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The $4 trillion man: one of five things to watch April 5

Rep. Paul Ryan set to unveil $4 trillion in budget cuts over next 10 years, plus National Semiconductor deal and the apps grand jury.

April 5, 2011

In this photo taken Feb. 14, 2011, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin puts up a chart while delivering the GOP response to President Obama's 2012 budget submission on Capitol Hill in Washington. On April 5, 2011, he was set to deliver a GOP plan to cut $4 trillion from the deficit over 10 years while preserving Social Security and Medicare.

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Inside the mind of Ben in the latest Fed Minutes, Paul Ryan showing off his $4 trillion budget ax, and fallout from the Boeing 737 cracks. As we suggested in Monday's post, the appearance of fuselage cracks would have an impact. Here's what we're watching…

1. Market Momentum: Just after the closing bell Monday, chip maker Texas Instruments announced that it would buy National Semiconductor in a $6.5 billion all-cash deal. The news sent shares in National Semi soaring after hours, while also adding spice to an otherwise bland market day. The broad indices were largely flat Monday, with the Dow recording a 23 point gain, and the S&P nearly unchanged. The 10:00am ISM non-manufacturing index is poised to be a key impetus Tuesday.

2. Forecasting the Fed: Central banker Ben Bernanke is in Georgia Monday night for an evening keynote at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's 2011 Conference. With a strong March jobs report in the books, an increasingly rosy economic outlook and the specter of inflation on the horizon, the big question is when the Fed will begin to tighten policy. Markets may get some clue Tuesday with the 2:00pm ET release of the minutes from the last FOMC meeting.

3. A Plane Old Mess: The FAA is set to order emergency fuselage checks Tuesday of all Boeing 737-300 planes currently in service domestically. Safety issues surrounding the old version of Boeing's best-selling jet came into focus following the near disaster on a Southwest flight last week. The low cost air carrier has the largest in-service inventory of the model in question, due to its 737-only fleet. Boeing shares were trading lower in the after hours session, while Southwest trading down significantly all-day Monday.

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