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  • HUD Hints on Home Buyer Tax Credit Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:45 PM ET
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    I have to say I was a bit surprised at the crafting of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's statement before the Senate Banking Committee today, specifically with regards to the first time home buyer tax credit.

  • ECB Chief Keeps Mum on Dollar Slide Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 11:56 PM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet discussed exchange rates with euro zone finance ministers on Monday but said nothing new on a dollar slide that some fear could hurt Europe's economic recovery.

  • Despite Bullish Momentum, Could Bears Be Regrouping? Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 5:29 PM ET

    Despite widespread bullish momentum in this market, some investors remained convinced the bears are regrouping and when they roar it's going to get ugly.

  • Will Government Aid Set Housing Market Back? Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 1:13 PM ET
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    A new survey from John Burns Real Estate Consulting really puts the regional breakout in perspective and shows the government's effect on the new construction market especially.

  • Will Fed Listen to Barron's and Hike Rates? Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 6:48 AM ET
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    The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates now or the US economy will be faced with another bubble, Barron's warned in its cover story; but analysts say this will not happen.

  • US Factory Reports Could Hold Key For a Bull Market Sunday, 18 Oct 2009 | 9:32 AM ET
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    There are signs the nation's factories are stirring from one of the worst recessions in decades.  If nothing else, hints of a rebound at big industrial firms will boost the stock market and lift people's 401ks.

  • Dow Ends Below 10,000 Amid Earnings Worry Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 6:35 PM ET

    Stocks pared some of their earlier losses but were still lower as disappointing results from Bank of America and General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs.

  • Stocks Remain Lower; Dow Back Below 10,000 Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 2:16 PM ET

    Stocks pared some of their earlier losses but were still lower as disappointing results from Bank of America and General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs.

  • Home Buyer Tax Credit Gains Steam Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 11:01 AM ET
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    I was on the fence for a while as to whether Congress would extend the $8000 first time home buyer tax credit and whether the Administration would stand behind that, but I'm getting some clues that have pushed me over the side. I think it may happen.

  • Dow Down Over 100 as Consumer Mood Sours Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 10:06 AM ET

    Stocks skidded at the open Friday as disappointing results from Bank of America and General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs. They slid further — with the Dow down 100 points — after a report showed a surprise drop in consumer sentiment.

  • Stocks, Gold Are Crowded Trades: Hugh Hendry Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 9:10 AM ET
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    Stocks and gold are crowded markets and there is a risk that everybody will want to exit at the same time, Hugh Hendry, chief investment officer at Eclectica, told CNBC Friday.

  • Futures Lower; GE Revenue Misses Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 6:58 AM ET

    Futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street Friday, as mixed earnings from General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs.

  • Dow Ends at Highest in a Year as Oil Tops $77 Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 5:24 PM ET

    The Dow pulled off a nearly 50-point  gain Thursday after a topsy-turvy session as the boost from oil's rally ultimately beat out disappointment in earnings from Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Disappointment Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 1:35 PM ET

    Traders applied the brakes Thursday, a day after the Dow topped 10,000, as Goldman Sachs and Citigroup proved no match for Wall Street's inflated earnings expectations.

  • Las Vegas Lunacy: Part 2 Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 1:20 PM ET
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    It seems I touched a few nerves out there with my story of Katie and her search for a good deal in the Las Vegas real estate market. I thought, given today's foreclosure numbers, that I might address a few of the many many responses I received to the blog.

  • Dow Pares Losses After Philly Fed Report Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 10:15 AM ET

    Stocks pared their losses Thursday after a third straight positive Philly Fed reading — the first time that's happened in two years.  Stocks had opened lower after disappointment in earnings from Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

  • Mortgage Rates Inch Up; 30-Year Still Below 5 Percent Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 10:11 AM ET
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    The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.92 percent for the week ending October 15, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 4.87 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Last year at this time, the 30-year averaged 6.46 percent.

  • Futures Lower as Citi, Goldman Disappoint Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 7:28 AM ET

    After Wednesday's stellar market performance, stock index futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street on Thursday as investors take a breather and evaluate their next move.

  • Consumers Show Signs of Life as Prices Stay Low Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 4:31 AM ET
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    One benefit of the recession is that inflation is nowhere to be seen, as consumer prices have barely grown in months.

  • Social Security to Make it Official: No COLA Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 4:19 AM ET
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    The Social Security Administration makes it official Thursday: There will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year, the first year without one since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.