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Menorah Tree Salesman Wants to Make Hannukah More Like Christmas 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish holiday that starts this evening, is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Entrepreneurs have introduced a fresh wave of Noel-inspired products over the past two years,
On the first night of Hanukkah...a partridge in a Menorah Tree? Providence Business News
On the First Night of Hanukkah ... a Partridge in a Menorah Tree? Bloomberg
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Enservio Names Joe Cannon as SVP of Global Enterprise Sales 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
Former Sales Leader at Guidewire Will Help Grow Enservio's Insurance Customer Base NEEDHAM, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2014) - Enservio , Inc. a leading provider of software and services across
Enservio Names Joe Cannon as SVP of Global Enterprise Sales Marketwired Yahoo! Finance
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Russia Sees No Need to Cut Oil Supply With Prices to Stabilize 
Washington Post - 12/16/2014
(Bloomberg) -- Russia will keep its crude oil output steady next year and plunging prices will stabilize, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, reiterating comments made almost three weeks ago that nation     Add Comment

Activis to Replace Most Allergan Executives After Deal 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Actavis Plc, which last month agreed to buy Allergan Inc. for $66 billion, will replace most of the other drugmaker’s executives with its own people when the deal closes. The exception is Douglas Ingram,     Add Comment
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>>   Commodities
BRENT-WTI CRUDE OIL SPREAD NARROWS TO BELOW $4 A BARREL VS MONDAY'S AROUND $5 LEVEL 
Reuters India - 12/16/2014
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news , world news , business news , technology news , headline news, small business news, news alerts,     Add Comment

OPEC oil price falls below $58 [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) oil basket price slipped below $58/barrel on Dec.15, losing 46 percent of its value compared to mid-June. The cartel's oil basket was sold     Add Comment

BRIEF: Azerbaijani oil prices down on Dec.15 [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--The price of AZERI LT CIF Augusta was $62.39 per barrel on Dec.15, or $0.55 per barrel less compared to the price on Dec.12, according to the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). SOCAR has     Add Comment

Qatar Energy Minister: OPEC Monitoring Oil's Slide 
ABC News - 12/16/2014
Qatar's energy minister says OPEC is monitoring the drop in oil prices closely following a months-long slide that has left crude trading at its lowest point in more than five years. Energy and Industry     Add Comment
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>>   Corporate finance
Borer Financial Communications, Inc., a Prominent SEC EDGAR Filing Agent & Financial  
Reuters - 12/16/2014
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2014) - Borer Financial Communications, Inc. recently expanded and formed a new division wherein we provide seasoned professionals (CFO/CPA, Controller, Finance Executive)     Add Comment

CVS Announces $10 Billion Buyback, Raises Quarterly Dividend 
Washington Post - 12/16/2014
(Updates with opening share price in fifth paragraph.) The share buyback will occur over a multi-year period, the Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based company said in a statement today before a briefing for
CVS Sets $10 Billion Share Buyback, Raises Dividend BusinessWeek
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The Trade Desk, Inc. Hires Veteran CFO Paul Ross to Lead Rapid Global Growth 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
Ross Joins Executive Team in California Headquarters LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2014) - The Trade Desk, Inc. , a leading demand-side platform in advertising technology's $5 billion     Add Comment

