What's Going On in the Markets? 5 Theories to Explain the Chaos

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Price moves across asset classes and the rise of volatility have left investors grasping for an overarching thesis, leading to the rise of multiple explanations.

From Prudential to MetLife, Insurance Stocks Are Reeling Today

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Life-insurance stocks fell sharply again as worries mount about the pain of plunging oil prices and the possibility that low interest rates won’t go away as fast as expected.

Pepsi Posts Higher Profit, Downbeat Outlook

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PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit surged 31%, but Chief Executive Indra Nooyi issued a sobering warning that continuing overseas turmoil could upend the U.S. economy.

Total Trims Loss, Cuts Capital Spending

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French oil major Total said its net loss narrowed in the fourth quarter after it booked fewer write-downs than a year earlier.

Qualcomm Announces First Gigabit Cellular Chip

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Qualcomm announced a cellular chip that can transmit a billion bits of data a second, hoping to bring mobile users speed comparable to today’s most advanced wired services.

Designer's Close Eye on L.A. Youth Culture Revives Saint Laurent

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French designer Hedi Slimane’s close attention to youth culture in Los Angeles has translated into rock-inspired looks that almost doubled the Saint Laurent fashion brand’s revenue in his first two years on the job.

U.S. Treasury's Lew Challenges EU on Corporate Tax Investigations

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The U.S. stepped up a spat with European officials over their investigations of U.S. companies’ tax practices, warning in a letter from the Treasury secretary that they are creating a “disturbing” precedent.

HSBC Scraps Pay Freeze

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The bank has backtracked from a decision to freeze pay this year after employees pushed back to receive raises they had earned.

Yellen Says Fed Should Be Prepared to Use Negative Rates if Needed

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen delved deeper into the prospect of the U.S. central bank pushing interest rates into negative territory, saying the Fed is “taking a look at” the idea but it hasn’t finished an evaluation of the issue.

Lending Club Posts Second-Ever Profit

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Lending Club Corp. capped its first full year as a public company by reporting record quarterly profit and loan volume and telling investors it could weather a tougher economy.

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