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Stocks continued to trade narrowly mixed amid a session lacking much economic news and following a second straight week of solid gains as the markets considered what's next for the Middle East. Wal-Mart and Verizon fell, while Alcoa rose.
The president’s budget document shows a $1.6 trillion deficit for 2011, and serves up new “investments” in education, transportation and R&D, while offering to slice less than $100 billion mostly from domestic discretionary spending.
Retailers have outperformed the S&P 500 by a wide margin since the September rally began (the exception was a brief stretch in December and January). But the Street is getting nervous.
Women's footwear sales are on the rebound thanks to an improvement in the unemployment rate, said Brian Sozzi, equity research analyst at Wall Street Strategies.
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Imagine getting a bill for $1 trillion, or $3 trillion, with a due date in the next 30 years. This is a situation faced by all 50 states, whose pension funds are underfunded by $1 to $3 trillion, depending on whose estimates you believe.
Stock index futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street on Monday as President Barack Obama prepares to present his 2012 budget plan to Congress and following two weeks of straight gains.
Asian markets are all up 1 to 2 percent, with China up 2.5 percent (biggest gain in two months), most Arab bourses are down fractionally (Egypt still has not reopened).
Office Depot has been fighting its way higher since December, and Friday it was back on our tracking systems for unusual option activity.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Monday's Squawk on the Street.
The era of falling clothing prices is ending. Clothing prices have dropped for a decade as tame inflation and cheap overseas labor helped hold down costs.
While some experts see this as an opportunity, skeptics says it's a new financial crisis in the making and that muni bonds should be avoided. Tell us what you think.
States are caught in an extended fiscal squeeze caused by rising costs and lower tax receipts. In addition, the aid distributed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is pretty much used up.
The municipal bond market will likely see more volatility in 2011, and there may well be municipalities that default in the year ahead.
The stock market's easy glide higher could continue in the week ahead, as its steady advance draws in fresh money. But investors will continue to watch for signs of a pullback, now that the market is up nearly 6 percent since the start of the year.
Stocks ended higher Friday after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in response to demonstrations against his rule, helping lift investor sentiment and uncertainties surrounding the country.
The stocks and sectors that perform best when inflation hits anywhere in the world, with Thomas Lee, JPMorgan chief U.S. equity strategist.
Stocks were poised to close the session higher Friday after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in response to demonstrations against his rule, helping lift investor sentiment and uncertainties surrounding the country.
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Merger talks between NYSE/Euronext and Deutsche Boerse are on track, and a deal announcement is likely to be Tuesday.