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U.S. stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally
NEW YORK - Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.
US stocks log best weekly gains in two months  Economic Times
Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise  Reuters
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Traders Buy Shares of American Realty Capital Properties on Weakness (ARCP)
American Realty Capital Properties logo Investors purchased shares of American Realty Capital Properties (NASDAQ:ARCP) on weakness during trading on Friday, Stock Ratings Network.
Did Property Mogul 'Scapegoat' Chief Accounting Officer?  CFO Magazine
Galvin expands investigation of Schorsch empire  InvestmentNews
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste
Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan.
EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups  San Francisco Chronicle
EPA issues rules on coal ash storage  KPLC-TV
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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. Don't fret - you aren't alone.
Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire  Fredericksburg.com
Christmas shopping: Retailers discounting to keep up with online sales  Sydney Morning Herald
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State jobless rate dips below 4%
Last month's state unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent, the lowest it's been in almost seven years. According to Idaho officials, November's 3.9 percent jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from October's statistics.
Virginia's jobless rate falls to 5 percent  Fredericksburg.com
Jobless report mixed locally  The Times and Democrat
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Instagram valued at USD 35 billion -- Citigroup
WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (KUNA) -- The US Citigroup said the market value of the photo-sharing application "Instagram" had reached USD 35 billion.
Instagram worth $35 bn, surpasses Twitter  Zee News
Instagram now worth $35 billion  www.worldbulletin.net
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Eight things you may have missed Friday from the world of business
1. Staples customer data exposed in security breach. Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.
Over One Million Payment Cards Exposed In Staples Security Breach (NASDAQ ...  sleekmoney
Staples: Customer Data Exposed In Security Breach  CBS Local
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Safeway, Albertsons To Sell 168 Stores To Four Buyers
AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. (SWY: Quote) announced on Friday about sale of 168 stores across eight states to four buyers, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Minyard Food Stores buys 12 Albertsons and Tom Thumbs in Texas  Dallas Morning News
Albertsons in Port Angeles to be purchased by Haggen  Peninsula Daily
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Two Fed Dissenters Air Their Opposing Views
Federal Reserve officials sparred Friday over whether the central bank is likely to move too soon or wait too long to raise interest rates.
Fed Official Warns of Risk From Hasty Rate Increase  New York Times
US markets gain for the third straight session  Livemint
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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'
Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.
Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC's investigation into China ...  Business Standard
Apple blasts BBC's labor 'expos´┐Ż'  New York Post
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