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Jobless claims hit highest level since May
Hiring in the U.S. has been strongly lately, but now layoffs might be on the rise again. By. JeffryBartash. Reporter. WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The number of people who applied for new unemployment benefits at the end of February shot up to the ...
US jobless claims rise; fourth-quarter productivity revised down  Reuters
Jobless Claims Rise by 7000  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 to raise growth forecasts, flesh out bond-buying plan
NICOSIA/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Keen to keep a low profile over the Greek crisis, the European Central Bank will focus on improved growth prospects on Thursday and unveil some but not all the details of its 1 trillion euros-plus bond buying plan.
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.
Biotech buys get pharma M&A off to flying start in 2015  Reuters
AbbVie To Buy Leukemia Drugmaker Pharmacyclics For $21B  CBS Local
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.
Pound Declines a Fourth Day Versus Dollar as BOE Maintains Rates  Bloomberg
Sixth year after historic UK rate cut, what next?  CNBC
Wall St. to open slightly higher after two-day fall
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open modestly higher on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, after higher-than-expected initial jobless claims figures and ahead of a report on factory orders.
Stocks rise before ECB statement  Nasdaq
US Index Futures Rise on Corporate Mergers Amid ECB Comments  San Diego Source (subscription)
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 to Buy Ikaria for $2.3 Billion
Mallinckrodt PLC has agreed to buy privately held Ikaria Inc. for about $2.3 billion from an investor group led by private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, in a move to expand its presence in hospitals and in the area of critical care.
Mallinckrodt Agrees to Acquire Ikaria for $2.3 Billion  Bloomberg
Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK) Continuing Inorganic Growth  Stafford Daily
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
Canadian Natural Resources Profit Rises on Strong Production
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. , one of Canada's largest oil sands and natural gas producers, raised its dividend and reported a nearly threefold increase in fourth-quarter profits Thursday as stronger production helped offset slumping crude-oil prices.
UPDATE 1-Oil and gas producer Canadian Natural's profit beats estimates  Reuters
Analyst Rating Update on Canadian Natural Resources Limited  Stafford Daily