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January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
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September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
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September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
September 11, 2017, 03:40:40 am Christian40 says: those in america should better repent or things will only get worse
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« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2012, 02:42:12 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-index-futures-point-flat-111721633.html?l=1

Dow Hits More Than 4-Year High as Economy Fears Ease

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rallied on Tuesday and the Dow hit its highest level since December 2007, after data showed the manufacturing sector expanded at a faster pace than expected in April, easing jitters about a slowdown in the economic recovery.

With most markets in Europe and several major Asian markets closed for the May Day holiday, investors shifted their attention to U.S. economic data.

Data from the Institute for Supply Management showed growth in U.S. manufacturing improved, coming in at its strongest rate in 10 months in April. That reading suggested the economy remains resilient after indications it had lost momentum at the start of the second quarter.

"Good numbers came out today on the manufacturing side that took some people by surprise," said Amy Wu, equity derivatives strategist at RBC.

But she noted that some European markets are closed for May Day while many Asian markets are closed during Golden week so the entire market hasn't had the time to react to today's numbers. She added "that's why, while some indexes have reached new highs, the market is quiet somewhat."

The Dow Jones industrial average (DJI:^DJI) was up 108.23 points, or 0.81 percent, at 13,321.86. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index (MXP:^SPX) was up 14.94 points, or 1.07 percent, at 1,412.85. The Nasdaq Composite Index (NAS:^COMP) was up 25.71 points, or 0.84 percent, at 3,072.07.

The Dow earlier rose as high as 13,338.66 points.

In April, the S&P 500 posted its first monthly decline since November as economic data pointed to a slowing domestic economy and continued flare-ups in the euro zone highlighted the risks of the region's debt crisis.

Of the 321 S&P 500 companies that have reported quarterly results so far, 71.3 percent have topped analysts' estimates, according to Thomson Reuters data through Tuesday morning,

Earnings are expected from 32 S&P 500 companies on Tuesday, including these three after the closing bell: Broadcom Corp (BRCM), Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK) and Fiserv Inc (FISV).

Chesapeake, the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, climbed 7.7 percent to $19.86 after it said it will name an independent, non-executive chairman to replace Aubrey McClendon. The company will also end a controversial program that has granted McClendon minority stakes in Chesapeake's wells.

Shares of nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd (HLF.N) fell 20.9 percent to $55.64 after influential short-seller David Einhorn questioned why the company had stopped disclosing distributor names in its annual filings. Greenlight Capital's Einhorn raised the issue during the company's earnings call on Tuesday.

BP Plc's (BP.L) profit dropped on a fall in production prompted by the sale of oil fields to pay for the Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S.-listed shares of BP (BP) fell 1 percent to $42.96.

Huntsman Corp (HUN) jumped 9.9 percent to $15.56 after profit nearly tripled on higher prices for its chemicals.

Health-care stocks rose, boosted by Molina Healthcare Inc (MOH), which advanced 4.8 percent to $26.88 after the company's earnings topped estimates.

The Morgan Stanley healthcare payor index (PSE:^HMO) gained 1.9 percent.

PF Chang's China Bistro Inc (PFCB) surged nearly 30 percent to $51.48 after the restaurant chain agreed to be bought by a private equity firm.

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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2012, 04:58:05 pm »

If you stop and think about it. In order for them to say "peace and security" IF "THEY" is the government and not people crying out for peace and security because things are so bad - then in that case they would have to at least feel they had accomplished "it" in their minds.

Yet remember it comes as a thief in the night to even those looking for it.
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« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2012, 05:03:03 pm »

If you stop and think about it. In order for them to say "peace and security" IF "THEY" is the government and not people crying out for peace and security because things are so bad - then in that case they would have to at least feel they had accomplished "it" in their minds.

Yet remember it comes as a thief in the night to even those looking for it.

Take the TSA scanners at airports, for example - what is the government saying why it's here? For "peace and security" of the people - at the same time, it seems like the masses are RESPONDING AS SO.(ie-I know people who say how it's such a great idea b/c of all these arabs immigrating here, whatever...)

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« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2012, 12:40:53 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/first-monthly-budget-surplus-three-years-131646630--abc-news-politics.html

5/8/12

First Monthly Budget Surplus in Three Years Roll Eyes

The Congressional Budget Office has  reporteda monthly budget surplus of $58 billion,  which would be a first in nearly three years.
 
The improved numbers are attributed to a 10 percent increase in tax revenue.  The month of April coincides with tax season which typically results in a yearly surplus, but hasn't happened since the 2008 financial crisis when tax revenue fell.
 
"It is a clear signal that the government's fiscal situation is finally moving definitively in the right direction," said Mark Zandi who is the chief economist for Moody's Analytics.
 
Next month's report will likely show a budget deficit, but the small surplus is an important milestone in the nation's struggle to fend of a future debt crisis.

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« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2012, 12:44:16 am »

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/gas-prices-falling-next-stop-3-gallon-153509788.html?l=1

Gas Prices Falling: Next Stop $3 a Gallon?

Mainstream media spent much of early 2012 selling consumers on the idea that $5 per gallon gas was inevitable. Not wanting to seem insensitive to genuinely cash-strapped consumers, pundits and politicos blamed Iran, energy policy and speculative "gambling" as the cause of the march towards all-time high prices at the pump.
 
