Marketplace Index for Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Today's teachable moment: stock prices tend to go up when the economy seems more secure. Claims for U.S. jobless benefits unexpectedly fell to a four-year low last week. Experts see that pointing to slightly better times in America. Stephen Wood, the chief market strategist at Russell Investment Group, says it's now a case of two economies -- Europe and the U.S. And the Daily Pulse is down today on this realization: no matter how you spin it, the housing market in America is still broken. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index was at its highest point in 20 years today. So what?

Opportunity index hits record high

Regardless of positive spin, the housing picture in the U.S. is less than rosy.
Posted In: real estate, homeownership, index

A tale of two economies

As the U.S. economy improves measurably, Europe slips into crisis mode.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, European Central Bank, global economy

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