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Morning Six-Pack: What we're reading Thursday

Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings.
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Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings.

Happy Thursday and welcome to one of our favorite days of the year here at the Morning Six-Pack: Draft Day.

Yes, it's that time of year when my beloved Minnesota Vikings draft another awful, over-hyped quarterback, and when the top pick becomes a $21 million man. (Forbes)

The two favorite excuses for companies not making their number this year are Mother Nature and Obamacare. (USA Today)

It pays to have Uncle Sam on your side, as the suddenly high dividend-paying companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are demonstrating. (Wall Street Journal)

There's got to be some good reason to keep the printing presses rolling and interest rates low. For Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the main excuse, er, reason these days is the weak housing market. (HousingWire)

You know who's happy today? People who own Ford Motor stock, that's who. They bid a jolly goodbye to beloved outgoing CEO Alan Mulally and are still OK with the Ford family controlling the company while owning only a little bit of stock. (Detroit News)

And finally ... Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athenahealth, is here to tell you that David Einhorn is dead wrong about the company. CNBC's Matthew J. Belvedere is on the story.

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