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Nov 12, 2011

World Alerts: Berlusconi resignation as prime minister, captured the attention of major news


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MarketWatch | Weekly Roundup The week's top 10 Videos.


Weekly Roundup
NOVEMBER 12, 2011

The week's top 10 videos on MarketWatch

By MarketWatch

In case you missed them, there are the 10 most popular videos that appeared on MarketWatch for the week of Nov. 7-11:

How long before euro economies are in the clear?

Kelly Evans discusses why U.S. stocks are being spooked by Italian bonds and their meteoric yields.
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Europe's impact on U.S. stocks

Bob O'Brien discusses the relationship between the European debt crisis and the U.S. economy.
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Better prices in store for platinum and palladium

There's been a bit of a surplus lately, but this year will see the last deliveries from stockpiles, according to Anton Berlin of Norilsk Nickel, who says the market will tighten in the future. Laura Mandaro reports.
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IPhone finally gets Consumer Reports stamp

Consumer Reports, which has long had issues with the iPhone, says Apple has finally come out with a smartphone it can recommend. ATD's Ina Fried discusses.
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Perry struggles to name government departments

At the Republican presidential debate in Rochester, Michigan, on Wednesday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry stumbled and had to be assisted by other candidates when he tried to list the federal government departments he would eliminate as president.
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More signs of a Chinese slowdown

There are further signs of an economic slowdown in China, with trade data showing a fall in both imports and exports. As inflation also slows, Aaron Back and Tom Orlik discuss China's options, including applying the brakes on yuan appreciation.
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Yelp eyes $2 billion IPO

Yelp, the online review website, has picked Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to lead an initial public offering that could value the company at up to $2 billion. Geoffrey Fowler has details.
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Walt Mossberg's laptop-buying tips

Walt Mossberg gives his top laptop-buying tips for consumers that are still looking to purchase new laptops this fall, despite the growing tablet market.
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Pressure builds on ECB to use firepower

As the euro zone scrambles around in search of new leaders, the ECB looks increasingly like the only hope to resolve the crisis.
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Why firms shouldn't rush into dividend payments

Companies that pay dividends get lots of attention these days, but there are often more efficient ways to spend that money to the benefit of shareholders, says fund manager Chuck Akre.
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MarketWatch | Top Ten Stories: Nov. 7 - 11


Weekly Roundup
NOVEMBER 11, 2011

MarketWatch's Top 10 stories: Nov. 7-11

By MarketWatch

Political trauma in Italy sent investors both there and in the U.S. on a roller-coaster ride with heart-stopping highs and lows for the major indexes this week.

By Friday, it appeared the market thrill ride would pull safely into the round house as the usual benchmarks gained back most of their losses from earlier in the week to put themselves in the black for the year.

Meanwhile, a couple of notable candidates hit some rough crosswinds in their race to the Republican presidential nomination, while the current administration got some mildly encouraging news on several fronts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed up 2.2% on Friday and ended the week up 1.4%. The S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (COMP) each were up 2% Friday. The S&P managed almost a 1% gain for the week but the Nasdaq slipped 0.3%.

Be sure to watch our Week Ahead videos:

 Asia's Week Ahead: Japan's megabanks, rates and GDP.

 U.S. Week Ahead: All eyes on progress in Italy.

 Europe Week Ahead: Europe's drama far from over.

Russ Britt

Berlusconi expected to step down...

Italy's debt problems sent markets tumbling mid-week, but by week's end all seemed well as a budget bill was working its way through the country's Parliament, paving the way for scandal-plagued Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to step down. Read MarketWatch's coverage of the developments in Italy.

... as Greece gets a new prime minister

Another troubled European nation with heavy debt problems, Greece started to climb out of its hole with the naming of Lucas Papademos as prime minister, replacing controversial George Papandreou. Papademos is a former vice president of the European Central Bank. Read coverage of Papademos's ascension.

GOP candidates hit the skids

Two Republican candidates hit the skids this week as one-time front-runner Herman Cain found himself defending against charges he sexually harassed at least two women. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbled in a debate trying to remember which agencies of the federal government he would eliminate. It all resulted in former House speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney surging out front for the GOP nomination. Read MarketWatch's election blog.

Jobless claims fall as consumer sentiment rises

The number of Americans filing for jobless claims hit a seven-month low, dropping by 10,000 to 390,000, the Labor Department said. The data prompted economists to be cautiously optimistic. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment rose to its highest level since June, but remained low. Read coverage on jobless claims and consumer sentiment.

Foreclosures on the rise; interest rates drop

A 7% sequential rise in foreclosure activity during October left experts believing that a "rain delay" in processing distressed properties is over and that a number of defaults finally will be cleared off the books. Year-to-year, foreclosures were down 31%, however. And Las Vegas lost the top spot as the metro area with the most foreclosures, ceding the title to Stockton, Calif. Meanwhile, 30-year mortgages fell below 4%. Read coverage on foreclosures and mortgage rates .

Troubles at Penn State

A child-molestation scandal involving a former assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University metastasized and brought down longtime head coach Joe Paterno. At the Penn State football coaching helm for 45 years, the 84-year-old Paterno was fired by the college for not doing more to stop the alleged abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The scandal went so far as to bring into question the school's debt rating. Read more about the rating.

Black Thursday?

Getting a jump on its rivals, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) said it would offer its traditional specials on Thanksgiving evening instead of the day after. In-store specials will be offered at 10 p.m. on the holiday. Other chains said they will open their doors at midnight on Friday, Nov. 25. Read coverage and a MarketWatch First Take .

Third appeals court upholds health-care law

The Obama administration is now three for four at the appellate level when it comes to the sweeping 2010 Affordable Care Act, as a noted conservative jurist wrote an opinion for a District of Columbia panel that says the law is constitutional. Read more on the ruling.

Biggest municipal bankruptcy...

A purported deal to keep Jefferson County, Ala., out of bankruptcy fell by the wayside and so the county that includes Alabama's largest city, Birmingham, filed for Chapter 9 protection. The filing was expected by many, as Jefferson County had talked of filing for bankruptcy for several years, but it was one of several high-profile cases like it this year. Read more on the filing.

...and a corporate bankruptcy

Power producer Dynegy Inc. (DYN) said that some of its financial units would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that caused the company's shares to rally 40% on Tuesday. Read the coverage and a MarketWatch First Take on the bankruptcy.