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December 31st, 2014
06:34 PM ET

How to avoid Uber price surge tonight

(CNN) - It might be the last thing you remember tonight: getting in your Uber.

The ride sharing app has been blamed for pretty much everything this year, except maybe the Sony hack. And still, despite all the bad press, tonight alone the company is expected to generate 100 million dollars in revenue. That's in large part, of course, because they jack up their prices at peak times during the biggest party night of the year. Last year one five mile ride in Pennsylvania cost $265.

But hey, you're going out on New Year's Eve, you're gonna overpay for everything else am I right?

Business Insider's Senior Editor Steve Kovach joins "The Lead" live to discuss.

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December 23rd, 2014
05:14 PM ET

U.S. economy in overdrive

(CNN) – The U.S. economy is running in overdrive. The DOW closed above 18,000 for the first time ever Tuesday, and is up a thousand points this month alone.

Gas prices are at near record lows, dipping below $2/gallon in some places.

A new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday shows 51% of the people surveyed believe the economy is in good shape, compared to just 38% in October.

The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley breaks down the significance of the numbers in the video above.

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December 18th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Is Cuba all set for a tourism boom?

(CNN) - Forget Cancun, Panama City, and South Padre Island.  Next year's hot spring break location? Playo Sirena, Cuba.

Come for the rum and cigars, stay for the human rights abuses.

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December 12th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Is this finally the end of the bull market?

New York (CNN) – TGIF? It was more like a Freaky Friday for the stock market as plunging oil prices struck again.

The Dow fell more than 300 points and finished the week with a 3.8% loss. That was its worst weekly performance in more than three years.

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December 10th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

What's spooking the stock market?

New York (CNNMoney) – December typically brings a "Santa Claus" rally for stocks, but we've yet to see it this year.

For that, you can blame oil prices.

The Dow was down about 260 points in late afternoon trading Wednesday. That's a 1.5% drop. Anytime the Dow suffers a triple-digit point decline, it's considered a bad day.

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