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Economy Watch: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Five Best TV Commercials of 2009

To send us all into a happy holiday weekend, today's final year-end listicle will forgo bailouts and budget deficits for something a little lighter and happier: TV commercials. In a former journalistic lifetime, I was a media and entertainment industry...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 31, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Alec Baldwin, American Express, Hulu, cash4gold, ed mcmahon, m.c. hammer  
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Stocks open flat following jobless claims report

Stocks opened flat on this last morning of trading in 2009, following an unexpected drop in new jobless claims filed last week. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is less than one-tenth of 1 percent underwater. The...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 31, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, nasdaq, s&p 500  
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Five of 2009's best-performing stocks, and five of the worst

UPDATED with new percentages reflecting Wednesday's closing prices: With fewer than two trading days left in the year and the decade (sorry, CNBC's Mark Haines), let's take a look at five of the best-performing stocks during 2009 and five of...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 30, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stocks open mixed

Stocks opened mixed this morning, pulled down by a rising dollar that makes commodities more expensive for overseas buyers. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is down one-tenth of 1 percent. The broader S&P 500 is down...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 30, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, nasdaq, s&p 500  
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Five Controversial Business Deals of 2009

Yesterday, I ranked my Top Five Business Stories of 2009 in handy-dandy listicle format. Today's listicle is Five Controversial Business Deals of 2009. I'll do one each day this week (except Friday). Feel free to comment below, telling me what...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 29, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Andrew Hall, Chrysler, Citi, Dubai, Freddie Mac, GM, Iceland, Ireland, Phibro, Vikram Pandit, cash for clunkers, worst business deals of 2009  
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Consumer confidence rises slightly in December

Consumer confidence rose slightly in December, according to a report out moments ago. The Conference Board's index of consumer confidence in December came in at 52.9, up from 50.6 in November. Forecasters expected a reading of 52.5. Consumers were optimistic...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 29, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: consumer confidence  
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Stocks mixed following home price report

Stocks are mixed this morning following a report showing October home prices were flat compared with September. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is up one-quarter of 1 percent. The broader S&P 500 is up 0.15 percent...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 29, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Home prices still falling but may be flattening

October home prices were essentially flat compared with September, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price report released moments ago. Housing prices are still heading downward, but all 20 metro areas surveyed by Case-Shiller showed a slowing pace of decline from...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 29, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Case-Shiller, home prices  
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Top Five Business Stories of 2009

Because this is the last week of the year and, admittedly, a slow week for news, we in the media like to use this time to gin up what some call "listicles:" a combination list and article suitable for Web...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 28, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: AOL, Ben Bernanke, Dow Jones, GM, General Motors, Obama, Rick Wagoner, Time Warner, cash for clunkers, s&p 500  
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Stocks open up to kick off last trading week of year

Stocks opened up this morning, kicking off the last trading day of 2009. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is up one-quarter of 1 percent. The broader S&P 500 is up about the same and the tech-heavy...

By Frank Ahrens  |  December 28, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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