Gina Francolla is the Senior Producer of Quantitative & Market Data Services at CNBC.
For the week ending Friday, February 15, 2008 the major US Indexes ended slightly positive. The markets began the week with a rally on better than expected retail sales, but glum remarks by Bernanke on the economic outlook, weak manufacturing data, consumer confidence at a 16-yr low, and rising oil prices contributed to the week ending on a sour note.
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