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Economic data today featured more poor reports from Consumer Sentiment (63.8 vs consensus 71), NY Manufacturing Survey (-3.76 vs consensus 8), Industrial Production (.2% vs .4% consensus) and the weirdness of the CPI (headline rate -.2% and "core" rate .2% both missing consensus).

Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) sharply higher earnings still reverberated positively over tech-land as the sector recouped some of Thursday's losses. Citigroup (NYSE:C) was able to beat earnings expectations by reducing loan loss reserves which is just a financial engineering device and the stock behaved poorly.

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