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  ValerieG: NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street traded mixed Monday, as investors wavered between cashing in profits from last week's record highs and pushing stocks even higher after a fresh round of deals.

Reassuring investors that acquisition activity will keep up its record pace this year, General Electric Co. said before the market opened that it will sell its plastics division to Saudi Arabia's largest industrial company, Saudi Basic Industries Corp. The multibillion-dollar deal is part of a broader restructuring at the conglomerate, and has been widely anticipated since last week.

  Barney: March 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. employers probably added 225,000 workers to their payrolls in February, the most since October, economists said before today's government report.
  Barney: WASHINGTON U.S. personal incomes, which had been bolstered by a large stock dividend payment in December, plunged 2.3 per cent in January the sharpest decline in more than a decade.

Consumer spending was flat, the government reported Monday.

  Barney: "Washington - The massive US current account deficit seemed poised to stabilise as a result of market forces and renewed efforts on budget restraint, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said on Friday.

Market pressures "appear poised to stabilise and over the longer run possibly to decrease the US current account deficit and its attendant financing requirements"."

  Barney: Bad employment number out today. +112,000 workers in November, less than expected.

That and lower oil prices makes good fixed income news.

  Barney: " Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly fell in November to the lowest level in eight months, reflecting a decline in optimism among low-income Americans."

  trader: US economy showing strong numbers, I fully expect stocks to rally for the short term and I am positioning my portfolio for that.
  Barney: "U.S. October Retail Sales Rise 0.2%; Ex-Autos Increase 0.9%

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sales at U.S. retailers rose 0.2 percent in October, restrained by a drop in purchases of automobiles. Excluding motor vehicles, sales rose 0.9 percent, the biggest increase in five months, led by clothing purchases. "

  Barney: Trade deficit narrowing.
  guri: You are both right.

The trend for the greenback is down but we could have some volatility.

  trader: Short dollar positions are extremely high. Those positions will need to be reversed.
  Wolf: Very good numbers for the US economy and yet the dollar falls. Europeans and Asians are not happy with the US's trade, budget deficits. Bills have to be paid, sometime.
  Barney: WASHINGTON - Employers went on a hiring spree in October, adding 337,000 new jobs, many of them for hurricane cleanup. The surge was the largest in seven months, a sign the jobs recovery may have taken hold.

  jpatlantic: Trade deficit off $ 500 billions , and growing ,per year ,was susteined in the democrats era by $900 billions per year of external investments flowing to US. Curiosity, how long federal could stand such low rates?.Total debt is already in $7.5 trillions and growing fast.
  Barney: US economy is up 3% for 2Q, oil and consumer consumption not helping.

economy cooling?

  martin707: May 12 (Bloomberg) -- The dollar fell against the euro and the yen for a second day in three in New York after the U.S. trade deficit widened to a record $46 billion in March as imports outstripped exports.
  martin707: May 12 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. trade deficit grew in March to a record $46 billion as the highest oil prices in more than two decades and increased consumer spending boosted the value of imports, the Commerce Department reported in Washington.
  Barney: "No inflation, no job growth"

Unemployment claims keep falling, that is a sign of a tightening labor market.

  trader: Treasuries are still rising, incredible!

Must be very painful for all those who are short.

No inflation, no job growth, Federal maintains target rate at 1%.

How can equities correct with this scenario?

  trader: He was testing market reaction. He warned about interest rates and the market had a very mild reaction. That is good. Not like the "irrational exhuberance" comments. Anyone remember those?
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