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Prime horses selling for subprime prices at National Western Denver Post / Ann Schrader

Stocks make a fresh run at earnings Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

Groveling at the Fed: Greenspan and Bernanke Lew Rockwell / Fred Sheehan

U.S. 10-Year Notes Rise Most Since November on Growth Concern Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Falling wages, rising inflation a bad combo Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Ann Belser

Foreclosures weigh on home appraisals AP via Seattle Times / Alex Veiga

U.S. Stocks Decline, Pulling S&P 500 Down From 15-Month High Bloomberg / Nikolaj Gammeltoft

Oil Prices Fall as Winter Premium Melts Away via Safehaven

Euro Falls to Three-Week Low Versus Yen on Greece’s Debt Crisis Bloomberg / Inyoung Hwang and Oliver Biggadike


Many not getting a raise in 2010 NY Post / John Crudele

Oil falls for sixth session to below $78/bbl Reuters / Fayen Wong

Global recovery could surprise on upside: source Reuters

Obama in Boston: Was it enough to turn Senate race for Coakley? Christian Science Monitor / Tracey D. Samuelson

Bullard argues for subtle change in Fed's quantitative easing policy St. Louis Post Nicklaus

Leading Index Probably Rose in December: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Bob Willis

A cure for the vacant home? Live-in stagers South Florida Sun Sentinel / Paul Owers

UK: Bond market bounces back as companies secure £4bn Guardian – Observer / Elena Moya

Profits and losses and banks. Oh my! CNN / Alexandra Twin

More hedge fund traders join rush to Geneva London Times / Kate Walsh

ETF provides barometer of financial-sector recovery Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Coakley awaits Obama assist in faltering campaign Boston Herald / Jessica Van Sack

Health care, prestige on the line as Obama makes late attempt to save Mass. Senate seat AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Beth Fouhy and Liz Sidoti

Obama lashes out at banks in radio address for selfishness Washington Post / Michael D. Shear

McConnell Calls Massachusetts Race Health Referendum Bloomberg / Mike Dorning

Dems look at bypassing Senate health care vote AP via Miami Herald / Charles Babington

Analysts see steady recovery for Texas economy AP via Houston Chronicle / Schuyler Dixon

CA: Health 'reform' frightens California, already swamped in red ink Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

UK: The end of the recession is nigh? Sorry, I'm not a believer Guardian – Observer / William Keegan

Bernanke and the Beast NY Times / N. Gregory Mankiw

New bond funds test the idea of 'less is more' AP via Augusta Chronicle

For ‘Safe’ Investors, This May Be a Challenging Year NY Times / Jeff Sommer


As economy heals, online brokerages go after investors USA Today / Matt Krantz

Job Outlook: Not So Gloomy Forbes / John Tamny

More men are getting economic boost from marriage compared with 40 years ago, analysis shows AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / David Cray

Bailouts divide Detroit Denver Post / Al Lewis

Oil rises above $78 in Asia on bargain hunting amid strong European equities, weaker dollar AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Eileen Ng

IMF head in 'double-dip' global economy warning BBC News

Banks pull another $1 billion from small business lending CNN / Catherine Clifford

The US Economy: A Quick Survey of the Pathetic, the Fallacious and the Ignorant Brookes News via Safehaven / Gerard Jackson

Greece is the word CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Goldman Sachs: Crude supply to tighten in 2011 Bloomberg via Houston Chronicle

Euro under pressure, hits 4-month low vs. pound Reuters / Naomi Tajitsu

Who pays the most for branded and generic drugs? Economist

What's Plan B if Senate dawdles on Bernanke? CNN / Jennifer Liberto

Oil Gains for First Time in 6 Days on China Demand, OPEC Outlook Bloomberg / Will Kennedy

Who Is Left Holding the Bag on US Debt? Answer: Everybody Lew Rockwell / Bill Sardi

Company-Government Spread Widens as Banks Sell Debt Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh and Caroline Hyde

Workzone: 6.9 million in U.S. had multiple jobs in December Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Erich Schwartzel

Health care reform's costs rankle states / Pamela M. Prah

Obama Says Massachusetts Race Critical for Democratic Policies Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla and Kate Andersen Brower

Dollar, yen dip in subdued trade, sterling gains Reuters via Guardian / Satomi Noguchi

