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Big questions for markets for 2015

A Wall Street sign is pictured in the rain outside the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014 than in previous years, but that doesn't mean the stock market was devoid of drama.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:52:45 -0500
Wall Street ends at record in second straight weekly gain

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW 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.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:23:39 -0500
Oil declines amid stronger dollar, crude oversupply in U.S.

An oil refinery is seen with the Rocky Mountains freshly covered with snow in the background in DenverNEW 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.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:15:19 -0500
U.S. retailers miss fewer Christmas deadlines: early surveys

Shoppers enter Macy's to kick off Black Friday sales in New YorkSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Major U.S. retailers missed fewer Christmas deliveries this year, according to two small, early surveys released on Friday, partly reflecting a year's worth of investments made to avoid 2013's last-minute shipping debacle.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:26:46 -0500
Shares rise in thin post-holiday trade; oil, natural gas slip

A police officer is pictured though a wreath as he stands guard in the rain at the New York Stock Exchange on the last day of trading before Christmas in the Manhattan borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks pushed higher on Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 both closing at record highs, while oil and natural gas fell on worries of a supply glut and on mild U.S. weather.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:43:05 -0500
Women's apparel, dining drive U.S. holiday sales: MasterCard

Shoppers enter Macy's to kick off Black Friday sales in New YorkBy Nathan Layne (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose 5.5 percent from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve as solid demand for women's apparel, jewelry and casual dining offset surprisingly sluggish sales of electronics, MasterCard said in its holiday spending report. The report, which tracks spending by combining sales activity in MasterCard's payments network with estimates of cash and other payment forms, offers an early look into how the holiday season shaped up. Official government data and results from retailers will not be available until next month. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:59:42 -0500
Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

An employee counts Russian rouble banknotes at a small private shop in KrasnoyarskBy Darya Korsunskaya and Vladimir Abramov 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 ruble crisis. The economy is slowing sharply as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis deter foreign investment and spur capital flight, and as a slump in oil prices severely reduces Russia's export revenues and pummels the ruble. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:25:03 -0500
Standard Chartered hires ex U.S. prosecutors amid sanctions probe

A woman walks past a Standard Chartered bank in LondonBy Brett Wolf 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. The hires in the past two months coincide with a federal probe of Standard Chartered's past compliance with sanctions laws, the latest in a string of legal issues it has faced, including some with U.S. anti-money laundering laws. In late November, Standard Chartered hired Vincent G. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:12:19 -0500
Tesla's new Roadster to cover two-thirds more miles per charge

A Tesla Motors logo is shown at a Tesla Motors dealership at Corte Madera Village, an outdoor retail mall, in Corte Madera(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.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:54:40 -0500
Volkswagen's Audi aims to launch two electric vehicles by 2018: CEO

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the carmaker's new plant in San Jose ChiapaFRANKFURT (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 . Audi's Chief Executive Rupert Stadler told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in an interview to be published on Saturday that the launch of an electric sports car and a sports activity vehicle (SAV) were under way. An excerpt of the article was made available to Reuters on Friday. The SAV would be a four-wheel drive with a range of more than 500 km (310 miles) per battery load, Stadler said. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:43:02 -0500
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