WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.
... * Equities index soars 18.3 percent in past four weeks. * Auto sector leads, pharma and engineering also strong. * Risks include banking debt, delay to economic reforms.
This is my least-favorite time of the year. Not only is it still cold up north, I have to spend hours preparing my taxes. And this is before my tax guy can even start his job!
Iran loaded its first cargo of oil to Europe since international sanctions ended, signaling more supplies will add to the global glut of crude.
It's not exactly a great surprise that a libertarian leaning free marketeer like myself blames regulation and bureaucracy for the slow growth in the economy.