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1. Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed is will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low.

2. Greece, Creditors Far Apart Going Into New Debt Talks -

Greece and its European creditors began fresh talks on Monday over the country’s request to ease its bailout terms, but expectations for a quick deal are low despite a fast-approaching deadline.

3. Eurozone Economy Picks Up Speed in Fourth Quarter -

Strong growth in Germany helped the eurozone economy expand faster than expected in the final three months of 2014, the latest in a string of indicators showing the region is picking up steam amid lower oil prices and a weaker euro.

4. Fed Stays 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

5. Low Inflation Likely to Keep Fed 'Patient' About a Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

6. 2015: The Currency War -

War sounds scary. In the traditional sense, war evokes casualties and loss. For investors, currency wars simply convey economic redistribution.

For instance, if there were only two stores in town selling identical items and one store raised prices while the other store lowered prices, demand would certainly follow the discount … but overall demand would be the same.

7. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

8. US Job Gains Top 200,000 for Ninth Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the steadiest pace of job growth in nearly 20 years.

9. Fed Ends Bond Buying and Cites Brighter Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market – a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.

10. China’s Growth Gut Check -

The global economy is a symphony of regional and local economies interconnected by trade, interest rates and currency movements. We can generalize the influence of our leading instrumentalists in the following ways.

11. IMF Trims Forecast for Global Economic Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund slightly lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year and next, mostly because of weaker expansions in Japan, Latin America and Europe.

12. The Return of King Dollar -

The market’s game ball in the third quarter goes to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar rose 7 percent, boosted by the comparative hawkishness of the U.S. Fed. The currency has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks, its longest winning streak in nearly 20 years (although the uptrend actually started in mid-2011). What should you know about the return of King Dollar?

13. The Dollar Strikes Back -

Movements between the dollar, euro, and yen profoundly impact global flows of goods and capital. Given recent language and policy shifts from the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ), let’s re-examine global currency trends.

14. AutoZone Agrees to Buy Parts Distributor -

A few weeks ahead of its fiscal fourth quarter earnings announcement, Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. disclosed it’s reached a deal to buy Interamerican Motor Corp., the second-largest distributor of original equipment import replacement parts in the U.S.

15. AP Survey: Fed's Outlook Correct but Not Solution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles.

16. US Hiring Surges As Unemployment Falls to 6.1 Percent -

U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

It was the fifth straight monthly job gain above 200,000 – the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom. In the past 12 months, the economy has added nearly 2.5 million jobs – an average of 208,000 a month, the fastest year-over-year pace since 2006.

17. Second-Quarter Scoreboards -

With central bank stimulus offsetting moribund economic data and geopolitical depressants, this market continues its low volume, low volatility ways. With the absence of news and trading strategies capturing our attention at the moment, let’s take a look back at the second quarter and identify the winners and losers.

18. Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Up to 4.20 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year loan increased to 4.20 percent from 4.14 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage jumped to 3.31 percent from 3.23 percent.

19. How Low Can We Go? -

With the S&P 500 back at all-time highs, investors may be experiencing a bit of altitude sickness. With the S&P 500 now up 180 percent from the bottom, it’s right to question how much upside remains. However, the better question might be how much downside lies below.

20. Renewing Our Vows -

Last week, U.S. indices ascended briefly back into record territory on supportive comments from global powerbrokers.

In Europe, Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, initiated a bold conversation on monetary stimulus measures. Reality has set in across the Eurozone that the euro is too strong and inflation too weak for enduring economic expansion.

21. US Consumer Spending Up Modest 0.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

22. Obama Picks Ex-Bank of Israel Head as No. 2 at Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.

23. AP Survey: US Income Gap is Holding Back Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.

It's hurting the U.S. economy.

So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap into a debate that's intensified as middle-class pay has stagnated while wealthier households have thrived.

24. Keep Your Eye on the Ball -

Markets bounced around a bit last week due to the continued volley between economic/earnings expectations and interest rate expectations. As a market observer, you must fully grasp this dynamic to translate daily volatility.

