Several surveys shows many people have followed the requirement to buy health insurance, but many other people still have not. A mandate under the Affordable Care Act, requires people to buy health insurance, or pay a fine.
Investors' radar screens have long been clear of the one blip guaranteed to sound the alarm in financial markets: interest rate rises by central banks.
... * FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct, but down 2.6 pct this week. * Imperial leads gainers; in talks to buy assets. * M&A activity also lifts Friends Life, Unilever.
The discount retailer Family Dollar, under pressure from the activist investor Carl C. Icahn to sell itself, said its profit fell by a third as competition intensified and the company cleared inventory ahead of planned store closings.
World oil demand will climb 1.5 percent to a record 94.1 million barrels a day in 2015, as growth in emerging economies compensates for a contraction in developed nations, the IEA said.