A little helium escaped the balloon that's filled with high hopes that a new round of quantitative easing will invigorate the U.S. economy today. That was, of course, before oil prices fell off a cliff, down as much as $4.33 per barrel, on very heavy trading. The impetus for the drop appears to be renewed talk about releasing oil from the U.S. strategic reserves to help drive the price down, although any effect would probably be short-lived. For the day, the S&P 500
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