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May 10, 2011

MarketWatch | Economic Report: China’s consumer inflation eases

By Chris Oliver, MarketWatch 

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — China’s consumer price index climbed 5.3% in April from a year earlier, easing from a 5.4% rise in March but slightly faster than the 5.2% rise expected by analysts, according to official data released Wednesday.
Meanwhile wholesale inflation edged climbed 6.8%, compared to analysts expectations of 7.3% rise compiled in a poll by Dow Jones Newswires.
In other data released Wednesday industrial output was up 13.4% compared to an expected 14.5% rise.
Broad money supply growth, as measured by M2, expanded 15.3% for the month, short of the 16.5% expansion expected by economists.
Chris Oliver is MarketWatch's Asia bureau chief, based in Hong Kong.

Fom the Desk of Nick Nicolaas: Martin Armstron Is Back With The Silver Crash of 2011 ?

From the Desk of Nick Nicolaas – (FDNN)

Alert #72
May 10, 2009
“Marty is Baaack”
Martin Armstrong and the Future
(Your Financial Future)
What will Marty’s Next Turnaround Date of June 13, 2011 Bring???
Marty’s economic essays are certainly worth your time to read i.e. if you are concerned with your Financial Health in the years to come.
This man’s economic essays and his ‘Economic Confidence Model’ have assisted and guided me to make timely investment decisions over the years and act so that I was able to add to my financial wealth over those years - - I profoundly thank him for it.

As always - - Stay Tuned!!

From New York, the what used to be the Financial Capital of the World, regards,


Nick L. Nicolaas
(604) 657-4058

Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Business Briefing: Miners to Drive Spending Splurge

Update for Wed May 11 08:35:24 EST 2011 
Miners to drive spending splurge
Resources boom Damon Kitney A RECORD $76 billion worth of spending in the nation's booming resources sector is set to drive a 16 per cent increase in business investment.
Microsoft buys Skype for $US8.5bn
Microsoft Skype Anupreeta Das and Nick Wingfield MICROSOFT has agreed to buy internet phone company Skype for $US8.5 billion in cash -- the most aggressive move yet by the software giant.
Wall St buoyant on Microsoft deal
Wall St Brendan Conway US stocks advanced as investors drew encouragement from Microsoft's $US8.5 billion deal for Skype and from signs of US economic strength.
Tax a blooming nuisance for florist
Tim Baber, florist Katherine Jimenez FOR florist Tim Baber, paying less tax is a key priority to help weather the severe retail downturn.
Good start, but much more must be done
ridout Tracy Lee BUSINESS leaders criticised the federal budget for not going far enough in lowering spending, but gave it a tick on boosting workforce skils.
Fasten your seatbelt
DIP' James Dunn IN April, Charlie Aitken, executive director and head of dealing at Southern Cross Equities, told his clients to move into cash.
Package helps business keep work at home
100806 resources boom Damon Kitney THE federal government has announced an incentive package for local firms to profit from the mining boom.
Retirees must bowl up for more super
Retirees Geoffrey Newman SELF-FUNDED retirees will be forced to withdraw more from their pensions after the government decided to phase out recent exemptions.
Financial Markets
Wall St buoyant on Microsoft deal
Wall St Brendan Conway US stocks advanced as investors drew encouragement from Microsoft's $US8.5 billion deal for Skype and from signs of US economic strength.
Oil rises 1.3pc on US refinery concerns
Copper shakes off weak China data
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Mining & Energy
Cutt to lead BHP's diamond division
Potash borer Alex MacDonald BHP has appointed Tim Cutt as president of its Diamonds and Specialty Products division, which will be moved to potash territory in Canada.
Oil rises 1.3pc on US refinery concerns
Copper shakes off weak China data
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Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Capital Circle: Budget Sales Blitz Begins For Labor

Capital Circle Newsletter

Budget sales blitz begins for Labor
The budget has finally been released and now Labor must sell it.

