Thursday brought us better news on Jobless Claims as new claims fell (352K vs 383K consensus a prior revised higher as usual to 401K). The problem of course is with continuing claims and the number of people who have fallen off the rolls.
The CPI was unchanged for the month and this gave bulls the ideaanother round of QE was in the works as early as this month. The Philly Fed Survey was a disappointment and miss (7.3 vs 10 expected and previous at 10.5). Housing Starts declined (.657M vs .678M expected and previous .685M).
Other news noted the ECB buying €50 billion of sovereign debt in the eurozone. Still the idea of an extra $500 billion IMF bailout (bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion) lingers even as it's already been shot down given necessary U.S. congressional approval.