In Capitol Hill testimony, Ben Bernanke says a stimulus package would not be 'window dressing.'
While falling short of forecasting a recession, the Fed's inter-meeting report notes slow growth.
As tight credit dries up deals requiring leverage, corporate buyers may be able to find bargains.
As recession talk gains steam, the kickoff of earnings and a retail sales report should provide new clues.
'Recession, what recession?', a determined group of observers exclaim.
Expected poor earnings on top of recent dismal economic news could stoke recession fears.
Fears about the economy are rising ahead of the nonfarm payrolls report expected Friday.
The look into the central bank's Dec. 11 thinking helped weigh on the market Wednesday.
Downgrades and warnings to bond insurers and the assets they guarantee have the market on edge.
The bond insurer is the latest to be warned it must raise capital or face a critical downgrade.