Then, just when the outrage was truly building, crude oil and gasoline prices started moving lower. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has fallen 10% since the start of May! According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline has dropped to $3.76 from $3.92 in just the last one-month period. Still painfully high but well below what we were paying this time last year -$3.96 a gallon.
 
According to Phil Flynn, contributor to the Fox Business Network and senior energy analyst at PFG BEST, the recent decline in energy prices is only getting started. The admittedly "pro-giddy" Flynn says there's a glut of oil available and lessening demand; an economics 101 recipe for falling prices.
 
Flynn runs through a list of reasons why crude oil is weak, including record OPEC output, the crumbling economy in Europe, and a run of horrible economic in the U.S., culminating in Friday's atrocious jobs report.
 
"The question isn't why oil is falling," he says. "The question should be why it's held up so good so long?"
 
An even better question for Americans is how crude oil can be down 10% but gasoline prices only half that much.
 
Flynn says one reason for the "stickiness" of gas prices is the seasonal "summertime blends" mandated by the Government in order to cut down smog. The cleaner burning gas makes it easier to breathe but costs more than the norm. This makes gas more expensive in the summer than it is in the winter.
 
Seasonal blends aside, Flynn thinks pump prices are going lower.
 
"You're going to see more significant downside pressure on gasoline; there's a good chance we could test $3 a gallon on a national average pretty soon," he predicts. This would be nearly a 20% drop from the current price level.
 
Flynn gives a good list of reasons he expects a continued drop but, regardless of how we get there, lower gas prices are "exactly what we need right now with the economy struggling." It's a welcomed boost to the economy amid uncertainty here and abroad.
 
Whether $3 a gallon gas can save the moribund U.S. economy remains to be seen, but as we head towards peak driving season, many Americans should welcome the relief.
 
Are high gas prices impacting your travel and spending? Let us know in the comment section below or visit us on Facebook.
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« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2012, 07:44:42 am »

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/gas-prices-falling-next-stop-3-gallon-153509788.html?l=1

Gas Prices Falling: Next Stop $3 a Gallon?

Mainstream media spent much of early 2012 selling consumers on the idea that $5 per gallon gas was inevitable. Not wanting to seem insensitive to genuinely cash-strapped consumers, pundits and politicos blamed Iran, energy policy and speculative "gambling" as the cause of the march towards all-time high prices at the pump.
 
Then, just when the outrage was truly building, crude oil and gasoline prices started moving lower. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has fallen 10% since the start of May! According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline has dropped to $3.76 from $3.92 in just the last one-month period. Still painfully high but well below what we were paying this time last year -$3.96 a gallon.
 
According to Phil Flynn, contributor to the Fox Business Network and senior energy analyst at PFG BEST, the recent decline in energy prices is only getting started. The admittedly "pro-giddy" Flynn says there's a glut of oil available and lessening demand; an economics 101 recipe for falling prices.
 
Flynn runs through a list of reasons why crude oil is weak, including record OPEC output, the crumbling economy in Europe, and a run of horrible economic in the U.S., culminating in Friday's atrocious jobs report.
 
"The question isn't why oil is falling," he says. "The question should be why it's held up so good so long?"
 
An even better question for Americans is how crude oil can be down 10% but gasoline prices only half that much.
 
Flynn says one reason for the "stickiness" of gas prices is the seasonal "summertime blends" mandated by the Government in order to cut down smog. The cleaner burning gas makes it easier to breathe but costs more than the norm. This makes gas more expensive in the summer than it is in the winter.
 
Seasonal blends aside, Flynn thinks pump prices are going lower.
 
"You're going to see more significant downside pressure on gasoline; there's a good chance we could test $3 a gallon on a national average pretty soon," he predicts. This would be nearly a 20% drop from the current price level.
 
Flynn gives a good list of reasons he expects a continued drop but, regardless of how we get there, lower gas prices are "exactly what we need right now with the economy struggling." It's a welcomed boost to the economy amid uncertainty here and abroad.
 
Whether $3 a gallon gas can save the moribund U.S. economy remains to be seen, but as we head towards peak driving season, many Americans should welcome the relief.
 
Are high gas prices impacting your travel and spending? Let us know in the comment section below or visit us on Facebook.


Anyone heard what Lindsey Williams is saying now?
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« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2012, 10:20:29 am »

Anyone heard what Lindsey Williams is saying now?

Lindsey may have been on the money about his 2008 predictions(which is when he caught everyone's attention over gas prices skyrocketing, and then that same year plummeting), however, it's now become pretty obvious he's an "opposition controlled" enemy.

For the most part, especially during these 3+ years Obama's been in office, alot of what he has said has been suspect - for example, numerous times he's said how Obama "stepped over his boundary" against the "elite", and how this has gotten the elite "angry" at him. Uuuuhhh...just think about it for a sec - Obama is probably the most wicked President we've ever had, but nonetheless he IS nothing more than a puppet on a string controlled by his handlers. Obama is evil, but he ain't stupid, why? B/c there's that FAKE BIRTH CERTIFICATE hanging over his head, along with his homosexual activities, no evidence he was at Columbia univ, the list goes on. If Obama crosses the line against the Illuminati, they're not going to put a bullet in his head, b/c they already have enough ammunition to expose him.