Crisis shows eurozone's vulnerabilities AP via Detroit News / Aoife White

IMF chief: global recovery stronger than expected AP via Boston Herald



Rates drop on three-month and six-month bills AP via Houston Chronicle

Harder to get an Uncle Sam mortgage CNN / Tami Luhby

Prognosis Darkens For ObamaCare Forbes / David Whelan

Republican Brown Wins Massachusetts Senate Election Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla and John McCormick

Government is Too Big to Succeed Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

Billionaires Still Love Gold Forbes / Matthew Miller

Wall Street recharges the rally CNN / Alexandra Twin

The end of the treasury bull run CNN / Paul J. Lim

Illinois' pension bond is a gamble, and a desperate one at that St. Louis Post dispatch / David Nicklaus

Mortgage-Bond Leverage Reaches 10-to-1, Markets Heal Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Job Creation Remains Weak Gallup / Dennis Jacobe

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Kraft snares Cadbury for $19.6 billion Reuters / David Jones

Around the world in 42 days Economist

Budget ax falls on New York CNN / Tami Luhby

No New Normal on Wall Street as Economists Dismiss Pimco’s GDP Bloomberg / Michael McKee

International Demand for U.S. Assets Rose in November Bloomberg / Vincent Del Giudice

U.S. Stocks Advance as Technology, Health-Care Shares Gain Bloomberg / Nikolaj Gammeltoft

White House solutions creating new problems NY Post / John Crudele

Obama shifts to populist tone on economy Reuters / Caren Bohan

Citigroup suffers $7.6 billion loss CNN / David Ellis

MI: Small businesses in distress Detroit News / Jennifer Youssef

U.S. 10-Year Yield Near 4-Week Low Before Report on Purchases Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Las Vegas Airport Leads Week’s $6.6 Billion in Muni Bond Sales Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Loan Prices Reach Two-Year High as Apax Borrows: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Paul Armstrong

Treasury Delay on Bank Home-Equity Debt Imperils Housing Pickup Bloomberg / Jody Shenn and John Gittelsohn

Banks aren't to blame for economic crisis, consumers are, report says Dallas Morning News

Is The U.S. Economy Being Tanked By Mistake or By Intent? Lew Rockwell / Bill Sardi

Even More Room at the Inn NY Times / Jane L. Levere

The next decade promises to be better than the last one Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Investors seeking reasons for optimism AP via Dallas Morning News

With profits down, firms just aren't changing hands LA Times / Cyndia Zwahlen

Asia Stocks Drop for Second Day as Metals Rise, Dollar Weakens Bloomberg / Darren Boey and Shani Raja

Washington must either raise taxes, or borrow Marketwatch / Irwin Kellner

Democrats Face Loss of Kennedy’s Seat, Vital Health-Care Vote Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla

Obama Slips in Polls as Crises Dominate First Year as President Bloomberg / Julianna Goldman

Dollar slips against sterling, others in Asian trade Marketwatch / Lisa Twaronite

Euro May Fall to 7-Month Low on Fibonacci: Technical Analysis Bloomberg / Yoshiaki Nohara and Kazumi Miura


Jobs bill: New Senate math means rough road CNN / Jennifer Liberto

Obama, Democrats Signal Readiness to Limit Health Law Bloomberg / Laura Litvan and Nicole Gaouette

MI: 2009 ended with Michigan's jobless rate at 14.6% Detroit Free Press / John Gallagher

Lewis: It's a duesy - three times over Denver Post / Al Lewis

Democrats Down, Dollar Up Forbes / Howard Penney

Stock selloff accelerates CNN / Alexandra Twin / Alexandra Twin

Stocks fall on China lending curb, IBM outlook Reuters / Rodrigo Campos

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Some jobs gone for good Minneapolis Star Tribune / Liz Fedor

Permits Jump, Signaling Construction Increases Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Wells Fargo reports unexpected 4Q profit AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Stephen Bernard

Hedge Funds Hold Investors ‘Hostage’ After Rebound Bloomberg / Saijel Kishan

Cities to rebound, but job growth stunted CNN / Julianne Pepitone

The rising cost of keeping illegal immigrants out of America Economist

Producer Prices in U.S. Rose 0.2%; Ex-Oil Unchanged Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Housing Starts in U.S. Decrease, Permits Jump 11% Bloomberg / Bob Willis

