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US economic growth slows in Q4; corporate profits fall
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending.
GDP: Economy Grows 2.2% in Fourth Quarter, Down From 5% in Third  CNSNews.com
US economic growth slows in Q4  Business Standard
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Why BlackBerry's Surprise Profit Doesn't Make It Ripe for You to Buy
Although the Canadian company started to make money again much sooner than many observers had expected, much of that profitability can be traced to its cost-cutting initiatives.
BlackBerry is 'financially under control': CEO  CNBC
BlackBerry posts quarterly profit  Business Standard
Will $5B Sale Of Dow Chemical's Chlorine Business Silence Its Critics?
Dow Chemical Chief Executive Andrew Liveris unveiled the most decisive move of his decade-long campaign to shift Dow out of the commodity chemicals business today, announcing an agreement to sell its chlor-alkali business to Olin in exchange for $2 ...
Dow's Deal Makes for a Cleaner Valuation  Wall Street Journal
Dow Chemical to split off chlorine biz. for $5bn  Blouin News Blogs
Wall Street flat with Yellen on tap; biotechs climb
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were flat on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst week since late January, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street.
Stocks Rise Ahead of Yellen Speech; Crude Gains 7% for the Week  TheStreet.com
Wall Street Flat as Traders Parse Data  Fox Business
Bloomberg University of Michigan Post Consumer Sentiment Call
(Bloomberg) -- Following is the transcript from the University of Michigan Post Consumer Sentiment call with Dr. Richard Curtain, University of Michigan.
Low gas prices help push consumer optimism to decade high, survey finds  Los Angeles Times
Harsh weather dents consumer confidence  CBS News
Oil Rigs Decline by Smallest Number in 15 Weeks
U.S. oil rigs fell by the smallest number in 15 weeks, a potential sign that America's oil-drilling crash may be tapering. Drillers idled 12 oil rigs (excluding gas rigs), dropping the number to 813, Baker Hughes reported on Friday.
US oil rig count plummets again  Business Insider
Swiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two former Swiss bankers avoided jail time Friday for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets.
Two Ex-Credit Suisse Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case  Nasdaq
Ex-Credit Suisse bankers spared prison in US tax evasion case  Reuters
Feds Plan Payday Loan 'Debt Trap' Crackdown
NBC News - The federal government announced Thursday new plans to crack down on payday loans and tighten protections for the low-income borrowers who rely on them.
State laws aim to protect consumers from predatory lenders  San Diego Source (subscription)
Obama Scores Republicans on Budget, Touts Payday Loan Rules  Bloomberg
Nebraska unemployment rate drops to lowest in the nation
The Nebraska Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate for February stood at 2.7%, seasonally adjusted, down two-tenths of a percent from January, down nearly a percent from February of last year.
North Dakota's Jobless Rate Is the Lowest No Longer  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Nebraska tops in the nation for low unemployment  Kotatv
Kraft Heinz will have to pass taste test
Heinz ketchup, Oscar Meyer hot dogs, Kool-Aid, Jell-O and Kraft Singles processed cheese slices - it could be the perfect meal for a six-year-old.
Top 10 News for 03/23 - 03/27: Kraft/Heinz Mega Food Merger, SanDisk Warns ...  StreetInsider.com
How Much Will Warren Buffett Make Off Ketchup?  Go Banking Rates