BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Italy's auction of long-term bonds leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Thursday, Dec. 29.
Thursday's 5 Biggest Stories
Italy sold some short-term bills yesterday, but today's auction of the
longer-term Italian bonds
was the real test.
Everyone smile! Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is "relieved" by the results of the auction. Let's check back with him in a month.
Like no one saw this coming: Banks will face
if they exhaust collateral they can offer to the ECB.
The last few economic reports due in 2011 are today's
jobless claims data
, Chicago PMI and pending home sales.
is about to get slapped with criminal charges over the Gulf oil spill.
Maybe 2012 could be particularly painful for shareholders of recent IPOs
Believe it or not, investigators are still piecing together the money moves of
stock market volatility
is fading and will disappear, based on history.
A grim forecast for corporate earnings with so many companies cutting fourth-quarter guidance.
On the hunt for the best
portfolio tracking software
? Make sure to check the comments for more ideas.
What happens when
sentiment turns really ugly
, with natural gas as an example.
Odds and Ends
wealth gap in Congress
is corrupting Capitol Hill.
Your Thursday morning wake-up video comes from the
. It still amazes me this song topped the Billboard Modern Rock charts in 1996.
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