The PM's diary: Julia Gillard is in Canberra and has begun selling her first budget this morning, taking to the airwaves to push Labor's economic message. She appeared on Sunrise, the ABC and some FM radio stations. She will continue the hard sell in Question Time.
The message: "This is a budget with Labor values in it. We are a party that values jobs and opportunity, and that's what this budget is all about."
Tony Abbott is in Canberra and is also blitzing the media, braving the Canberra cold this morning to do a live cross for the Today show and appearing on radio to push his message: without details on the carbon tax, the budget has a hole in its heart. "This is a lazy budget ... if a surplus is ever achieved, it will be a surplus made in China.''
Wayne Swan wins the award for hitting the airwaves - the Treasurer will conduct 17 interviews this morning to consolidate his budget pitch before heading to the National Press Club. He said this morning: "There are $22 billion in saves in this budget and real spending is only increasing by 1 per cent in that time ... It's not a question of getting a bounce, its a matter of spreading opportunity to every postcode.''
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Across the papers, The Australian leads with the headline "That's not a knife, Treasurer'' and a Bill Leak illustration.  The paper's coverage begins with a report that Mr Swan will raise at least $2 billion through a freeze on middle-class welfare to help bankroll a workforce participation agenda that will nudge the idle towards work in an attempt to lift them out of welfare dependence. Full budget coverage here.
The Sydney Morning Herald declares on a tabloid wrap-aroun

ABC News Australia: Business News: Petrol prices expected to fall

Petol prices expected to fall
Tasmanian motorists can expect petrol prices to fall soon.

The New South Wales Government has taken aim at last night's Federal budget, saying the state got a dud deal.

Business wary of 'workman-like' budget
Key business groups cautiously welcomed the Federal Government's budget, although some said the spending cuts were not deep enough.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH: J.S. Kim: Metals investors know how to trade around the manipulation.

J.S. Kim: Metals investors know how to trade around the manipulation

4:20p ET Tuesday, May 20, 2011
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):
J.S. Kim of the SmartKnowledge U investment system and the Underground Investor letter remarks today that gold and silver investors are not blind -- that they can and do time their investments to take advantage of central bank manipulation of the markets. Kim's commentary is headlined "The Myths of Gold and Silver Bulls Promulgated by Gold and Silver Bears" and you can find it at the Underground Investor here:
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

Financial & Forex Info | Reuters Daily Investor Update: Utilities, defensive stocks lift Wall Street


Utilities, defensive stocks lift Wall Street
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose for a third day on Tuesday, led by utilities and other defensive shares and the prospect of still-strong profit growth. | Full Article

Disney revenue misses Street view
May 10, 2011 04:29 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co posted a disappointing 6 percent jump in quarterly revenue after the flop that was "Mars Needs Moms" capped a weak box office, sending its shares down more than 2 percent. | Full Article
Microsoft to buy Skype for pricey $8.5 billion
May 10, 2011 04:05 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp plans to buy Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion in its biggest-ever acquisition, placing a rich bet on mobile and the Internet to try to best rivals such as Google Inc. | Full Article
China offers concession on key trade irritant
May 10, 2011 03:53 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China on Tuesday pledged to make it easier for U.S. companies to win Chinese government contracts, addressing a long-standing complaint of foreign corporations seeking a piece of the fast-growing market. | Full Article
Charity to auction lunch date with Warren Buffett
May 10, 2011 03:01 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you have a couple million dollars to spare and a taste for steak, Warren Buffett is looking for lunch companions. | Full Article
U.S. hopes to question bin Laden's wives
May 10, 2011 12:53 PM ET
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was hoping on Tuesday to question the detained three wives of Osama bin Laden although Pakistani officials played down the possibility of any speedy access, saying no decision had been made. | Full Article
Bahrain expels Reuters correspondent
May 10, 2011 12:12 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Bahrain said on Tuesday that it was expelling the Reuters correspondent in the Gulf kingdom. | Full Article
CIA to let some senators see bin Laden photos
May 10, 2011 04:35 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA has informed two Senate committees that their members can view post-mortem photos of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden if they wish, a congressional aide said on Tuesday. | Full Article
EU paymaster Merkel guarded on new aid for Greece
May 10, 2011 02:34 PM ET
BERLIN/ATHENS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's reluctant paymaster, said on Tuesday she could only discuss further aid for Greece after EU and IMF officials report on implementation of its existing rescue plan. | Full Article
Battle lines harden ahead of budget talks
May 10, 2011 03:13 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Battle lines hardened in Washington Tuesday as the Obama administration geared up for an intensive round of talks with lawmakers to allow the United States to avoid an unprecedented default on its debt. | Full Article
Appeals court questions Obama healthcare lawsuit
Doctors call embedding a severe type of self-harm
Doctors rush to heart procedure before proven drugs
Romney to take on healthcare law in speech
Fewer behavior problems for breastfed kids: study

