Here are five things you must know for Friday, Dec. 15:
Losing the support of three Republicans would doom the bill. A final vote on the legislation is planned for next week.
Vice President Mike Pence has delayed a planned trip to the Middle East as the vote looms because he represents the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.
New York's attorney general said he'll lead a multi-state lawsuit to stop the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Schneiderman has been investigating fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment process.
Schneiderman said his analysis shows 2 million comments stole the identities of real Americans, including dead people and children, the Associated Press noted.
TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa pointed out that while some of the doomsday predictions surrounding the FCC's decision to end net neutrality are pretty unlikely to pan out, there is some risk over the long run that there could be meaningful changes in how broadband services are priced and consumed in the U.S.
4. -- Shares of Walt Disney Co. (DIS) jumped 2.8% on Thursday after the entertainment giant reached a deal to buy most of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) , and the shares could get an even bigger boost with the release this weekend of the newest "Star Wars" film.
Can "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" top gross sales of more than $2 billion for the "The Force Awakens," which was released two years ago? Of course, that's anybody's guess. What stocks might benefit from the release of the latest "Star Wars' installment? That too is a good question.
5. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) rose 2.4% in premarket trading on Friday after the company posted fiscal first-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, same-store sales in the period jumped 7.9%, and its digital platform grew by more than 41% from a year earlier.
This story has been updated from 6:08 a.m. ET.
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