Volatile markets and mixed economic data
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during afternoon trading.
Wall Street shed more than 200 points in trading late Friday, marking an end to a volatile week in the markets following a Federal Reserve speech on quantitative easing last week.
"You can come up with any number of spurious reasons why stocks went down just as you can come up with any number of spurious reasons why it went up," said Reuters' Felix Salmon. "And it's fun, right? We've had a pretty boring stock market as of late, so it's good to get a bit of volatility in there."
"Certainly the housing numbers have been very strong, so that's good news," she said. "But we got some bad numbers out of the European Union today...unemployment reached a record high. You have a quarter of young people out of work, looking for work. So maybe that's bumming people out. There are plenty of things to look for with bad news if you're looking hard enough."
For more analysis on the economic data and on Liberty Reserve this week, listen to the full audio.
#Longreads for a lazy weekend
Felix Salmon and Catherine Rampell offer their #longreads picks for this weekend.
- Ryan Chittum on why this isn't another housing bubble.
- Another nail in the Reinhart-Rogoff coffin.
- Anne Seith on the all-important fight between the ECB's Mario Draghi, on the one side, and all of Germany, on the other.