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When regulators adopt the Volcker rule Tuesday, they'll make good on politicians' promises to reign in banks' ability to gamble their own money.
Gold was little changed as investors assessed whether last week's jobs number was robust to lead the Fed to taper its bond-buying program.
U.S. stock-index futures edged higher on Monday as traders took a breather following the powerful, jobs-driven rally in the previous session.
Upbeat Chinese trade data added to optimism world economies and market can cope with a gradual tapering of U.S. stimulus.
Oil and gas companies will spend about $723 billion on exploration and production in 2014, an increase of 6.1% from the previous year.
Bitcoin slid to a low of $690 early Monday before swinging back to above the $900 level.
European stock markets opened mostly higher on Monday, keying off gains seen overnight in Asia where better-than-expected Chinese export data signaled stronger demand from the global economy and sent the region's markets higher.
Expectations are growing that an ambitious trade pact between a dozen nations around the Pacific Rim may be wrapped up in 2-3 months, with signs that political desire for a deal is trumping a string of technical difficulties in drawing it up.
Hong Kong stocks rose Monday in early action just as government data showed consumer prices rose 3% in November, lower than the 3.1% increase projected by analysts polled by Wall Street Journal.
China's consumer-price inflation slowed slightly in November on an annual basis, coming in just below expectations, while wholesale-price deflation also eased slightly.
Australian stocks lost hold of early gains Monday.
Medical device maker Covidien PLC will acquire Given Imaging Ltd. for $30 a share in cash, or about $860 million, the companies said Sunday.
Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran who was detained in North Korea for more than a month, arrived back in the United States on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
A lack of economic data reports next week will leave investors parsing the words of various Fed members for clues as to what direction the central bank is leaning with regard to scaling back easy money.
U.S. stocks rallied on Friday after a stronger-than-anticipated monthly jobs report, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both snapping a five-session losing streak.
A federal judge Friday rejected a last-ditch effort by consumers and travel agents to stop American Airlines and US Airways from merging next week.
U.S. consumer credit rose in October at its fastest pace in five months, a positive sign for 4Q consumer spending.
Shares of Google Inc. rose 1% Friday to an all-time high.
U.S. consumer credit growth accelerated in October, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.
Oil futures posted a modest gain for the session on Friday and scored a gain of more than 5% for the week, finding support as recent U.S economic data, including the monthly jobs report, fueled expectations for higher energy demand.