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Better quarter? Synchrony Financial serves up its latest quarterly results today. The company, which provides financing through partnerships with retailers and others, is expected to report that its earnings and revenue increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 from a year earlier. Synchrony has benefited from growth in net interest income and purchase volumes.

Eye on GE Wall Street anticipates that General Electric snapped an earnings growth streak in the final quarter of 2016. The conglomerate is expected to report today that its earnings declined in the fourth quarter from a year earlier. GE posted improved earnings in the first three quarters of last year. Investors will also be listening for GEs view of the economy. Because of its size and reach, GEs performance is considered a bellwether of the global economy.

Oil and gas tracker The count of U.S. oil and natural gas rigs has been climbing recently, despite depressed energy prices. That changed last week, when the number of rigs fell by six to 659. That total included 522 rigs exploring for oil and 136 seeking natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. Did the trend continue this week? Find out today, when oilfield services company Baker Hughes issues its latest weekly tally of U.S. oil and natural gas rigs.

Crude roars back Fueled by rising prices and nimble Texas drillers, U.S. oil output has bounced back from last years deep slump, surprising some critics who forecast industry disaster. U.S. crude production jumped to just under 9 million barrels a day in the first week of January the highest mark since last April and just 7 percent below the June, 2015 peak. The U.S. oil industry suffered through massive layoffs and bankruptcies as crude prices plunged from over $100 a barrel in June, 2014 to under $30 a year ago. At the time, Saudi Arabias then-oil minister predicted that high-cost producers by which he meant those operating in U.S. shale formations would have to slash costs, borrow or liquidate. …

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