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  • Unemployment

    Friday's jobs report is the first big economic report of the new year and as such, it heralds what could be the first really big trading day of the year.

  • Look Ahead: US Retailers to Unwrap Holiday Results Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 11:46 PM ET
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    Retailers on Thursday will report December sales results, taking the wraps off their holiday season and possibly showing the best comparisons in 20 months.

  • Look Ahead: Markets Hanging on US Jobs Report Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 10:10 PM ET
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    Markets are hanging on Friday's December employment report, which some economists say could show job growth for the first time in two years.

  • Easiest Cities to Find A Job Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 1:39 PM ET
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    Job search engine Juju.com ranked cities based on the number of unemployed in a metro area vs. the number of jobs available. Check out what they found!

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    When the Senate takes up a jobs bill soon,  the debate will center on whether it really will create jobs and be worth plunging the government further into debt.

  • Latest Jobless Numbers Point To Happy New Year Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | 10:30 AM ET
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    The recent improvement in several labor barometers adds ammunition to the optimists' argument about an imminent and long-awaited breakthrough in the labor market. .

  • Look Ahead: Wall Street Waits for Santa Claus Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 5:53 PM ET
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    Many traders expect a rally to drive the market higher through year end. But the big questions are what does the first quarter bring when absent investors return to their desks? And what do investors do to prepare for that?

  • Bad Corporate Endings Yield Startup Success Stories Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 11:13 AM ET
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    The percentage of job seekers starting a business has doubled in this recession. Here are some laid-off professionals turned  happy, successful entrepreneurs who give new meaning to economic recovery.

  • Look Ahead: Strategists See Modestly Higher 2010 Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 6:18 PM ET
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    Stocks should make a more subdued move higher in the coming year, and the Fed is not likely to raise interest rates until at least mid-year.

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    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the White House will seek to cut bureaucratic restrictions so that local lenders can help businesses seize "enormous opportunities" for growth.

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    Stocks should trade quietly as investors sit out until the start of the new year. Economic reports on home sales, jobs and manufactured goods in the holiday-shortened week are coming—and everyone will be watching retail sales.

  • Americans Most Pessimistic They've Been Since January Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 7:05 PM ET
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    Americans are the most pessimistic they've been since the beginning of this year, when the US was mired in a deep recession, while confidence in President Obama and Congress is at the lowest level of 2009, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Wednesday: Inflation Worries and the Fed Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 9:42 PM ET
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    The consumer price index and the Fed's afternoon statement Wednesday will take on even more importance to markets, after producer prices hinted at a whiff of inflation Tuesday.

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    Stocks should trend higher in the coming week and are in easy striking distance of a new high for the year.

  • Consumer Data Eyed With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 11:10 AM ET
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    Friday's economic reports will put the spotlight on consumer attitudes and spending, as the critical, final two weeks of the holiday shopping season approach.

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    Thursday's data includes closely watched weekly jobless claims and international trade, while Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner talks TARP at a Congressional Oversight Panel hearing.

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    The downgrade of Greece's credit rating gave pause to the "risk trade" and could send even more buyers into the relative safety of Treasurys through year end.

  • A specialist is surrounded by screens as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 5, 2007. Stocks dipped Tuesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a strong reading on the U.S. service sector suggested the central bank has little reason to lower interest rates.

    Financials will be in focus on Tuesday, as BofA's board meets on a new CEO; bank execs speak before a Goldman Sachs conference, and influential bank analyst Meredith Whitney appears on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

  • Wall Street Trader

    A number of strategists have been recommending that investors steer clear of lower quality stocks and focus instead on those with better balance sheets for the next leg of the road ahead.

  • Global Warming

    U.S. policymakers may be looking to recast domestic cap-and-trade efforts as a new green-oriented stimulus package that invests in clean energy, employs Americans, tackles Chinese competition and banishes carbon emissions,—all at once.