Archive for December, 2009

C:NYSE: Citigroup Marshall & Ilsley End 2009 as Biggest S&P 500 Losers

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Citigroup Inc (C:NYSE)., Marshall & Ilsley Corp. and Huntington Bancshares Inc. ended 2009 with the biggest drops in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, weighed down by defaulting property loans that may add to their declines this year. Marshal C:NYSE: Citigroup Marshall & Ilsley End 2009 as Biggest S&P 500 Losers

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Stocks Retreat to Finish Best Year Since 2003; Oil Advances

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U.S. stocks fell, trimming thebiggest annual gain since 2003, and Treasuries slid as anunexpected drop in jobless claims added to evidence the FederalReserve may unwind more stimulus programs. Oil touched a six-week high of $80 a barrel. The Standar Stocks Retreat to Finish Best Year Since 2003; Oil Advances

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Doctorow Albee Protest 11-Year Sentence for Chinese Writer Liu

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Edward Albee, E.L. Doctorow andother prominent writers demanded the release of jailed Chinesewriter Liu Xiaobo at a rally today in front of New York’s mainpublic library. Liu, one of China’s best-known dissidents, was sentenced to11 years in prison Doctorow Albee Protest 11-Year Sentence for Chinese Writer Liu

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Goldman Makes ‘Call of Decade’ by Promoting BRICs Chart of Day

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s forecastthat Brazil, Russia, India and China would eventually eclipsethe Group of Seven countries economically has been described as”the biggest market call of the decade. The CHART OF THE DAY shows that stocks in the so-c Goldman Makes ‘Call of Decade’ by Promoting BRICs Chart of Day

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Peru Prices Rise at Slowest Pace in More Than 2 Years

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Peru’s consumer prices rose at theslowest annual pace in more than two years in December as costsfor cereals, rice and other food staples declined. Prices climbed 0.25 percent in December from the same montha year earlier and 0.32 percent from the p Peru Prices Rise at Slowest Pace in More Than 2 Years

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US mulling Japanese participation in F-35 fighter

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The United States is considering allowing Japan to take part in a multinational project to develop the F-35 next-generation stealth fighter, a press report said Tuesday. Washington may allow Tokyo to participate in the project even without assurances from Japan that it will procure the F-35, Kyodo News reported, quoting sources from both governments. The move is intended to clear the way for Japan to introduce the F-35 as its future mainstay fighter as countries not participating in the joint development would not be allowed to acquire it at an early date, Kyodo said. Tokyo's participation would be limited to… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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O’s day of reckoning

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It's showtime, folks! Today's the deadline President Obama imposed on Iran's leaders to give up their nuclear ambitions and be nice. Not sure if the deadline expires at midnight in Tehran or on Washington time, but the mullahs and President Mahmoud “Mighty Mouse” Ahmadinejad aren't scrambling to give Obama a New Year's Eve smooch. Rather than cave in to our president's mighty rhetoric, the Tehran tyrants took a break from killing protesters in the streets to attempt to import more than 1,300 tons of make-a-nuke uranium ore from Kazakhstan. They've also increased their nuke-cooker centrifuge count, tested new long-range missiles… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Ban commits himself to climate change, poverty next year

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday said he will focus on addressing climate change, poverty and regional conflicts next year. “As U.N. secretary general, I will try my best to cope with climate change and poverty and resolve issues in conflict regions,” Ban said in a New Year's message in Korean to his fellow Koreans. It is the second time in as many years that Ban, former South Korean foreign minister, reminded Koreans of the need to tackle climate change in a New Year's message. A year ago, Ban urged South Koreans to take the lead in international efforts to… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Israel says Iran nuclear plant immune to conventional strike

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Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Iran's recently diclosed second uranium enrichment plant is “immune” to conventional bombing. “The new site near Qom is meant for enrichment. What was revealed by the Iranians had been built over years and is located in bunkers that cannot be destroyed through a conventional attack,” Barak told parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee. Iran notified the UN nuclear watchdog in September that it was building a second enrichment plant near the central shrine city of Qom, after Washington accused it of covertly evading its notification responsibilities under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Confirmation… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Rudy’s lesson for Barack

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It's been two decades since New York City was held hostage to violent crime — murder especially. All that's changed, and therein lies a lesson for those charged with protecting America from Islamist terror. This year's 461 murders through last Sunday promises the lowest mark since record-keeping began in 1963. Overall crime dropped 11 percent since 2008, with murder down 19 percent. And it's been a while since 2,200 homicides a year was considered the norm. None of this happened by itself. If not for the focus, determination, vision and courage of certain men — and one in particular –… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Happy New Year!

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Here’s wishing you a magnificent 2010! May you have a wonderful year full of fun, laughter and joy, and may the performance of your investment portfolio exceed all your expectations.

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Picture du Jour: Goodbye to the “zeros decade”

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As we wave goodbye to the “zeros decade”, Chart of the Day highlighted the price performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index for each decade since 1900. As the graph in this post illustrates, the performance of the Dow from the end of 1999 through 2009 was the second worst performance on record.

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