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Federal Reserve Bank of New York Press Release - March 5, 2015: Agency MBS Transaction Summary.

Agency MBS Transaction Summary
Gross purchases from February 26 through March 4: $4,737 million
Sales (dollar rolls) from February 26 through March 4: $0 million
Net purchases from February 26 through March 4: $4,737 million

All amounts reflect current face
Purchases summarize all trades executed during the indicated period including purchases associated with dollar rolls.*
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*Does not include trades associated with small value exercises.
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ESA | EI: Manufacturer's Shipments, Inventories, and Orders - March 5, 2015: ESA January 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 0.2 percent, to $470.0 billion. Excluding transportation, new
 orders fell 1.8 percent....

January 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 0.2 percent, to $470.0 billion. Excluding transportation, new
 orders fell 1.8 percent. Shipments fell 2.0 percent, to $479.1 billion. Unfilled orders decreased 0.2 percent to
$1,163.4 billion. And inventories fell 0.4 percent, to $650.5 billion.
Economics & Statistics Administration

European Markets at Close Report on March 5, 2015: Europe markets cheered by ECB as it sets date for QE | CNBC

Europe markets cheered by ECB as it sets date for QE

European equities ended higher on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) set a start date for its bond-buying program and upped economic growth forecasts for the euro zone.

FTSE FTSE 100 Index 6960.35
41.11 0.59% 622439946
DAX DAX Index 11503.14
112.76 0.99% 64361527
CAC 40 CAC 40 Index 4963.72
46.37 0.94% 85217072
IBEX 35 IBEX 35 Idx 11126.00
74.70 0.68% 192598297

The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index finished around 0.8 percent higher, with all major bourses and sectors posting solid gains.

FTC Enforcement Actions - March 5, 2015: Direct Marketer Agrees to Pay $8 Million for Deceiving Consumers

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Company Pitched Snuggies and Other Products on TV, Often Billing Consumers without Their Consent

A direct marketing company selling “as-seen-on-TV” type products such as Snuggies and the Magic Mesh door cover has agreed to pay $7.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission for consumer restitution to settle FTC charges in connection with its deceptive “buy-one-get-one-free” promotions.
The FTC’s settlement with Allstar Marketing Group, LLC, was reached alongside actions by the New York State Office of the Attorney General, which is announcing a separate state case today. In addition to the $7.5 million paid to the FTC, Allstar will pay $500,000 to the Attorney General’s Office for penalties, costs, and fees to settle that action.
“Marketers must clearly disclose all costs. That includes processing fees, handling fees, and any other fees they think up,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Working with the New York Attorney General, we’ll return millions of dollars to consumers that Allstar collected in undisclosed fees.”
“This agreement returns money to thousands of consumers in New York and across the nation who believed they were buying items at the price advertised on television, but ended up with extra merchandise and hidden fees they didn’t bargain for,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. “The settlement also brings much needed reforms to a major firm in the direct marketing industry. Those who use small print and hidden fees to inflate charges to unwitting consumers must be held accountable.”

U.S. Department of Commerce Press Release: - March 5, 2015: U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Entrepreneurship in Tunisia

Press Release
03/05/2015 10:44 AM EST

Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the launch of Regional Investments to Support Entrepreneurship (RISE), a public-private partnership aimed at promoting trade and investment between Tunisia and the United States, increasing market access, improving commercial rule of law and strengthening entrepreneurship. Secretary Pritzker announced the new platform during her keynote address at the Tunisian Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis, Tunisia, where she is leading a delegation of U.S. government officials this week.
“The Obama Administration is committed to deepening the partnership between the United States and Tunisia,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Regional Investments to Support Entrepreneurship (RISE) is a new platform between the Commerce Department and a number of top U.S. companies and non-profits to promote more trade and investment, market access, and improve the business climate in Tunisia. As Tunisia works to transform its economy, RISE is a key example of how the public and private sector can work together to conduct commercial diplomacy in the 21st century.”
The RISE partnership, between the Commerce Department and Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Pfizer, Medtronic, and the Partners for a New Beginning, is designed to promote trade and investment and market access between Tunisia and the United States. The private sector partners will increase training, mentoring, access to finance for entrepreneurs, support the development of incubators and accelerators for Tunisian entrepreneurs, and encourage economic reforms that improve the commercial environment.
The RISE program announced today also supports President Obama’s recently released National Security Strategy, and its objective to work with Tunisia to further progress on building democratic institutions and strengthening its economy.
The Commerce Department also announced today that 1776, a globally-focused incubator based in Washington, D.C., has agreed to offer guidance to incubators located in Tunisia and host Tunisian entrepreneurs in the United States. The Commerce Department also recently announced a new program called StartupGlobal in which incubators such as 1776 help American startups incorporate exports into their business models, as 95 percent of global customers live outside the borders of the United States. At the same time, the Tunisian-American Young Professionals, a group of successful Tunisian-American business leaders, will offer mentorship for the benefit of newly-minted CEOs in this country and provide possible access to finance for new ventures in Tunisia.
While in Tunis, Secretary Pritzker also led a roundtable with young Tunisian entrepreneurs to discuss how entrepreneurship can be a driving force for economic growth, peace, and stability around the world. As the Administration's point person on entrepreneurship, Secretary Pritzker used the roundtable to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing start-ups in the country.

Reuters Health Report - March 5, 2015: Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this week.

Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this week
LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - Final stage trials of an Ebola vaccine being developed by Merck and NewLink Genetics will begin in Guinea on March 7, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Biotech buys get pharma M&A off to flying start in 2015
LONDON (Reuters) - AbbVie's $21 billion deal to buy Pharmacyclics shows big pharma's hunger for new drugs at a time when research at smaller biotechnology companies is driving some of the most promising advances in medicine.
Wear blue on Friday to raise colon cancer awareness
(Reuters Health) - Advocates hope that people with colorectal cancer and their caregivers will dress in blue on Friday to raise awareness about the disease, which is the second-leading cancer-related cause of death in the U.S.