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) - Get Report 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) - Get Report 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) - Get Report 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.