President Obama has picked a less polarizing leader for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But it's too early to sound the all-clear for financial stocks.
In the past 72 hours, Europe got worse and debt-ceiling talks in the US deteriorated.
Like the trusted brands of Clorox or the natural resources of Petrohawk, there are assets in this country worth far more to bigger companies than they are in the stock market.
Moody's threatens to lower the United States' credit rating as a deal on the debt ceiling remains elusive.
Even as the media giant battles phone hacking allegations, the company has a strong film and television business -- and a ton of cash.
We're better off than we were 3 years ago, though it may not feel like it.
Italy is the latest dire debt story being used to stir up fear amid what should be a decent earnings season.
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