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Stock Futures Point to Fresh Records for Major Indexes

  • U.S. stock futures rose Tuesday, suggesting that the major indexes may notch fresh records after the market opens.
  • Futures linked to the S&P; 500 climbed almost 1%, signaling that the broad market gauge is likely to erase its muted losses from Monday and extend the November rally.
  • The S&P; 500 ended last week at an all-time high last week, its 26th for this year.
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School Shutdowns Weigh on Test Results

  • American children performed nearly as well on average this fall as last fall on a widely used test in reading, but achievement slowed in math since the coronavirus shut schools in the spring, a nationwide report on test results shows.
  • The report, released Tuesday, looked at results for nearly 4.4 million public-school children in grades three through eight who took the online tests at school and from home.
  • It found most students made progress in reading and math since the pandemic started, though their gains in math were slower...

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Exxon Slashes Spending, Writes Down Assets

  • Exxon Mobil Corp.
  • is retreating from a plan to increase spending to boost its oil and gas production by 2025 and preparing to slash the book value of its assets by up to $20 billion, as the struggling company reassesses its next decade.
  • The Texas oil giant, which has lost more than $2.3 billion over the first three quarters of this year after the coronavirus wreaked havoc on fossil-fuel demand, released a reduced spending outlook Monday for the next five years.
  • It now plans to spend $19 billion or less next year and $20 billion...

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Iran Nuclear Scientist Was Killed With ‘New Method,’ Tehran Says

  • The Iranian nuclear scientist killed last week was ambushed in a remotely controlled operation, the country’s top security official said Monday, describing an audacious attack that Tehran has blamed on Israel.
  • The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was traveling with his wife on Friday, the Iranian weekend, from the tranquil northern town of Rostamkola to Absard, a small town of cool weather and luxurious villas east of Tehran that is a popular vacation spot with the capital’s elite.
  • Entering Absard, the scientist’s four-car convoy took a U-turn on the highway around 2:30 p.m., and continued toward town.
  • The convoy came under fire from a machine gun mounted on a Nissan pickup truck, which sprayed Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s car with bullets, leaving him wounded in the side and the back, with his spine severed, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

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For Covid Long-Haulers, a Little-Known Diagnosis Offers Possible Treatments—and New Challenges

  • Some patients with long-term Covid symptoms are getting more potential treatment options as doctors diagnose them with a little-known syndrome called POTS.
  • It’s a disorder of the autonomic nervous system that can have a variety of causes, and it existed before Covid.
  • One common trigger is an infection, such as a virus.
  • Now some doctors believe that the coronavirus is triggering the disorder in some people, providing an explanation for debilitating symptoms including dramatically elevated heart rates from small movements, dizziness...

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Bitcoin Price Hits All-Time High of $19,786, Topping 2017 Record

  • Bitcoin surged Monday to set its first fresh record in nearly three years, driven by a wave of new investors lured by the potential for big profits.
  • The digital currency rose as high as $19,786.24, up 8.4% on the day.
  • That topped the previous intraday record of $19,783.21 set Dec. 18, 2017, according to CoinDesk.
  • Bitcoin has nearly tripled in 2020 and is up 97% since early September.
  • Most recently, it traded at $19,283.

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Facebook Nears Purchase of Startup Valued at $1 Billion

  • Facebook Inc. said it would buy Kustomer, a startup that specializes in customer-service platforms and chatbots, part of an effort by the social-media giant to help companies use its platforms to do business.
  • Facebook announced the deal in a posting Monday, confirming an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal.
  • Though terms weren’t disclosed, people familiar with the matter said it would value New York-based Kustomer at a little over $1 billion.
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The Franchise Relationship that Powers Small Business Is Fraying

  • Franchisees and executives at burger chains, hotels and fruit-basket shops used to count on chummy relations to bolster their businesses.
  • Those days are over.
  • Stressed by the hit to business from the coronavirus pandemic, store owners and corporate bosses at Subway, Econo Lodge and other companies are bickering publicly as never before.
  • Companies...

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Here’s Where Biden Will Face Early Foreign-Policy Decisions

  • A rule of thumb in Washington says that when a president is hemmed in by Congress and domestic political constraints, he still can find freedom of action on the international stage.
  • This rule often applies at the end of a president’s term, as his domestic influence wanes.
  • In the case of President-elect Joe Biden, it actually may apply at the outset of his term.
  • Depending on the outcome of two Senate runoff races in Georgia, he may face a Congress divided between the two parties, and narrowly so.

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Facebook Nears Purchase of Startup in Deal That Values It at $1 Billion

  • Facebook Inc. is nearing a deal to buy Kustomer, a startup that specializes in customer-service platforms and chatbots, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • The deal, which could be completed as soon as Monday afternoon assuming talks don’t fall apart, would value New York-based Kustomer at a little over $1 billion, the people said.
  • Closely held Kustomer was valued at $710 million in a private funding round roughly a year ago, according to PitchBook.
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