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(Studio: Brian Williams) The troubled economy introduced.
(CNBC headquarters: Trish Regan) Concern about a recession despite possible rate cuts by the Federal Reserve Board examined; December retail sales figures cited. [Fed chairman Ben BERNANKE – says we stand ready to take substantive additional action.] [Mesirow Financial chief economist Diane SWONK†- says it will help to jump start an economy that looks a little weak.] [CNBC financial commentator Bill SEIDMAN††- comments on consumer behavior.] A possible merger between mortgage lender Countrywide and Bank of America noted. Stock Market Report.
- Williams, Brian;
- Regan, Trish
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