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  • By the end of the month, U.S. and EU officials will weigh in on whether to pursue a free-trade agreement. Such a deal could potentially jump-start growth in both regions while completely sidestepping the austerity vs. stimulus debate. (more)  [View news story]
    Very good insight..
    Jun 18 09:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Europe hits session lows, the Stoxx 50 -1% as Spanish government debt goes bidless, the 2-year note +46 bps to 5.46%, the 10-year +32 bps to 7.19%. Madrid and Milan equity indexes lead the decline, each down more than 2%. S&P futures -0.5%. Remember JPMorgan's call for a 2% gain in the S&P upon a New Democracy victory? Well, there's still a chance.  [View news story]
    Very funny..
    Jun 18 08:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If sliding gasoline prices spoil your argument, then call it a jobs plan, as House Republicans unveil a broad energy bill that expedites permits and expands Alaska drilling leases. The bill has no chance of passing the Democrat-led Senate, but one piece might eventually become law: the Keystone oil pipeline (TRP). Proponents see the weak May jobs report as forcing Pres. Obama's hand.  [View news story]
    If you are going to force Oblamo's hand..why not force him to sign a letter of resignation..
    Jun 6 08:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After 2 days of talks, the most that Iran and the P5+1 could agree to yesterday was to meet again in Moscow in June. Teheran wants the right to enrich uranium and the sanctions scrapped, particularly the looming oil embargo, before it stops its march to nuclear weapons. The West says Iran must first shut down its enrichment program.  [View news story]
    David..Is there any other way to see it?
    May 25 08:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • European shares are trying to put together a rally, perhaps comforted by Angela Merkel making a CNBC appearance talking about stimulus, not just austerity. Elsewhere, IIF chief Dallara dusts off 2011 rhetoric, saying the cost of a Greek exit would be immense and cause a collapse of the country's banking system. Stoxx 50 +0.7%.  [View news story]
    Hey..Angela should ask our Agitator in Chief for advice on stimulus..he is an expert on the subject..
    May 16 08:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paris pokes its head into the green after opening nearly 2% lower following the Socialist victory. We recall reading somewhere that markets are a discounting mechanism and Hollande's victory has been nearly assured for weeks, if not months. France has already underperformed this year.  [View news story]
    Tony..I like your optimism..Youngman is way too young to be such a cynic..haha..

    Now..what is the definition of insanity?

    OMG.Obama MUST go!..I hope for change in 2012..
    May 7 08:39 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • TransCanada (TRP) will today reapply for Presidential approval of the section of the Keystone pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canada border, The Washington Post reports. TransCanada has altered the part of route that runs through Nebraska to allay ecological concerns, although environmentalists still aren't happy.  [View news story]
    David..the environmentalists protest of the pipeline route through Nebraska is a red herring..it's not the route that troubles the greens..They despise the use of fossil fuels..and especially the dirty Alberta tar sands..By allowing the pipeline to be built would be encouraging the mining of the dirty oil..Watch..a changed route will still not appease the greens..
    May 4 08:38 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "The worst mistake Pres. Obama made" was not getting out front to embrace the 2010 Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction proposal, Alan Greenspan says. Mark Gongloff reacts: "Remind me again why Alan Greenspan is still giving speeches to anybody other than pigeons in the park?" (video)  [View news story]
    The worst mistake President Oblamo made for the US was to take the oath of office..

    I still hope for change in 2012..
    May 1 07:09 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Today's strong ISM number adds to the divergence begun last year between the U.S. and European manufacturing sectors, writes Sober Look. As manufacturing is a relatively small part of U.S. output, it doesn't mean a total decoupling, but forecasts of a U.S. recession in 2012 hardly seem to make sense anymore.  [View news story]
    Hey User..please refrain from the offensive language..there are other forums for that language..
    May 1 12:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There's no middle ground in a debate between Ron Paul and Paul Krugman. Paul: "I don't want the government or Federal Reserve fixing the rate of interest... Governments aren't supposed to run the economy. The people are." Krugman: "I want the market economy to be left as free as it can be, but there are limits. You do need the government to step in to stabilize." (video)  [View news story]
    DVL..Very funny..well played..
    Apr 30 08:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The European Commission is reportedly preparing a "kind of Marshall Plan" of €200B to stimulate growth in Europe via public and private investment in infrastructure, renewable energies and high technology, according to the Spanish daily El Pais.  [View news story]
    Tony..Never..they will never learn..but maybe they will ask Oblamo for advice on this novel plan..
    Apr 30 08:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More signs of a spring slump in economic growth emerge in GDP and jobless claims data, but a WSJ analysis shows the problem isn’t that companies aren’t hiring, they’re just not hiring enough in the U.S. While 35 big U.S.-based multinationals added jobs much faster than other employers in the past two years, nearly three-fourths of the slots were overseas.  [View news story]
    Do you guys think this is Oblamo's plan the whole time?..to drive jobs overseas to developing nations..
    Apr 27 12:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Maybe most disappointing in the weak GDP print may be real final sales, up just 1.6% (2.1% forecast). Economists had hoped this report would provide a better "mix" than Q4, with more sales and less inventory driving the number. While the inventory build of 0.6% was less than Q4's 1.8%, it was higher than the whisper 0.2%.  [View news story]
    OK..thanks..9.5% sounds high..and it appears to be a large component of the GDP..How do you explain how that component is 9.5% but yet the GDP figure was only 2+%? Do you draw any conclusions from this data?
    Apr 27 12:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Maybe most disappointing in the weak GDP print may be real final sales, up just 1.6% (2.1% forecast). Economists had hoped this report would provide a better "mix" than Q4, with more sales and less inventory driving the number. While the inventory build of 0.6% was less than Q4's 1.8%, it was higher than the whisper 0.2%.  [View news story]
    bbro..Have seen you quote postponable purchases before..Exactly what does that mean? Thanks..
    Apr 27 12:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Health insurers will rebate more than $1B to customers this year under a provision of the U.S. health-care overhaul that forces them to offer refunds on the premium dollars they don't spend. They have until June to finalize exactly how much the rebates will be, and are expected to go out by August. Critics say the provision does nothing to address the actual drivers of high health-care costs - particularly the cost of care.  [View news story]
    You can call me a cynic..but I find the timing of this rebate to be very interesting..right before election day..
    Apr 26 11:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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