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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

    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

    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."

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    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.

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    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.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 8:40 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 11,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 10.0%.  The September and October numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Look Ahead: Jobs Report Has Markets on Edge Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 9:31 PM ET

    Every employment report in this recession has been important, but analysts say there is heightened tension around tonight's data as investors look for signs that the recovery is still on track.

  • Look Ahead: Fed Under Fire, GE-Comcast Deal in Focus Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 8:47 PM ET

    On Thursday, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke will be testifying before Congress as part of the confirmation process for his second term. GE and Comcast are also expected to announce their deal over NBCU.

  • As Jobs Summit Approaches, Obama Faces Limited Options Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 10:05 AM ET

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

  • Look Ahead: Markets Count Down to US Jobs Report Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 1:52 AM ET
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    With an absence quarterly earnings news, the focus shifts to economic data, in particular this Friday's jobs report.

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    Market analysts are expecting the ISM data on Tuesday to show further growth in U.S. manufacturing in November, while some dollar bulls are forecasting a greenback rebound in December.

  • Next Week: Cash In Now Or Wait For A Santa Rally? Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | 4:44 PM ET
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    The challenge for stock investors is whether to pocket more of the year's gains or ride it out in hopes of a Santa Claus rally.

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    US markets are bracing for a shakeup Friday after investors fled risk assets globally on concerns about Dubai's debt rescheduling.

  • Wednesday's Economic News Crunch Could Tilt Markets Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 11:07 AM ET
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    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.