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Wall St. pulls back from record; utilities slump
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday as investors engaged in profit-taking to pull major indexes from record levels, while the trend of modest moves and low volume continued heading into the final trading day of the year.
U.S. consumer confidence rises in December
(Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence increased in December, bolstered by a brightening jobs situation that left perceptions about economic conditions at a high last seen in February 2008, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.
Exclusive: Oklahoma oilman appeals billion-dollar divorce judgment
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Last month, when oil magnate Harold Hamm was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1 billion in their divorce, he called the ruling "fair and equitable," publicly thanked the judge and said he was happy to have the case behind him.
Brent and WTI see small gains as end of year approaches
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude futures closed up slightly Tuesday, getting some relief from a weak dollar but not making significant strides as traders prepared for the end of the year.
Exclusive: Oil price crash claims first U.S. LNG project casualty
MILAN (Reuters) - Excelerate Energy's Texan liquefied natural gas terminal plan has become the first victim of an oil price slump threatening the economics of U.S. LNG export projects.
DOJ targeting Morgan Stanley's relationship with subprime lender: NYT
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice is examining the relationship between Morgan Stanley and now-defunct New Century Financial Corp in the sale of subprime mortgages in the run-up to the financial crisis, New York Times reported.
Exclusive: U.S. agency gives quiet nod to light oil exports - sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The main U.S. export authority is telling some oil companies that they should consider exporting a lightly processed form of crude oil called condensate without formal permission, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Foreign automakers taken to task in China over dealers' bloated inventories
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Foreign automakers in China may struggle to dictate sales goals in the future after dealers complained to the government that inflexible targets set during a market boom obliged them to buy too much stock and bear the brunt of a drop in demand.
Goldman tops UK banker pay with $4.7 million awarded for 2013
LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs paid its top 121 London bankers about 3 million pounds ($4.7 million) on average last year, far exceeding payouts at other leading banks, data released on Tuesday showed.
U.S. home price growth slows further in October: S&P/Case-Shiller
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home price appreciation slowed less than forecast in October, as there were hints of some re-acceleration in home prices in some cities by year-end, according to a closely watched survey released on Tuesday.
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