Stock markets can expect to see higher-than-normal volatility as investors worry about Eurozone economic problems and continued brinksmanship in Washington over US debt and spending issues,

They can't manage our finances, but the Federal government can make trouble for successful businesses. Google is now a target of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust probe. Unlike AT&T, which had a near monopoly on phone service decades ago, Google has plenty of competitors (Bing, anyone?). But Google's success in offering a convenient and highly useful service makes them a target. Thanks, FTC.

This week and next are peak time for corporate earnings reports. Today we'll hear from Gannett; Tuesday, Apple Johnson & Johnson; Thursday, PepsiCo; and Friday, GE and Xerox. We'll hear from Eastman Kodak next week.



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