25. Events -

BlackGirlsCODE will host a mobile-app development workshop for girls ages 13 to 17 Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The event will also feature tech chats with women mobile developers. Cost is $35. Visit blackgirlscode.com.

26. Scripps Posts $160 Million Second-Quarter Profit -

Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive said Thursday its second-quarter profit increased 12 percent because of strong advertising and distribution revenues and a growing international business.

27. Eurozone Unemployment Heading for 20 Million -

LONDON (AP) — The unemployment rate across the 17 European countries that use the euro hit a record 12.2 percent in April, and the number of unemployed is on track to reach 20 million by year's end.

28. Strong US Economic Data Push World Markets Up -

LONDON (AP) — Rising home prices and consumer confidence in the U.S. pushed global stock markets higher on Tuesday as investors welcomed evidence that the world's largest economy is improving steadily.

29. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

30. US Trade Deficit Falls to $38.8 Billion in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March for a second month as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low.

31. ‘Keep the Keyhole Clean’ -

In a Paul Greenberg column I met the word “mitteleuropaish” for the first time. Greenberg (winner of a Pulitzer in 1969) was discussing a recently released book, “Kafka: The Office Writings.” He wrote, “A combination attorney, actuary and all-around bureaucrat, (Kafka) seems to have carried out his duties with a combination of mitteleuropaisch flair and German efficiency.”

32. Price of Oil Drifts Upward -

The price of oil drifted higher Friday, as traders waited to see what happens next in the Cyprus financial crisis.

By early afternoon Friday in New York, benchmark oil for May delivery was up 47 cents to $92.92 a barrel. Still, oil appeared headed for its first weekly loss in March.

33. Lovette Heads Career Services at Remington College -

Demetrius “Dee” Lovette has been named director of career services at Remington College’s Memphis campus. In the role, Lovette provides job placement services to students and graduates, and works with local employers to assess their workforce needs and provide qualified applicants.

34. Oil Drops on Outlook for Europe Economy -

The price of oil is dropping after the European Central Bank predicted a bleak year ahead for the region’s economy but stopped short of offering new measures to boost growth.

35. Oil Drops on Outlook for Europe Economy -

The price of oil is dropping after the European Central Bank predicted a bleak year ahead for the region’s economy but stopped short of offering new measures to boost growth.

36. It’s All Tied Up -

The markets today must reconcile two primary opposing factors. On the one hand, global economic statistics and earnings pre-announcements describe a listless global economy – not recessionary per se – but not healthy enough to really drive revenues and confidence. On the other hand, the globe’s major central banks have all committed to indefinite and unlimited monetary stimulus.

37. Examining Unknowns, Certainties -

US Fed = Yes, ECB = Yes, US Government = Maybe, China = Unknown Last week’s announcement of “unlimited” easing from the U.S. Fed combined with the “unlimited” easing announcement by the European Central Bank extended the global rally in everything but Treasuries.

38. Fed Unveils Bold, Open-Ended Steps to Aid Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve unleashed a series of bold and open-ended steps Thursday designed to stimulate the economy by boosting the stock market and making it cheaper for people to borrow and spend.

39. Expectations High for Fed to Announce Major Action -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If the world's investors are right, the Federal Reserve is about to take a bold new step to try to invigorate the U.S. economy.

And many expect the central bank, which began a two-day meeting Wednesday, to unleash its most potent weapon: a third round of bond purchases meant to ease long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending. It's called "quantitative easing," or QE.

40. Survey Finds US Competitive Ranking Down Again -

LONDON (AP) – The United States' ability to compete on the global stage has fallen for the fourth year running as confidence in the country's politicians continues to decline, an annual survey from the World Economic Forum found Wednesday.

41. Treasury Prices Edge Up After ECB Denies Report -

U.S. government bond prices are edging up after the European Central Bank said it wasn’t planning to cap borrowing costs for the region’s struggling countries.

