Good morning! Here’s what you need to know for Thursday.
2. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual end-of-the-year conference at 9 a.m. GMT (4 a.m. ET).
3. The Russian ruble continues to slide, moving around 3% weaker against the dollar early Thursday.
4. Sony Pictures has cancelled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after threats by hackers who attacked the studio over the movie.
9. A new report says Britain’s Royal Mail was underpriced by £180 million.
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