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News Corp. deal falls apart
After being caught in the middle of a phone-hacking scandal, News Corp.
BSkyB shares fell about 3% after the news came out as reported by The Wall Street Journal. News Corp. announced it would continue to be a BSkyB shareholder and said the decision to drop the bid was based on the difficult climate in both companies. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.
Irish credit now rated as junk
A week after slashing Portugal's bonds to junk status, Moody's ratings agency lowered Ireland's bonds to junk status. The agency warned that the country may need a second bailout. Moody's said that any further assistance to European countries would have to share responsibility with the private sector. This could put the Bank of Ireland
JPMorgan and Citigroup may not reach the mark
With earning releases due this week, JPMorgan Chase
Disappointing news from the banks would only increase uncertainty among investors who are looking for strong revenues as a sign of overall economic recovery. However, banks could continue to have a sluggish performance for the next six months to a year, according to analysts. Read more at Bloomberg.
Bernanke gives hopes to the market
After announcing that the Federal Reserve may consider further economic stimulus, investors saw hope in more U.S stocks. After three days of closing with a decrease, stocks saw a modest rise with news that China had higher-than-expected growth, and gave a big leap with Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks that the Fed was ready to respond if stimulus is needed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both surged by 1.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite advanced by 1.5%. Energy stocks led the rise with General Electric
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