42. Economic Outcomes Remain Up in Air -

Fedcasting With the markets and the politicians currently co-dependent, vacation for one implies vacation for the other. Trading volumes have collapsed. For those who are manning their trading terminals, daily market activity amounts to position-squaring ahead of September’s central bank policy proclamations.

43. What’s On, What’s Off Economic Table? -

On the Table: Conversational Easing With the data stream lukewarm at the moment, markets needed policy support for handholding. Recent history demonstrates that when market anxieties rise, fiscal and monetary authorities intervene. We have described this as the “Punch/Counterpunch” market.

44. Markets Stay Buoyed by Jobs -

LONDON (AP) – Financial markets remained in a buoyant mood Monday by figures showing the U.S. economy generated a greater than expected amount of jobs in July and by a growing belief that the European Central Bank could do more in the months ahead to contain the continent’s debt crisis.

45. Fed Says US Economy has Slowed, Takes No New Steps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to take further steps to boost growth if hiring remains weak.

The Fed took no new action after a two-day policy meeting. But it acknowledged in a statement released after the meeting that economic activity had slowed over the first half of the year. It also said unemployment remains elevated and consumer spending is rising at a somewhat slower pace.

46. Fed Could be Moving to More Bond Buying -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve appears to be moving toward announcing some new step to try to energize the troubled U.S. economy. The question is whether it will do so after its policy meeting this week.

47. Oil Rises on Expectations for Economic Stimulus -

The price of oil climbed for a fourth day on expectations of more efforts to fix the global economy.

China is planning to pump billions of dollars into housing projects and other infrastructure to support its construction industry. The European Central Bank also hinted that more support could be in the works for Europe’s debt-ridden nations, vowing to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro.

48. Focus Shifts Back to the US -

After China’s deluge of economic information took the spotlight last week, investors this week shifted their gaze back to the United States for a couple of big ticket items.

First, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made his way to the place that is held in high esteem by the American public: Capitol Hill. He provided his semi-annual testimony to the legislators on Tuesday and Wednesday.

49. Europe Shaken by Fear Spain Will Need Full Bailout -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Europe is on the brink again. The region's debt crisis flared on Monday as fears intensified that Spain would be next in line for a government bailout.

A recession is deepening in Spain, the fourth-largest economy that uses the euro currency, and a growing number of its regional governments are seeking financial lifelines to make ends meet. The interest rate on Spanish government bonds soared in a sign of waning market confidence in the country's ability to pay off its debts.

50. Global Economy in Worst Shape Since 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mounting fears about Spain’s financial health help illustrate why the global economy is in its worst shape since 2009.

Six of the 17 countries that use the euro currency are in recession. The U.S. economy is struggling again. And the economic superstars of the developing world – China, India and Brazil – are in no position to come to the rescue. They’re slowing, too.

51. IMF Predicts Slower Economic Growth for World, US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy will grow more slowly over the next two years, according to the International Monetary Fund's latest forecast.

And Europe's financial crisis and a potential budget crisis in the United States could slow world growth even further, the international lending organization warned.

52. Market Yields Best June in 13 Years -

June: Boon & Lampoon After taking body blows in May, the stock market had its best June since 1999. This time, we can credit European politicians rather than American central bankers for the strong finish. That, my friends, is a welcome change.

53. Punch And Counterpunch -

With baseline sentiment pessimistic, small changes can lead to outsized market movements. To best understand this schizophrenic environment, we must understand the forces at war. I call this the punch-counterpunch dynamic. The opponents are the economic gravitational pull of deleveraging in the developed world versus the helium provided by monetary and fiscal policy makers worldwide. Uncontested news on the deleveraging gravitational pull punches markets lower, riles pessimism, cues action from monetary and fiscal policy makers, who then counterpunch markets higher with programs and proclamations.

54. Market Party Going Strong -

Still Growing Last week offered testimonials from three key contributors to this market’s advance. We received preliminary U.S. GDP numbers, we passed the earnings season halfway point, and we obtained policy affirmations from key global central banks. When shaken and poured, these ingredients combined into a delightful cocktail that kept the stock market party going.

