PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Dec 19
Dec 19 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
* Within hours of President Obama's historic move to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, companies in the United States are already developing strategies to introduce their products and services to a market they have not been in for the better part of 50 years - if ever. (nyti.ms/1AlCu2O)
* Switzerland is introducing a negative interest rate on deposits held by lenders at its central bank, moving to hold down the value of the Swiss franc amid turmoil in global currency markets and expectations that deflation is at hand. (nyti.ms/1zCKcEG)
* The European Union announced new sanctions over Ukraine on Thursday, outlawing European investment in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia in March, as leaders of the 28-nation bloc gathered in Brussels to review their strategy toward Russia. (nyti.ms/1uYtB97)
* A White House official said the administration was considering a "proportional response" against those who hacked into Sony Pictures computers, a retaliation that could thrust the United States into a direct confrontation with North Korea. (nyti.ms/1sF66lr) Continuación...