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ECB launches 1 trillion euro rescue plan to revive euro economy
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank took the ultimate policy leap on Thursday, launching a government bond-buying program which will pump hundreds of billions in new money into a sagging euro zone economy.
Wall Street gains as ECB prepares to flood markets
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq turned positive for the year as U.S. stocks rallied on Thursday on the back of a larger than anticipated stimulus from the European Central Bank.
Starbucks' Americas-region traffic ticks up during holiday quarter
(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp on Thursday reported holiday quarter sales at established restaurants in its Americas region were slightly stronger than analysts' estimate as traffic ticked up.
U.S. jobless claims off seven-month high; oil layoffs watched
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week from a seven-month high, pointing to continued improvement in labor market conditions.
U.S. fines Wells Fargo, JPMorgan over 'illegal mortgage kickbacks'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and state regulators ordered Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase to collectively pay $35.7 million on Thursday to settle charges that they participated in an illegal marketing kickback scheme with a now-defunct title company.
Family Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree deal
(Reuters) - Family Dollar Stores Inc's shareholders approved the discount retailer's deal to be bought by Dollar Tree Inc , scuppering a higher hostile offer from larger rival Dollar General Corp .
RBC CEO sees no need for big acquisitions after City National deal
TORONTO (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada is in no rush to do more acquisitions now that its $5.4 billion deal for City National Corp gives it a platform to expand in U.S. wealth management and commercial banking, RBC's chief executive said.
Oil settles lower after large U.S. inventory build
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices pared early losses but still settled lower on Thursday after a government report showed the biggest build in U.S. crude inventory in at least 14 years.
UBS defeats lawsuit over late Indonesian statesman's accounts
NEW YORK (Reuters) - UBS AG has won dismissal of a lawsuit accusing it of seizing billions of dollars from inactive accounts over the past 30 years, including assets of the late Indonesian statesman and United Nations General Assembly President, Adam Malik.
Icahn nominates two directors to Gannett's board
(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn nominated two directors to USA Today publisher Gannett Co Inc's board and pushed for changes in the company's corporate governance practices.
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