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U.S. tax refunds down nearly 9 percent vs year ago: IRS data

The average U.S. tax refund under President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul is down nearly 9 percent so far in this year’s tax filing season, according to Internal Revenue Service data released on… Reuters: Wealth

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Alphabet and Salesforce back $75 million funding for UK online payments start-up GoCardless

The fresh capital will be used to help GoCardless expand its payments product to the U.S. Top News & Analysis

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Morning News Call – India, February 18

To access the newsletter, click on the link: http://share.thomsonreuters.com/assets/newsletters/Indiamorning/MNC_IN_02182019.pdf If you would like to receive this newsletter via email, please register at: http://financial-risk-solutions.thomsonreuters.info/india-morning FACTORS TO WATCH 9:30 am: HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri at launch of 5,000th branch in Mumbai. INDIA TOP NEWS India proposes more than $ 12 …

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These are the best cities in Asia for millennials to live and work

Asia is the world's millennial hub, but these five cities are where you want to live. Top News & Analysis

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Are there any trading platforms designed to trade multiple accounts ?

You will need to talk to your broker to determine what software they support. If you use MT4 or MT5 then you would probably be interested in their multiple terminal version. https://www.metaquotes.net/en/metatrader4/news/3509 Myfxbook Recent Discussions

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Oil is doing something it’s never done before, and at least one expert considers it bullish

The expert known for predicting the 2015 crude collapse weighs in on the year's rally. Top News & Analysis

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Weekly Fundamental Forecast:Trade Wars and Shutdown Fears Fade, Have We Entered a New Phase of Risk Appetite

Two of the most systemic fundamental threats facing the financial system have eased this past week in the avoidance of a second US government shutdown and the enthusiastic language being applied to the negotiations between the US and China on trade. Is this the foundation for a new phase of …

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Weekly Technical Forecast: Dollar, Equities, Crude and Gold All Extend Their Climb to Key Resistance

There was a broad advance in the run of speculative-leaning equities, commodities and currencies this past week. The pace was uneven, but the progress was registered nonetheless. Yet, only now does the real technical commitment meet its test with Dollar eying 97.75, Dow looking towards 27,000 and crude crossing 55.50. …

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UPDATE 2-Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA -source

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday. Reuters: Company News

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UK concludes it can mitigate risk from Huawei equipment use in 5G – FT

The British government has come to a conclusion that it can mitigate the risks arising from the use of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in 5G networks, the Financial Times reported https://on.ft.com/2DLcuFG on Sunday, citing two sources familiar with the conclusion of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre. Reuters: Company News

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Charlie Munger targets active managers, Elon Musk; praises China

Charlie Munger, the longtime business partner of Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway Inc, on Thursday criticized active fund managers, bankers and even Elon Musk as he urged investors to court… Reuters: Wealth

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Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organizers stumble to restore glory

First it was the furor over a proposed new “popular” film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organizers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows. Reuters: Company News

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MIDEAST STOCKS-UAE property developers’ earnings give Gulf markets a boost

Most stock markets in the Middle East closed higher on Sunday, reflecting a rally in global stock markets on Friday, and were also boosted by better-than-expected company results, particularly in real estate. The Abu Dhab Reuters: Company News

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Iran’s foreign minister accuses Israel, US of seeking war

Iran's foreign minister on Sunday accused Israel of looking for war and warned that its actions and those of the United States were increasing the chances of a clash in the region. Top News & Analysis

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Russian aggression and returning ISIS fighters remain Kosovo’s top challenges, PM says

As Kosovo pursues NATO and EU membership and a peace deal with neighbor Serbia, some if its top challenges stem from Russian aggression and the return of Islamic State fighters, its Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj told CNBC. Top News & Analysis

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Technical Outlook: S&P 500, DAX

Following a weekly gain of over 2% the S&P 500 eyes key topside resistance. DAX sees notable bounce off trendline support. DailyFX – Feeds all

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Israel’s Leumi to complete sale of credit card unit Feb 26

Israel’s Bank Leumi said on Sunday it would complete the sale of its credit card unit to U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus on Feb. 26. Reuters: Company News

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EURUSD Weekly Technical Forecast: Euro Flirting with Support Break

The Euro flip-flopped last week as it tested important support, with character in price action showing signs of changing it may be on the cusp of developing meaningful downside momentum. DailyFX – Feeds all

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Merck, Pfizer drug combo extends kidney cancer survival -study

A combination of Merck & Co’s immunotherapy Keytruda and Pfizer Inc’s Inlyta helped patients with advanced kidney cancer live longer than those receiving and older Pfizer standalone therapy, according to data from a late-stage study presented on Saturday. Reuters: Company News

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Canadian National train derails in Manitoba, leaks oil

A Canadian National Railway Co train derailed early on Saturday in Western Canada, leaking an undetermined volume of crude oil, the company said. Reuters: Company News

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Investors should beef up on defense stocks, says Dryden Penc

Pence Wealth Management’s chief investment officer tells Reuters’ Fred Katayama why he thinks the prospects are bright for Boeing, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. Reuters Video: Personal Finance

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U.S. fund investors charge into money market funds: Lipper

U.S. fund investors added another $ 18.7 billion to money market funds during the latest week, likely putting the low-risk funds on track for a third straight quarter of positive demand, Lipper data… Reuters: Wealth

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Gold Prices Stopped Short of Resuming Dominant Uptrend, Watch RSI

Gold prices attempted to resume the dominant uptrend, stopping short for resistance at 1323.60. Fading upside momentum may undermine upside progress ahead with support at 1302.97. DailyFX – Feeds all