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February 24th, 2010

The Markets

(Michael Schwartz) - The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment preliminary index for February that was reported last week declined slightly from the late January number and it was lower than expected as consumers continued to fret over unemployment. The index is now down 24% from January 2007, according to data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve. Ironically, when consumers are glum, that could be good news for the financial markets.

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August 25th, 2009

Obama Re-Nominates Bernanke

(Lee Siler) - Stock futures jump pre-market as President Obama re-nominates Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second four-year term. Of course, Bernanke's appointment will have to be confirmed by congress, which is a likely scenario. I think it would be disastrous to change the head of the Federal Reserve in the midst of and economic recovery as complicated as this one.

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July 16th, 2009

Fed Comments Help Stocks

(Lee Siler) - The market had one of the best days of the year on brisk trading. Earnings news is adding fuel to this market and this morning JP Morgan Chase is the accelerant. The company announced that strength in their core consumer business and investment banking offset a jump in credit losses. Earnings were 28 cents a share versus estimates of only 4 cents. However, revenues fell slightly short of expectations. JPM is traded up almost 4.5% yesterday.

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June 25th, 2009

Commerce Department Releases 1st Quarter Revised GDP

(Lee Siler) - As the market continued to lack direction, the Federal Reserve announced that interest rates would be left alone for the foreseeable future. With the economy still at risk of a more significant downturn, monetary policy will remain status quot.

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June 11th, 2009

Signs of a Recovery???

(Lee Siler) - Stocks traded lower on the day, but the damage could've been much worse. Investors were concerned about the lack of interest in the U.S. Treasury auction. The government's ability to sell Treasury's is paramount to fund our national spending. These auctions have put pressure on the bonds and hence, have seen yields soar over the past month.

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