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2.7%  Q1 GDP    4.57%  avg. 30-year mortgage     9.5%  Unemployment

Economy Watch: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Obama talks tough in Ohio on health-care reform, hammers big banks, channels Dana Carvey

President Obama just wrapped up an address in Elyria, Ohio, that, frankly, sounded a lot more like a campaign speech than an address by a sitting president. But, given the week he and the Democratic party have had -- losing...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 22, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dana Carvey, George H.W. Bush, Obama, banks, healthcare reform, regulation  
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Analyst: Obama's bank reform misses point entirely

One of my go-to guys here on Economy Watch is Miller Tabak equity strategist Peter Boockvar, because he's smart, fast and pithy. His morning note today is no exception. Boockvar had a take on President Obama's attempt to rein in...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 22, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Miller Tabak, Obama, Peter Boockvar  
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China, India digging out of recession hole faster than U.S., West

Here's a piece I wrote in today's Post about fourth-quarter GDP news that came out of China and India this week and why they're waaay ahead of GDP in the United States and rest of the West: Beijing said Thursday...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 22, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: China, GDP, India  
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Stocks slide for third straight day

Worries about banks are sending stocks toward their third straight day of losses -- albeit, not as bad of a loss as the previous two days -- about 90 minutes into the trading day. As of 11 a.m., the Dow...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 22, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, Obama, nasdaq, s&p 500  
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Washington Post Co. stock buyback news: What does it mean?

Today, The Washington Post Co. announced that its directors have authorized the company to buy back up to 750,000 shares of its Class B stock. What does that mean? Like some other media companies (such as the New York Times...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 21, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Washington Post, stock buy back  
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Obama proposes tough new rules on banks

Fresh from proposing new fees on banks last week, President Obama proposed tough new rules on banks that he says are meant to restrain excessive risk but that the banks surely will see as excessive government involvement in the private...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 21, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Obama, banks, financial system  
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Stocks mixed following jobless, Goldman news

Stocks are mixed at opening this morning following news that new jobless claims rose and Goldman Sachs's fourth-quarter profit soared. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is down two-tenths of 1 percent. The broader S&P 500 is...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 21, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, Goldman Sachs, jobless claims, nasdaq, s&p 500  
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N.Y. Times to start charging for online content

UPDATED at 6 p.m. with quote from The Post's Weymouth: The New York Times Co. said this morning that, beginning next year, it would start charging for online content, a move it had been hinting at for some months. Make...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 20, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Barenaked Ladies, Finanical Times, Katharine Weymouth, New York Times, NewsCorp, Pearson, Rupert Murdoch, The Washington Post  
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Coming today: A new look for Economy Watch

I hate change as much as you do. One of my favorite quotes comes from the late, great William F. Buckley Jr., who wrote, when launching his National Review in 1955, that his magazine: "stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 20, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Economy Watch, Frank Ahrens  
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Stocks dive following Bank of America news

Stocks spent this morning giving back all of Tuesday's big gains. Just before midday, the Dow was down 1.8 percent. The broader S&P 500 was down 1.6 percent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was down 1.9 percent. Bank of America kicked...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 20, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Corporations , The Ticker , Wall Street  | Tags: Bank of America, Dow Jones, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, nasdaq, s&p 500  
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Wall Street betting on Coakley defeat

UPDATED at 6 p.m. with market closing numbers: Political reporters have been framing the Massachusetts special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) as a referendum on President Obama and the Democratic Party heading into...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 19, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Congress , The Ticker , Wall Street  | Tags: Aetna, Coakley, Humana, Merck, Pfizer, Ted Kennedy, United Health Group  
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Home builders' index falls in January

The National Association of Home Builders' sentiment index fell from 16 to 15 in January, its lowest level since June and two points below expectations, the group said moments ago. The present situation part of the index fell one point...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 19, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Housing , The Ticker  | Tags: NAHB, National Association of Home Builders  
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Stocks up following big Citi loss

Stocks are slightly up following Citi's reported $7.6 billion fourth-quarter loss from charges related to repaying its portion of the bailout. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is up three-tenths of 1 percent. The broader S&P 500...

By Frank Ahrens  |  January 19, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Corporations , The Ticker , Wall Street  | Tags: Dow Jones, nasdaq, s&p 500  
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