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U.S. stocks extend rally as Russell 2000 reaches all-time high
NEW YORK -- The Russell 2000 Index climbed to an all-time high Friday, and the Nasdaq composite index reached a level unseen since 2000 as an equities rally that started last week continued through one of the slowest trading days of the year.
Wall Street on track for slow and steady weekly gain  The Westside Story
Dow Tops 18000 Amid Weekly Gains as GDP Data Bolster Small Caps  Bloomberg
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China's Industrial Profits Drop Most in Two Years Amid Slowdown
China's industrial profits fell the most in two years last month, the latest data to show a deepening slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy as pressure grows on the nation's central bank to ease monetary conditions.
China's November industrial profits suffer sharpest fall in 27 months  Reuters
China Industrial Profits Decline Most In 27 Months  London South East
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Russian Economic Crisis Disrupts Daily Life
As a blizzard brought snow to Moscow on Thursday, the usual Central Asian migrant street-cleaners were missing - the latest sign of the Russian economy's woes.
UPDATE 5-Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds  Reuters
Bailed-out Russian bank gets more funds
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Shoppers crowd local department stores day after Christmas
Christmas shopping typically begins in July for Maria Lopez-Medina. Her strategy is to start with children's gifts, so by the time Thanksgiving comes around, the Seeley resident can then focus on the adults' presents.
Big Crowds Expected For Holiday Shopping Returns  CBS Local
Shopping's second season beginning  Gainesville Times
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10 Million Amazon Prime Subscribers Sign Up During Holidays
Amazon reported that 10 million new subscribers signed up for their premium Prime subscription service during the holidays. Some of these new members likely signed up to take advantage of the cheaper and faster shipping, while others likely signed up as ...
Amazon adds 10M Prime subscribers during holiday  USA TODAY
Amazon signs 10000 new Prime members during the holidays  CNET
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6 things to do with a gift card
Did you get a gift card for Christmas? If so, here are six things to do: �Check now to be sure it didn't get thrown out with the gift wrap or empty boxes.
Got A Gift Card? Know California's Laws So You Don't Lose Out  CBS Local
Walmart honoring gift cards from other retailers  KTVU San Francisco
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UPS expects to return 4 million packages
United Parcel Service brought them and now will be bringing back 4 million packages as gift receivers return what they didn't like.
Eight things you may have missed Friday from the world of business  Boston Globe
Holiday deliveries improve but hiccups continue  Delphos Herald
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Oil companies struggle to sell off assets in down market
Oil prices are at their lowest level in five years. The cost to borrow money is rising rapidly. And for cash-strapped companies, the message from analysts is to downsize to ride out what is expected to be a rough year ahead.
Taking Stock of the Oily Plunge  American Thinker
Bakken outlook: Oil industry faces hurdles in 2015  Dickinson Press
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Investors hit Petrobras with lawsuit
Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and some of its executives were hit with a lawsuit by investors in $98 billion of the company's securities over an alleged kickback and bribery scheme.
US city sues Brazil's Petrobras and its chief  Daily Mail
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Plymouth school employees' pay mistakenly withdrawn
Employees of Plymouth Public Schools who are paid via direct deposit were surprised Friday morning when funds were mistakenly withdrawn from their accounts rather than deposited, a school official said.
Payroll Problems Irk Employees Of St. Paul Public Schools  CBS Local
1300 school employees have paycheck debited instead of deposited over holiday  My Fox Boston
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