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'Strong Start': Millions More Sign Up for Obamacare By Clip Syndicate About 2.5 million new people have signed up for health insurance next year on the 1-year-old Obamacare exchanges. And that doesn't include a last-minute rush to sign up in the three days before Dec. 15, the deadline to get health insurance that starts on the first day possible in January. It's been a strong start, said Andy Slavitt, principal deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the exchanges. It's a big improvement over a year ago, when the federally run exchanges and many of the state exchanges crashed on their scheduled rollouts in October and were barely up and running by mid-December.

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New York Bans Fracking After Health Report By Clip Syndicate New York governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday it will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas production process poses health risks. The ruling ends what has been a heated debate in New York over the benefits and pitfalls of fracking. Many in the state saw gas drilling as a key economic resource while others argued it was too dangerous. ...Read More »
Wednesday Sector Leaders: Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, Rental, Leasing, & Royalty Stocks By Clip Syndicate In trading on Wednesday, oil & gas exploration & production shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 8.2%. Leading the group were shares of Warren Resources (WRES), up about 25.1% and shares of Sanchez Energy (SN) up about 23.8% on the day. ...Read More »
Dow Movers: CAT, XOM By Clip Syndicate In early trading on Wednesday, shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM) topped the list of the day's best performing Dow Jones Industrial Average components, trading up 1.7%. Year to date, Exxon Mobil has lost about 13.2% of its value. ...Read More »
Repsol to Buy Talisman Energy for $13 Billion By Clip Syndicate Spain's Repsol has agreed to buy Talisman Energy , Canada's fifth-largest independent oil producer, for $13 billion, showing how the drop in oil prices is pushing energy companies to take the plunge on big M&A deals. A near halving in the oil price since June has lowered price tags on producers like Talisman, spurring renewed interest from Repsol which has long been searching for oil and gas assets in North America and elsewhere.

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EU to Tighten Sanctions on Crimea in Time for Leaders Summit By Clip Syndicate EU officials said on Wednesday the European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow's annexation of the region. Officials have told Reuters that the punitive measures that are also expected to be coordinated with similar steps by the United States. ...Read More »
Tuesday Sector Leaders: Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Stocks By Clip Syndicate In trading on Tuesday, oil & gas exploration & production shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 5.2%. Leading the group were shares of Talisman Energy (TLM), up about 47.7% and shares of Swift Energy (SFY) up about 20.5% on the day. ...Read More »
U.S. Government Says Demand for 2015 Obamacare Plans Jumped in Week Ending December 12 By Clip Syndicate The U.S. government said on Tuesday that demand for the health insurance plans created under the national healthcare reform law, often called Obamacare, jumped during the fourth week of 2015 open enrollment to over 1 million people. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in an e-mailed statement that between Nov. 15, when enrollment opened, and Dec. 12, nearly 2.5 million people signed up in the 36 states where these plans are sold through the HealthCare.gov website. ...Read More »
Dow Analyst Moves: IBM By Clip Syndicate The latest tally of analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses shows that among the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, International Business Machines (IBM) is the #30 analyst pick. Within the broader S&P 500, when components were ranked in terms of analyst favorites, IBM claims the #440 spot. ...Read More »
Dow Movers: MSFT, BA By Clip Syndicate In early trading on Tuesday, shares of Boeing (BA) topped the list of the day's best performing Dow Jones Industrial Average components, trading up 2.3%. Year to date, Boeing has lost about 8.5% of its value. ...Read More »

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