NY Fed president backs independent central bank AP via Seattle Times

Goldman The Invincible Forbes / Alexandra Zendrian

Gold and copper slump on China worries Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Bank of America loses $5.2 billion Reuters / Joe Rauch

Fed Should Read Its Own Memo on Rising-Rate Risk Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Pimco Has Most Non-U.S. Developed Debt Since 2004 Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

N.Y.’s Paterson Offers $134 Billion Budget Bond Buyer / Ted Phillips

Treasury Yield Near Four-Week Low Before Housing, Price Reports Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Property Bonds Beat Corporates as Simon Sells: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Gabrielle Coppola and Sapna Maheshwari

A Banner Year for Bank Failures Lew Rockwell / Karen De Coster

New highs for the new-high data Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Foreclosures, Bad Weather Probably Stalled U.S. Housing Starts Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Oil slips below $79 ahead of inventories report AP via Palm Beach Post / Eileen Ng


SIFMA’s Ryan Statement on Obama Bank Proposals SIFMA

Real Estate's 2010 Problem Forbes / Peter C. Beller

Crash of 2008 winner says bear market is back Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Google sales surge 17%, trouncing forecasts CNN  David Goldman

Technology a possible bright spot for U.S. stock market Marketwatch / Kate Gibson

The drawbacks of automated trading Economist

Freedom to spend Economist

The Boeing 747 has spent 40 years circling the earth Economist

January 2010 Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Treasuries Gain as Obama Calls to Limit Banks’ Size, Trading Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Who needs consumer spending? CNN / Chris Isidore

U.S. Economy: Leading Indicators Index Rise More Than Forecast Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Selloff intensifies on Wall Street CNN / Alexandra Twin

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Gold falls below $1,090/oz as dollar extends gains Reuters / Jan Harvey

Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits Forbes / Mark Sherman

NO, the Banks Have Not Paid Back Their Bailout from the Government via Safehaven / Reggie Middleton

Brown Says He Is Open to Working With Democrats on Health Care Bloomberg / Catherine Dodge

Pelosi Says House Lacks Votes for Senate Health Plan Bloomberg / James Rowley and Kristin Jensen

Obama Calls for Limiting Banks’ Size, Trading Bloomberg / Nicholas Johnston and Julianna Goldman

Is China's economy growing too fast? Economist

Europe's Troubled IMF Borrowers Forbes / Nouriel Roubini

Congress Curbs on Fed Undermining U.S. Economy in Global Poll Bloomberg / Rebecca Christie

Treasuries Drop as China GDP Growth Boosts Recovery Optimism Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Why Deflation Is Not Inevitable (Sadly) Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Leading Economic Index in U.S. Probably Rose for Ninth Month Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Berkshire Share Split May Give Short-Term Holders Price Power Bloomberg / Andrew Frye

Euro hits 5-mth low, Aussie steady after China data Reuters / Kaori Kaneko

China’s GDP Growth Accelerates to Fastest Since 2007 Bloomberg

UK: Fall in official unemployment rate masks rise in the 'hidden jobless' Independent / James Moore



Bonds Are Too Hot Forbes / Matthew Craft

Man Of Last Year Forbes / Brian Wingfield and Liz Moyer

Reid Says He’ll Back Bernanke for Second Fed Term Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Joshua Zumbrun

California, Texas, Ohio Showed Biggest Job Losses Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Worst day in 3 months CNN / Alexandra Twin

Obama The Destroyer Forbes / Brett Joshpe

Obama confident Bernanke will win reappointment Marketwatch / Rex Nutting and Greg Robb

Medium-Grade Municipal Bond Yields Reach Lowest Since October Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Treasury Asks Dealers About Fed Impact as Debt Ceiling Looms Bloomberg / Rebecca Christie

Bears Fire Up The Grill For Bull Burgers Forbes / Bert Dohmen

Techs lead slide as S&P 500 turns red for the year Reuters / Rodrigo Campos

Who's in and who's out in the bailout bunch Marketwatch / David Weidner

Obama takes latest jobs message to hard-hit Ohio AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Phillip Elliott

Fed not rushing for the exits CNN / Chris Isidore

Treasurys inch down before debt sales next week Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

