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Economic Measures Inflation

  • Ben Bernanke

    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.

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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.

  • 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 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average price level of a basket of consumer goods and services, was up 0.2% for the month of September, while the core CPI rate, excluding energy and food, rose 0.2%.  On a year-over-year basis, consumer prices were down 1.3%.

  • 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.

  • Credit Card Swipe

    One benefit of the recession is that inflation is nowhere to be seen, as consumer prices have barely grown in months.

  • Social security

    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.

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    Stocks rallied Wednesday and the Dow broke through 10,000 for the first time in over a year, fueled by strong earnings from JPMorgan and Intel.

  • Stocks rallied Wednesday, with the Dow homing in on 10,000, after JPMorgan and Intel got earnings season back on track and retail sales fell less than expected.

  • Futures pointed to a strong open Wednesday, with the Dow ready to make another run at 10,000, after JPMorgan and Intel got earnings season back on track and retail sales fell less than expected.

  • Stocks ended mostly lower Tuesday after J&J's revenue miss stirred worries about this earnings season.

  • Stocks skidded Tuesday as earnings season took a turn for the worse. After a few companies delivered what analysts want to see this quarter, improvement in revenue, J&J delivered more of the same from last quarter.