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Senators Rubio and Corker to Support Republican Tax Plan

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Republican senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker said they planned to support the GOP tax plan, bolstering the chances of passage as party leaders planned to release final details of the plan later Friday.

Stocks Rise as Hopes Grow for Tax Plan

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed to a fresh high Friday as investors bet that a tax-overhaul plan before Congress will pass, likely boosting profits for many U.S. companies.

EU Leaders Agree to Advance Brexit Talks

European leaders agreed to advance Brexit negotiations but called on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to tell them quickly what her government wants from a future trade agreement for serious talks to start in March.

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Fed's Quarles to Recuse Himself From Matters Involving Wells Fargo

Randal Quarles, the Federal Reserve's point man on financial regulation, said he would recuse himself from participating in matters related specifically to Wells Fargo, "to avoid even the potential appearance of a conflict of interest."

U.S. Industrial Production Rose 0.2% in November

U.S. industrial production rose slowly in November, with the increase entirely due to a post-hurricane recovery in oil and gas extraction.

White House Weighs Former CFTC General Counsel for CFTC Democratic Slot

The White House is considering nominating former top Commodity Futures Trading Commission official Dan Berkovitz to a Democratic vacancy on the panel.

Fed's Evans Says Concerns About Persistently Weak Inflation Behind His Dissent

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said concerns about inflation were behind his vote against the central bank's rate increase this week, although he described the decision as a close one.

Oil Prices Edge Up Amid Pipeline Outage

U.S. oil prices rose and the global benchmark fell Friday, as prices were supported by a pipeline outage in the North Sea, but higher forecasts for U.S. output in 2018 from major energy groups this week limited gains.

Bank Stocks Can Fight the Fed, for Now

At some point, higher interest rates may become a negative for banks, but not for a while. Despite the flattening of the yield curve, banks' net interest margins have been rising, and their stocks have fared well.

Macron, Merkel Edge Towards Deal on Deeper Eurozone Integration

Leaders of France and Germany said they were working toward a plan to deepen the economic and financial cooperation of countries using the euro.

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December 17, 2017 21:15 ET (02:15 GMT)