S&P Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 3/23/2012 8:45:46 AM EST
    FILE -- In a March 6, 2012 file photo traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Wall Street Thursday March 22, 2012, appeared headed for losses, with Dow Jones industrial futures down 0.2 percent and S&P 500 futures shedding 0.2 percent. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
  •  - A trader looks at an order board in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    A trader looks at an order board in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    Posted: 3/23/2012 8:33:49 AM EST
    A trader in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade looks at an order board shortly after the Federal Reserve's decision to leave short-term interest rates untouched between zero and 0.25 percent in Chicago, January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Polich
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    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:30:49 AM EST
    FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, trader Peter Tuchman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street was poised for gains at the open, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures both up 0.3 percent. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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    Posted: 3/21/2012 9:10:47 AM EST
    FILE - In a March 13, 2012 file photo trader Peter Tuchman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street was poised for gains at the open,with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures were both up 0.3 percent. (AP Photo/Richard Drew/file)
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    Posted: 3/20/2012 4:30:45 PM EST
    Damian Bagarozza, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, March 19, 2012. Wall Street was poised for a lower opening Tuesday March 20, 2012 with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures 0.5 percent lower. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
  •  - A trader looks at an order board in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    A trader looks at an order board in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    Posted: 3/16/2012 5:58:49 PM EST
    A trader in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade looks at an order board shortly after the Federal Reserve's decision to leave short-term interest rates untouched between zero and 0.25 percent in Chicago, January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Polich
  •  - Specialist Trader O'Mara gives a price on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Specialist Trader O'Mara gives a price on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:31:44 PM EST
    Specialist Trader Mike O'Mara (L) gives a price on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:30:13 PM EST
    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:27:58 PM EST
    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:04:53 PM EST
    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 4:44:29 PM EST
    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders work on the floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 4:41:52 PM EST
    Traders work on the floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A trader looks at an order board in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    A trader looks at an order board in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    Posted: 1/25/2012 2:16:33 PM EST
    A trader in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade looks at an order board shortly after the Federal Reserve's decision to leave short-term interest rates untouched between zero and 0.25 percent in Chicago, January 25, 2012. The central bank has kept its benchmark rate near zero since 2008. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders signal orders in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    Traders signal orders in the S&P 500 pit at the CBOT in Chcago

    Posted: 1/25/2012 1:50:02 PM EST
    Traders in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade signal orders shortly after the Federal Reserve's decision to leave short-term interest rates untouched between zero and 0.25 percent in Chicago, January 25, 2012. The central bank has kept its benchmark rate near zero since 2008. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
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    To match Interview MCEWEN/

    Posted: 1/24/2012 4:12:39 PM EST
    Rob McEwen, CEO of McEwen Mining, poses after an interview in Toronto, January 23, 2012. The 62-year-old Canadian investor who founded the world's second-largest gold producer, is putting his name on the line with his latest precious-metal venture, aiming to build his McEwen Mining into an S&P 500 company within a few years. Picture taken January 23, 2012. To match Interview MCEWEN/ REUTERS/Peter Jones (CANADA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS PROFILE)
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    To match Interview MCEWEN/

    Posted: 1/24/2012 4:11:55 PM EST
    Rob McEwen, CEO of McEwen Mining, poses after an interview in Toronto, January 23, 2012. The 62-year-old Canadian investor who founded the world's second-largest gold producer, is putting his name on the line with his latest precious-metal venture, aiming to build his McEwen Mining into an S&P 500 company within a few years. Picture taken January 23, 2012. To match Interview MCEWEN/ REUTERS/Peter Jones (CANADA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS PROFILE)
  •  - To match Interview MCEWEN/

    To match Interview MCEWEN/

    Posted: 1/24/2012 4:10:20 PM EST
    Rob McEwen, CEO of McEwen Mining, smiles after an interview in Toronto, January 23, 2012. The 62-year-old Canadian investor who founded the world's second-largest gold producer, is putting his name on the line with his latest precious-metal venture, aiming to build his McEwen Mining into an S&P 500 company within a few years. Picture taken January 23, 2012. To match Interview MCEWEN/ REUTERS/Peter Jones (CANADA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS PROFILE)
  •  - Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris

    Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris

    Posted: 1/15/2012 3:46:54 PM EST
    Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris January 15, 2012. S&P downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries on Friday, with France and Austria stripped of their coveted triple-A status. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris

    Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris

    Posted: 1/15/2012 3:23:49 PM EST
    Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris January 15, 2012. S&P downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries on Friday, with France and Austria stripped of their coveted triple-A status. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris

    Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's in Paris

    Posted: 1/15/2012 3:15:36 PM EST
    Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor's (S&P) in Paris, January 15, 2012. S&P downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries on Friday, with France and Austria stripped of their coveted triple-A status. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)