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5 Things You Need to Know Before the Stock Market Opens

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The second bailout for Greece, totaling $173 billion, leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Tuesday's 5 Biggest Stories

Greece wins a second, $173 billion bailout from the rest of Europe. So how soon until we start this process again for a third bailout? [<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-21/greece-wins-second-bailout-as-european-leaders-choose-aid-over-default.html" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Bloomberg</a>]

Italian and Spanish yields fall after the Greek rescue announcement. But with Portugal missing out, the gains could be fleeting. [<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/markets-bonds-euro-idUSL5E8DL0VN20120221" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Reuters</a>]

European stocks, meanwhile, aren't doing anything today. Buy the rumor, sell the news. [<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/europe-stocks-mostly-off-after-greek-deal-2012-02-21" target="blank" rel="nofollow">MarketWatch</a>]

Oh, by the way, Greece's debt load could become 160% of GDP by 2020 and would require more relief. [<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-greece-debt-news-idUSTRE81J1EE20120221" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Reuters</a>]

The Russell 2000 Index, which measures small-cap stocks, is near an all-time high. This comes as investors are yanking cash from small-cap funds. [<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204131004577235222358175432.html" target="blank" rel="nofollow">WSJ</a>]

Company News

Are you a fan of the mild winter we're having? So is Home Depot (HD - Get Report), along with the company's shareholders. [<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/46433299" target="blank" rel="nofollow">CNBC</a>]

More on Apple (AAPL - Get Report) and that special dividend. [<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-could-pay-a-special-dividend-2012-02-21" target="blank" rel="nofollow">MarketWatch</a>]

Pfizer (PFE - Get Report) is reportedly thinking of a part-IPO of its animal health division to raise $3 billion. [<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5be17b12-59a3-11e1-8d36-00144feabdc0.html" target="blank" rel="nofollow">FT</a>]

Odds and Ends

No, seriously, should we start worrying about inflation yet? [<a href="http://business.time.com/2012/02/20/is-it-time-to-start-worrying-about-inflation-again/" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Time</a>]

Happy Tuesday! Here's a Yeah Yeah Yeahs song to kick off your holiday-shortened week. [<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIIxlgcuQRU&amp;ob=av2n" target="blank" rel="nofollow">YouTube</a>]

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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