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Icahn steps down as Trump's special adviser on regulation

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Friday he's stepping down as a special adviser to President Donald Trump on regulatory-reform issues. Icahn said in a letter he and the president agreed that he would cease the role. He wrote that he didn't want "partisan bickering about my role" to cloud the administration or the work of Neomi Rao, who has been appointed Trump's regulatory czar. Icahn didn't mention Trump's reaction to the violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but his resignation comes after several executives abandoned White House business councils after Trump said "both sides" were to blame.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:11:09 GMT

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Fitch upgrades Greece's debt one notch to B-

Fitch Ratings late Friday upgraded its rating on Greece's sovereign debt one notch to B-, from CCC, with a positive outlook, saying that country's economy is "gradually recovering" and public finances are improving. The country's debt sustainability "will steadily improve," underpinned by on-going compliance with the terms of the European Stability Mechanism program, and reduced political risk, sustained GDP growth, and additional fiscal measures to take effect through 2020, Fitch said in a statement. The B-rating is "highly speculative." Greece last month returned to the bond market for the first time since 2014, selling 3 billion euros of five-year bonds, on offer that was oversubscribed. Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service in June also upgraded Greece's debt.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:36:16 GMT

Nike, Home Depot's stocks cut 30 points from Dow industrials in late trade

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Friday afternoon was being dragged lower by shares of Nike and Home Depot, as blue chips looked to close out another downbeat week, its fourth in succession, in negative territory. Shares of Nike Inc. , off 2.51, or 4.4%, and Home Depot Inc. , down $2.18, or 1.5%, together weighed the Dow down by more than 30 points. Each $1 move in any of the price-weighted Dow's components its equivalent to a 6.84-point swing in the equity average. Overall, the Dow closed down 76 points, or 0.4% at 21,675, adding to Thursday's drop, which was the worst for the gauge since May 17; and snapped a 63-session streak without a decline of at least 1%. The Dow ended the week down 0.8%, marking its second straight weekly drop, a sign that the industrials may be losing momentum after a run of repeated all-time highs. Friday's trade was volatile as the market, during a thinly traded August session, reacted to political news events, notably the announcement that White House adviser Stephen Bannon was ousted amid a fervor of President Donald Trump's reaction to a white-supremacist rally over the weekend. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index finished down 0.2% at 2,425, while the Nasdaq Composite Index wrapped 0.1% lower at 6,216. Both indexes reversed earlier slight gains to finish in the red, as selling pressure intensified at the close.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:12:03 GMT

U.S. stocks close lower, post second straight weekly loss

U.S. stock-market indexes ended the second straight week with losses after lackluster performance on Friday following White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon's ouster from the administration. The S&P 500 closed 4.46 points, or 0.2%, lower at 2,425.55 and booked a 0.7% weekly loss. The top loser on the S&P 500, Foot Locker, Inc. plunged 28% on Friday following earnings that missed expectations. The Nasdaq Composite index , which traded in positive territory most of the session, ended 5.39 points, or 0.1%, lower at 6,216.53, and booked a 0.6% loss over the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 76.22 points, or 0.4%, to 21,674.51 and fell 0.8% over the week. Weighing on the blue-chip index, Nike, Inc. fell more than 4%.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:05:20 GMT

Oil prices rally for the session, but fall for the week

Oil prices settled sharply higher Friday, buoyed by unconfirmed reports of a unit shutdown at a major U.S. refinery, as well as a weekly decline in the active drilling rig count for oil. September WTI crude rose $1.42, or 3%, to settle at $48.51 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was its highest finish in a week, but it still lost 0.6% from last Friday's finish.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:52:59 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave this year

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months of paternity leave as his wife expects their second child, Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook Friday. Zuckerberg said he will take a month off after the birth and then will later take off the month of December. He noted that Facebook offers four months of paternity leave. Shares of Facebook were up less than 1% Friday afternoon.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:44:49 GMT

Gold prices fail to hold above key $1,300 level

Gold prices touched their highest intraday level of the year on Friday, briefly topping $1,300 an ounce before pulling back to settle lower for the session. "The selloff is unusual as there was no data or market news to account for the [roughly] $15 drop" from the day's highs, said Mark O'Byrne, research director at GoldCore. "Risk aversion has eased with stocks eking out small gains and some traders may have decided to take profits at the $1,300 level." December gold fell 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,291.60 an ounce after trading as high as $1,306.90. For the week, it fell 0.2%.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:41:05 GMT

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