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Situational awareness: Earnings season is providing a window into what's happening in the shale patch.

  • FT reports that a "slowdown in the US shale boom made itself felt in the most recent results of heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, which on Wednesday reported a sharp dip in sales to the energy sector."

Finally, at this moment 35 years ago, the late Prince was simultaneously atop Billboard's Hot 100, dance and R&B charts with today's intro tune...