RadioShack Hires Advisory Firm 
ABC News - 12/16/2014
RadioShack is bringing in FTI Consulting as an adviser in the midst of another round of cost cuts as the troubled electronics retailer warned again last week that it may have to seek bankruptcy protection.
RadioShack Hires FTI Consulting as New CFO, Adviser Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review
RadioShack Hires Adviser, Names Interim CFO DailyMe.Com
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>>   Economics
Ghana Must Cut Phantom Workers for EU to Resume Budget Aid 
Bloomberg - 12/16/2014
The European Union suspended budget support to Ghana and said it won’t resume the aid until the government eliminates so-called ghost workers from its payroll. “It’s crucial to eliminate all ghost
Ghana Must Cut Phantom Workers on Payroll for EU to Resume Aid BusinessWeek
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German Economy at Risk of Downturn 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
German private-sector growth slowed to the weakest in 18 months in December, increasing the risk that a soft phase will turn into a more pronounced economic downturn. Markit Economics said a Purchasing
German Economy at Risk of Downturn as Growth Weakens RocketNews
German Economy at Risk of Downturn as Growth Seen Weak at Best Yahoo! Finance
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Fed's Big Decision: World Markets Hang on Two Words 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
The Federal Reserve will look past low inflation and drop a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" as it seeks an exit from the loosest monetary policy in its 100-year history,
Fed Seen Looking Past Low Inflation to Drop ‘Considerable Time’ Moneynews
Fed's Big Decision: World Markets Hang on The Words ‘Considerable Time’ BusinessWeek
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Drop in inflation helps FTSE shrug off Russia turmoil 
Reuters UK - 12/16/2014
LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 rebounded off two-month lows on Tuesday as a drop in UK inflation propped up the stock market in the face of market turmoil caused by Russia. The blue-chip FTSE 100     Add Comment
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>>   Equity markets
Stocks rise; Boeing leads triple-digit gains on Dow 
CNBC - 12/16/2014
The U.S. dollar declined against the currencies of major U.S. trading partners and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note used to figure mortgage rates and other consumer loans fell 7 basis points to
Stocks turn mostly higher; Boeing helps lift Dow CNBC
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Fed's Big Decision: World Markets Hang on Two Words 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
The Federal Reserve will look past low inflation and drop a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" as it seeks an exit from the loosest monetary policy in its 100-year history,
Fed Seen Looking Past Low Inflation to Drop ‘Considerable Time’ Moneynews
Fed's Big Decision: World Markets Hang on The Words ‘Considerable Time’ BusinessWeek
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Canada Stocks Soar as Talisman Rally Leads Energy Shares Higher 
Bloomberg - 12/16/2014
Canadian stocks advanced as energy shares rallied the most in three years after Talisman Energy Inc. surged on deal news to offset further losses in crude oil prices . Talisman rallied 47 percent as     Add Comment

U.S. Stocks Fluctuate as Tech Offsets Energy 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
U.S. stocks fluctuated as declines in technology and consumer-discretionary stocks offset gains in energy shares before a meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. Range Resources Corp. and Diamond
U.S. Stocks Rise as Energy Rallies Before Fed Meeting BusinessWeek
U.S. Stocks Fluctuate as Tech Slump Offsets Energy Before Fed La Repubblica
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>>   Finance news
Fed to Remove ‘Considerable Time’: FOMC Survey 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Federal Reserve officials are gearing up for a 2015 interest rate increase by dropping the "considerable time" language from their statement and replacing it with a different term, according to 68 percent     Add Comment

Capital Controls Specter Looms as Rates Fail to Buoy Ruble 
Washington Post - 12/16/2014
(Updates with details of possible controls in ninth paragraph. For more on the Russian rate increase, see EXT2.) The ruble plunged as much as 20 percent today, reversing an initial rally after the Bank     Add Comment

German Economy at Risk of Downturn 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
German private-sector growth slowed to the weakest in 18 months in December, increasing the risk that a soft phase will turn into a more pronounced economic downturn. Markit Economics said a Purchasing
German Economy at Risk of Downturn as Growth Weakens RocketNews
German Economy at Risk of Downturn as Growth Seen Weak at Best Yahoo! Finance
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Fed's Big Decision: World Markets Hang on Two Words 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
The Federal Reserve will look past low inflation and drop a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" as it seeks an exit from the loosest monetary policy in its 100-year history,
Fed Seen Looking Past Low Inflation to Drop ‘Considerable Time’ Moneynews
Fed's Big Decision: World Markets Hang on The Words ‘Considerable Time’ BusinessWeek
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>>   Mergers & acquisitions
U.S. HealthWorks Acquires Acute Care Express; Columbus Location Becomes Seventh  
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- U.S. HealthWorks, a leading operator of occupational healthcare and urgent care centers nationwide, announced today it has acquired Acute Care Express medical
U.S. HEALTHWORKS : Acquires Acute Care Express; Columbus Location Becomes Seventh  4 Traders
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Ametherm Doubles Manufacturing Capacity Since 2013 Acquisition of Thermistor Product  
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
CARSON CITY, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 12/16/14 -- Ametherm today announced that the company has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity since acquiring the SURGE-GARD™ line of inrush current limiting
Ametherm : Doubles Manufacturing Capacity Since 2013 Acquisition of Thermistor Product  4 Traders
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EU to aid Bosnia with $207 million in bid to spur reform 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
(Reuters) - The European Commission will support Bosnia's reform program with 166 million euros ($207.7 million) until 2017 in a drive to revive the country's bid to join the EU, the Commission said on
EU to aid Bosnia with 166 million euros in bid to spur reform Yahoo! UK and Ireland
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What's the best electric car to buy for the average consumer? 
KPHO Phoenix - 12/16/2014
By John Voelcker Automotive journalists often use each other as information sources, or to get reality checks on new material. Recently, a colleague asked, "If auto journalists had the choice of only     Add Comment
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