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Tuesday morning links

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

TOP STORIES
Critics blast AIG as flap escalates over bonuses - USA Today
Obama in Effort to Undo Bonuses at A.I.G. - NY Times
Auto delinquency rates rise nearly 9 percent in 4Q - AP
California's voters get next say in budget battles - CSM
Card Issuers Choke Businesses With Rate Hikes, Limit Cuts - Bloomberg
Nokia to lay off 1,700 worldwide - AP
U.S. credit card defaults rise to 20 year-high - Reuters
Toyota to discount prices for Prius - MarketWatch
China likely to be stronger after crisis - IHT

MARKETS/INVESTING
Oil Falls on Speculation Stockpiles Gained - Bloomberg
Gold dips as haven appeal fades, scrap flows in - Reuters
Market rally just misguided optimism - MSN Money
Crunch Time? - Butler, Investment Rarities
Gold Stocks Not Out of the Woods Yet - Seeking Alpha
Where have all the gold bugs gone? - MarketWatch

ECONOMY
Housing starts surge 22% in Feb. on apartment building - MarketWatch
February Producer Prices Rise 0.1%; Core Rate Gains 0.2% - Bloomberg
Foreign Demand for Long-Term U.S. Assets Weakens - Bloomberg
Homebuilder confidence near record low - CNN/Money
Industrial production down for fourth straight month - MarketWatch

INTERNATIONAL
Resale home prices fall 9.2 per cent in Feb, sales rise. - The Canadian Press
BOJ to buy $10.2 billion in subordinated bank loans - Reuters
In Downturn, China Sees Path to Growth - NY Times
China 'may have lost $80b in equities' - CHINADaily
Credit crunch costs average Briton £40,000 - TimesOnline
China Gains Key Assets In Spate of Purchases - Wash. Post
Brown: I should have done more to prevent bank crisis - Guardian
Mexico to raise tariffs on 90 U.S. exports - CNN/Money

HOUSING
Americans moving up to smaller, smarter homes - USA Today
Lehigh Valley home prices fall 12.3% - The Morning Call
After the boom, housing market slips in Houston - USA Today
Mortgage fraud at an all-time high - CNN/Money

FED/TREASURY/BANKING
Bernanke May Need to Ramp Up Asset Purchases - Bloomberg
Treasurys Are 'Disaster Waiting to Happen': Dr. Doom - CNBC
Small-Business Lending Gets a Boost - Wash. Post
Fed may still buy Treasurys, just not now - MarketWatch

INTERESTING
Hamptons hit by recession - Telegraph
Goldman Offers Loans to Stretched Employees - NY Times
Iowa Senator Says AIG Executives Should 'Resign or Commit Suicide' - Fox News

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