IOW, the "truth movement leaders" have been doing nothing but playing into the Hegelian Dialectic alot like what the neocons, Catholic Church, and the "evangelical right" have been doing all along - put Obama as the "bad guy", and use war of words to infinity to get everyone to the center and compromise. It's not just Jones and Williams doing this, Rense, Quayle, Horn, and these other "truther" guys you hear on alternative media have been doing the same thing.

Anyhow - just wanted to point this out. As for what Williams has been saying lately, pretty much the same as usual. "Get out your pencil and paper and mark these events and dates...", then 15 minutes into what he's saying, it's as if he's having a conversation about the upcoming football game without getting to any of the points. And to boot, he keeps saying "The elite is pushing back its timeline".
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« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2012, 10:51:20 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/2012-college-grads-enter-improving-job-market-130832284--finance.html

5/13/12

2012 college grads enter improving job market

NEW YORK (AP) — The class of 2012 is leaving college with something that many graduates since the start of the Great Recession have lacked: jobs.

To the relief of graduating seniors — and their anxious parents — the outlook is brighter than it has been in four years. Campus job fairs were packed this spring and more companies are hiring. Students aren't just finding good opportunities, some are weighing multiple offers.

In some ways, members of the class of 2012 got lucky. They arrived on campus in September 2008, the same month that Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, touching off a financial crisis that exacerbated the recession.

On campus, they were largely insulated from the collapsing U.S. economy. While older brothers and sisters graduated into a dismal job market, they took shelter in chemistry, philosophy and literature classes.

They used their college years to prepare for the brutal realities of the job market that would await them. They began networking for jobs much earlier, as freshmen in some cases. They pursued summer internships not simply as resume boosters, but as gateways to permanent jobs. And they developed more realistic expectations about landing a job in the ideal place and at the ideal salary.

On campuses across the country, spirits are more upbeat this spring, and the employment outlook is especially promising, according to interviews with three dozen seniors and career center directors.

"It's just been such a dramatic change from what we saw in 2008," says Mercy Eyadiel, who oversees career development at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Back then, openings disappeared overnight and companies were calling recent graduates to rescind offers. "It was a very bad, ugly situation."

The job market remains tough, even for those graduating from the best universities. Hiring is not back to its pre-recession level and plenty of seniors are leaving campuses without jobs. Yet this year's graduates are less likely to face the disappointment of moving back in with mom and dad, or being forced to work at a coffee shop to pay off loans.

"I was nervous that my college degree would go to waste," says Laura Mascari, who arrived on the University of Delaware's Newark campus in the fall of 2008. Mascari, who received two job offers, will work in marketing — her major — for chemicals giant DuPont.

Between September 2008 and August 2010, 6.9 million American jobs were eliminated. In the last year and a half, 3.1 million jobs have been created. The strengthening job market has made a big difference to seniors who are job-hunting in their final semester.

The unemployment rate for college graduates 24 and under averaged 7.2 percent from January through April. That rate, which is not adjusted for seasonal factors, is down from the first four months of 2011 (9.1 percent), 2010 (8.1 percent) and 2009 (7.8 percent.) For all Americans, the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent.

Wake Forest senior Lesley Gustafson started her job search during her freshman year.

She met with a career counselor to discuss her goals. Gustafson picked a double-major — computer science and political science — that made her more marketable. And she found internships every summer that helped her build skills and a network of professionals to offer advice. Gustafson was aggressive in other ways, too: she took part in mock interviews offered by the campus career center so that she'd be better prepared for real employer interviews.

Gustafson's work paid off. In March, she was offered a job with consulting firm Accenture.

"I knew I would find something," Gustafson says. "I was more nervous finding something that I would be interested in rather than having to take a job just to take one."

College career centers across the country are reporting seeing more students and seeing them earlier.

At the University of Chicago, just 46 percent of freshman sought advice in the 2008-2009 school year. This year, it is expected to be more than 80 percent.

Students' expectations have also changed. That dream job might just be a dream. Seniors are instead focusing on stepping-stone positions that will hopefully lead to better opportunities.

Jonathan Fieweger, a senior at New York University, doesn't have a long-term job offer. But he was able to turn a public relations internship with TV network Showtime into a year-long, post-graduation job.

Others are willing to move to less desirable locations and settle for lower salaries. Pay for new graduates fell 10 percent during the recession, according to the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Few expect it to climb back soon.

Despite the lower pay, students today have more confidence in the job market. Two years ago, career directors say, seniors were so afraid of the recession that they flocked to graduate schools to wait out the dark times.

"This is a generation of kids that got trophies whether they won or lost the soccer game," says Farouk Dey, director of career development at Carnegie Mellon University. "They were afraid of being rejected. What would that say about them? Would their parents be disappointed?"

That trend is reversing. The number of U.S. students taking admissions exams for graduate business school and law school are down 8 percent and 16 percent.

This year's grads also have an advantage over those a year or two out of school with equal qualifications. Employers would rather have somebody fresh out of college than somebody who spent two years working at a local book store waiting out the market.

"As a matter of convenience — and you can call it a bias if you will — a lot of employers have said: let's get started quickly by going back (to campus) and getting the new graduates," says Philip D. Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Companies cut their recruiting staff during the recession. Instead of sorting through thousands of resumes, it's easier to do targeted searches on a few campuses.

Gardner estimates that about 7 percent more college grads will find jobs this year than last year, based on a survey of 4,200 companies.

