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Viacom Reports Weak Earnings, and New Leader Mounts Combative Defense
Viacom reported on Tuesday that its profit plunged 10 percent and revenue fell 6 percent during the latest quarter. Still, the entertainment company's top executive came out fighting.
Viacom's Dauman Says Ignore The 'Noise' Slamming The Stock  Forbes
Ad Deal with Snapchat Is a Lone Bright Spot at an Ailing Viacom  Fortune
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Don't look now: $1 gas may be close
Gasoline prices may soon dip below $1 per gallon at some stations in the Midwest, putting the price of unleaded fuel in the same category as a pack of gum or a bag of pretzels from the vending machine.
Michigan gas prices at 12-year low, may dip to 99 cents  Detroit Free Press
Are we returning to the days of 99 cent gas?  CBS News
Yellen faces tough sell on Fed rate hikes in Congress
... * Fed chair to acknowledge volatility, keep rate hikes alive. * Two days of congressional testimony could get heated. By Jonathan Spicer and Ann Saphir.
Stocks try for gains after oil settle; Yellen eyed  CNBC
The World vs. Janet Yellen  Wall Street Journal (blog)
More Americans quitting jobs as labor market strengthens
WASHINGTON U.S. job openings surged in December and the number of Americans voluntarily quitting work hit a nine-year high, pointing to labor market strength despite a slowdown in economic growth.
A Stronger Jobs Outlook at Builders and Factories Alleviates U.S. Recession ...  Bloomberg
5 Things To Read Today: New Hampshire Primary Under Way, Trains Crash in ...  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Tension rises in bank-to-bank lending but far off crisis peaks
... * Interbank market stress spikes after years of calm. * Some in markets draw parallels with run-up to 2008 crisis. * Stress indicators far below 2008 and 2011 crisis levels.
European Stocks Retreat to Lowest Since 2013 as Banks Tumble  Bloomberg
As worries mount, European banks face sell-off more savage than 2008  StreetInsider.com
U.S. stocks remain turbulent as oil falls to $28 a barrel
The Dow has been swinging between gains and losses on Tuesday. It was down about 140 points in the morning, but is now flat to slightly higher.
Why Nasdaq is on the verge of a bear market  WJXT Jacksonville
U.S. stock futures under pressure again; Dow falls 70 points  Nasdaq
European banks uneasy over deeper negative interest rates
This year's rout of European bank stocks has raised concern about how far below zero the European Central Bank can cut interest rates without inflicting too much damage on lenders' profits.
Nikkei Takes 5% Hit, Negative Rates Fast Becoming a Cautionary Tale  DailyFX
US Economy Braces For The Worst After Asian Markets Implode  Daily Caller
No easy way out for Deutsche Bank as investors 'lose faith'
FRANKFURT Deutsche Bank bosses face a formidable task to drag its shares off a 30-year low, with reassurances about its capital levels doing little to improve investor confidence and few other options on the table to trigger a recovery.
As Deutsche Bank Chief Turns to Legal Woes, Here's What He Faces  Bloomberg
Deutsche Bank's Hybrid Bonds Are in a Death Spiral  New York Times
Oil slumps 7 percent ahead on expected US crude build, slowdown fear
NEW YORK Oil prices fell 7 percent on Tuesday as equity markets remained weak, forecasts called for record high U.S. crude stockpiles to grow more, and the latest global energy demand outlooks did not look strong enough to eliminate the swelling glut.
Cheap oil for longer may trigger a new era of OPEC dominance, warns IEA  MarketWatch
Stocks Fluctuate as Broad Gains Outweigh Energy Losses  TheStreet.com
Coca-Cola: The Pain Is Real
I opened coverage last fall on Coca-Cola with a buy if you could get shares under $40, but we haven't seen that yet. The Q4 earnings report shows the pain of currency issues and I discuss the impact on the company.
Global volume up for Coke, though Diet Coke fizzles  Washington Post
Coca-Cola profit up as growth of Sprite, Coke Zero offset Diet Coke drop  USA TODAY