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The day ahead in business

Reports: Weekly jobless claims, December mass layoffs

Local earnings: Material Sciences Corp.

Earnings: Acuity Brands, Alcoa Inc., Emmis Communications, Chevron Corp., Ceres Inc., Family Dollar, Northern Technologies, Pier 1 Imports, Supervalu

Of note: Fed's George speaks on the economy. Fed's Kocherlakota speaks at a town hall meeting.

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