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Politics Barack Obama

  • The trader dilemma: Many stock traders are bearish in their outlook, but they are set up long!  How can that be?

  • President Barack Obama announced Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's reappointment this morning. The following are CNBC video highlights, where experts weigh in on Bernanke's performance, working relationships and impact on the markets.

  • Stocks started the day higher Tuesday after an encouraging report on home prices, then soared even higher following an unexpected jump in consumer confidence.

  • Bernanke trumps China. Mr. Bernanke's reappointment for a second term certainly trumps the 2.6 percent decline in the Shanghai Index. China's drop barely elicited a shrug from traders, since the Shanghai Index had risen 7.5 percent in the prior 3 sessions and other global markets have been on either side of a 1 percent rise or decline this morning.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open Tuesday, following the previous day's session in which the major averages finished with very little change.

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    A weaker dollar and government intervention in the markets are to be expected as President Barack Obama reappointed Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman, analysts said.

  • Ben Bernanke is set to be nominated for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Barack Obama. But as Bernanke squares up for another four years at the helm of the central bank, CNBC asks if he is the right person for the job.

  • It seems the cash for clunkers deal may have hit a sour note. And CNBC’s Phil Lebeau is all over the surprising development.

  • Chinese stocks rallied 4.5 percent overnight; other Asian markets also rebounded, but volume was seasonlly light.

  • The President is nearing a crossroads. Should he give Ben Bernanke a second term or appoint a new Fed chief? The decision could shake markets.

  • Once again, stocks had a great opportunity to put together a down day...but so far have refused to do so.

  • Not having a public option in the Obama healthcare reform bill is good for the the larger managed care group, says health care analyst Thomas Carroll of Stifel Nicoluas.

  • S&P 500 rallies in a thin tape....the S&P 500 and its corresponding ETF popped about 6 points about 11:45 AM ET.  Volume and price moved up just as the index hit 990, which was where it closed yesterday, so technicals are likely a factor.

  • Oddly, stocks in Shanghai were trading UP in the morning session, when trading resumed in the afternoon (they have a break midday), the index fell apart. No explanation was offered for this, but several traders noted that Buffett's editorial in the New York Times appeared in this break, which happened around midnight Eastern Time

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    Fewer Americans say they are in favor of a complete overhaul of the American health-care  system,  according to a new NBC poll. And for the first time, more people oppose a government-run health plan than support it.

  • The correction may finally be starting: Stocks plunged more than 2% Monday in their worst selloff in 7 weeks.  The Nasdaq was the hardest hit, down nearly 3%.

  • The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: Following a mild selloff on Friday, stocks opened sharply lower Monday.

  • The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: Following a mild selloff on Friday, stocks opened sharply lower Monday.

  • Howard Dean

    Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, a leading figure in the liberal wing of his party, said Monday he doubts there can be meaningful health care reform without a direct government role.

  • The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: Following a mild selloff on Friday, futures pointed to a sharply lower open for stocks Monday.