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Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 2/2/2010

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The Zweig Total Return Fund, Inc Declares Distribution
The Zweig Total Return Fund, Inc Declares Distribution buy Zweig Total Return Fund (NYSE:ZTR); Check out how others are using ETFs to capitalize on this news or add your own opinion
Consumer Spending Up Slightly, Savings Rate At Highest Level Since June
Consumer spending rose just 0.2 percent in December, after increasing 0.7 percent in November. It was the third straight increase in as many months but significantly smaller than the increases in October and November. sell Retail HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:RTH) sell SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT); Check out how others are using ETFs to capitalize on this news or add your own opinion
The Market Would Really, Really Hate A Securities Trading Tax
One of the more controversial financial regulation proposals out there would be a tax on securities trading. The intent with such a tax would be to curb speculative trading and provide Uncle Sam with more revenue. But according to a Bloomberg article from yesterday, such a tax could drastically harm liquidity. It could kill up to 90% of trading volume. If that's true, then this tax would clearly do more harm than good. sell SPDR-Financial (NYSEARCA:XLF) sell iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers Index Fund (NYSEARCA:IAI) sell iShares DJ US Financial Sector (NYSEARCA:IYF); Check out how others are using ETFs to capitalize on this news or add your own opinion
Banks take new stakes in ETF platforms
interesting to see how this plays out in US Check out how others are using ETFs to capitalize on this news or add your own opinion
Asian stocks slide on tech, euro zone fiscal woes | Reuters
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Asia Shares Slide on Resources, Euro Zone Woes - ABC News
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RPT-GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks slide on tech, Greece's woes - CNBC
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The Thinking Nationalist: Ben Bernanke - Reappointed Without ...
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China Regulator Said to Seek to Curb Third Mortgages
Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- China’s government, seeking to stem property speculation, told banks to raise interest rates on third mortgages and demand bigger down payments for such loans, a person with knowledge of the matter said. sell Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap Index ETF (NYSEARCA:HAO) sell Claymore/AlphaShares China Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:TAO); Check out how others are using ETFs to capitalize on this news or add your own opinion