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With a bullet: Stress test day for banks
Here on the East Coast, it's a snowy Thursday, which means it's time to catch up on bank news. Wait, come back! There's other news, too!
In Eye of Economic Storm, the Fed Blinked  New York Times
Bank Stress Tests Too Predictable?  CFO Magazine
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Stocks edge up amid ECB QE plans, pharma M&A deal
U.S. stocks opened slightly higher as the European Central Bank said it would start its market-friendly bond-buying program on Monday and Wall Street cheered a big deal in the pharmaceutical space.
ECB raises growth forecasts, to start printing money next week  Reuters
ECB to start buying government bonds Monday as outlook improves  Fortune
AbbVie wins 3-company battle to buy cancer drugmaker for $21B
Abbvie has raised its dividend 28 percent since it was spun off from Abbott Laboratories in 2013. Abbvie has raised its dividend 28 percent since it was spun off from Abbott Laboratories in 2013.
US stocks open higher; Pharmacyclics jumps on AbbVie bid  WRAL.com
Biotech buys get pharma M&A off to flying start in 2015  Business Insider
US factory orders fall for sixth straight month
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for U.S. factory goods unexpectedly fell in January, posting their sixth straight monthly decline, a sign of weakness in the manufacturing sector.
US Factory Orders Unexpectedly Dip 0.2% In January  RTT News
US factory orders slip 0.2 percent  KRQE News 13
Jobless claims' 4-week average shoots past 300K
There were 320,000 claims for unemployment insurance last week, the highest in nearly ten months, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jump to nine-month high  Los Angeles Times
Jobless Claims Rise to Highest Level Since May  Wall Street Journal
US Stocks Inch Higher
U.S. stocks rose Thursday, snapping two sessions of losses, as investors focused on Europe's stimulus measures and deal-making in the health sector.
Stocks Open Quietly Higher; Drugmakers Rally On AbbVie Deal  Investor's Business Daily
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens modestly higher after data  Reuters
UPDATE 1-Bank of England keeps rates on hold, six years after crisis cut
... * BoE keeps rates at record low 0.5 pct, as expected. * Decision marks 6th anniversary of record low rates. * Strong economy points to rate hike before long.
Sixth year after historic UK rate cut, what next?  CNBC
Bank of England rates have now been on hold six years. Here's how it has ...  Telegraph.co.uk
Why McDonald's Plans to Limit Antibiotics in Chicken
March 5 -- McDonald's U.S. restaurants will stop serving chicken raised with some antibiotics in the next two years in a bid to regain diners that have fled to rivals like Chipotle Mexican Grill in search of healthier food.
For McDonald's, a minor menu change takes planning  MarketWatch
McDonald's Is Curbing Use of Antibiotics in Chicken, But Does It Go Far ...  EcoWatch
Crude oil retreats as Libyan production woes boost Brent
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - West Texas Intermediate crude-oil futures were mounting a retreat Thursday, following a 2% rally a day earlier sparked, as production worries in Libya helped lift prices for Brent crude.
Oil Prices Gain in Volatile Trade  Wall Street Journal
U.S. Oil Prices Slip as Dollar Rises  Nasdaq
Mallinckrodt ponies up $2.3B for Ikaria and its neonatal respiratory med
Mallinckrodt will slap down $2.3 billion to buy Ikaria, a privately held drug company and its respiratory med for babies in neonatal ICUs.
Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK) Continuing Inorganic Growth  Stafford Daily