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Fed chief Yellen: Oil drop is 'positive' for US
Stocks soared out of the gate Thursday as the stars aligned for two of the market's biggest divers: the Federal Reserve and oil.
Dow jumps for second day after Fed pledges patience on rates  U-T San Diego
Deflation Warning Sounds as 2-Year Break-Even Rates Go Negative  Businessweek
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Putin says Russia economy will be cured, offers no remedy
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.
Putin: 'External factors' are to blame for plunging Russian economy  Los Angeles Times
Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear  Chron.com
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Jobless Claims Fall to 289000 in Latest Week
The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped last week and stayed near 14-year lows, the latest evidence of labor-market improvement.
Jobless claims drop as economy strengthens  Los Angeles Times
US unemployment claims fall 6000  Fox News Latino
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UPDATE 1-ECB to publish accounts of policy meetings from January
... * ECB to publish accounts of monetary policy meetings from January. * Accounts will be released four weeks after each meeting.
Draghi counts cost of ECB outflanking Germany in QE battle  Chicago Tribune
European Central Bank to publish accounts of policy meetings from January  Economic Times
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What are negative interest rates?
Switzerland's National Bank (SNB) is to impose an interest rate of minus 0.25% on large amounts of money deposited in the country.
Switzerland shifts to negative interest in bid to weaken Swiss franc  The Guardian
Swiss franc falls after central banks adopts negative rates  MarketWatch
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Amazon Promises One-Hour Delivery In Manhattan By Going Low Tech
Today, Amazon.com introduced Prime Now, a service in Manhattan promising delivery in as soon as one hour. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon said it will expand the service to other cities next year.
Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service in NYC  Wired
Prime-time: Amazon's annual membership is now too good to ignore, and ...  VentureBeat
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FedEx Co. (FDX) Issues FY15 Earnings Guidance
FedEx logo FedEx Co. (NYSE:FDX) updated its FY15 earnings guidance on Wednesday. The company provided EPS guidance of $8.50-9.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $9.11, Stock Ratings News reports.
FedEx Price Target Increased to $165.00 by Analysts at RBC Capital (FDX)  WKRB News
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New York Is Ready With Revision of Bitcoin Regulations
New York regulators will issue a revised proposed draft of regulations for bitcoins, Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, told the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington this morning.
Regulator eases bitcoin licence burden  Financial Times
New York Tries Again on Bitcoin Licensing  Wall Street Journal
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Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.80 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.
Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent  The Seattle Times
US average rate on 30-year home loan 3.80 percent  Washington Post
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We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves the Way
Fantastic news came from the state of New York this week when the Cuomo administration announced its decision to ban fracking in the state.
Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban  Chron.com
New York governor gets praise, scorn for fracking ban he credits to science ...  Fox Business
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