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    The markets provided a variety of trading action today with a struggle between the Bulls and the Bears. At the closing bell, the major indices closed mostly higher with the DOW trailing the pack with a loss on the trading session. The southbound trend began early with word of another down turn in the housing markets. Trading activity was that of a whirlwind of motion, taunting the red zone, on several occasions. Investors as well as day traders played several China Stocks which are on the move once again, into much higher territory. We saw several stocks post sharp gains amidst heavy trading activity for the day. It appears that many investors are banking on China stocks and reaping in on some hefty profits.

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    At the closing bell, here is how the major indices ended the session: the DOW (Dow Jones Industrial Average) posted a loss of 20.40 points on the day to end the session at 13,892.54; the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) posted a gain of 39.90 points to end the session at 10,165.30; the NASDAQ posted a gain of 28.76 points for a close at 2,792.67; the S&P 500 moved higher by 2.71 points to end at 1,541.24 and the RUSSELL 2000 moved higher by 1.54 points to close at 824.89. The FTSE All-World Index ex-US (top Large/Mid Cap aggregate from over 2,700 stocks from the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS) which covers 90% of the world’s investable market capitalization) posted a gain of 0.82 points to close at 273.33 and the FTSE RAFI 1000 posted a gain of 4.42 points to close at 6,325.78.

    U.S. September Housing Starts fell by 10.2% to 1.191 Million compared to consensus of a drop by 4.2%; Building Permits fell 7.3% to 1.226 Million rate in September and August Housing Starts were revised to a drop by 3.2% from a drop by 2.6%.

    U.S. Real Average Weekly Earnings rose by 0.1% in September; U.S. September CPI Energy Prices rose by 0.3%; U.S. September CPI Food Prices rose by 0.5%; U.S. September CPI Unrounded rose by 0.267%; U.S. September Core CPI Unrounded rose by 0.220%; U.S. September CPI Excluding Food & Energy rose by 0.2% compared to consensus of an increase by 0.2% and U.S. September Consumer Prices rose by 0.3% compared to consensus of an increase by 0.2%.

    Department of Energy released Oil Inventories today: U.S. Crude Oil Stockpiles rose by 1.8 Million Barrels in the week compared to estimated Stockpiles of an increase by 1 Million Barrels; U.S. Gasoline Stockpiles rose by 2.8 Million Barrels in the week compared to estimate of an increase by 1 Million Barrels; U.S. Distillate Stockpiles rose by 1 Million Barrels in the week compared to estimate of a drop by 400,000 Barrels and U.S. Refineries ran at 87.3% capacity compared to expectations of an increase by 0.4% at 88.2%.

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    Fed Beige Book released today: Lower Dollar Making Imports More Expensive; Labor Markets Tight; 'Modest' Wage Pressures; Retail Sales Softening; Outlook Uncertain; Competition Holding Retail Prices In Check; Firms See 'Higher-Than-Usual' Economic Uncertainty; Most Fed Banks Saw Lower Home Sales, Prices; Housing To Stay 'Subdued' For 'Several Months' and Economic Growth Slowing; Housing Still Weak.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson calls for private market for Terrorism Insurance and won't oppose House Version of Terrorism Insurance Bill.

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    Prepared Statement by Treasury Under Secretary David McCormick in Advance of Meetings of the G-7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank
    Washington, DC - Good afternoon. I am looking forward to a very busy set of meetings over the next several days. Secretary Paulson will host G-7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors here at the Treasury on Friday. They will discuss current economic conditions and financial market developments, trade, reform of the international financial institutions, development issues, and energy and the environment among other things. Clearly recent financial market turmoil will be a focal point and a good part of the G-7 meeting will be devoted to this issue. The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong even while overall growth is moderating. Consumer spending is good, unemployment remains low, export growth is strong, the current account deficit has narrowed, and our budget situation has improved considerably. We recognize the need to continue our efforts to raise national savings and reduce the deficit. I am pleased to report that for the just-complete fiscal year, our deficit fell to 1.2 percent of GDP, and we remain on track to balance the budget in 2012. The global economy remains quite strong with a robust outlook for the remainder of 2007 and 2008. Importantly, there has been some rebalancing of domestic demand growth and this is being reflected in somewhat smaller global imbalances, with the notable exception of China, which still has a rising external surplus. As in the past, Ministers will discuss the near-term outlook and prospects for growth enhancing reforms in Europe and Japan. The strong global economy and well-capitalized financial institutions provide a strong platform for addressing recent market turbulence. Financial authorities throughout the world have acted to promote systemic stability. There are signs that financial market conditions have begun to stabilize in some areas, although we recognize that it will take some time to work through the recent difficulties. The issues raised by the recent turmoil are complex and require careful analysis. We must undertake this work quickly, but we cannot rush to judgment. In this light, Secretary Paulson – working with the G7 has asked the Financial Stability Forum – under the leadership of Bank of Italy Governor Mario Draghi – to form a working group to look at the underlying causes of the turbulence and offer proposals in the areas of risk management, the accounting and valuation of financial derivatives, the role and methodologies of credit rating agencies in structured finance, and basic supervisory principles of prudential oversight of regulated financial entities. This weekend, Mario Draghi is expected to brief the G7 on the working group's work plan going forward with an expected final report to be delivered next April. Finally on this front and notwithstanding the recent turmoil, we should remember that the globalization of capital markets has brought enormous benefits to the world – broader choices in financial products, greater prosperity, and expanded opportunity. The Secretary will raise the issue of a clean technology fund, which President Bush mentioned two weeks ago as part of the Major Economies Meeting. The Fund would help finance clean energy projects in the developing world by focusing on financing the gap between traditional and more expensive clean technology. We envision that the fund will leverage bilateral donor resources, multilateral development institution resources, and private resources. We look forward to working with other countries to explore this concept and ensure the fund's success. The G-7 meeting will also include an outreach dinner on sovereign wealth funds. In particular, we seek to discuss the implications of these funds for an international financial system fundamentally based on the principle of private sector allocation of resources to their most efficient uses, and to emphasize our joint commitment to maintain openness to investment and to promote financial stability. The Secretary has invited Finance Ministry and sovereign wealth fund representatives from China, Korea, Kuwait, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates to join us. We look forward to a constructive discussion. Over the weekend, at the International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee meetings, we will discuss reform of the international financial institutions. On the IMF, we are going to emphasize the importance of the IMF implementing the new surveillance procedures on exchange rate regimes as well as the need for fundamental reform of the governance structure to reflect the rising weight of dynamic emerging markets. Our discussions on quota reforms are ongoing and we will continue to work towards a comprehensive agreement. We will also emphasize that in tackling the Fund's medium-term financing picture, serious consolidation of expenditures must be on the table in tandem with a review of the income situation. On World Bank reform, we will have an opportunity to discuss President Zoellick's recently announced priorities and strategy and focus on how the Bank can best enhance its development impact in a changing global environment.



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