The recovery is not consistent across all majors. Students seeking jobs in architecture — hit hard by the collapse of the construction industry — are having a tougher time finding employment than those in education and health care, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education.

Colleges say the strongest growth in job offers has come from Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and consulting firms, all of whom make offers in the fall for jobs that don't start until the summer. Most smaller employers hire much closer to when an employee is needed. That means graduates won't get offers until late spring or summer. But college career directors say that, based on conversations with employers, it will be a strong year.

At Florida State University in Tallahassee, the number of job listings jumped from 1,379 last spring, to 2,299 this year. That is down from 5,000-plus listed before the recession.

At Arizona State University's Tempe campus, 1,698 companies have attended job fairs or interviewed on campus, up from 1,357 two years ago but below the roughly 2,000 that visited before the recession.

"We're about halfway back," says Matthew Brink, director of career services at the University of Delaware.

Packed career fairs and increased job listings don't necessarily translate into employment, warns Sheila Curran, a career consultant who used to run career centers at Duke University and Brown University. Companies might take the time to meet potential employees in case they start hiring again, but it doesn't mean they are going to make job offers.

Those seniors who do have offers say they treated their search like a full-time job and, after some setbacks, managed to secure employment.

Max Gompertz, a senior at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, with degrees in psychology and communication, knows how hard it can be. Many of his friends who graduated last year are still nearby, working in bars and restaurants. Gompertz, however, got an offer in the middle of October for a job he'll soon start providing customer support for financial data provider FactSet.

"I was lucky," he says. "The stars aligned."
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« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2012, 09:47:45 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/japan-government-ups-economic-outlook-014859619.html?l=1

5/17/12

Japan government ups economic outlook on consumption, exports

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government took a brighter view of the economy in a report on Friday, thanks to improvements in private consumption and exports, but it warned that Europe's debt crisis and financial market swings could worsen the outlook.

The upgrade, the first since August last year, comes one day after data showed Japan's economy grew faster than the United States, Germany and Britain in the first quarter as subsidies boosted sales of energy-efficient cars.

The more optimistic assessment also acknowledged the economic impact of reconstruction work after a record earthquake devastated Japan's northeast coast in March 2011.

The government lifted its assessment of personal consumption and exports as salaries are slowly rising and exports to the United States and Asia increase.

"The effects of the earthquake have been harsh, but there is reconstruction demand and the economy is slowly recovering," the Cabinet Office said in its monthly economic report for May.

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The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping

With the way that things are heading in this country, it is not surprising that there are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today.  What is surprising is that there are not more people prepping. The economy is rapidly falling to pieces, the national debt is absolutely soaring, the earth is becoming increasingly unstable, a major war could erupt in the Middle East at any time and the fabric of our society is coming apart right in front of our eyes.  We have become incredibly dependent on technology and we have become incredibly dependent on our economic system.  If a major natural disaster, a killer pandemic, an EMP attack or the imposition of martial law caused a significant transportation disruption, America would literally change overnight.  We live during a time of tremendous global instability, and yet most people still see no need to start prepping at all.  Most people just continue to have blind faith in our leaders and in our system.  But what happens if our leaders fail us?  What happens if our system collapses?  What are they going to do then?

The number of preppers in the United States today is steadily increasing, but the vast majority of people out there still see no reason to start getting ready for "the end of the world as we know it".  Most people just assume that things will always somehow get better or that they will somehow be immune to whatever calamities are heading our way.  Most people always seem to have a "good excuse" for why they do not need to prepare.

The following are the top 50 excuses for not prepping....

1. "The U.S. Economy Is The Greatest Economy On The Planet - There Is No Way That It Could Ever Collapse"

2. "Once Barack Obama Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"

3. "Once Mitt Romney Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"

4. "When Things Get Really Bad The Government Will Take Care Of Us"

5. "When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing"

6. "The Rapture Will Be At Any Moment So I Don't Have To Worry About Prepping"

7. "The Economy Has Always Recovered After Every Recession In The Past And This Time Will Be No Different"

8. "The People That Are Running Things Are Very Highly Educated And They Know Exactly What They Are Doing"

9. "Wal-Mart Will Always Be There"

10. "Our Politicians Are Watching Out For Our Best Interests"

11. "The 2012 Apocalypse Is Almost Here And We Are All Doomed Anyway - So Why Even Try?"

12. "Preppers Do Not Have A Positive Mental Attitude"

13. "If An Economic Collapse Comes I Will Just Go On Welfare"

14. "There Are Some Things You Just Can't Prepare For"

15. "Prepping Is Too Expensive"

16. "We Are Not Like Other Countries - U.S. Cities Are Designed To Withstand Major Earthquakes"

17. "I Need To Save Up For Retirement Instead"

18. "The Stock Market Has Been Soaring So Why Worry?"

19. "I Don't Have Room To Store Anything"

20. "Prepping Is For Crazy People"

21. "I Don't Believe In Conspiracy Theories"

22. "All The Food I Store Is Going To Go Bad"

23. "I Would Rather Spend My Time Watching American Idol"

24. "All The People Who Freaked Out About Y2K Look Really Foolish Now, Don't They?"

