More economic gloom, but Wall Street gets a boost (AP)

Shoppers stroll near the entrance to the Macy's department store at the Mall at Millennia in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. Macy's Inc., reported an almost 59 percent drop in fourth-quarter earnings because of weak sales and cost associated with consolidations of regional divisions and store closings.(AP Photo/John Raoux)AP – Just when things were looking even worse in the economy — consumer confidence in free fall and home prices dropping faster — came some good news: Wall Street bolted higher on a regulator’s prediction that the recession may end this year.

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