55. Cuts in European Bank Lending to Drag Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday that European banks are under pressure to preserve capital and could cut back sharply on lending over the next two years, slowing the region’s growth.

56. FedEx Corp. in Talks to Buy French Shipper -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is in negotiations to buy Tatex, a 36-year-old French shipping company that focuses on heavy shipments of parts and technology across France.

57. Steering Through Muddied Waters -

The Flows Knows While rationality has returned to the markets, occasional bouts of volatility (as we have experienced over the last few trading days) can muddy the analytical waters. After a 30 percent advance in the S&P 500 from the October lows, a pullback seems appropriate, and the reaction to the recent pullback couldn’t be more telling.

58. FedEx in Talks to Buy French Shipper -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is in negotiations to buy Tatex, a 36-year-old French shipping company that focuses on heavy shipments of parts and technology across of France.

59. FedEx to Buy Polish Courier Opek -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. said Thursday that it will buy Polish courier company Opek to gain a ground delivery network with about $70 million in annual sales.

60. IMF: Global Recovery Fragile -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The managing director of the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that the global economy is making some advances in digging itself out of a punishing recession, but that the recovery remains very fragile, especially in Europe.

61. Economy Equal Parts Doubt, Enthusiasm -

Chimerican Direction Markets fell back from multi-year highs last week as the recovery in expectations since August of last year may have finally eclipsed reality. While the global economic statistics show pockets of strength, they also show pockets of weakness. Add to that shifting balance the unforeseen Iran premium in the price of oil, and the recent bias favors preservation rather than accumulation.

62. Events -

Muslims in Memphis will hold a health fair and legal seminar Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at Kate Sexton Community Center, 1235 Brown Ave. For more information, call 576-7070.

63. Benz Repair Shop to Open On Cooper St. -

A high-end automobile maintenance and repair shop soon will be added to Cooper-Young’s booming portfolio of local businesses.

Shane Herbers, founder of Midtown Motor Werks, has leased 5,000 square feet at 795 S. Cooper St. from Richard Sullivan.

64. Rates Down, Money Up Across Globe -

Money Money Money Money To address declines in economic activity and stimulate marketplace liquidity, central banks across the globe have taken rates down and the quantity of money up. In fact, the leading global central bank balance sheets are approaching an unprecedented $9 trillion, or nearly 15 percent of global GDP.

65. Bernanke: Weak Housing has Hurt Consumer Spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Bernanke said declines in home prices have forced many Americans to cut back sharply on spending and warned that the trend could continue to weigh on the U.S. economy for years.

66. Is Bull Market in Store For New Year? -

Predicting 2012 According to Wall Street strategists, the S&P 500 will close somewhere between 1167, for a loss of 7 percent, and 1500, for a gain of 19 percent. Assuming earnings approximate $100 for the S&P 500, then applying a simple market P/E multiple tells you where we should be by year-end. If we feel no different than we did at the end of 2011, then the S&P 500 should finish at 1272 for a 1 percent gain.

67. Economists: Obama's Policies 'Fair' or 'Poor' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the U.S. economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals in an Associated Press survey of economists.

68. AP Survey: Economy to Pick Up but Still Vulnerable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 – if it isn't knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

69. Fed Says Economy is Healthier; Takes No New Steps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost the economy.

Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its latest policy statement.

70. A November to Remember -

Lots of Ways to Lose Market activity in November was astounding, driven by the cacophonous debate over Europe’s imminent death or salvation. Of the 21 trading days in November, 10 were positive and 11 were negative. The trading range in the S&P 500, from high tick to low tick, equaled 10 percent. The average daily trading range was 2 percent. By the end of the month, the S&P 500 had gone nowhere.

71. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since March 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Small businesses and startups that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.

