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  • US STOCKS-Wall St opens 2015 flat as data weighs Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 4:26 PM ET

    *Wall Street comes off strong quarter, year. *General Motors announces new recalls, shares slip. "The data we got out today basically dampened early enthusiasm," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

  • Weight Watchers shares fall 13.3 percent Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    Jan 2- Weight Watchers International Inc shares fell more than 13 percent on Friday, continuing a string of losses as the company tries to boost sales, which in October hit a four-year low. The stock, which has lost almost a quarter of its value in the last eight trading sessions, fell as low as $21.21 on the New York Stock Exchange in heavy trading.

  • Jan 2- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, after advancing early in the session, as investors found few reasons to buy in the new year following data that came in below forecasts.

  • Energy sector earnings are seen down 19.6 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data; on Oct. 1, the consensus estimate was for growth of 6.4 percent. "It won't surprise anyone to see profits fall, so if you have no exposure this is a good time to step in," said Scott Wren, senior equity strategist at St. Louis- based Wells Fargo Advisors, which has an "...

  • ASUNCION, Jan 2- Paraguay's finance minister, German Rojas, has resigned and will be replaced next week by a 36- year-old central bank director, the country's president said on Friday. Pena inherits an economy that has lost its shine as low soy prices globally and stagnant economic growth in regional powerhouses Brazil and Argentina hurt Paraguayan exports.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- The head of the Senate energy committee plans to introduce a bill next week to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the full chamber faces a battle in obtaining needed votes to overcome any veto by President Barack Obama. Keystone supporters say they picked up votes for TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project in November's...

  • HONOLULU, Jan 2- North Korea was hit with more U.S. sanctions on Friday in response to what Washington said was its role in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the White House said on Friday. The sanctions named three entities, including the country's military intelligence agency, as well as 10 North Korean government officials, among them individuals...

  • UPDATE 10-Oil declines in thin, volatile trading Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 3:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 2- Global benchmark Brent crude oil closed down nearly a dollar a barrel Friday after a day of choppy trading despite expectations of new investments in the new year, as strong mid-day rallies in crude fizzled. Brent was down 91 cents at $56.42 a barrel. Front-month U.S. crude for February delivery settled down 58 cents a barrel at $52.69, before a steep...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- A senior Obama administration official on Friday said there were many possible explanations behind a recent Internet outage in North Korea, including the possibility that Pyongyang itself had orchestrated it.

  • *Sterling drops after UK manufacturing data miss. NEW YORK, Jan 2- The U.S. dollar hit its highest level against the euro in 4-1/ 2 years on Friday and reached parity with the Swiss franc after comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi underscored the benefits of tighter U.S. monetary policy. "Markets and commentators have been talking about this...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- A DISH Network Corp unit will pay $2 million and change national marketing practices to show it can raise prices at any time during the life of a contract, as a condition for ending a Colorado investigation, the state's attorney general's office said on Friday. The Colorado case dates back to 2011 after consumers complained about DISH price...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- The Senate energy committee will consider a bill next Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a spokesman for the head of the panel said on Friday. The bill is similar to one that fell one vote short of passage in November, according to the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who is the new chairman of the energy panel.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- New U.S. sanctions imposed against North Korea on Friday were not directly linked to the recent cyber attack on Sony Corp., senior administration officials in Washington said. The sanctions announced by President Barack Obama named three entities, including Pyongyang's military intelligence agency, and 10 individuals.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 2- Gold rebounded from a one-month low on Friday, as weaker-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data counteracted the impact of a stronger dollar, but still looked set to post its third straight weekly loss. Spot gold fell to its lowest since Dec. 1 at $1,168.25 an ounce after the dollar strengthened, but rebounded to $1,183.76 by 2:33 p.m. EST, up...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 2- The head of the Senate energy committee plans to introduce a bill next week to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the full chamber faces a battle in obtaining needed votes to overcome any veto by President Barack Obama. Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican and the new head of the energy committee, will introduce the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 2- U.S. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity fell to 55.5, below economists expectations for 57.6, from 58.7 the month before. "On a day where there are probably not many people around, even a small decline is noteworthy," said Jim Kochan, chief fixed income strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee...

  • The South American nation bordered by Colombia and Peru topped the website's annual global retirement index of 25 best countries, scoring high points for affordable cost-of-living, entertainment and amenities. Next are Panama, Mexico, Malaysia and Costa Rica, rounding out the top five nations in the index that looks at eight criteria to determine the best...

  • President Barack Obama authorized additional sanctions against North Korea in what he said was the first U.S. response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the White House said on Friday. The sanctions named three entities as well as 10 North Korean government officials, including individuals working in Iran, Syria, China, Russia and Namibia,...

  • U.S. crude had a brief, strong rally early in the day that might have been short-covering, said John Kilduff, a partner in Again Capital LLC, before its gain was cut. Brent has fallen to its lowest in more than five years as top exporter Saudi Arabia and other large Gulf producers continue to pump oil, while U.S. shale oil output grows quickly, despite pleas from other...

  • The additional sanctions target three companies as well as 10 North Korean government officials, including individuals working in Iran, Syria, China, Russia and Namibia, according to the Treasury Department.