What slowing economy? US consumers show they're confident and eager to spend more
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness....

Mastercard, Amazon, Google, Deckers and Hawaiian Holdings are big market movers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:...

Oil jumps 7 percent on signs US oil companies curtail production following big rout in price
NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil is up 7 percent on indications that production in the U.S. has slowed following the big drop in prices since last June....

Big oil, big impact: Markets brace for plunge in profits as oil majors report 4Q results
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a strong earnings season into a weak one....

AbbVie posts 4Q loss on Shire deal breakup fee but adjusted results top expectations on Humira
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) -- Drugmaker Abbvie posted better-than-expected adjusted results for the fourth quarter on Friday because of double-digit growth of its blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Humira....

US economy slowed to 2.6 pct. annual growth in Q4, but consumer spending is fastest since 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year....

MasterCard beats 4Q earnings and revenue expectations
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) -- MasterCard reported a 28 percent rise in fourth-quarter profits, as consumers spent more on MasterCard's payment network...

Marlboro maker Altria's 4Q profit more than doubles on less debt pay-down, higher prices
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc.'s profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter on higher cigarette prices and lower costs for paying down debt....

Russia cuts key interest rate to help economy, but depriving ruble of support
MOSCOW (AP) -- In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy....

Investors cheer Amazon's 4th-quarter, hope smart spending is here to stay
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues....

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