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  • It's been awhile since holiday shopping has been such a wild card for the economy. Wednesday kicks off the batch of major retail earnings, when Macy's reports ahead of the opening bell.

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange gather around a Bank of America trading post just prior to the announcement by the Federal Reserve that it had raised a key interest rate for the twelfth consecutive time, Tuesday, November 1, 2005. The Federal Reserve, still concerned about inflation, raised the interest rate to the highest level in more than four years and signaled more increases are likely.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    It's "risk on" in global markets, a trend traders say could help keep stocks heading higher for now.

  • Middle-aged investors looking to retire in about 20 years should position their portfolios to have a 25 to 30 percent stake in equities outside of the United States, Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer at PIMCO told CNBC Monday.

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks could side step temporarily as investors look for the next catalyst that will break the market out of its current range

  • Consumer Borrowing Falls $14.8 Billion in September Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 4:18 PM ET
    Credit cards

    Consumers borrowed less for a record eighth straight month in September amid rising unemployment and tight credit conditions.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 8:41 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 190,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate rose to 10.2%, the highest unemployment rate since April 1983.  The August and September numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Unemployment May Crack 10%, Job Losses to Bottom Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 9:08 PM ET

    Markets have been hanging on the October employment report, expected to show a drop of 175,000 nonfarm payrolls when it is released on Friday.

  • Look Ahead: Choppy Trade Likely, Cisco to Boost Techs Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:55 AM ET
    Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Cisco could put a glow into tech stocks Thursday, but traders say the stock market could again be choppy.

  • Will Fed Change Its Tune? Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 10:03 AM ET

    Traders have been talking about the upcoming Fed statement for days now, because even a subtle tilt in the Fed's posture on interest rates could unhinge the popular "risk on" trade, where investors bet against the U.S. dollar and throw money into risky assets such as stocks and commodities.

  • Tuesday Preview: Stocks to Seesaw, Economy in Focus Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 12:42 AM ET
    NYSE trader

    Seesaw moves in the stock market have not discouraged some strategists who believe the market remains in an uptrend, despite near-term choppiness.

  • A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    Brace for more volatility in the week ahead as investors wrestle with dual concerns that stocks have gotten too pricey and that the economic recovery is just too uncertain.

  • Stocks Unlikely to be Spooked on Halloween Eve Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 9:35 AM ET

    Stocks could head into Friday on a positive note, rising on 'October-end' momentum. Existing homes figures for September will be in the spotlight.

  • US GDP Pivotal to Market Sentiment on Thursday Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 8:43 PM ET

    Economists forecast the GDP number to show growth anywhere from just under 3 percent to as high as 4 percent - the first positive growth for the U.S. economy since second quarter, 2008.

  • More Disapprove of Obama's Handling of Economy: Poll Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 4:13 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The hopeful mood that accompanied the start of President Obama's term has given way to deepening concern about the nation’s economic troubles, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Wed Preview: Pause in Carry Trades Could Boost Dollar Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | 11:50 PM ET

    The floor under stocks feels a bit shaky, and the market could give way to more profit taking this week.

  • A trader at the New York Stock Exchange.

    "I'd say it's buyers' fatigue that's set in," says one pro. "The stock market seemed to be going up on bad news for a certain period, and now we have what's perceived as good news...but it seems the market's got it fully priced in."

  • Friday Look Ahead: All eyes on MSFT, Bernanke Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 9:29 PM ET
    Traders at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Ahead of Friday's opening bell, investors will be watching earnings from Microsoft and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's address at the Boston Fed's annual conference.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: It's All About the Dollar Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 7:29 PM ET

    The weakening dollar has been one of the catalysts driving stocks and other risk assets higher, and it is a main focus of traders this week as they sort through a deluge of corporate earnings news and watch the dollar shrink to a 14-month low.

  • Stimulus Spending Has Saved One Million Jobs: Pelosi Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 4:37 PM ET
    Nancy Pelosi

    Responding to criticism that the Obama administration's $787 billion in stimulus spending hasn't done enough to boost employment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the economy would be in much worse shape without it.

  • Is Worst of Job-Market Blues Over For Hardest Hit States? Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 12:48 PM ET
    Woman filing for unemployment

    Fewer states reported unemployment-rate increases in September than the previous four months, signaling a turning point may be near, according to a government report Wednesday.