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U.S. Economy Finally Surpasses Pre-Recession Level

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

The U.S. economy is finally rising above its pre-recession level, but the growth may still not be fast enough to spur a robust recovery. After 18...

Dow Closes Above 12,000 Points For The First Time Since August

Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Ryan Vlastelica) - Stocks surged 3 percent on Thursday as an agreement by European leaders to help contain the region's two-year debt cr...

Ex-WSJ Publisher Testifies To Parliament Over Hacking

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 12.24.2011 | Media

LONDON — British lawmakers said Monday they will grill Rupert Murdoch's son James about newspaper phone hacking for a second time next month, as...

Sheared by the Shorts: How Short Sellers Fleece Investors

Ellen Brown | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

Why did gold and silver stocks just get hammered, at a time when commodities are considered a safe haven against global uncertainty? The answer is that the sector has been the target of massive short selling.

Dow Sees Worst Week Since 2008

Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow Jones industrial average on Friday suffered its worst week since the depths of the financial crisis in 2008, stung by...

Dow Jones Closes Down More Than 390 Points

Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down nearly 390 points, according to Reuters. In August, the Dow Jones experienced three of th...

Dow Closes With Biggest Gain In Nearly Two Weeks

AP | MATTHEW CRAFT | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Buyers returned to the stock market Tuesday after deciding the pounding stocks have taken the past month made them too cheap to resis...

Stock Market Is Feeding Economic Fear

Posted 10.21.2011 | Business

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Stock Market Plunges Could Make A Bad Economy Worse

AP | BERNARD CONDON and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | Posted 10.21.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The stock market is starting to feed economic fear, not just reflect it. Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street...

Friday Sell-Offs Cap Fourth Straight Week Of Market Losses

AP | DANIEL WAGNER and DAVID K. RANDALL | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — A growing belief that the U.S. economy may be headed toward recession gave the stock market its fourth straight week of losses. The ...

Economists See Growing Risk Of Global Recession

AP | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Discouraging economic data from around the globe have heightened fears that another recession is on the way. Fresh evidence emerged Thu...

Stocks Plunge As More Signs Of Economic Weakness Emerge

AP | STAN CHOE | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Just when Wall Street seemed to have settled down, a barrage of bad economic reports collided with fresh worries about European banks...

Gold Sales Jump On eBay During Week Of Stock Market Volatility

AP | RACHEL METZ | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO — For gold sellers on eBay, the recent stock market turmoil has been a boon for business. Gold and silver sales on eBay had alread...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the continuing riots in London once again demonstrated the power of social media, for good and for bad: rioters used BlackBerry Messenger to organize their mayhem, but @riotcleanup on Twitter has drawn throngs of people to efforts to restore ravaged neighborhoods. In Wisconsin, voters gave walking papers to two Walker-aligned GOP state senators, but Democrats fell short of recalling the three Republicans needed to take control. In Iowa, all the GOP candidates indicated they would reject a hypothetical deficit reduction deal with a spending cut vs. revenue increase ratio of 10 to 1 -- even following a week in which jittery investors on Wall Street sent a clear message that they are more worried about a weak economy than reducing the deficit. And, in Washington, the announcement of the members of the Congressional debt-reduction "super committee" proved that truth in labeling laws don't apply to politics.

Five Myths About The Dow

The Washington Post | Hide This | Posted 10.13.2011 | Business

Charles Dowdevised the index in 1896 to give investors a snapshot of the performance of big manufacturing stocks (and of the U.S. economy) each day. T...

Public Pension Funds Lose Billions Amid Stock Market Volatility

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

ALBANY, N.Y. — Wall Street's volatility has hit state pension funds just as they were beginning to recover from the recession, turning what was ...

WATCH: Kirk Disses Obama For Vacationing, Not Recalling Congress

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk on Wednesday criticized President Obama for not telling Congress to return to Washington to address the nation's debt probl...

Chris Kirkham

Stock Market Losses Threaten Recovery As Wealth Vanishes For Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business

With consumer spending already declining in recent months, economists say the plunge in the stock markets over the past month could deal another signi...

PHOTO: NY Post's Classy, Tasteful Stock Market Front Page

Posted 10.10.2011 | Media

The volatility in the stock market was the lead story in many a newspaper on Wednesday morning. Some of the biggest New York papers all chose differen...

Global Stocks Sent Higher On Federal Reserve's Low-Rate Pledge (VIDEO)

AP | Pan Pylas | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business

LONDON (AP) -- A pledge by the Federal Reserve to keep extremely low interest rates for another couple of years has calmed investors' jitters, sending...

El-Erian: Fed Comes To The Rescue 'In A Bold Manner'

CNBC | Mohamed El-Erian | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

After Monday’s gut wrenching 635 point fall, the Dow Jones index surged an impressive 430 points on Tuesday. In the process, investors experienced a...

Gerry Smith

No Repeat of 2008, But U.S. Economy Still Vulnerable to Shock

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

Even as the stock market has gyrated wildly in recent days, bringing inevitable comparisons to the financial crisis of 2008, economists say a repeat o...

The Market Has Spoken: Austerity Is Bad for Business

Ellen Brown | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

We have been sold the idea that there is a "debt crisis" when there is really a liquidity crisis. Paying down the federal debt when money is already scarce just makes matters worse.

What's Happening to America?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

A decade ago, I read a book that made a lasting impression on me. It was a memoir called Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner, who had recently passed ...

Asian Stocks Tumble Following Wall Street Plunge

AP | PAMELA SAMPSON | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

BANGKOK — Asian stock markets jumped Wednesday following a surge on Wall Street prompted by an unprecedented pledge from the Federal Reserve to ...