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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

U.S. stocks snapped a five-day losing streak Friday as investors welcomed a surge in oil prices and an encouraging report on retail sales. Financial stocks, which have been the worst performing part of the market this year, led the rally. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 313.66 points, or 2 percent, to 15,973.84.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By The Associated Press
FOREX-Dollar rises as U.S. data revives possibility of policy divergence

January retail sales number suggests U.S. economic strength. NEW YORK, Feb 12- The dollar rose on Friday after data showed U.S. consumer spending appeared to have regained its mojo in January, supporting the possibility the Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates as other central banks ease policy. On Friday, the dollar rose 0.75 percent to 113.26...
Source: Reuters | By: Dion Rabouin
EXCLUSIVE-Intercept Pharmaceuticals explores potential sale-sources

Intercept's shares rose as much as 37 percent after the news and were trading up 33 percent at $124.88 Friday afternoon in New York, giving the company a market capitalization of around $3 billion. Share prices of the New York- based drug maker, which went public in 2012, had before Friday's rally declined nearly 70 percent from a high in 2015 near $315, in part due to...
Source: Reuters | By: Carl O'Donnell
FOREX-Dollar rises as U.S. data suggests Fed hike still possible

NEW YORK, Feb 12- The dollar rose on Friday after data showed U.S. consumer spending appeared to have regained its mojo in January, supporting the possibility of the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates this year. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services increased 0.6 percent last month, according to a...
Source: Reuters | By: Dion Rabouin
CANADA STOCKS-TSX rebounds as oil rallies, led by banks, energy stocks

TORONTO, Feb 12- Canada's main stock index rebounded Friday after five days of losses, led by banks and energy stocks as crude oil prices rallied and after U.S. retail sales data offered encouragement about the economic outlook. Cenovus Energy Inc rose 2.9 percent to C $14.36. The oil producer said it may sell up to $5 billion of stock, debt or other securities, a day...
Source: Reuters
US business inventories edged up in December

U.S. business inventories edged up in December as sales fell, pushing the inventory-to-sales ratio to its highest level in 6-1/2 years.
Source: Reuters
US business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall

WASHINGTON— U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles slightly in December, as sales dropped sharply. The Commerce Department said Friday that December business inventories rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent, after having slipped 0.1 percent in November. For all of last year, business sales fell 2.4 percent last to $15.8 billion, the first decline since...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer
U.S. inventory-to-sales ratio hits highest level since 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb 12- U.S. business inventories edged up in December as sales fell, pushing the inventory-to-sales ratio to its highest level in 6-1/ 2 years. The Commerce Department said on Friday inventories rose 0.1 percent after a revised 0.1 percent dip in November. Inventories in November were previously reported to have dropped 0.2 percent.
Source: Reuters
Negative rate talk 'premature,' economy fine: Dudley

The economy is healthy and is better equipped to withstand shocks than before the financial crisis, the Fed's William Dudley says.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Jacob Pramuk
Dow, S&P snap 5-day losing streak as oil pops 12%

U.S. equities closed sharply higher on Friday as European and American bank stocks - as well as oil prices - bounced sharply.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Fred Imbert