25. "I Don't Want To Look Like Those Idiots On 'Doomsday Preppers'"

26. "An EMP Attack Could Never Happen"

27. "There Will Never Be A Nationwide Transportation Disruption In The United States"

28. "Instead Of Being So Paranoid, I Would Rather Just Enjoy Life"

29. "If Society Falls Apart I Wouldn't Want To Continue To Live Anyway"

30. "There Will Never Be Another World War"

31. "I'm Too Lazy To Grow A Garden"

32. "If You Assume The Worst Is Going To Happen Then You Don't Believe In America"

33. "Deficits Don't Matter"

34. "I'll Always Be Able To Get A Job In My Field"

35. "If There Is A Financial Collapse All Of My Debts Will Be Wiped Out So I Might As Well Live It Up Now"

36. "If Things Hit The Fan I Will Just Go Move In With My Relatives Who Have Been Busy Prepping"

37. "Those That Believe That There Will Be Massive Riots In American Cities Someday Are Just Being Delusional"

38. "My Spouse Would Think That I Have Finally Lost It"

39. "I Don't Know Where To Start"

40. "I'll Just Deal With Problems As They Arrive"

41. "I Don't Have To Prepare For A Natural Disaster - That Is What FEMA Is For"

42. "We'll Never See Martial Law In The United States"

43. "I Don't Want To Scare My Children"

44. "Once I Get Rid Of All My Debt Then I Will Start Thinking About Prepping"

45. "My Relatives Already Think That I Am A Nut Job - I Don't Need To Make It Any Worse"

46. "If People At Work Find Out That I Am Prepping It Could Hurt My Career"

47. "If There Really Was A Good Reason To Prepare They Would Tell Us About It On The News"

48. "People Have Been Predicting Doom And Gloom For Years And It Hasn't Happened Yet"

49. "The United States Is The Greatest Nation On Earth - There Is No Way That It Could Collapse"

50. "I Don't Plan On Becoming A Card Carrying Member Of The Tin Foil Hat Brigade"

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« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2012, 08:46:13 am »

#51 - But I give at least 10% tithe to my church, so there's no way nothing bad can happen to me as God will protect my finances.

#52 - Church membership is really growing at my church, so the blessings are continuing to grow.

#53 - I don't like Obama, but he isn't as bad as we thought he would be, so this country isn't in bad shape.

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« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2012, 06:11:30 pm »

The REAL #1 excuse...(the only one that is valid)

1) I'm born again, and Jesus told me to "take no thought for the morrow".
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« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2012, 10:18:19 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/oil-drops-below-90-1st-161651533.html

5/23/12

Oil drops below $90 for 1st time since Nov. 1

Oil price falls to lowest level since Nov. 1 as US supplies continue to grow

NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil tumbled below $90 on Wednesday for the first time in nearly seven months as U.S. supplies continue to grow.

Benchmark U.S. crude fell $2.14, or 2.3 percent, to $89.71 per barrel. The price hadn't been below $90 per barrel since Nov. 1.

The government said U.S. oil supplies grew last week by 900,000 barrels and hit the highest level since 1990. Analysts expected supplies to grow by 750,000 barrels.

The price of oil and other commodities tend to fall as more supplies become available.

Concern about the strength of the global economy, particularly Europe, also contributed to Wednesday's decline and is a large reason that oil has plunged nearly 15 percent in May. Analysts are predicting the European economy will continue to slow. Meanwhile, China's government is mulling steps to reverse a slowdown in the Chinese economy. In the U.S., the pace of hiring has tailed off.

Tensions with Iran drove up oil prices earlier this year as traders prepared for a disruption to supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer. Now, analysts say Iran may be allowed to keep exporting oil this year as it negotiates with the West and allays concerns about its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has been delivering more oil to world markets.

Pump prices in the U.S. have followed oil lower. Retail U.S. gasoline prices were flat at $3.678 per gallon on Wednesday, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded has dropped by 25.8 cents since peaking in the first week of April. Gasoline is 16.5 cents per gallon cheaper than it was the same time last year.

In other futures trading, heating oil fell by 4.14 cents to $2.82 per gallon while wholesale gasoline lost 5.1 cents to $2.886 per gallon. Natural gas added 0.7 cent to $2.714 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Brent crude, which helps set the price of oil imported into the U.S., dropped to a new low for the year. It lost $2.64 to $105.77 per barrel in London.
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« Reply #43 on: May 23, 2012, 10:45:10 pm »

Airlines stand to reap fuel-cost windfall - Cheaper oil, higher fares point to a strong summer
22 May 2012, San Francisco (MarketWatch)
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/airlines-stand-to-reap-fuel-cost-windfall-2012-05-23

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Given the rash of headlines about pilot meltdowns, usurious baggage fees and toddlers popping up on TSA no-fly lists, you’d think the airline industry is spiraling into another vicious crisis cycle.

Not entirely. Despite a barrage of negative publicity, most airlines are doing fine
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And with oil prices tumbling Wednesday below $90 a barrel in New York for the first time in seven months, their prospects just got a little brighter.

Fuel has long been one of the industry’s biggest costs, typically second only to personnel outlays.

So just as the industry gears up for peak summer travel, the commodities market is handing over a timely windfall.

