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Energy may see further weakness as key names report

A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock ExchangeStock prices in the U.S. energy sector have been under pressure in 2015, and there could be more bad news to come when several key players report their fourth-quarter results next week. The group has been ...

U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air...

Jeep's Liberty Patriotic Edition is seen in a file photo taken at the North America Auto Show in DetroitThe vehicles involved in the recall announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are made by Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. There have been about 400 reported cases of inadvertent air bag deployments in the recalled vehicles, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said. The recall concerned a defective chip in air bag systems and the fix involved replacing the entire air bag module, including circuits manufactured by parts maker TRW Automotive Holdings, Rosekind said.

China factory sector jolts by shrinking in January

An employee works at the production line of an automobile factory in DalianChina's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years in January and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, a low last seen in September 2012 and a whisker below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Most of the PMI indexes "showed a downward trend, indicating that current economic growth is still in a downtrend," said Zhang Liqun, an economist at the Development Research Center, a state think-tank. Some economists said the January reading was especially downbeat as it suggested that factories did not enjoy a usual spike in business before China's annual Spring Festival holiday, which falls in mid-February this year.

Greece seeks to reassure Europe as tensions rise

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras waits for European Parliament President Martin Schulz outside the Greek Premier's office in AthensNew Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central Bank chief to assure him that Athens was seeking an agreement. The new government in Athens made clear from its first day in power that it would not back down on its election pledges to abandon the austerity policies imposed under the bailout agreement sealed by the last government.

Germany, ECB play hardball with Greece

Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group, and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their common press conference at the ministry in AthensBERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package. The euro zone's paymaster and the ECB are both taking a tough line with Greece's new leftist government, whose leader swept to victory last Sunday promising that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" were over. Alexis Tsipras has also promised to renegotiate agreements with the European Commission, ECB and International Monetary Fund "troika" and write off much of Greece's 320 billion euro ($360 billion) debt, which at more than 175 percent of gross domestic product is the world's second-highest after Japan.

JPMorgan to pay $99.5 million to resolve currency rigging...

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New YorkJPMorgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. bank, agreed to pay $99.5 million to settle its portion of an antitrust lawsuit in which investors accuse 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion-a-day ...

Exclusive: Treasury official among those eyed for...

Detail from the front of the United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonFinal decisions are not imminent in the efforts to find successors to Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser, who steps down March 1, and Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed, who retires on March 19. Matthew Rutherford, whose stint as Treasury's top domestic finance official ended on Friday, was under consideration at least in early stages of the searches, according to three sources. James McAndrews, who heads up research at the neighboring New York Fed, was considered for the job in Philadelphia, where he once worked. Regular golfing partners, Plosser and Fisher are ardent inflation hawks who have repeatedly dissented against the easy money path pursued by Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her predecessor, Ben Bernanke.

McDonald's to slow Russia expansion due to fall in rouble

A customer holds balloons outside a McDonald's restaurant on the day of its reopening in central MoscowMcDonald's Corp. (MCD.N) will open fewer new restaurants in Russia this year than last because a fall in the rouble has increased expansion costs and is hurting consumers, its Russian chief executive Khamzat Khasbulatov told Reuters. The rouble, hit by a drop in oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine, has fallen more than 50 percent since early 2014, fuelling inflation. Russia now faces its first recession since 2009. McDonald's will open at least 50 new restaurants in Russia compared to 73 last year, having earmarked 6 billion rubles ($87 million) for capital expenditures, the same amount as in 2014, Khasbulatov said in an interview.

BMW, Bosch join Deutsche Bahn in airline cartel damages...

A BMW logo is seen on a car at the Brussels International Auto ShowGerman carmaker BMW and car supplier Bosch [ROBG.UL] said on Saturday they would join Deutsche Bahn [DBN.UL] in two claims for about 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in damages from air freight carriers who were involved in a cartel. The air cargo cartel, which included Europe's biggest airline Lufthansa and British Airways, was first discovered seven years ago and triggered fines in the European Union and in the United States. Confirming a report in German magazine WirtschaftsWoche, spokespeople for BMW and Bosch said the companies had joined the lawsuits, announced by Deutsche Bahn in December.

Exclusive: GM and China’s SAIC to push into Indonesia...

