FCA's Deal Hopes Shouldn't Drive Strategy

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Fiat Chrysler is calling for consolidation in the auto industry. That may reflect challenges in the company’s stand-alone strategy.

ECB Error Spurs Questions About Policy Disclosures

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An ECB snafu last week that meant one of its officials gave market-moving information to a private audience hours before it was made public is raising broader concerns about policy makers’ behind-closed-doors meetings.

Developed-Country Growth Slows, OECD Says

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Economic growth in developed countries slowed for the second straight quarter in early 2015, the OECD said, as the recovery from the financial crisis remained weak and uneven.

Chinese Play for Fortescue Keeps Iron Man Standing

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A Chinese play for Fortescue Metals is about more than snapping up iron ore at low prices. China has a strategic interest in keeping marginal producers alive.

Look What's Stirring at Shake Shack

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Shake Shack has achieved cult status among investors. But its low float has also contributed to irrational movement in the stock.

Bank Trading Gains Take Spring Break

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After surging earlier in the year, bond trading has once again slumped. April saw the lowest level of trading activity in years.

African Economies to Gather Pace

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African economies will gather pace this year and next year, in their fitful and uneven economic ascent, three prominent organizations said in a joint report.

Japan Slides Back Into Trade Deficit

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Japan slipped back into a trade deficit in April as crude-oil imports rose, but stronger-than-expected exports provided a bright spot for the economy.

Retail Markdowns Often Beat Outlet Prices

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Discounts at mainline stores often undercut the prices at their outlet-center cousins, a telling indicator of how reliant American retailers are on promotional pricing.

Student Debt Is Hot Topic for 2016 Field

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The rise in college costs—and student-loan burdens—is breaking through as a hot issue in the 2016 presidential race as contenders float proposals that rethink what college should cost and who should foot the bill.

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