Stock market news was slightly negative Monday morning, as world markets fell and earnings expectations were weak.
The International Grains Council cut its projected world grain output Thursday. Drought in eastern Europe has sparked a Russia grain export ban.
Stock prices rose modestly Monday as investors tentatively moved back into the market after a fresh round of merger and acquisition activity.
The United Arab Emirates central bank guaranteed all deposits in the banking system Sunday, seeking to calm markets made nervous by Dubai World's debt payment crisis. Asian markets rose Monday on the news.
The US recession and the swine flu outbreak have delivered a one-two punch to Mexico's sources of revenue, threatening gains against poverty made in the past two decades.
Obama is to meet this week with banks about card-holder complaints. Congress is weighing a 'bill of rights' for borrowers.
Some 40 percent of foreclosure-related evictions involve renters. Congress and 13 states weigh giving them greater protection.