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  • Staggering Budget Gap and a Reluctance to Fill It Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:53 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    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.

  • Market Insider: Here Comes Earnings Season Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 9:18 PM ET

    Here comes the corporate earnings season, and there's no doubt it will be more important than most. Alcoa's after-the-bell report Wednesday signals the start of the second quarter reporting period, which traders say could be a turning point for a very tentative stock market.

  • Stocks Hit 10-Week Low; VIX Tops 30 Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 5:27 PM ET

    Stocks fell Tuesday amid growing doubts about the economic recovery. There were some pockets of gains in the banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • Bad Timing For Incoming Minimum Wage Increase Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 3:44 PM ET

    The federal minimum wage is set to increase later this month, and that could be bad news for small business owners already struggling in a pinched economy.

  • Stocks Slide as Economic Worries Rattle Market Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 2:59 PM ET

    Stocks fell Tuesday amid growing doubts about the economic recovery. There were some pockets of gains in the tech, banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • How Economy Fares in Summer Is Crucial to Obama Agenda Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 11:43 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The pace of the economic recovery heading into the fall—electric smooth or diesel rough—will determine whether Obama can prod Congress on the key features of his agenda with momentum or from a defensive crouch.

  • Economic Worries Dent Stocks; Techs Rise Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Stocks fell Tuesday amid growing doubts about the economic recovery. But techs and banks rose.

  • Futures Eke Up; Some Optimism Returns Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 6:04 AM ET

    Futures indicated a slightly higher open for Wall Street Tuesday as doubts about the sustainability of a global economic recovery dimmed.

  • France, Unlike US, Is Deep into Stimulus Projects Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 4:11 AM ET

    French workers normally take off much of the summer, but this month, there is something of a revolution going on here at this former royal chateau roughly 30 miles southeast of Paris. The throngs of tourists will be jostling alongside stonemasons, restoration experts and other artisans paid by the French government’s $37 billion economic stimulus program, the New York Times reported.

  • Dow Ekes Out a Gain Amid Bargain Hunting Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 4:39 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed Monday as a dismal jobs report last week and expectations for a gloomy earnings season nagged at the market. But the Dow eked out a gain amid some bargain hunting.

  • Dow Turns Positive Amid Bargain Hunting Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 3:06 PM ET

    Stocks were under pressure Monday as a dismal jobs report last week and expectations for a gloomy earnings season nagged at the market. But the Dow turned positive as investors took advantage of the selloff and did some bargain hunting.

  • Stocks Get Quick Boost From Services Report Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 11:06 AM ET

    Stocks briefly pared their losses after a report showed improvement in the service sector.

  • Futures Fall Amid Economic Concerns Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 7:41 AM ET

    After the long Independence Day weekend, futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street as second thoughts about the U.S. economy's recovery spooked investors after last week's worse-than-expected nonfarm payrolls numbers.

  • Stocks End Week With Thud After Jobs Report Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 5:53 PM ET

    Stocks capped their third straight down week with a sharp drop Thursday as a weak jobs report muzzled all the green-shoots talk and investors hunkered down. The Dow lost 1.9 percent this week.

  • Economy to Stay Weak 'For a Number of Years': Gross Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 10:01 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    The slide in employment is representative of what the US economy faces for years to come, Pimco's Bill Gross says.

  • Futures Skid After Jobs Report Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    Stock futures slid deeper into the red Thursday after a report showed more jobs were lost last month than expected.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 8:53 PM ET

    Despite the anxiety around the June employment report Friday, traders say the market's reaction could be muted.

  • California, Other States Face Tough Budget Choices Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 9:39 AM ET
    Golden Gate Bridge

    Legislators in more than a half-dozen states, their revenues evaporating in the recession, frantically worked to stave off government shutdowns and devastating service cuts. California failed to meet a midnight deadline and now may need to issue IOUs instead of paying bills.

  • Market Insider: July Could Be Bumpy Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 8:13 PM ET

    The best quarter in 10 years is now history, as investors quickly shift their focus to the promise of a bumpy road for stocks in July.

  • Home Prices: Are We There Yet? Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 3:50 PM ET
    Rental Gap

    A lot of folks are parsing the latest S&P Case Shiller home price report out today, and debating whether some month-to-month increases are proof of home price stabilization nationwide. I frankly think it’s impossible to say anything nationwide, because a lot of different markets are reacting very differently. That may seem an incredibly prosaic thing to say, but I think an awful lot of smart folks often lose sight of that.