July crude-oil futures in New York closed at $89.91 a barrel Wednesday, topping off a stunning 14% retreat in less than a month.
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« Reply #44 on: June 08, 2012, 09:26:03 am »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-debt-load-falling-fastest-040045522.html

U.S. debt load falling at fastest pace since 1950s
By Rex Nutting | MarketWatch – 10 hours ago

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Everyone knows America has too much debt. What they don’t know is that things are getting better, not worse. Roll Eyes

Little by little, our economy is reducing its debt burden, slowly repairing the damage caused by 10, 20 or 30 years of excess.

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« Reply #45 on: June 10, 2012, 09:27:35 pm »

http://www.businessinsider.com/euro-open-june-10-2012-6

6/10/12

The Weekend Is Over, And The Euro Surges To its Highest Level In Weeks

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« Reply #46 on: June 29, 2012, 10:47:50 am »

DOW is UP some 220 points AFTER Obamacare gets upheld? Weren't there many investors in the stock market b/c it was all but certain it would get overturned Huh And now somehow the DOW went UP Roll Eyes

http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=^DJI
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« Reply #47 on: August 31, 2012, 03:09:55 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/first-since-52-no-talk-war-gop-speech-174428737--election.html

8/31/12

First since '52: No talk of war in GOP speech
By MATT APUZZO | Associated Press – 1 hr 47 mins ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — With America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party's nomination without mentioning war.

Three election cycles after the 2001 terrorist attacks, neither Romney nor his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, had anything to say about terrorism or war while on his party's biggest stage Thursday. The only one who did was actor Clint Eastwood, who won cheers for suggesting invading Afghanistan was a mistake and calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops — a line that might have earned boos and catcalls four years ago.

The Romney strategy reflects the weak public support for the Afghanistan war, fatigue over a decade of terrorism fears and the central role of the economy in the campaign. But it was still a remarkable shift in tone for a party that, even in times of peace, has used the specter of war to call for greater military spending and tough foreign policy.

Candidates Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon criticized the handling of the Vietnam War. Bob Dole said the way to prevent conflict is to prepare for more, greater wars than a country will need to fight. Ronald Reagan warned that a weak nation would tempt the Soviet Union.

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« Reply #48 on: September 07, 2012, 04:11:54 pm »

Wow...a weak jobs data today and the market keeps going up? Not just today, but it's been that way for awhile now. Roll Eyes

http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=^DJI

13,306.64 14.64(0.11%) 4:01PM EDT
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« Reply #49 on: September 26, 2012, 12:28:24 am »

http://news.yahoo.com/report-americans-feel-more-confident-economy-224403827.html

9/25/12

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Report: Americans feel more confident in economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six weeks left in the presidential race.

A new survey of consumer confidence rose Tuesday to its highest level since February on expectations that hiring will soon pick up. And a separate report showed home values rising steadily, signaling sustained improvement in housing.

"This is like an opinion poll on the economy without the political parties attached," said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics, a consulting firm. The confidence survey "says people are feeling better. If so, they are less likely to vote for change."

The Conference Board's index of consumer confidence shot up in September. The jump surprised many economists because the most recent hiring and retail sales figures have been sluggish.

The increased confidence could help explain recent polls that show Obama with a widening lead over Mitt Romney in some battleground states.

The consumer confidence index is closely watched because consumer spending drives nearly 70 percent of economic activity. The index jumped from 61.3 for August to 70.3 for September. It remains well below 90, the level that is thought to signify a healthy economy.

Among those feeling more optimistic about the economy is Darlene Johnson of Silver Spring, Md., who works for the National Institutes of Health. The value of Johnson's 401(k) account has risen. Home sales in her neighborhood have ticked up, too, and are commanding higher prices.

"I feel like things are stabilizing," she said. "I don't feel as uneasy as I did a few months ago."

But Johnson, who voted for Obama in 2008, remains undecided on which candidate to back. And she's still a bit nervous about the future.

"It will depend on how my pockets are looking," she says. "Everyday circumstances will drive my decision on how I am going to vote."

Economists point to some key reasons why consumers have grown more confident.

Stocks are up: The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has surged nearly 15 percent this year. Gas prices have leveled off after rising for several months. And the broad increase in home prices is likely giving would-be buyers more confidence. When prices rise, buyers don't worry so much that a home might lose value after they bought it.

National home prices rose 1.2 percent in July compared with a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index released Tuesday. That was the second straight month in which year-over-year home prices have increased.

Some economists question whether the higher level of confidence is sustainable. They've seen the index spike briefly before since the Great Recession ended more than three years ago. Some say confidence could be affected by negative campaign ads that focus on the economy.

But others note that even a weak economy doesn't feel so bad to many consumers once it begins to make steady improvement.

"The economy is perceived in relative rather than absolute terms," noted St. Louis University political scientist and pollster Ken Warren.

Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo, suggests that former President Bill Clinton might have helped boost confidence with his rousing speech on Obama's behalf at the Democratic National Convention in early September. The Conference Board's consumer confidence survey was conducted Sept. 1-13.

Clinton "rekindled memories of better economic times" and assured voters that the U.S. economy was on the right track, Vitner said.

The consumer confidence survey polled 500 people. The part of the survey that gauges consumers' confidence in the economy now and the part that gauges their outlook for the next six months both rose. Consumers were much more optimistic about the short-term outlook for business conditions, employment and their financial situation.

