Archive for December, 2010

Week Ahead: Stocks Kick Off New Year on an Up Note

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Stocks cross into 2011 with a positive tilt, but the December jobs report and other data will put investor faith in the recovery to the test in the very first week of the year.

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Week Ahead: Stocks Kick Off New Year on an Up Note

Goldman Looks Set for Win in M&A Photo Finish

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The race to the top of the global mergers and acquisitions league table looks set to end with Goldman Sachs retaking the honors from the rival which derailed its nine-year grip on the ranking last year.

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Goldman Looks Set for Win in M&A Photo Finish

Will Rise of Tablet Computers End Up Killing  the Laptop?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Ever since Apple introduced the iPad, tech experts have predicted that consumers will all but abandon their laptops for lighter and more compact tablet computers. But others believe those predictions are premature.

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Will Rise of Tablet Computers End Up Killing  the Laptop?

Look Ahead: Rate Fears Stalk Market as 2010 Draws to Close

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

While traders fear rising bond yields could crimp stocks’ gains in 2011, some bond strategists don’t expect interest rates to rise beyond the range of the past year.

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Look Ahead: Rate Fears Stalk Market as 2010 Draws to Close

Euro Zone Banks Reluctant to Return ECB Funds

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Eurozone end-of-year financial market tensions have been highlighted by the European Central Bank’s failure to reabsorb funds it has spent on buying government bonds to combat the region’s debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

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Euro Zone Banks Reluctant to Return ECB Funds

Consumer Confidence Shows Surprise Drop in December

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly deteriorated in December, hurt by increasing worries about the jobs market, according to a private report released on Tuesday.

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Consumer Confidence Shows Surprise Drop in December

Consumer Spending Back to Normal? Not So Fast

Monday, December 27th, 2010

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Consumer Spending Back to Normal? Not So Fast

China’s Surprise Rate Hike Hurts Aussie, Commodities

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

The Australian dollar and commodity prices slid on Monday following an interest rate hike by China’s central bank over the Christmas weekend, but volumes were light due to holidays in the final week of 2010.

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China’s Surprise Rate Hike Hurts Aussie, Commodities

For One Couple, A Mortgage Nightmare Has a Happy Ending

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Should homeowners be foreclosed upon en masse, or should banks work with them to reduce the loans to levels that homeowners can manage? The New York Times reports.

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For One Couple, A Mortgage Nightmare Has a Happy Ending

Experts Cite Rising Hopes for Recovery in Coming Year

Friday, December 24th, 2010

The government’s latest measures to bolster the economy have led many forecasters and policy makers to express new optimism that the recovery will gain substantial momentum in 2011, the New York Times reports.

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Experts Cite Rising Hopes for Recovery in Coming Year