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The Market In 5 Minutes: Bitcoin Tumbles, Papa John Steps Away, Congress Keeps Government Open (For Now)

The Market In 5 Minutes: Bitcoin Tumbles, Papa John Steps Away, Congress Keeps Government Open For Now


Nothing says “blockchain” like “iced tea.": Link

It’s been called fraudulent. It’s been compared to Beanie Babies. But most often, critics of bitcoin slap one label: bubble: Link

Boeing Co.’s (NYSE: BA) pursuit of Embraer SA fits one of the goals Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has set for the aerospace giant: creating a level playing field in the commercial jetliner business: Link

Google-parent Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) said Eric Schmidt will step down from his post as executive chairman in January, an unexpected retreat by the tech giant’s most high-profile ambassador: Link

The U.S. tax overhaul is a boon to Silicon Valley technology companies like Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet Inc, which will enjoy big tax cuts and the chance to bring back billions of dollars from overseas at a reduced rate: Link

Spanish stocks and the euro fell, while Spanish government bond yields hit their highest levels in over a month after Catalan separatists wanting to break away from Spain won a regional election: Link

The Republican-controlled Congress on Thursday night managed the bare minimum task of keeping the government open, yet made little progress on a medley of divisive fiscal and social issues it will now be forced to confront in January: Link

Papa John’s (NASDAQ: PZZA) just got hit by a costly turnover — of its CEO, that is: Link


  • USA Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) for Nov -0.10% vs 0.50% Est; Prior Revised from 0.90% to 1.30%
  • USA Core PCE Price Index (MoM) for Nov 0.10 vs 0.10% Est; Prior 0.20%
  • New home sales report for November is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for December will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for December is schedule for release at 11:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the recent week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.


  • Jefferies upgraded Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NASDAQ: RRGB) from Hold to Buy
  • Jefferies upgraded Dunkin Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN) from Hold to Buy
  • Jefferies upgraded Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ: TXRH) from Hold to Buy
  • Jefferies downgraded Bojangles (NASDAQ: BOJA) from Buy to Hold
  • Stifel downgraded Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE: DLNG) from Buy to Hold
  • Jefferies downgraded Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) from Buy to Hold

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