7 Market-Moving Stories You Might've Missed Last Week
1. Swiss franc rises 14 percent: On Thursday, the Swiss Franc appreciated considerably after Switzerland's central bank said it would allow its currency to float, rather than maintain a minimum exchange rate. Following the move, shares of currency brokers fell sharply on Friday, with FXCM Inc. (NYSE: FXCM) leading the way lower, down roughly 80 percent.
2. Big bank earnings: Beginning on Wednesday, Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) reported financial results for the fourth quarter; results were worse than expected. The weak earnings were a sign of things to come, as Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) reported soft earnings as well.
3. Retail sales weaker than expected: On Wednesday morning, S&P 500 and Dow Jones Futures each fell more than 1 percent following disappointing retail sales news. December retail trade sales were down 1.1 percent from November 2014.
4. Blackberry takeover rumors: On late Wednesday, reports surfaced that Samsung was interested in buying the tech company. Amid the rumor, shares of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY) quickly rose 30 percent. Gains were erased, though, after BlackBerry denied talks with Samsung.
6. Intel earnings: On Thursday, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) reported fourth quarter financial results. The company beat top and bottom line estimates, and offered a first quarter revenue outlook.
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