Jobless-claims jump surprises, disappoints AP via Denver Post

Harley Posts First Quarterly Loss Since 1993 on Sales Bloomberg / Mike Ramsey

McDonald's turns $1.2B in 4th quarter AP via Chicago Tribune / Ashley M. Heher

Blockbuster's loss estimate widens Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

General Electric Net Drops 19% Fox News / Matt Egan

Gold futures drop as much as $18 Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong & Nick Godt

Corporate Spreads Widen, Morgan Stanley Pays Up: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Gabrielle Coppola and Bryan Keogh

Treasuries Head for a Third Weekly Gain on Obama Bank Proposal Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

A second look at second years Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

PNC profits exceed analysts' expectations Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Patricia Sabatini

2010 speeches are bleak for most governors / John Gramlich

MA: Bay State unemployment rate kicks back up to 9.4% Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

PA: Recovery forecast to continue to chug along at 'half-speed' Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

Michigan jobless flock to seasonal work Detroit News / Jennifer Youssef

Oil at 1-mth low below $76 on U.S. refining, bank curbs Reuters via Guardian / Alejandro Barbajosa

China’s Growth Surge May Make Inflation Task Tougher Bloomberg


Florida unemployment hits 11.8%; shrinking labor pool masks deeper problem St. Petersburg Times / Jeff Harrington

Bears come out of hibernation Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

Why AAPL dropped 10.32 points Friday CNN / Philip Elmer-DeWitt

Treasuries Gain for Third Week as Bank Plan Deters Risk Taking Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker

Debt Burden Now Rests More on U.S. Shoulders NY Times / Floyd Norris

Bernanke Suffers From Blowback of Massachusetts Election Result Bloomberg / James Rowley

Obama says court ruling a blow to democracy Reuters / Ross Colvin

Geithner on the outs with Obama NY Post / Mark DeCambre

Decline in U.S. Stocks Pays Options Traders 75% Profit on VIX Bloomberg / Lynn Thomasson and Jeff Kearns

U.S. Stocks Fall Most Since October Amid Curbs on Banks, China Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Refiners pinched despite rebound Houston Chronicle / Monica Hatcher

China Inflation May Exceed 5%, Credit Suisse Says Bloomberg


Gold futures climb as much as $10 on Globex Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

Obama critics say his economic vision lacking LA Times / Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera

A false dilemma Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

Growth revival won't budge the Fed Reuters / Emily Kaiser

Uncertainty on Bernanke vote raises economic fears AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Jeannine Aversa

Growth Probably Accelerated as 2009 Ended: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Underwater, but Will They Leave the Pool? NY Times / Richard H. Thaler

Sam's Club To Shed 11,000 Positions Wall Street Journal / Stephanie Simon

Stocks: Trying to reverse the slide CNN / Alexandra Twin

Obama's economic stimulus loses favor Chicago Tribune / Mark Silva

Axelrod: State of Union to focus on jobs; White House shares public 'consternation' on banks AP via Chicago Tribune

Obama goes populist as Democrats lick their wounds Washington Times / Dan Balz

No-Load Fund Analyst recommends unconventional bond funds Washington Post / Steven Goldberg



Legalize Competing Currencies Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

What will Apple call its brand-new gizmo? Economist

Apple profits increase 50%, boosted by iPhone sales BBC News

Bet Against The Fed, Buy Mortgage REITs Forbes / Peter C. Beller

Fed is 'playing with fire': Grantham Marketwatch / Jonathan Burton

Bernanke Pledges Fed Transparency, Durbin Says After Meeting Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Obama: Bernanke the "best person for job" Reuters / Tabassum Zakaria and Ross Colvin

Senate Democrats Said to Outline $80 Billion Job Plan Bloomberg / Brian Faler

A ticklish week for Barack Obama Economist

Good credit no longer guarantees home loan Detroit Free Press / Greta Guest

The Great Recession Is Worse for Men CNN / David Schepp

U.S. 2-Year Notes Fall as Stocks Gain, U.S. Readies Auctions Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings

Feeling the burden Houston Chronicle / Jennifer Latson

Ten Stocks I Wouldn’t Touch With a 10-Foot Pole Bloomberg / John Dorfman

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Why Some Dividends May Change Their Stripes / Robert Willens

