The consensus in the markets now, is that the worst of the decline is behind us, and the economy is on the mend. The economic data last week was mixed. Reports showed that the overall US economy shrank in the last quarter of last year, the first time we have seen a fall in the last 3 years, with GDP coming in .1% lower than the previous quarter. But this was mostly a result of a drop in government spending, and private industry continues to grow. The Case Schiller home index shows housing prices are moving higher, consumer confidence came in strong and China came in with strong manufacturing  numbers, another indication that the global economy is better than expected. The Big Kahuna of reports is always the monthly jobs report, and this month showed an increase of 157,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate ticked a touch higher to 7.9%….

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