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ConocoPhillips (COP) Stock Falls, Credit Suisse: Dividend Cut Too Deep
NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) -- ConocoPhillips   ( COP - Get Report ) stock is falling by 7.73% to $32.59 on heavy volume in afternoon trading on Friday, as shares continue to tumble due to Thursday's  fourth quarter loss and dividend cut. http://www.thestreet.co...

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President Proposes Job Killer: $10 Tax Per Barrel Of Oil
President Obama is set to propose a new $10 per barrel tax on oil. This tax would effectively raise the price of oil by the same amount, which would push gasoline prices higher, costing the consumer more at the pump. As we have seen time and time again, whe...

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It is time to be more optimistic about the global economy
The Bank of England says global concerns are making an interest rate rise less likely - but that's not really true, is it Mark Carney? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12143169/It-is-time-to-be-more-optimistic-about-the-global-economy.html  

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Why European Banks Keep Getting Clobbered
In March 2006, executives at UniCredit SpA hosted analysts and investors in Milan's 198-year-old stock exchange building, bedecked with marble columns and chiseled nude statues, to declare the onset of a triumphant new era for Europe's banks. http://www.mor...

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Argentina offers to pay U.S. 'vulture' funds
Argentina and a group of American hedge funds may soon end a 15-year battle. Negotiating through a mediator, Argentina offered to pay six hedge funds that own the country's debt a total of $6.5 billion of the $9 billion it owes. http://money.cnn.com/2016/02...

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Obscure Chinese Firm Dives Into $22 Trillion U.S. Market
When Cromwell Coulson heard that an obscure Chinese real estate firm had agreed to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange, he was shocked. “My first reaction was, ‘Wow, that’s who they’re selling to?”’ said Coulson, the chief executive officer of OTC Markets Group ...

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Argentina makes offer to foreign creditors
The Argentine government has made an official proposal to foreign investors holding $9bn (£6.25bn) in bonds the country defaulted on. After five days of negotiations in New York, it offered to pay 75% of the amount awarded by US courts in 2012. The long-sta...

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Oil prices to rise to $70 by 2018, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley has slashed its oil price forecast for the year amid a severe downturn in the market caused by global oversupply. The collapsing price of crude prompted the bank to cut its average price forecast for 2016 to $30 a barrel, down from $49 a barr...

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Debt, defaults, and devaluations: why this market crash is like nothing we've seen before
A pernicious cycle of collapsing commodities, corporate defaults, and currency wars loom over the global economy. Can anything stop it from unravelling? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12138466/when-is-the-next-financial-crash-coming-oil-pric...

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Be Selective in Perilous Energy Sector
Exxon's capital-spending pullback is just one more reason for investors to be prudent when considering beaten-down energy names. http://news.morningstar.com/Cover/videoCenter.aspx?id=740129
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