The Dow Jones Industrial Average hovered agonizingly close to its historic 20,000 level, though failed to gather the last bit of momentum to top the milestone. The blue-chip index is roughly 40 points from that level. Carnival (CCL) reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter, a positive development after a waste-dumping scandal earlier in the month. The cruiseliner reported sales growth of more than 6% over its recent quarter. AMC (AMC) has settled with the Justice Department, a crucial final hurdle before it could complete its acquisition of Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) . AMC is required to divest from locations in 15 markets before the deal can be finalized. Credit Suisse (CS) is reportedly close to settling an investigation into the sale of toxic mortgage securities. The DoJ has requested the bank pay at least $5 billion to settle the charges.
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