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Deflation Warning Sounds as 2-Year Break-Even Rates Go Negative
Even with the Federal Reserve reminding investors that policy makers remain on course to raise interest rates next year, one corner of the bond market is warning of the risk of deflation.
Momentum Pushes Stocks Higher as Crude Oil Resumes Slide
Yellen makes it clear that Fed's patience on rates has limits  Chicago Tribune   Related articles »  
Russian Ruble Steadies After Putin Speaks
Falling oil prices and geopolitical instability have resulted in steep falls for the ruble. Charles Forelle explains how we got here and what Russia might do next.
Putin claims West wants to turn Russian bear into stuffed animal  MarketWatch
Putin predicts economic recovery but warns West against pressuring Russian ...  Washington Post
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US jobless claims signal firmer labor market; other data mixed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.
Jobless claims drop as economy strengthens  Los Angeles Times
US jobless claims point to firmer labor market  Business Record
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Mortgage rates hit a new low for the year
The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate loan now stands at 3.8%, a rate not seen since May 2013, according to Freddie Mac. The average 15-year fixed loan, which is popular among those looking to refinance, fell to 3.1%.
US average rate on 30-year home loan 3.80 percent  Washington Post
Mortgage rates dropping like a rock  OCRegister
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New York's Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry
Five years ago it wasn't a question of if fracking would come to New York but when. Yesterday's decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state is a measure of how much things have changed in a relatively short period of ...
With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to ...  New York Times (blog)
Why New York's fracking ban is a victory for communities everywhere  Salon
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Swiss franc falls as Swiss central bank sets negative interest rate
LONDON (MarketWatch) - The Swiss franc dropped against the euro and the dollar Thursday, hurt after Switzerland's central bank said it will usher in negative interest rates.
Negative Swiss rates may not take much shine off franc as safe-haven  Reuters
Swiss Negative Rates Targeting Foreign Banks Seeking Safety  Bloomberg
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7 Ways That Amazon's New One-Hour Delivery Could Save the Day
Amazon is now offering one- and two-hour deliveries on "tens of thousands of daily essentials," which begs the question, when would you possibly need something that quickly? Launches One-Hour Delivery in Manhattan  Bloomberg
Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan  Washington Post
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Philly Fed survey shows factory activity slowed in December
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region grew at a slower pace in December, a survey showed on Thursday.
Manufacturing Growth Slows in Philadelphia Region  ABC News
Philadelphia Fed December Business Index Slows to 24.5  Nasdaq
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Stocks climb on Fed policy signals; oil slips again
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting.
Oil prices reverse rally, close back in on recent lows  Nasdaq
Loonie up, US Fed vows to be 'patient' in raising interest rates ...  CTV News
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FedEx Delivers Strong Growth But Misses Expectations
Despite strong earnings growth in the second quarter, FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) missed consensus estimates. Its earnings per share grew 36% to $2.14, compared to $1.57 a year earlier.
FedEx Upgraded to Conviction-Buy at Goldman Sachs (FDX)  The Legacy
Credit Suisse Boosts FedEx Price Target to $179.00 (FDX)  Dakota Financial News
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