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The Washington Post | Post Politics Afternoon Edition: Boehner declares tax hikes 'off the table'

The Washington Post
Politics Afternoon Edition


  1. Boehner declares tax hikes 'off the table'

    White House rebukes House speaker over position and denounces demand for more than $2 trillion in spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.
    » Read full article
  2. Kerry: Time to rethink Afghan strategy

    Senior Massachusetts senator calls current expenditures of $10 billion a month on Afghan war "unsustainable."
    » Read full article
  3. The Fix: Romney to speak about health care

    In a speech on Thursday, it's all but certain the former Massachusetts governor won't apologize for his health-care law.
    » Read full article
  4. Senate Democrats push to end tax breaks for big oil companies

    Senate Democrats announced a plan Tuesday to eliminate federal tax breaks to the five biggest oil companies and use those savings, estimated at $21 billion over the next 10 years, to help cut the deficit.
    » Read full article
  5. The Plum Line: Boehner is holding economy 'hostage,' White House says

    White House press secretary Jay Carney twice used the word "hostage" to describe Boehner's treatment of the situation, and when pressed, refused to say whether the White House views Boehner as a "hostage-taker."
    » Read full article


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NYT: Afternoon Business News: Skype Deal Gets a Mixed Reaction


Skype Deal Gets a Mixed Reaction

Analysts see a tax-advantaged use of Microsoft's huge cash hoard, but others question the company's track record with large acquisitions.

Merkel Resists Pressure on New Aid for Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said it was too early to discuss new aid for Greece, even as the country's borrowing costs rose again.

French Lawmakers Debate Ban on Controversial Drilling Technique

Citing environmental concerns, even members of President Nicolas Sarkozy's governing conservative party have come out against the practice known as hydraulic fracturing.

British Public Figures Struggle to Protect Privacy

A European court rejected a bid by Max Mosley, who was the subject of reports about his sex life, to require news organizations to inform subjects of articles prior to publication.

Goldman Faces New Legal Woes

The firm disclosed in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that it had received more subpoenas related to Abacus and other collateralized debt obligations that it made during the mortgage boom.

CBS Political Hotsheet Top Stories: WH Adviser: Job Creation " Paramount Isuue"

The CBS News Political Hotsheet newsletter


In preview of Obama's town hall with CBS News, Austan Goolsbee cites economic improvements, need for continued investments
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WH adviser: Job creation

Clinton: China on Secretary of state says China has "deplorable" human rights record, says nation is trying to "stop history"

Boehner to Pakistan: House Speaker says it's time to answer questions about U.S.-Pakistan relationship

Appeals court likely to uphold health care law Administration gets a big break in Va. case because the judges on the federal appeals panel will all be appointed by Democrats

Hasidic paper regrets editing Clinton from photo Der Zeitung said it edited women out of iconic photograph because of religious "laws of modesty," not disrespect for female officials

MarkertWatch | Market Pulse: Stocks extend win streak as Skype bid cheers bulls

By Laura Mandaro 

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks closed sharply higher Tuesday, extending gains into a third day, as Microsoft Corp.'s /quotes/comstock/15*!msft/quotes/nls/msft MSFT -0.62% $8.5 billion offer for Skype Global spurred optimism of more merger activity to come. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed DJIA +0.60% gained 75.68 points, or 0.6%, to 12,760.36, with IBM /quotes/comstock/13*!ibm/quotes/nls/ibm IBM +0.18% leading point gains. Dow-component Microsoft, however, fell 0.6%. The S&P 500 /quotes/comstock/21z!i1:in\x SPX +0.81% rose 10.87 points, or 0.8%, to 1,357.16. The Nasdaq Composite /quotes/comstock/10y!i:comp COMP +1.01% gained 28.64, or 1.01%, to 2,871.89.