72. Fed Survey: Most Areas See Slow to Moderate Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy expanded at a slow to moderate pace over the past two months in most areas of the country, but overall hiring was weak, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

73. Fed Announces Third Round of Bank Stress Tests -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve announced on Tuesday that it will conduct a third round of stress tests to determine if major U.S. banks can withstand a downturn in the economy.

The latest round of tests comes at a time when many are concerned about U.S. banks' exposure to the European debt crisis, which could throw that region into a recession and rattle global financial markets.

74. Europe’s Unappealing Options: Print or Perish -

Call The European crisis tour stopped in Italy last week. Bond yields climbed above the feared 7 percent, triggering immediate hysteria worldwide. Compounding the issue, Italy and Greece both had “help-wanted” ads out for prime ministers and received no applicants.

75. US to Conduct 4th Round of Bank Stress Tests -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The second-ranking member of the Federal Reserve said the central bank will conduct a fourth round of stress tests in the coming weeks to determine if U.S. banks can withstand a recession.

76. MF Global's Dive Shows Few Changes on Wall Street -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After countless new rules designed to make Wall Street safer, it's come to this: Another securities firm has collapsed from risky, poorly disclosed bets.

Not enough, in other words, has changed since the U.S. financial system nearly toppled three years ago.

77. In European Crisis, Obama Sees Risks Back Home -

CANNES, France (AP) – His political fortunes and his nation's economy at risk, President Barack Obama on Thursday implored European leaders to swiftly work out a eurozone rescue plan, aware of the potential fallout at home if they fail.

78. Bleu Latest Addition To Downtown Dining Scene -

It’s safe to say that it’s been a banner year for Downtown’s dining options. Within the past 12 months or so, restaurant openings have included Thai Bistro and The Brass Door on Madison Avenue; City Market, Krispy Krunchy Chicken and the Green Beetle on Main Street; and Rizzos Diner on G.E. Patterson Avenue, to name a few.

79. Debt Spreading Equally Across Entire World -

The Big Game Rolling passage of the $595 billion European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) last week emboldened the markets Monday and Tuesday, only to leave them second-guessing the efficacy of the device, its timing and the underlying economic environment. By the end of the week, the early enthusiasm waned as skepticism rose, leaving the S&P five percent lower than its Tuesday high.

80. Infrastructure Bank Could be Part of Jobs Package -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A national infrastructure bank that would entice private investors into road and rail projects could be a major part of the jobs package that President Barack Obama hopes will finally bring relief to the unemployed.

81. AP Survey: No Recession but Weakness Will Endure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another U.S. recession is not likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy.

That's the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and weak consumer spending will hold back the U.S. economy into 2012.

82. More People Sought Unemployment Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose back above 400,000 last week. Still, the four-week average, a more reliable gauge of the job market, fell to the lowest level since mid-April.

83. So, What Year Is This? -

Back to the Future As investors, we view volatility as a distraction. Successful defensive strategies engage prior to drawdowns, and successful offensive strategies engage into them. Before we can settle on the right strategy, however, we must determine which game we are playing.

84. The More Things Change … -

Change of Plans Like a car requires gas, forecasts require data. Two weeks ago, the data stack indicated that we had continued global growth, providing ample revenue opportunities for global corporations. Low earnings multiples paired with global growth indicated defensible value within the S&P 500. With current earnings trending toward $100, applying a simple conservative P/E of 13 presented 1300 as a stable base. The S&P 500 fumbled near this level frequently but seemed to find footing. On Friday of last week, however, the data stack changed.

85. New World Follows US Debt Downgrade -

Here we go again. Markets opened Monday, Aug. 8, with the world irreversibly changed, thanks to last week’s downgrade of U.S. debt by Standard & Poor’s from AAA to AA+. It follows last week’s wild ride for the stock market, which included stomach-churning swings for investors up through Friday, the day S&P issued the press release heard round the world after markets closed.

86. US Malaise, Debt Stalemate Shake Allies Globally -

BEIJING (AP) — America's debt crisis and economic malaise are shaking confidence in its global leadership.

