Wednesday Morning’s Top Stories Before the Opening Bell – Mike Swanson (02/14/2018)

Consumer prices jump much more than forecast, sparking inflation fears – CNBC

VIX Manipulation Costs Investors Billions, Whistle-Blower Says – Bloomberg

Volatility Gets Back in the Saddle Again – Charles Schwab

Trump proposes huge increase in military spending – Los Angeles Times

U.S. defense spending bonanza puts niche acquisitions in play – Reuters

Swan Song Of The Central Bankers, Part 1: Last Week Wasn’t An Error – David Stockman

Mulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusion – The Hill

Devin Nunes creates his own alternative news site – Politico

Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get – NPR

The wife of the billionaire Treasury secretary is sorry for the Instagram post touting her wealth – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reports: Bristol Palin’s husband files for divorce – USA Today

KFC spreads the love (of fried chicken) with scratch ‘n’ sniff Valentine’s cards – WCRB TV

Ash Wednesday Or Valentine’s Day? No Need To Choose, Priests Say –

Can South Korea’s Leader End Trump’s North Korea Crisis? – Truth Dig

Remington files for bankruptcy amid declining gun sales – West Central Tribune

Uber Posts $1.1 Billion Fourth-Quarter Loss as Revenue Rises to $2.2 Billion – The Street

Tesla Cash Keeps Burning at $320 a Share – Nasdaq

Elon Musk Explains Why the Falcon Heavy Center Core Crashed – Extreme Tech

Snapchat-Like Stories Arrive in Google Mobile Search Results – PC Mag

Humans no longer required: Google tests robot to chat with friends for you – The Guardian

Charts For Cisco Illustrate How A Stock Can Fall From A Parabolic Bubble Into A Bear Market – SeekingAlpha

Chipotle turns to Taco Bell’s ‘Doritos Locos’ chief as new CEO – Reuters

New Hedge-Fund Tax Dodge Triggers Wild Rush Back Into Delaware – Bloomberg

Kemper to buy Infinity Property and Casualty in $1.4 billion cash and stock deal – Market Watch

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