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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Thursday

Customers on the escalator at Macy's in New York on Nov. 28.
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Customers on the escalator at Macy's in New York on Nov. 28.

Happy Thursday. Only 364 shopping days until Christmas; remember to order now to ensure your packages get delivered on time.

If you think Santa skimped a little this year, you're not alone: Lots of folks are complaining that they didn't have their packages delivered on time from UPS and FedEx. (Consumer Affairs)

American Express customers will get a little windfall after the credit card company agreed to pay $75.7 million to settle accusations of overcharging more than 335,000 customers. (Financial Express)

Not everybody is a winner at Christmastime. These seven retailers got hammered. (Forbes)

It only seems like a huge month for stocks. December 2013 actually is underperforming on a historical basis. (StockTwits)

Hate on, bitcoin and its cryptocurrency brethren all you want, but don't ignore them. (Fortune)

And, finally ... McDonald's has taken action following blowback over its employee resources website, which advised workers that the food they are serving is not necessarily a great dietary choice. CNBC.com's Katie Little explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

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