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  • Wednesday's Economic News Crunch Could Tilt Markets Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 11:07 AM ET
    New York Stock Exchange, lower Manhattan, New York City.

    A week's worth of economic reports has been crunched into just three days this week, and Wednesday has its share of significant data, which include jobless claims, durable goods and consumer sentiment.

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    Risk is on so far this holiday week, but the bigger question is how long will that trade work. Tuesday's calendar is heavy on news about housing and the consumer, including the revision to third quarter GDP.

  • Double-Dip Jitters Cast Pall on Stocks; Techs to Weaken Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 11:07 PM ET
    Wall Street

    Friday's markets have no economic indicators to consider, but Dell's disappointing after the bell earnings could spill into tech stocks.

  • Gold Rush to Prevail on Demand, Low Rates, Weak Dollar Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 10:02 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    The latest rush to gold is providing plenty of market buzz even on the quietest days.

  • Rally's Low Volume Prompts Question: Whither Buyers? Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 10:03 PM ET
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    The low volume nature of the nearly 8-month old market rally has been an ongoing concern, but now the absence of institutional players could be an issue.

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    Stocks could continue their uptrend on Tuesday, after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed little concern about the weakening dollar and signaled that low interest rates will stay.

  • Week Ahead: Investors Go for Quality, Assess Recovery Saturday, 14 Nov 2009 | 7:24 AM ET
    New York Stock Exchange, lower Manhattan, New York City.

    The market will be challenged by plenty of economic news in the coming week, as investors look for signs the recovery is taking hold. But the market could trend higher as investors rotate into higher quality names.

  • Home for sale - Coldwell

    The percentage of homes bought in the United States by first-time buyer will rise significantly this year, helped by a popular $8,000 tax credit, the National Association of Realtors predicted Friday.

  • A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange executes a trade with his NYSE E-Broker.

    The so-called 'risk trade', where the dollar moves lower while risk assets like stocks and commodities move higher, may be unwinding. Retail earnings season continues with JC Penny reporting.

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    With unemployment surging and President Obama's poll ratings sinking, there’s growing debate about what—if anything—he can do about the situation.

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    It's been awhile since holiday shopping has been such a wild card for the economy. Wednesday kicks off the batch of major retail earnings, when Macy's reports ahead of the opening bell.

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange gather around a Bank of America trading post just prior to the announcement by the Federal Reserve that it had raised a key interest rate for the twelfth consecutive time, Tuesday, November 1, 2005. The Federal Reserve, still concerned about inflation, raised the interest rate to the highest level in more than four years and signaled more increases are likely.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    It's "risk on" in global markets, a trend traders say could help keep stocks heading higher for now.

  • Middle-aged investors looking to retire in about 20 years should position their portfolios to have a 25 to 30 percent stake in equities outside of the United States, Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer at PIMCO told CNBC Monday.

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks could side step temporarily as investors look for the next catalyst that will break the market out of its current range

  • Consumer Borrowing Falls $14.8 Billion in September Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 4:18 PM ET
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    Consumers borrowed less for a record eighth straight month in September amid rising unemployment and tight credit conditions.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 8:41 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 190,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate rose to 10.2%, the highest unemployment rate since April 1983.  The August and September numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Unemployment May Crack 10%, Job Losses to Bottom Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 9:08 PM ET
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    Markets have been hanging on the October employment report, expected to show a drop of 175,000 nonfarm payrolls when it is released on Friday.

  • Look Ahead: Choppy Trade Likely, Cisco to Boost Techs Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:55 AM ET
    Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Cisco could put a glow into tech stocks Thursday, but traders say the stock market could again be choppy.

  • Will Fed Change Its Tune? Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 10:03 AM ET
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    Traders have been talking about the upcoming Fed statement for days now, because even a subtle tilt in the Fed's posture on interest rates could unhinge the popular "risk on" trade, where investors bet against the U.S. dollar and throw money into risky assets such as stocks and commodities.

  • Tuesday Preview: Stocks to Seesaw, Economy in Focus Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 12:42 AM ET
    NYSE trader

    Seesaw moves in the stock market have not discouraged some strategists who believe the market remains in an uptrend, despite near-term choppiness.