economic optimism

Eight Contrarian Signs About That 2011 Stock Rally

A continued rally in U.S. stocks next year is becoming an article of faith. But beneath the bullish sheen of several positive reports, many other key statistics and indicators are bearish or neutral. Investors might want to balance the widespread confidence by looking at these eight.

What Will the Fed Do With So-So Results?

The recent stream of modestly positive economic reports means the Fed probably won't take any further action to stimulate the economy at its meeting on Tuesday. But nobody is calling the economy healthy yet, and the debate over what the Fed should do next has the FOMC deeply divided.