What's News: Business & Finance -- WSJ

12/18/17 02:47 AM EST

This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (December 18, 2017).

The death of CSX's CEO Harrison leaves one of the biggest U.S. railways in the midst of a restructuring with a depleted leadership team.

CME Group began trading bitcoin futures on Sunday, seeking to capitalize on the mania for the booming digital currency.

Food costs are ticking up after a multiyear glut of many staples, but retailers are holding down prices to win business.

GM faces a potential payout of $1 billion in stock to address claims related to the company's ignition-switch crisis.

Humana is in talks to join with two private-equity firms in a deal to acquire home-care provider Kindred Healthcare.

Japan's central bank is likely to raise one or more of its interest-rate targets in 2018.

Chinese auto startups are betting they can leapfrog existing auto makers to make a new world of electric, networked cars.

Big U.S. property-casualty insurers succeeded in closing a loophole permitting rivals to move jobs to Bermuda, Switzerland and other low-tax locales.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened to $220 million in the U.S. and Canada, the second-biggest opening of all time.

Bloomberg Media is launching the first round-the-clock streaming television service on Twitter.


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December 18, 2017 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)

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