Fed Nods to Negative Rates, Hurdles and All

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen waded into fraught territory before Congress on Wednesday, suggesting the central bank could turn to negative interest rates in an economic downturn, despite legal and other uncertainties.

Self-Driving Cars Clear a Hurdle on Computer as Driver

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Federal highway regulators, aiming to help companies figure out how to meet safety standards when designing cars, are willing to consider a computer running an autonomous vehicle as the “driver.”

PepsiCo Earnings: What to Watch

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PepsiCo is scheduled to announce its fourth-quarter earnings before the market opens Thursday.

AB InBev Gets $2.9 Billion Offer for Europe Brands

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Anheuser-Busch InBev said it has received a binding offer valued at about $2.9 billion in cash from Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings for the Peroni and Grolsch brands.

U.S. Judge Questions Regulators on MetLife Designation

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A U.S. District Judge questioned government lawyers in a hearing on MetLife Inc.’s push to overturn its designation as a “systemically important financial institution”—a tag created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that comes with strict oversight.

Stocks Bounce Back After Market Selloff; Asia Stumbles

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U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday after three sessions of declines, led by gains in some of this year’s worst performers.

How Japan's 'Abenomics' Reached an Impasse

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic-revitalization plan was a bet that a committed central bank could jolt Japan out of decades of decline. But the bank’s failure to generate a sustained economic upswing suggests the “Abenomics” program has reached an impasse.

Pinewood Studios Owner Considers Sale

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The owner of the British film studio where the Millennium Falcon soared back into action sent its shares into hyperdrive, after it said it has launched a strategic review that could lead to a sale of the business.

The High Consequences of Low Interest Rates

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At the start of 2016, Americans were bracing for interest rates to rise significantly for the first time since the financial crisis. Instead, rates have slumped anew, rattling financial markets and undoing the plans of investors, consumers and businesses alike.

Tullow and the Unrelenting Pressure of Oil

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Tullow Oil is battling an oil price downturn that has ravaged the U.K. exploration and production sector. It is, at least, making progress.

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