Many governments see Washington's paralysis as political theater ahead of a presidential election and wonder how American hardliners can be allowed to hold up a deal and bring a globalized economy to the brink.

87. Elvis-Themed Eateries Coming to Europe -

Diners throughout Europe will soon be chowing down in restaurants with décor inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has licensed the EAD International Group to open Elvis-themed restaurants throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

88. Elvis Eateries Coming to Europe -

Diners throughout Europe will soon be chowing down in restaurants with décor inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has licensed the EAD International Group to open Elvis-themed restaurants throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

89. Bernanke: Fed Would Supply More Stimulus if Needed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the central bank is prepared to provide additional stimulus if the economic lull persists.

Delivering his twice-a-year economic report to Congress, Bernanke laid out three options the central bank would consider. One possibility, he said, was another round of Treasury bond buying. That would make the third such effort since 2009.

90. Layoffs, Housing Data Point to Chronic Problems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sour reports Thursday on the number of people who sought unemployment benefits and buyers of new homes illustrate what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged Wednesday: Many factors weighing on the economy are proving to be more chronic than first imagined.

91. Fed Acknowledges Economy is Growing More Slowly -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve acknowledged Wednesday that the economy is growing more slowly than it expected. But it said it will complete its $600 billion Treasury bond buying program by June 30 as planned and announced no further efforts to boost the economy.

92. The Grecian Formula -

To use a well-worn analogy, the perceived risks of a Greek default resemble the risks of a Lehman default. When Lehman imploded, marketplace confidence collapsed, interbank lending froze, bank balance sheets shrank, violating capital covenants, leading to the rapid insolvency of a number of large-scale financial institutions.

93. Europe Debt Crisis Shadows Fed Meeting on Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If the U.S. economic slowdown weren't enough to deal with, the Federal Reserve this week must consider a new threat: a resurgent European debt crisis that could imperil the global economy.

94. Memphis-Paris Pact Kicks Off Airport Cities Conference -

The Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition opened informally Monday with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and French Minister of Urban Development Maurice Leroy signing a trade pact between the cities of Memphis and Paris.

95. Memphis-Paris Pact Kicks Off Airport Cities Conference -

The Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition opened informally Monday with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and French Minister of Urban Development Maurice Leroy signing a trade pact between the cities of Memphis and Paris.

96. Energizing Markets: What’s Next? -

Q1 Markets Energizing!

After a first quarter of Black Swan attacks reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” the S&P 500 put together its best first quarter return in more than a decade. It took a lot of energy to beat the market in Q1 as only the energy and industrial sectors outperformed. The eight other sector classifications underperformed. So, Q1 provided a demonstration of market resilience in the face of adversity, with U.S. energy companies parlaying $100 oil into outsized returns for all. Now what?

97. Fed ID's Companies That Used Crisis Loan Programs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve revealed details Wednesday of more than $3 trillion in emergency aid it provided to U.S. and foreign banks during the financial crisis.

It also named the companies that used its emergency loan programs and revealed how much they borrowed. Newly released documents show the companies included Goldman Sachs & Co., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. They also show that foreign banks such as Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutche Bank borrowed hundreds of billions of dollars.

98. Bernanke Defends Bond-Purchase Plan, Warns China -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hit back at critics, both at home and abroad, who have challenged the central bank's $600 billion bond-purchase program.

In a speech in Germany, he argued that Congress must help support the Fed's program with further stimulus aid. And he issued a stern warning to China, saying it and other emerging nations are putting the global economy at risk by keeping their currencies artificially low.

99. Fed Strikes More Cautious Tone on US Recovery -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve struck a more cautious tone about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery, indicating Europe's debt crisis poses a risk to it.

Wrapping up a two-day meeting Wednesday, the Fed in a 9-1 decision retained its pledge to hold rates at record-low levels for an "extended period." Doing so will energize the rebound.

100. Geithner to Confer With European Leaders -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will meet with European finance officials this week to review a $1 trillion rescue package that is being assembled to help stem the spreading debt crisis.