Platinum Overtaking Gold as Metal of Choice on Autos Bloomberg / Kim Kyoungwha and Nicholas Larkin

Who's afraid of rising interest rates? Banks! CNN / David Ellis

No policy action expected from Fed this week Marketwatch / Greg Robb

December home sales down nearly 17 percent AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Alan Zibel

Oil slips towards $74, close to one-month low Reuters / David Sheppard and Gwladys Fouche

Stocks Start Week On The Rebound Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Banks target new fee stream in servicing hedge funds Reuters / Parvathy Ullatil

Obama unveils new initiatives for middle class Reuters / Caren Bohan

Corporate Sales Cut in Half by Widening Spreads: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh, Emre Peker and Caroline Hyde

Bond Rally on Borrowed Time, Options Traders Indicate Bloomberg / Liz Capo McCormick

U.S. Municipal Bond Rating Cuts Triple in 2009, Moody’s Says Bloomberg / Michael Quint

MA: One count puts unemployment at 17.2% Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

MA: Confidence coming back Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Economic survey: Slow recovery continues AP via Detroit News / Mae Anderson

White House, Top Senate Republican Say Bernanke Will Keep Job Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

A trillion-dollar effort Washington Post / David Cho

Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Probably Fell on Tax Credit Doubts Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Oil steadies near 4-week low below $75, eyes on equities Reuters via Guardian / Fayen Wong

Dollar slips ahead of central bank meetings this week Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

Dow 4,000 -- then 21,000? Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

1,336 mutual funds cease to exist in 2009 USA Today / John Waggoner

Asian Stocks Fall for Sixth Day on Obama Bank Plan, Yen Weakens Bloomberg / Will McSheehy

Yen Falls on Prospects Bernanke to Be Confirmed for 2nd Term Bloomberg / Yoshiaki Nohara and Ron Harui


Japan's debt at risk. Is U.S. next? CNN / Chris Isidore

FOMC Preview: No Changes Expected Ahead of Bernanke Vote FOX News / Mark Lieberman

Yahoo earnings top analyst views as slump eases AP via Houston Chronicle

Market slips as caution offsets earnings Reuters / Chuck Mikolajczak

Obama To Freeze Salaries Of Top U.S. Government Officials FOX News / Henry J. Pulizzi

Bernanke Gains Backers as Reid Sets Procedural Vote Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Alison Vekshin

No good can come from scapegoating Bernanke St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

The Roaring Economic Agenda Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Stimulus is now $75 billion more expensive CNN / David Goldman

Municipal Meltdown: Teacher Pensions, Bondholder Coupons, Go to Court Safehaven / Fred Sheehan

Treasuries Pare Gains Before Record-Tying Two-Year Note Auction Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings

Cantor Fitzgerald to Enter Municipal Bond Market Bloomberg / Martin Z. Braun

U.S. Economy: Home Prices, Confidence Climb Further From Abyss Bloomberg / Bob Willis and Courtney Schlisserman

U.S. Stocks Advance as Earnings, Confidence Overshadow China Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Fed Weighs Interest on Reserves as New Benchmark Rate Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Stimulus and jobs: What the fight's all about CNN / Tami Luhby

How the most recent recessions in rich countries compare Economist

FL: Consumer confidence in Florida jumps South Florida Sun Sentinel / Harriet Brackey

The Ring of Fire Pimco / Bill Gross

Home prices: First drop in 7 months CNN / Les Christie

Verizon posts 4Q loss on $3B in layoff costs, misses estimates Bloomberg / Peter Svensson

Oil drops towards $74 on China banks; eyes inventories Reuters / Alex Lawler

Clueless about oil prices CNN / Steve Hargreaves

Paul Volcker has president's ear on economy NY Post / John Crudele

Federal deficit projected at $1.35T AP via Seattle Times / Andrew Taylor

IMF more upbeat on world economy BBC News

Warning: Capt Bernanke's sinking the U.S.S. Titanic Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

Munis 'should' have lower yields than Treasurys Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Treasuries Gain on Stock Decline, China Tightening Speculation Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Brokers fear end of Fed aid Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Goldman Parachute Awaits Geithner to Ease Fall Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Scott Brown's election may brighten economic skies Marketwatch / Irwin Kellner

Market pullback reminds us not to chase stocks with high P-E's USA Today / Matt Krantz

