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. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Daniel R. Patmore/AP hide caption

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BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg (right) stands with outgoing CEO Tony Hayward. Hayward may not receive any exit compensation if he stays on with the company. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. pay czar Kenneth Feinberg says executive payouts were "ill-advised," but critics say he should have acted more forcefully. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Aircraft mechanic Jere Herr of Indianapolis prepares to go to work while seated in his recreational vehicle, parked in a lot at the Los Angeles International Airport. He lives by the airport to save money for the future. One-third of Americans will have to rely on Social Security benefits — not pensions — in their retirement years. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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At MIT's Sloan School of Management, students participate in a simulated stock market last July. Investing in stocks when prices are cheap can lead to long-term gains that ultimately bolster one's nest egg. It's a premise many young people understand, but the turmoil of the Great Recession kept some on the sidelines. Brian Snyder/Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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Retired members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) listen to details of their retirement accounts while they attend a monthly benefits meeting in Detroit in 2008. Investment experts say people make the mistake of not adjusting the balance of stocks and bonds in their portfolios after making their initial investment. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A nurse tends to a patient at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says nursing is the occupation that will provide the most new jobs over the next decade. Rob Carr/AP hide caption

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