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Global Stocks Rally on Fed as Treasuries Slide With Oil
Global stocks surged, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index posting its biggest two-day climb in more than three years, as the Federal Reserve pledging patience on interest rates bolstered sentiment amid concern over the global outlook.
Fed chief Yellen: Oil drop is 'positive' for US  CNNMoney
Equities rise on Fed signals; oil resumes declines  Reuters
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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P 500 posts biggest gain since Jan 2013; tech leads
NEW YORK Dec 18 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 posted its biggest jump since January 2013 on Thursday, extending a Fed-fueled rally from the previous session, as tech shares gained after stronger-than-expected results from Oracle.
Stocks soar as Fed reassurance outweighs renewed drop in crude oil  Seeking Alpha
Dow soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector  Chron.com
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U.S Unemployment benefits declined to 289000 Last Week
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits for the first time declined last week and stayed near 14-year lows. This is a strong and current indicator that the labor-market is improving.
Jobless claims drop as economy strengthens  Los Angeles Times
Jobless Claims Fall to 289000 in Latest Week  Wall Street Journal
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FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine
MOSCOW. A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday: ---.
How Disruptive Is Russia's Ruble Dive?  Newsweek
Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear  Washington Post
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Interest rate cut shocks Swiss franc lower
The Swiss franc hit a 28-month trough against the dollar and also fell against the euro on Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates to stop further currency appreciation.
Central Banks Are Now Uncorking The Delirium Phase  Seeking Alpha
Swiss savers shrug off negative interest, foreign banks the target  Reuters
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MetLife Statement on Final SIFI Designation
NEW YORK, Dec 18, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MetLife, Inc. MET, +3.98% issued the following statement today after the company was notified by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) that it has been designated a non-bank systemically important ...
MetLife Gets Risk Tag From U.S. Panel, Weighs Options  Bloomberg
CompaniesUS insurer MetLife gets official systemic status  Financial Times
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NC AG orders company to forgive debts, pay refunds
RALEIGH, N.C. - N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has ordered a company which he says set up near military bases and targeted military consumers with unfair practices to forgive debts and pay refunds.
The CFPB wins a battle for military members  CBS News
Freedom Furniture to pay $2.6M consumer settlement  Furniture Today
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Global Declining Oil Prices could probably impact Texas
According to J.P. Morgan Chase's chief U.S. economist on Thursday, the global decline in oil prices could lead to an excruciating economic recession in Texas.
Texas is in danger of a recession  Gant Daily
Texas Could Be Headed for an Oil-Fueled Recession, JP Morgan Economist Says  Wall Street Journal (blog)
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New York Moves To Ban Fracking
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announce their reports on hydraulic fracturing, advising a ban, at a cabinet meeting in Albany yesterday.
We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves the Way  Huffington Post
New York says Fracking is environmental unfriendly  Bio & Tech Insights
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Amazon's Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes
Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us.
Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service in NYC  Wired
Amazon offering one-hour delivery through Prime Now  Atlanta Journal Constitution
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