A man walks in front of the gate of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., in ShanghaiGeneral Motors (GM.N) and Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp will soon announce a joint push into Indonesia, using their no-frills Wuling brand to establish a beachhead in Southeast Asia’s biggest market and from there tackle other markets in the region. They have already made moves to purchase a property in an industrial district on the outskirts of Jakarta, according to two people familiar with the matter, and are expected to detail within days what GM China chief Matt Tsien called an important joint venture in a country of 240 million people. In a report late Friday, officials from Indonesia's industry ministry told state Antara news agency that GM and SAIC would invest a total of $700 million in Indonesia to set up operations to manufacture and market Wuling vehicles in the country.

No rest for the Street after a tough January

A Wall Street sign is pictured in front of the New York Stock Exchange, open during Winter Storm Juno, in the Manhattan borough of New YorkEquities took a hit in January, while bond yields and the U.S. dollar jumped. As February kicks off, there will be a slew of corporate earnings and economic data for traders to parse through.

U.S. stocks stumble 3% in tumultuous January

US stocks decline; Dow falls 200-plus pointsStocks declined Friday, with equities on track for January losses, after the government reported economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter.

U.S. oil spikes 8%, traders eye month-end short covering

A ship passes a petro-industrial complex in Kawasaki near TokyoOil prices rocketed more than 8 percent higher on Friday, their biggest one-day gain in two and a half years, after data showed U.S. drillers were slamming the brakes on the shale drilling boom. In a rally that may spur speculation that a seven-month price collapse has ended, global benchmark Brent crude shot up to more than $53 (35 pounds) per barrel, its highest in more than three weeks, after Baker Hughes data showed the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 94 - or 7 percent - this week. Two weeks of relatively stable oil prices have helped shift sentiment after months of decline, setting the stage for the violent rebound on Friday afternoon. With drillers having idled about 24 percent of their oil drilling rigs since the summer, some traders may be betting that an anticipated slowdown in U.S. oil production is nearer than expected.

Amazon is killing it with Prime: Here's why

Amazon is killing it with Prime: Here's whyGrowth in Amazon Prime memberships propelled Amazon to a profitable fourth quarter. That was after two consecutive quarters of steep losses.

Cheap oil burns $390 billion hole in investors' pockets

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, oil pumps work in the Persian Gulf desert oil field of Sakhir, Bahrain. In the second half of 2014, oil prices dropped by half, to depths not seen since May of 2009 when the U.S. was in the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)Now that oil prices have fallen below $46, any euphoria over cheaper energy will be tempered by losses that are starting to show up in investment funds, retirement accounts and bank balance sheets.

2.6% GDP? Reagan wouldn't have let that happen

2.6% GDP? Reagan wouldn't have let that happenRonald Reagan had to dig out of a recession, too - but GDP growth at this point in that recovery was twice what Obama is delivering now.

Why the Seahawks have an edge in the Super Bowl: Nate Silver
Nate Silver predicts the Super Bowl

S&P 500 tests 2000 again, don't let emotions trade for you

Asian stock markets boosted by ECB stimulus planCharting the market technicals can be a lot more useful that getting caught up in the noise.

U.S. economy cools in fourth quarter, but consumer...

Man gets gasoline at a BP station in St. Louis, MissouriU.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006. The slowdown followed two back-to-back quarters of bullish growth and is likely to be short-lived given the enormous tailwind from lower gasoline prices. Other data on Friday showed consumer sentiment jumped to an 11-year high in January. "We look for strong domestic consumption to continue supporting growth momentum in the coming quarters even as investment suffers due to falling oil prices," said Gennadiy Goldberg, an economist at TD Securities in New York.

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plungeIt's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a promising earnings season into a grim one.

OPEC oil output rises in January as key members stand...

A table with OPEC logo is seen during the presentation of OPEC's 2013 World Oil Outlook in ViennaOPEC's oil supply has risen this month due to more Angolan exports and steady to higher output in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf producers, a Reuters survey showed, a sign key members are standing firm in refusing to prop up prices. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at a November meeting decided to focus on market share rather than cutting output, despite concerns from members such as Iran and Venezuela about falling oil revenue. Supply from OPEC has averaged 30.37 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, up from a revised 30.24 million bpd in December, according to the survey based on shipping data and information from sources at oil companies, OPEC and consultants. At the Nov. 27 meeting, OPEC retained its output target of 30 million bpd, sending oil prices to a four-year low close to $71 a barrel.

Cramer: Don't bet against this stock

Cramer Remix: Don't bet against this stock"Mad Money" host Jim Cramer reveals which company's worth banking on.

Can Janet Yellen really help you with your investing?
Fed parsing has become as popular as Fantasy Football. We explore how investors should interpret disclosures from the world's most influential central bank.

