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  • Dec 31- Fed watching can be fun and profitable, but investors might want to broaden their focus and become Supreme Court watchers too. In an age in which most news is a commodity, instantly digested, often by automated traders using algorithms, Supreme Court cases not only move the market, but do it, crucially, with a delay, according to a recent academic study.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 31- Oil prices rose on Thursday but fell as much as 35 percent for the year after a race to pump by Middle East crude producers and U.S. shale oil drillers created an unprecedented global glut that may take through 2016 to clear. But for 2015, both benchmarks fell double-digits for a second straight year as Saudi Arabia and other members of the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- The U.S. Mint sold a record amount of American Eagle silver bullion coins and saw sales of its gold coins rise by a whopping 53 percent this year, it said on Thursday, as weak metal prices unleashed a fresh wave of buying by investors and collectors. Sales of American Eagle gold coins hit 801,500 ounces, while 47 million ounces of their silver...

  • MINT SOLD 47 MLN OUNCES OF AMERICAN EAGLE SILVER BULLION COINS IN 2015, SETS NEW RECORD.

  • MINT SOLD 801,500 OUNCES OF AMERICAN EAGLE GOLD BULLION COINS IN 2015, UP 53 PCT.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- The dollar ended 2015 with a more than 9 percent annual gain against a basket of currencies on Thursday, despite falling in December, with portfolio rebalancing from asset managers leading the currency higher in thin trading. On Thursday, the euro hit a more than one-week low against the dollar of $1.08530, with analysts attributing the move to...

  • Dec 31- WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, said some users were still facing issues while accessing its messaging service. The problems were primarily centered in the UK and Western Europe, according to DownDetector, a website that provides realtime overview of Internet and mobile services. WhatsApp, however, did not provide any details on what...

  • Dec 31- The newspaper unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Thursday said it purchased The Free Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, Virginia, from Sandton Capital Partners. The addition of The Free Lance-Star, which has a daily circulation of 31,700, means BH Media now has 32 daily newspapers nationwide, including the Omaha World-Herald in...

  • *All three indexes lower on the day. Dec 31- Wall Street dipped on Thursday, with the S&P 500 moving toward a flat ending to a volatile year marked by record highs as well as a major selloff. The S&P 500 hit a record high in May only to slump 11 percent over eight days in August over fears of a China- led global economic slowdown.

  • LONDON, Dec 31- Gold was steady on Thursday, ending the year down 10 percent for its third straight annual decline, ahead of another potentially challenging year in 2016 amid the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates and a robust dollar. The most-active U.S. gold futures for February delivery settled at $1,060.2 per ounce on Thursday, almost flat compared with...

  • "SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD TROUBLE ACCESSING WHATSAPP FOR A SHORT PERIOD TODAY, WE'RE WORKING TO RESTORE SERVICE BACK TO 100% FOR EVERYONE"- WHATSAPP SPOKESPERSON.

  • Dec 31- The newspaper unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Thursday said it purchased The Free Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, Virginia, from Sandton Capital Partners. The addition of The Free Lance-Star, which has a daily circulation of 31,700, gives BH Media 32 daily newspapers nationwide, including the Omaha World-Herald in...

  • Dec 31- U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a sixth week in the last seven, data showed on Thursday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad. Drillers removed 2 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 31, bringing the total rig count down to 536, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- Some of the smallest niche agricultural commodities were the biggest winners this year as weather and disease raised concerns about tightening supplies, spurring a buying spree as an exodus of institutional cash punished oil, metals and grains markets. Cocoa, cotton, sugar and frozen concentrated orange juice on ICE Futures U.S. were on track to...

  • *Soybeans lower on forecasts for welcome rains in Brazil. *Wheat, corn little changed in quiet pre-holiday trade. *Wheat down 20 pct for year; corn down 10 pct, soy down 14 pct.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- As Wall Street wraps up its flattest year since 2011, investors will have to deal with many of the same issues next year as they attempt to gauge market direction. Of the S&P 500 components, 301 were down 10 percent or more from their 52- week highs and 175 were off by at least 20 percent through Dec. 30, according to Ryan Detrick, market strategist at...

  • Dec 31- WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered outages in parts of Europe for a short period on Thursday, leaving people unable to send or receive messages. He, however, did not provide details on what led to the outage, which began shortly after 4.30 p.m. UK time on New Year's eve. The problems were primarily centered in the UK and Western Europe,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- Shares of Apple Inc, the largest U.S. company by market value, are set to finish the year in the red on notable weakness for a stock that had largely been impervious to pain for several years. *Apple Inc shares are on track to finish the year down 4 percent, its first down year since 2008.. *Declines this year have wiped out about $57 billion in Apple's market...

  • CRUDE OIL FUTURES EXTEND GAINS SLIGHTLY ON BAKER HUGHES DATA SHOWING OIL RIGS DOWN 2 THIS WEEK.

  • Dec 31- U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a sixth week in the last seven, data showed on Thursday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad. Drillers removed xxx oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 31, bringing the total rig count down to 5 xx, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report.