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Franc falls as Swiss go sub-zero; stocks jump after Fed
LONDON (Reuters) - The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year.
Swiss central bank moves to negative deposit rate  Financial Times
Swiss Central Bank Imposes Negative Interest Rates  ABC News
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PRECIOUS-Gold rallies as Fed takes patient stance on rate hike
... * Fed: Rate hike unlikely for at least "couple of meetings". * Dollar slips vs basket of currencies. * Silver climbs more than 3 pct to session peak (Updates prices).
Why the Fed thinks the US economy still needs help  CNBC
Treasuries Drop as Stocks Gain After Fed Rates Pledge  Bloomberg
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Cuomo administration bans fracking in New York
ALBANY - Fracking will be banned in New York. State officials said concerns over health issues and what actual economic benefits would be are reasons why the practice is going to be banned.
New York bans fracking after health report  Reuters
NEW YORK STATE TO DRILLERS: No fracking here, no way  Sky Valley Chronicle
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Why Russia will halt the ruble's slide and keep pumping oil
Russia's ruble may have strengthened sharply Wednesday, but it's plunge in recent days has encouraged plenty of talk about the country's catastrophe, with some even proclaiming that the new Russia is about to go the way of the old USSR.
Vladimir Putin's annual press conference: live  Telegraph.co.uk
Putin Accuses West of Trying to Sideline Russia  ABC News
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Amazon Is Doing Free Two-Hour Delivery In NYC For Prime Subscribers
Amazon is launching "Prime Now," a one-hour delivery service on thousands of essential products like paper towels, dish detergent, and shampoo.
Amazon.com Launches 'Superfast' Delivery in NYC  Wall Street Journal
Amazon unveils one-hour delivery in New York  KMOV.com
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Uber says it will toughen background checks
Uber, under fire around the globe for how it screens drivers, said it will toughen up its background checks and take other measures to improve passenger safety.
Uber vows larger focus on safety  Fox News
Portsmouth says Uber drivers get same regs as cabs  San Francisco Chronicle
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Couche-Tard to Buy Pantry for $860 Million
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. agreed to buy convenience-store chain Pantry Inc. for about $860 million, strengthening its position in the southeastern U.S.. Pantry does business primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, while Couche-Tard's ...
Alimentation Couche-Tard to buy Pantry in $1.7 billion deal  Reuters
CompaniesAlimentation Couche-Tard buys US rival The Pantry  Financial Times
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Rite Aid shares rise on earnings beat
Rite Aid (RAD) shares rose in pre-market trading Thursday after the drugstore chain reported third-quarter financial results that topped Wall Street expectations and raised the company's full-year fiscal guidance.
Rite Aid's quarterly profit jumps 46.5 pct  Reuters
Rite Aid Boosts Guidance on Sales Strength  Wall Street Journal
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FedEx (FDX) Releases Quarterly Earnings Results, Misses Estimates By $0.05 ...
FedEx logo FedEx (NYSE:FDX) released its earnings data on Wednesday. The company reported $2.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts' consensus estimate of $2.19 by $0.05, AnalystRatings.
FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Earnings Crumble Due to Lower Revenue per Package  WallStreet.org
FedEx Corporation (FDX)'s Shares Fall Post Weaker Quarterly Results ...  StockWise Daily
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German Economy on course to make Good Start in Fourth Quarter
A recent survey released on Thursday revealed that the confidence of German business rose in December for the second month. This rise indicates that the German economy is on the course to make a good start in the fourth quarter after narrowly avoiding a ...
German business sentiment climbs in Dec to highest level since Aug  Reuters
German Business More Bullish as Euro Weakens, Oil Price Falls -- Update  Nasdaq
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