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Earnings season got off to a promising start this week when aluminum producer Alcoa reported revenue and profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 that were well above what the market was looking for. But that positive momentum ebbed a bit when the first big banks announced mixed results for the period.

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Worries about weak global growth and even weaker oil prices are making the new year anything but happy for equity investors.

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To support the economic recovery, the Federal Reserve will likely maintain its “lower for longer” approach to interest rates in 2015. There are few signs of an inflationary buildup that would push the Fed toward sharp rate hikes.

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As 2014 winds down, investors don’t seem to have much faith in the trends they are seeing in the market. Yesterday’s good news is open to reinterpretation as bad news today, even though the news itself hasn’t changed.

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Admit it: You smile every time you pull up into a gas station these days, and for good reason — you know it’s going to cost you less to fill up than last time.

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