As Democrats Mourn Obama, the GOP is Ready to Take Over D.C.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States Friday, amid both celebration and protest. While more than 60 House Democrats have pledged to boycott the inauguration, Republicans, including former Trump adversaries, will come together to usher in a new era.

Trump's Treasury Pick Defends His Foreclosure Actions

Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, on Thursday defended his handling of thousands of foreclosures during the height of the financial crisis, saying he had worked hard to assist homeowners to refinance so they could keep their homes.

Stocks

ETFs

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

IBM reports better-than-expected Q4 results; forecast beats

(Compares results with estimates, share move) International Business Machines Corp forecast full-year earnings above Wall Street estimates and reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by growth in newer areas such as cloud-based services and analytics.

Technology

How HP Inc. Gained 26% in 2016

The more consumer-oriented half of the old Hewlett Packard tech conglomerate looks like a tempting value stock today -- even after last year's market-beating returns.

AmEx profit falls 8.2 percent

American Express Co's quarterly profit fell 8.2 percent as the credit card issuer boosted spending on marketing and promotion to fend off rising competition.

IBM Revenue Declines Again

International Business Machines Corp. notched its 19th consecutive quarter of falling revenue, year on year, as it struggles to offset declines in older businesses with sales in younger ones that are growing at a rapid clip.

Retirement

An Attractive Entry Point into Preferred Stock ETFs

Preferred stocks and related exchange traded funds retreated along with other income-generating assets as U.S. yields spiked in response to the Federal Reserve’s tighter monetary policy, but the asset category may offer an attractive buying opportunity after the pullback. “Preferred stocks have recently underperformed given their sensitivity to higher interest rates,” according to a BlackRock…