Fed’s Bullard becomes first on central bank to suggest delaying December rate hike

St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard says the central bank could consider postponing its widely anticipated December rate hike by one month because of an inverted yield curve.
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African-American mothers rate boys higher for ADHD

African-American children often are reported by parents and teachers to display behaviors of ADHD at a higher rate than children from other racial and ethnic groups. For the first time, researchers have found that African-American mothers in a study rated boys as displaying more frequent ADHD symptoms than Caucasian mothers did, regardless of child race.
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Fed Minutes Provide Further Hints At December Rate Hike

Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting held earlier this month are likely to reinforce expectations for another quarter-point increase in interest rates next month. The minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting said almost all participants agreed another increase in rates was “likely to be warranted fairly soon.”
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Fed minutes reveal further rate hike ‘warranted soon’

Almost all Federal Reserve officials at their last meeting agreed another interest rate increase was “likely to be warranted fairly soon,” but also opened debate on when to pause further hikes and how to relay those plans to the public. Minutes of the November meeting show policymakers ticking off a series of issues, including a…
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Mental health diagnoses among US children, youth continue to rise at alarming rate

The number of children and adolescents visiting the nation’s emergency departments due to mental health concerns continued to rise at an alarming rate from 2012 through 2016, with mental health diagnoses for non-Latino blacks outpacing such diagnoses among youth of other racial/ethnic groups, according to a retrospective cross-sectional study.
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Fed’s new Vice Chair Clarida backs more rate hikes in first major policy speech

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, in his first major policy speech since being seated at the central bank, said more interest rate increases are likely warranted as the economy continues to gather strength.
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With homebuilding stocks down 40%, investors hope the Fed gets the message and slows rate hikes

If there's a case to be made for the Fed to hold fire on interest rate hikes, it's happening now in the housing market and the stocks that track the industry.
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States With Legal Marijuana Have a Higher Rate of Car Accidents, Study Says

As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, a debate is growing around whether greater availability of cannabis products is causing an increase in auto accidents. A report Thursday from a highway-safety research group supports the camp that believe the two are linked.

The report, issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said that car accidents reported to police in three states that had legalized marijuana sales–Colorado, Washington, and Oregon–saw 5.2% more accidents than did their neighboring states.

A second study by the group estimated that states that had legalized cannabis saw 6% more insurance collision claims than other states.

In recent years, a number of studies have look at whether legal cannabis is linked to traffic accidents, often reaching different conclusions. Last year, a study in the American Journal of Public Health looked at traffic fatalities in Colorado and Washington to find that there was “no significant association” between pot legalization and higher fatalities.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in April, however, recorded an increase in car crashes over the past quarter century on April 20, a day when cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the drug. A 2015 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “did not show a significant increase in levels of crash risk” with pot use when adjusted for demographics like age and gender.

Separately, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday its ruling on a bus crash that killed 13 people in Texas last March. The driver of a pick-up truck that collided with the bus was under the influence of marijuana and a prescription sedative, the NTSB said.

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Bank Of America Q3 Profit Surges On Asset Quality, Lower Tax Rate

Bank of America (BAC) reported that its third-quarter earnings per share was up 43% year-over-year to $ 0.66. On average, 24 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.62 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Net income to shareholders increased to $ 6.7 billion from $ 5.0 billion, previous year, driven by continuing strong operating leverage and asset quality, as well as the benefit of tax reform. Pretax income was up 18% to $ 9.0 billion.
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Lingering Rate Concerns Contribute To Sell-Off On Wall Street – U.S. Commentary

Stocks saw substantial weakness during trading on Wednesday following the mixed performances seen in the two previous sessions. The tech-heavy Nasdaq showed a particularly steep drop, falling to its lowest closing level in over three months.
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Cramer: If Fed chief Powell were to ‘walk back’ aggressive rate remarks, Wall Street could rally

"All he has to do is say, 'You know what, I think that everything is on the table,'" CNBC's Jim Cramer says. 
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Stocks Close Firmly Negative Amid Interest Rate Worries – U.S. Commentary

Stocks saw considerable weakness during the trading session on Thursday, extending the pullback seen in afternoon trading on Wednesday. With the drop on the day, the Dow gave back ground after ending yesterday’s trading at a record closing high.
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