The rising home prices could also help Obama's prospects. Prices are rising in many large cities in swing states such as Florida, Colorado, Michigan and North Carolina. Prices have risen 3.6 percent in Tampa, Fla., in the past year, for example. And they're up 5.4 percent in Denver, 6.2 percent in Detroit and 2.2 percent in Charlotte, N.C.

A Washington Post poll out Tuesday showed Obama leading Romney among likely voters in Ohio, 52 to 44 percent. The president also had a slight edge in Florida, 51 to 47 percent among those most likely to vote.

Obama is also gaining the upper hand on which candidate is better able to handle the economy. Registered voters in Ohio preferred Obama on the economy by 50 percent to 43 percent, and in Florida by 49 percent to 45 percent.

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« Reply #50 on: September 26, 2012, 12:30:05 am »

^^

Uhm, don't think so - Fed pulls trigger[QE3]
http://endtimesandcurrentevents.freesmfhosting.com/index.php/topic,7297.0.html
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« Reply #51 on: October 05, 2012, 09:26:48 am »

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-jobless-rate-falls-7-123110106.html

US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low

US unemployment rate falls to 7.8 pct., lowest since 2009, giving Obama a potential boost


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.

The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000 — an encouraging sign for an economy that's been struggling to create enough jobs.

The number of unemployed Americans is now 12.1 million, the fewest since January 2009.

The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in September. It also said the economy created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than the department had initially estimated.

Wages rose in September. And more people started looking for work.

The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months.

The 7.8 percent unemployment rate for September matches the rate in January 2009, when Obama took office. In the months after Obama's inauguration, the rate rose sharply and had topped 8 percent for 43 straight months.

The decline in the unemployment rate comes at a critical moment for Obama, who is coming off a weak debate performance this week against GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

The September employment report may be the last that might sway undecided voters. The October jobs report will be released only four days before Election Day.

"An overall better-than-expected jobs report, consistent with most recent data that suggest the economy is gaining some momentum," said Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note to clients. "The sizeable drop in the unemployment rate could lift the president's re-election chances following a post-debate dip."

After the jobs report was released, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 65 points in the first half hour of trading. Broader stock indexes also rose.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed to 1.73 percent from 1.68 percent just before the report. That suggested that investors were more willing to take on risk and shift money from bonds into stocks.

The job market has been improving, sluggishly but steadily. Jobs have been added for 24 straight months. There are now 325,000 more than when Obama took office.

The number of employed Americans comes from a government survey of 60,000 households that determines the unemployment rate. The government asks a series of questions, by phone or in person. For example:

Do you own a business? Did you work for pay? If not, did you provide unpaid work for a family business or farm? (Those who did are considered employed.)

Afterward, the survey participants are asked whether they had a job and, if so, whether it was full or part time. The government's definition of unemployed is someone who's out of work and has actively looked for a job in the past four weeks.

The government also does a second survey of roughly 140,000 businesses to determine the number of jobs businesses created or lost.

The September job gains were led by the health care industry, which added 44,000 jobs — the most since February. Transportation and warehousing also showed large gains.

The revisions also showed that federal, state and local governments added 63,000 jobs in July and August, compared with earlier estimates that showed losses.

Still, many of the jobs the economy added last month were part time. The number of people with part-time jobs who wanted full-time work rose 7.5 percent to 8.6 million, the most since February 2009.

But overall, Friday's report dispelled some fears about the job market.

The "U.S. could be growing jobs at a marginally faster pace than feared mid-summer," Guy LeBas, a strategist at Janney Capital Markets, wrote in a research note. "Even with the issues in Europe and slowing production in China, U.S. economic activity does not look to be bearing the brunt of global downside, at least not anymore."
 
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« Reply #52 on: October 05, 2012, 12:08:27 pm »

There is no way! 7.8 down from 8.1 in one month? I don't believe it. Especially when you consider the months, students are back in school so those extra jobs not filled, and they say the number went down? Lies I say.

And they announce a Bin Laden raid movie being released to theaters 2 days before the election! Now talk about staged! They have no shame.
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« Reply #53 on: November 01, 2012, 08:58:32 am »

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Private sector adds most jobs in 8 months in Oct
11/1/12
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/private-sector-added-158-000-122440980.html

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Companies added 158,000 jobs in October in the biggest gain in eight months, data from a payrolls processor showed on Thursday in a revamped report on the private sector labor market.

The historical data for the ADP National Employment Report was revised as part of the new methodology, which was used for the first time in the October report. September's increase has halved to 88,200 new jobs from an initially reported 162,000.

October's increase was the biggest jump since February and topped economists' forecasts for a gain of 135,000 jobs.

Economists often refer to the ADP report to fine-tune their expectations for the nonfarm payrolls report due on Friday, though it is not always accurate in predicting the outcome. The overhaul is meant to bring ADP's numbers more in line with the government's final revised jobs figures.

"I think markets have already begun to be quite wary of ADP's lack of predictability. I think that's exactly what's driving some of these revisions," said Bricklin Dwyer, economist at BNP Paribas.

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« Reply #54 on: November 02, 2012, 09:01:21 am »

Economy creates 171K more jobs, unemployment rate at 7.9%... Roll Eyes

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economywatch/economy-creates-more-jobs-expected-jobless-rate-edges-1C6828418

Economy creates more jobs than expected; jobless rate edges up

Hiring sped up in October, showing a labor market that picked up a bit of steam in the waning days of the presidential campaign. 

