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  • Stocks Jump 3% Amid Optimism On Economy Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 4:15 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher as a day-long rally gained steam after the Federal Reserve said the recession would end soon but that unemployment will continue rising.

  • Fed Sees Economy Improving But Joblessness at Over 10% Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 2:44 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve expects the economy will sink at a slower pace this year but unemployment will top 10 percent, according to a forecast contained in the latest minutes.

  • Federal Reserve's Latest Economic Forecast Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 2:32 PM ET
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    The Federal Reserve released the following economic forecast on Wednesday as part of the minutes of its June 23-24 policy meeting.

  • Stocks Gain 2% as Tech, Economy Lead Way Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 1:29 PM ET

    Technology stocks rose more than 2 percent Wednesday following encouraging earnings, while a slew of economic reports fueled the notion the economy was showing stronger signs of a turnaround and boosted the broader market.

  • Futures Rise on Positive Earnings, Economy Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 8:59 AM ET

    Wall Street has reestablished positive momentum, and that's likely to continue Wednesday morning after Intel beat expectations with its after-the-bell earnings report late Tuesday, and issued guidance that was well above consensus as well. 

  • Market Insider: Intel Is a Bright Spot Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 8:06 PM ET

    Positive comments and a better-than-expected earnings report from tech bellwether Intel could capture the imagination of investors, who have been hoping tech will rescue the earnings season.

  • If anything, Goldman’s handsome profits are a barometer of the government’s bailout of the financial system, from the straight-up handout mechanism called TARP to the Federal Reserve’s less direct, but probably more beneficent, policy of rock bottom interest rates and other favorable lending facilities.

  • Market Insider: Goldman and Retail Sales Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 8:56 PM ET

    There's a lot riding on Goldman Sachs' earnings report Tuesday. Already high expectations for a block buster quarter moved up a notch Monday when usually bearish banking analyst Meredith Whitney put a buy on the stock and said the firm's earnings will show a huge upside surprise.

  • Market Insider: Earnings Loom in the Week Ahead Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 8:17 PM ET
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    Earnings season should provide a fresh view of the U.S. economy and may shake the stock market out of its summer doldrums.

  • Commercial Conundrum Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 2:38 PM ET

    I want to continue on my thread from yesterday regarding the plight of commercial real estate. Several witnesses at the Joint Economic Committee hearing warned that without more liquidity in commercial lending, the sector would be heading for crisis. In fact, it already is there. There is simply no securitization market for commercial loans right now, and without that, the well is pretty dry.

  • S. Korea Central Bank Upgrades Economic Forecasts Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 8:53 PM ET
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    South Korea's central bank on Friday revised up its economic forecasts for the whole year and the next year as the economy enjoyed its fastest quarterly growth for 5-½ years in the second quarter

  • Commercial Real Estate: 'Ticking Time Bomb' Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 12:56 PM ET
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    I don’t know why all the wires are leading with the quote from Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY today, that “The commercial real estate time bomb is ticking.” I’d venture to say it’s exploding all over the place. She made the comment at a hearing she chaired of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee.

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    UK building society Nationwide is offering 125 percent mortgages to its existing customers that have fallen into negative equity and need to move home.

  • South Korea's Central Bank Holds Rates Steady Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 12:20 AM ET
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    South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady at a record low for a fifth consecutive month on Thursday, in a widely expected move to support an only nascent recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

  • Stocks Eke Out a Gain; Alcoa Rises Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 5:14 PM ET

    A late upturn pushed stocks higher Wednesday as investors rotated into defensive stocks like pharmaceuticals and Alcoa advanced ahead of earnings.

  • Stocks Retreat as Investors Get Defensive Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:09 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower Wednesday as investors got defensive ahead of earnings season, rotating into pharmaceuticals and out of techs.

  • Bank-owned Inventory: Move it! Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 12:54 PM ET

    Call me old-fashioned, but I still believe in that whole supply and demand thing; that’s why I’m slightly obsessed with the inventory of existing homes floating around the nation’s local MLS’s and more importantly those not floating around the MLS’s. I’m talking about the inventory of foreclosed properties that banks are holding onto, refusing to unleash onto the sales market.

  • Stocks Bounce Back; Alcoa Leads Dow Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 9:44 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a major selloff in the previous session as earnings season gets into gear.

  • Futures Rise as Earnings Season Kicks Off Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 7:44 AM ET

    Futures indicated a slightly higher open for Wall Street Wednesday on profit taking after the major selloff the previous day.

  • Staggering Budget Gap and a Reluctance to Fill It Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:53 AM ET
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    No one argues that the staggering deficits run up by the American government in a bid to rescue the economy are desirable, healthy or even sustainable — not if the national debt continues to swell at its current pace. But considerable debate centers on when and how vigorously to start easing off Washington’s borrowing habit, with substantial risks at both extremes, the New York Times reported.