Asian Stocks Fall on China Tightening Concern; Yen, Dollar Gain Bloomberg / Darren Boey and Kana Nishizawa

UK: The real life recession will continue Independent / David Prosser

Bank of Japan Keeps Key Rate at 0.1% as Yen Advances Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma

South Korea’s Fourth Quarter GDP Growth Slows to 0.2% Bloomberg / Seyoon Kim

Yen, Dollar Rise; China Seen Taking More Steps to Limit Lending Bloomberg / Yoshiaki Nohara and Ron Harui


Commercial Real Estate Federal Reserve Board / Jon D. Greenlee

SIFMA’S Asset Management Group Supports SEC Rules To Limit Risk By Money Market Mutual Funds SIFMA

In State of the Union, Obama finally clocks in for job creation Christian Science Monitor

State of the Union address -- President Obama's full remarks Christian Science Monitor

Bernanke's Burn Notice -- Why Now? Research Reveals Insight Into Fed Chairman's Popularity Elliott Wave International via Safehaven

Fed holds steady, but is not unanimous Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Fed Keeps ‘Extended Period’ Pledge; Hoenig Dissents Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Netflix profit climbs 36%, sending shares higher Marketwatch / David B. Wilkerson

Oil falls below $74 after U.S. inventory data Reuters / Rebekah Kebede

FOMC Statement Federal Reserve Board

Fed Stays Put With Bernanke Under Fire Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Treasury Two-Year Notes Fall as Fed Says Mortgage Buys to End Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Hot and cold steel Economist

U.S. Economy: New-Home Sales Fall, Capping Worst Year Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Obama Plans to Propose $38 Billion Business Tax Break Bloomberg / Ryan J. Donmoyer and Roger Runningen

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Making Money in Default With Munis Means Only GOs Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Boeing issues cautious outlook for new year; 4Q profit came in ahead of expectations AP via Chicago Tribune / Joshua Freed

Gold futures drop on worries over China; Fed meeting ahead Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Fed May Take Chance End to Debt Purchases Won’t Hurt Housing Bloomberg / Steve Matthews and Vivien Lou Chen

Swaps Trading Surges as National Deficits Rise: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington and Abigail Moses

Fear and loathing on Wall Street Marketwatch / Todd Harrison

Small not always beautiful Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Oil slips below $75 as firm dollar offsets U.S. inventories Reuters via Guardian / Alejandro Barbajosa

Euro hits 9-month low vs yen as risk trades pared Reuters via Guardian

Asian Stocks Fall as Commodities Drop, Toyota Halts Some Sales Bloomberg / Shani Raja

Australian Fourth-Quarter Consumer Prices Rise 0.5% Bloomberg / Jacob Greber

Japan Exports Rise, First Time Since Lehman Collapse Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane



U.S. may exempt Treasuries from new bank tax –sources Reuters / Emily Flitter and Kristina Cooke

Bill Gross Channels Johnny Cash Forbes / Matthew Craft

Lessons From the Bernanke Vote Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Bernanke's second term secured Chicago Tribune / Mark Silva

Geronimo! Euro Pacific via Safehaven / John Browne

Oil falls for third day on weak U.S. fuel demand Reuters / Joshua Schneyer

Obama's latest speech seen by 48 million Americans Reuters / Steve Gorman

U.S. Democrats vow to move ahead on healthcare Reuters / John Whitesides Tops Profit, Sales Estimates Over Holiday Bloomberg / Joseph Galante

Microsoft profit beats on strong Windows 7 sales Reuters / Bill Rigby

Wells Fargo Hedges Misbehave at Just Right Time Bloomberg / Jonathan Weil

U.S. Economy: Goods Orders Rise, Claims Fall Less Than Forecast Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan and Bob Willis

Stock selloff accelerates CNN

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

How Barack Obama's concerns have changed over the past year Economist

Obama takes retooled agenda on road after speech Reuters / Caren Bohan and Ross Colvin

Job No. 1 For Obama: Jobs Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Treasuries Fall for 2nd Day Before Durable Goods, Jobs Reports Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Floating-Rate Note Sales Tumble on Fed Outlook: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh and Sapna Maheshwari

