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Wall Street Week Ahead: Big questions for markets for 2015
(Reuters) - Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014 than in previous years, but that doesn't mean the stock market was devoid of drama.
Wall Street ends at record in second straight weekly gain
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 closing at records in a broad rally, though trading was light with many market participants still out for the Christmas holiday.
Oil declines amid stronger dollar, crude oversupply in U.S.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell Friday, tumbling as the dollar strengthened and as a supply glut in top consumer, the United States, trumped worries about falling production from Libya.
Shares rise in thin post-holiday trade; oil, natural gas slip
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks pushed higher on Friday and major indexes hit new records, while oil and natural gas fell on worries of a supply glut and on mild U.S. weather.
MasterCard holiday spending report shows electronics weak, lodging strong
(Reuters) - Consumers spent actively on lodging and restaurants during the holiday season, while sales of electronics were flat, reflecting an ongoing shift toward spending on "experiences" rather than goods, MasterCard said in a holiday spending report.
Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said on Friday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's rouble crisis.
Japan inflation slows and output slips, keep BOJ under pressure
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target.
Standard Chartered hires ex U.S. prosecutors amid sanctions probe
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Standard Chartered Plc has hired two former prosecutors to police its transactions for criminal activity, a spokesman said on Friday, as the British bank wrestles with a series of legal and compliance problems.
Tesla's new Roadster to cover two-thirds more miles per charge
(Reuters) - U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles.
Volkswagen's Audi aims to launch two electric vehicles by 2018: CEO
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's premium Audi division aims to bring two purely electric vehicles to market by 2018 as it tries to catch up with rivals such as Tesla Motors and BMW .
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