EU Prepares Tougher Russian Penalties
A “preliminary agreement” has been reached for the Ukraine contact group to meet Friday or Saturday in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said. Ukraine’s military said pro-Russian forces are advancing toward the town of Debaltseve, a strategic rail hub in the Donetsk region that has become the focus of clashes. The crisis can only be settled by negotiation “and to make that happen Russia has to stop supporting the separatists,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

Qatar Finance Minister Ali Sheriff Al Emadi, poses for a photo in Times Square after ringing the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.

How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has ...

Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil

German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel reads in documents prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Gabriel will present the annual German economic report with the governments economy projection later the day. The reflections in the foreground are from glasses and pots on the desk. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort.

Russian official: West aims to turn business against Kremlin
A top Russian official has accusing a leading rating agency of trying to turn tycoons against the Kremlin. Standard & Poor's earlier this week downgraded Russia's credit rating to a non-investment grade, ...

Asia markets extend U.S. rally as earnings take the...

Passersby walk past in front of an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock price index outside a brokerage in TokyoMarkets in Asia followed Wall Street's lead to the upside as oil prices halted their slide and traders digested a flurry of corporate reports.

Cramer: Mark Zuckerberg is King Midas in a hoodie

Cramer: Mark Zuckerberg is King Midas in a hoodieJim Cramer wants investors to take advantage of this rare opportunity with Facebook and thinks it is a slam dunk for the future.

Google shares reverse course as traders shrug off Q4 miss

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsGoogle shares dipped more than 3% after the firm posted disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales.

Amazon handily beats earnings estimates, shares rally

Amazon easily beats earnings forecasts; shares jump 6%Amazon revealed quarterly profits that zoomed by Wall Street's estimates, sending shares of the e-commerce heavyweight rallying.

Cramer: Don't bet against this stock

Cramer: Don't bet against this stock"Mad Money" host Jim Cramer reveals which company¿s worth banking on

Visa logs fiscal Q1 beat, unveils 4-for-1 stock split

A Visa advertising banner is pictured as Italy's national soccer goalkeepers Buffon and Sirigu drink during a training session ahead of the 2014 World Cup in MangaratibaVisa, which earns money from both the volume and value of transactions using its cards, said total volume increased to $1.90 trillion (1.26 trillion pounds) from $1.84 trillion (1.22 trillion pounds). Visa lost its right to process domestic payments in Russia in the middle of last year when Moscow hit back after the imposition of Western sanctions over its role in Ukraine. Visa reaffirmed its revenue and margin forecasts for 2015 after taking into account an expected 2 percentage point negative impact from changes in foreign exchange rates. About 60 percent of Visa's transaction volumes are outside the United States.

Stocks rally after two-day rout

US stocks open higher; McDonald's helps lift DowStocks rose Thursday, bouncing back after a two-day rout, as corporations including Ford Motor rose on earnings and fewer filed jobless claims.

Stocks pop in afternoon action

A Wall Street sign is pictured in front of the New York Stock Exchange, open during Winter Storm Juno, in the Manhattan borough of New YorkWall Street zipped higher in late-session trading on Thursday as market participants awaited earnings reports from search behemoth Google and e-commerce giant Amazon.

Big oil cuts $20 billion in five hours to preserve dividends

Cost Of Oil Continues Steep Drops, As US Production Increases And Foreign Companies Lower PriceThe global industry is scurrying to respond as oil below $50 a barrel guts cash flows. Companies are cutting heavily in an effort to protect returns to investors.

Amazon sales rise in holiday quarter, shares jump

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in GoldenAmazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) reported stronger than expected earnings on Thursday as North American sales surged during the crucial holiday quarter, sending its shares up 9 percent. The online commerce giant, which gets about a third of its revenue from October to December, reported earnings of 45 cents a share, trouncing Wall Street's average prediction for 17 cents. The sharply higher profit was a welcome surprise for Wall Street, which has clamoured for Amazon to come to grips with its growing investments in everything from Hollywood-style television productions, and cloud computing and consumer devices with mixed success.

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economyThe White House says President Barack Obama's budget will propose spending $74 billion more than current spending caps. That would be an increase of about 7 percent.

Five years into recovery, blue chips squeeze workers as...

American Express 2Q profit rises 9 percentOver the past five years, total profits of the Dow 30 members surged by more than 42% -- and most of the bounty from this corporate renaissance has gone to investors.

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