It's time for Bernanke to move on Marketwatch / Simon Constable

Ben Bernanke: Role Model Lew Rockwell / Charles Goyette

The Pelosi Fed Is the Dollar’s Worst Nightmare Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Fed nods to Hill's economy concerns Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Senate to vote on Bernanke Thursday Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

The 2010 Census: Beware the State’s Assault on Privacy! Lew Rockwell / Gary D. Barnett

President Obama proposals offer modest help to the middle-class Washington Post / Michelle Singletary

Asian Stocks Rise as Canon Fuels Earnings Optimism; Sony Gains Bloomberg / Shani Raja

Yen Swap Rates Climb on Japan’s Fiscal Premium, JPMorgan Says Bloomberg / Saburo Funabiki


Do We Really Want A Political Fed? Forbes / Steven Abrahams

Low- and Moderate-Income Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas city

Independence Day for the Fed CNN / Paul R. La Monica

January by the numbers Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Cisco set for first quarterly sales growth in year Reuters / Ritsuko Ando

Americans Agree: Quality Jobs Remain Hard to Find Gallup / Dennis Jacobe

Changing of the guard Marketwatch / Jonathan Burton

Mexico GDP down 6.8 percent in 2009 AP via Seattle Times

Don't Rejoice Over Higher GDP Yet Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Muni Long-Term Yield Reaches 11-Week High Amid Defensive Moves Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

The ABCs Of Risk-Free I Bonds Forbes / Mel Lindauer

U.S. Two-Year Note Poised for Weekly Drop as Growth Accelerates Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker

Focusing on Bank Interest Rate Risk Exposure Federal Reserve Board / Donald L. Cohen

Kohn Says Predicting Policy Impact Especially Hard Bloomberg / Joshua Zumbrun

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Gold rises above $1,090/oz after U.S. GDP data Reuters

Economy in U.S. Grew at 5.7% Pace, Most in Six Years Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Best economic growth in six years CNN / Chris Isidore

U.S. Labor Costs in 2009 Post Smallest Gain on Record Bloomberg / Vince Golle and Bob Willis

Eurozone unemployment rate hits 10% BBC News

Corporate Bonds Beat Stocks Most Since February: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Pierre Paulden and Caroline Salas

Japan Factory Production Rose, Unemployment Fell in December Bloomberg / Aki Ito and Keiko Ujikane

Asian Stocks Decline on U.S. Jobs Claims, Metal Prices, Yen Bloomberg / Shani Raja and Kana Nishizawa


Stimulus funds nearly 600,000 jobs last quarter CNN / Tami Luhby

Treasury Two-Year Notes Post Weekly Drop as Growth Accelerates Bloomberg / Susanne Walker and Cordell Eddings

In Tough Economic Times, Shoppers Take Haggling to New Heights Lew Rockwell / Michael S. Rosenwald

Roubini Calls U.S. Growth ‘Dismal and Poor,’ Predicts Slowing Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and Erik Schatzker

Are U.S. stocks set for a down year? Reuters / Edward Krudy

Obama taking populist tone in fight over jobs AP via Seattle Times / Charles Babington and Jennifer Loven

Obama's jobs proposal won't deliver, region's skeptics say Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Joe Napsha

Obama Says Cutting U.S. Budget Deficit ‘Critical’ for Economy Bloomberg / Nicholas Johnston

FDIC clocks 15 bank failures so far in 2010 Reuters / Gina Keating

Euro Posts Biggest Monthly Decline in Year on Greece’s Turmoil Bloomberg / Inyoung Hwang and Ben Levisohn



Why the Surge in GDP Does Not Herald a Recovery Brookes News via Safehaven / Gerard Jackson

Underlying issues in rancid job market NY Post / John Crudele

Exports help U.S. companies climb out of recession USA Today / Paul Wiseman

Fed Inaction Will Have "Massive" Repercussions for the Economy: True or False? Safehaven / Stephen Shefler

White House to paint grim fiscal picture: source Reuters / Andy Sullivan and Caren Bohan

Obama gets hawkish on $pending, to our peril NY Post / Terry Keenan

U.S. budget deficits forecast over coming decade Reuters

MO: Lost decade for jobs raises troubling questions about the St. Louis economy St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

The Long and Short of Metals and Oil Technical Commodity Trader via Safehaven / John Winston

To truly become rich, you need to stop acting like it Washington Post / Michelle Singletary