sue Banks, Credit-Card Companies
WASHINGTON—Consumers are set to gain new powers to sue banks under a proposal unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
US regulator seeks return of class action suits against credit cards, banks  Reuters
Amid growing anger at Wall Street, a push to end arbitration agreements  Christian Science Monitor
Merck Revenue Falls on Generic Competition, Currency
Merck MRK -2.07 % & 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 beats 1Q profit views with tight cost controls  Appeal-Democrat
Air-bag recall mess that will test supplies
The expanded recall of Takata Corp. air-bags adds more cars and more automakers and will strain its ability to deliver replacement parts, adding uncertainty to the largest and most complex auto-safety campaign in U.S.
Takata recall expected to climb, announcement expected this week  Christian Science Monitor
Air Bag Recall Called 'Largest in U.S. History'  Patch.com
Ford gets into cloud computing with $182 million investment
Seeking to boost its software expertise ahead of a shift to electric and autonomous cars, Ford Motor Co. will invest $182.2 million in Pivotal Software Inc., the cloud-computing joint venture of EMC Corp.
Ford Invests in Pivotal to Soup Up Its Software  Wall Street Journal
Ford invests $182.2 million in software company Pivotal  Reuters
Yahoo's AT&T Portal Management Deal Awarded To Synacor
For quite some time, AT&T and Yahoo have worked very closely together. Yahoo managed AT&T's main web portal for both web and mobile, hosting it and helping with user search inquiries.
AT&T move gives $100 million big boost to little-known tech firm, adds ...  Dallas Morning News (blog)
Why Synacor (SYNC) Stock Is Skyrocketing Today  TheStreet.com
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 Group Holding (BABA) Daniel Yong Zhang on Q4 2016 Results - Earnings ...  Seeking Alpha
Alibaba Seeks Patience From Investors on Its Newer Initiatives  Wall Street Journal
Amazon leases 20 more jets for growing air cargo fleet
A Boeing 767 arrives at Boeing Field ferrying parcels for UPS. Amazon is venturing into same territory and will lease 20 cargo planes from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, a deal that doubles the size of the tech and retail giant's emerging air force ...
Amazon Could Take a 30% Stake in a Large Cargo Airline  Bloomberg
This Airline's Stock Is Soaring Thanks To Amazon Deal  Forbes