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Monday, January 5, 2015

CNBC's Squawk Box - Compiled by Matthew J. Belvedere and Peter Schacknow

Matthew Belvedere & Peter Schacknow - CNBC

U.S. stocks were under pressure this morning, as investors started off the new year cautiously with Europe and continually falling oil prices on the watch list. Analyst predictions for 2015 were also reserved. (CNBC)

The euro hit a nine-year low against the dollar, as the timetable for ECB action appears to be accelerating thanks to a storm of negatives including concern about Greek politics. (CNBC)

U.S. crude and Brent oil futures dropped to new five-and-a-half-year lowsthis morning on continued worries about a surplus of global suppliesagainst the backdrop of weak demand. (Reuters)

As national gasoline prices plummetdrivers who depend on diesel fuelwere still paying an average of $3.21 a gallon as of last Monday—about a dollar more than regular unleaded. (CNBC)

The last six years for the U.S. stock market have been an indomitable buying orgy fueled by the Fed's zero interest rate policy. But one metric shows the frenzy may have gone too far. (CNBC Pro)

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is looking to capitalize on his reputation as the scourge of Wall Street analysts joins CNBC’s “Squawk Box” at 8:30 a.m. ET to talk about his new financial accountability website.

Hedge fund founder Thomas Gilbert, 70, was found shot to death in his New York City apartment on Sunday. His son was taken into custody but was not charged as of early Monday. (NBC New York)

The Boston Marathon bombing trial gets underway today in federal court, where jurors will ultimately decide whether 21-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be executed. (USA Today).

The wake for Mario Cuomo is scheduled for this afternoon and tonight, with the funeral tomorrow. The former three-term New York governor died in his Manhattan home on Thursday evening. (AP)

As the new Congress convenes this week, Republicans in charge of both chambers begin the tough task of pushing through contentious bills without inflaming tensions that have led to past gridlock. (WSJ)

Raising federal fuel tax is among the options under consideration to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, said Sen. John Thune, incoming Commerce Committee chairman. (AP)

Dangerously cold and snow were moving across the U.S., with parts of 14 states from Washington to Ohio under winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories. (NBC News)

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is starting a new reading program—vowing to read a book every other week in 2015 and inviting his 30 million friends to join him. (Re/code)

It’s the first full week of trading in 2015, and there’s no shortage of economic data on the docket leading up to Friday’s December employment report. Among the highlights, December auto sales are released today, with the ADP private-payrolls report and minutes from the latest Fed meeting out Wednesday.

With Alibaba (BABA) leading the way, last year proved to be one of thebusiest since 2010 for IPOs. More than 1,200 issuers raised nearly $249 billion globally.

When the Consumer Electronics Show gets underway in Las Vegastomorrowsome 3,500 vendors are set to show off their new wearables, 3D printing solutions, and solutions for connected homes and cars.

CNBC's Phil LeBeau will be taking Audi’s new A7 with self-driving technology to CES in Vegas. He shares his experiences with the car so far at 7:50 a.m. ET on “Squawk Box”.

Microsoft (MSFT) has unveiled a budget, internet-connected phone under the Nokia brand, which will cost $29, as it steps up its efforts to capture the rapidly-growing emerging market consumer.

Amazon (AMZN) today announced its sellers sold a record-setting more than 2 billion items worldwide in 2014. There are currently more than 2 million sellers on Amazon worldwide that account for more than 40 percent of the total units sold.

Shares of Cempra (CEMP) got a big boost in premarket trading, with anoral version of its lead antibiotic meeting a key late-stage trial goal.

Leaders of the American Airlines (AAL) pilots’ union have approved the carrier's contract offer. If approved by rank-and-file members, the measure would usher in a retroactive 23 percent wage hike.

Dreamworks (DWA) is appointing new feature animation co-presidents. The studio's chief creative officer is stepping down.

The Dallas Cowboys, aided by a controversial call, are going on to Green Bay for a divisional-round matchup with the Packers. (NBC Sports)

What a catch: a single Bluefin tuna, weighing 400 pounds, sold for $37,500 at auction this weekend in Toyko. (CNBC)

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