A home for sale in Glenview, Ill. Existing-home sales hit the highest level in more than 3 years in February. But not everyone is convinced that the housing sector's momentum has staying power. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Cypriots protest an EU bailout deal outside the parliament in Nicosia on Monday. A proposed bailout deal would slap a levy on all Cypriot bank savings. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The job market showed strong growth in February. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Shipyard workers wait for President Obama to speak about looming automatic federal budget cuts Tuesday in Newport News, Va. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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A US Airways plane rests near two American Airlines jets at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last year. The combined carrier would be named American Airlines. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wendy Brown of Schenectady, N.Y., holds a sign before an Occupy Albany rally pushing for a raise in New York's minimum wage on May 29, 2012. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Raul Rivero fills up in Miami. Having less take-home pay at the same time gas prices are rising could dampen consumer spending, economists say. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A new home under construction in Pepper Pike, Ohio. This spring's jobs data could look much brighter if housing heats up. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Jan. 2. Financial market participants will be keeping a close eye on upcoming deadlines affecting the U.S. debt ceiling, scheduled automatic budget cuts and federal funding. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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