The Labor Department reported Friday that non-farm payrolls increased by 171,000 last month versus expectations of a 125,000 rise. The government also said 84,000 more jobs were created in August and September than initially estimated.

The unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, up slightly from the 7.8 percent reported in September.

The report comes just days before voters take to the polls to choose between incumbent President Barack Obama and his challenger, the Republican former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.

The sluggish economy has been a bone of contention between the two candidates. Romney has made the nation's feeble jobs market, which has plagued Obama since he took office in 2009, the centerpiece of his campaign. The latest Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll showed Obama and Romney in a dead heat.

"Obviously, these are positive numbers. Overall, employment levels are still fairly low and this will keep us more or less at the same level. But it's favorable for the current administration ahead of the election," said Fabian Eliasson, vice president currency sales at Mizuho Corporate Bank in New York.

Still, the report could provide fodder for both candidates. The unemployment rate rose largely because 578,000 people entered the workforce. That helped push the participation rate, a measure of the portion of the population in the labor force, up two tenths of a point to 63.8 percent.


"Today's increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill," Romney said in a statement. The White House said the report shows an economy that is continuing to heal.

Barring a sharp acceleration in hiring, the report could reinforce the idea that a full recovery from the 2007-09 recession remains distant. The jobless rate, which peaked during the recession at 10 percent, remains about 3 percentage points above its pre-recession level.

The Labor Department said Superstorm Sandy had no effect on the employment and unemployment data for October.

Job gains in October were almost across the board, with the exception of government, where payrolls fell 13,000 after three months of increase. Temporary help jobs, often seen as a harbinger for permanent hiring, rebounded from two straight months of losses.

One shadow on the numbers: The slack in the labor market has weighed heavily on earnings growth. Average hourly earnings for all employees rose only one cent and the workweek was steady.

Over the past 12 months, hourly earnings for all workers are up just 1.6 percent, the lowest on records dating to early 2007. A measure with a longer track record that covers only production and non-supervisory employees was up only 1.1 percent -- the lowest on records dating to 1964

Reuters contributed to this report.
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« Reply #55 on: November 27, 2012, 10:12:42 am »

http://news.yahoo.com/november-consumer-confidence-hits-more-four-high-150403941--business.html

November consumer confidence hits more than four-year high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.

The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 73.7 up from an upwardly revised 73.1 the month before, its highest since February 2008. Economists had expected a reading of 73.0, according to a Reuters poll.

October was originally reported as 72.2.

"Over the past few months, consumers have grown increasingly more upbeat about the current and expected state of the job market, and this turnaround in sentiment is helping to boost confidence," Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said in a statement.

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« Reply #56 on: November 27, 2012, 11:01:24 am »

What? Who in the world is this "The Conference Board" anyway?

Obviously a mouthpiece for bankers and government. There is no way no how "consumer confidence" is up! That's just a load of bull designed to attempt to force a sense of "confidence" on a people who know better. Banker propaganda. Roll Eyes

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2   For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 
3   For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 
4   But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 
5   Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 
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« Reply #57 on: December 07, 2012, 10:30:34 am »

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economywatch/jobless-rate-drops-4-year-low-economy-creates-146-000-1C7488578

The U.S. economy generated a stronger-than-expected 146,000 jobs in November, helping to trim the jobless rate to 7.7 percent, a four year low, the government reported Friday.
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« Reply #58 on: February 12, 2013, 04:29:27 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/dow-closes-highest-level-nears-record-214122055--finance.html

2/12/13

Dow closes at highest level of year, nears record

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow rose to its highest close of the year, putting it within 1 percent of its record. Stocks gained after impressive results from two big consumer brands.
 
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 47.46 to 14,018.70 Tuesday. That is 146 points from its record close of 14,164.53 set in October 2007. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 2.42 points to 1,519.43, also close to its record.
 
In a quiet day of trade, stocks were driven higher by beauty products maker Avon and luxury clothing and accessories company Michael Kors, whose results impressed investors. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity in the U.S.
 
Financial and home building stocks also lifted stocks, led by Bank of America and Masco Corp, which notched some of the day's biggest gains.
 
The Dow has surged at the start of the year, logging its best January in almost two decades, after lawmakers reached a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of sweeping tax increases and spending cuts. Investors are also becoming more optimistic that the housing market is recovering and that hiring is picking up.

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« Reply #59 on: February 27, 2013, 07:24:38 pm »

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/02/dow-inches-closer-to-all-time-high/

Dow Inches Closer to All-Time High

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 175 points on Wednesday, less than 1 percent from its all-time high set in October 2007 and the closest it has been to that high in more than five years.
 
The Dow closed up 1.3 percent to 14,075 at the close of New York trading, its highest close so far this year.
 
Positive economic data out of the in the U.S. and Europe appeared to boost markets today.
 
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose to the highest level since April 2010.  The increase pointed to more home sales in the coming months.
 
Orders for factory goods grew by the most in more than a year, suggesting that companies are confident enough to invest some of their cash.
 
An Italian bond auction went better than expected despite the political chaos there after an inconclusive election earlier in the week failed to give any of Italy’s major political parties enough votes to form a government.
 
Finally, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a second day of Congressional testimony, reassured investors that the Fed will not abruptly end its economic stimulus.
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