Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak Friday at a conference in Wyoming. Investors are looking for clues that the Fed will do more to stimulate the economy.
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An employee inspects finished rolls of aluminum at an Alcoa facility in Newburgh, Ind., in 2006. The company has slashed payrolls in its core business by about one-third.
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An oil platform waits to be towed into the Gulf of Mexico at Port Fourchon in Louisiana on May 4. Some say idling the industry for 6 months could be a bigger economic blow than the oil spill itself.
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