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  • Thursday's data includes closely watched weekly jobless claims and international trade, while Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner talks TARP at a Congressional Oversight Panel hearing.

  • Stock Chart

    The downgrade of Greece's credit rating gave pause to the "risk trade" and could send even more buyers into the relative safety of Treasurys through year end.

  • A specialist is surrounded by screens as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 5, 2007. Stocks dipped Tuesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a strong reading on the U.S. service sector suggested the central bank has little reason to lower interest rates.

    Financials will be in focus on Tuesday, as BofA's board meets on a new CEO; bank execs speak before a Goldman Sachs conference, and influential bank analyst Meredith Whitney appears on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

  • Wall Street Trader

    A number of strategists have been recommending that investors steer clear of lower quality stocks and focus instead on those with better balance sheets for the next leg of the road ahead.

  • Global Warming

    U.S. policymakers may be looking to recast domestic cap-and-trade efforts as a new green-oriented stimulus package that invests in clean energy, employs Americans, tackles Chinese competition and banishes carbon emissions,—all at once.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 8:40 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 11,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 10.0%.  The September and October numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Look Ahead: Jobs Report Has Markets on Edge Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 9:31 PM ET

    Every employment report in this recession has been important, but analysts say there is heightened tension around tonight's data as investors look for signs that the recovery is still on track.

  • Look Ahead: Fed Under Fire, GE-Comcast Deal in Focus Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 8:47 PM ET

    On Thursday, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke will be testifying before Congress as part of the confirmation process for his second term. GE and Comcast are also expected to announce their deal over NBCU.

  • As Jobs Summit Approaches, Obama Faces Limited Options Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 10:05 AM ET
    Unemployment

    With unemployment surging and President Obama's poll ratings sinking, there’s growing debate about what—if anything—he can do about the situation.

  • Look Ahead: Markets Count Down to US Jobs Report Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 1:52 AM ET
    Wall Street

    With an absence quarterly earnings news, the focus shifts to economic data, in particular this Friday's jobs report.

  • Market analysts are expecting the ISM data on Tuesday to show further growth in U.S. manufacturing in November, while some dollar bulls are forecasting a greenback rebound in December.

  • Next Week: Cash In Now Or Wait For A Santa Rally? Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | 4:44 PM ET
    A trader at the New York Stock Exchange.

    The challenge for stock investors is whether to pocket more of the year's gains or ride it out in hopes of a Santa Claus rally.

  • US markets are bracing for a shakeup Friday after investors fled risk assets globally on concerns about Dubai's debt rescheduling.

  • Wednesday's Economic News Crunch Could Tilt Markets Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 11:07 AM ET
    New York Stock Exchange, lower Manhattan, New York City.

    A week's worth of economic reports has been crunched into just three days this week, and Wednesday has its share of significant data, which include jobless claims, durable goods and consumer sentiment.

  • Stock chart with dice

    Risk is on so far this holiday week, but the bigger question is how long will that trade work. Tuesday's calendar is heavy on news about housing and the consumer, including the revision to third quarter GDP.

  • Double-Dip Jitters Cast Pall on Stocks; Techs to Weaken Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 11:07 PM ET
    Wall Street

    Friday's markets have no economic indicators to consider, but Dell's disappointing after the bell earnings could spill into tech stocks.

  • Gold Rush to Prevail on Demand, Low Rates, Weak Dollar Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 10:02 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    The latest rush to gold is providing plenty of market buzz even on the quietest days.

  • Rally's Low Volume Prompts Question: Whither Buyers? Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 10:03 PM ET

    The low volume nature of the nearly 8-month old market rally has been an ongoing concern, but now the absence of institutional players could be an issue.

  • Stocks could continue their uptrend on Tuesday, after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed little concern about the weakening dollar and signaled that low interest rates will stay.

  • Week Ahead: Investors Go for Quality, Assess Recovery Saturday, 14 Nov 2009 | 7:24 AM ET
    New York Stock Exchange, lower Manhattan, New York City.

    The market will be challenged by plenty of economic news in the coming week, as investors look for signs the recovery is taking hold. But the market could trend higher as investors rotate into higher quality names.