Venture capital investments are back

Economy watchers have multiple reasons to be happy today — oil prices fell, the hiring outlook is the best in years and consumer spending is improving.

But the best news of all is that venture capitalists are back in the game. Total VC investments were up 11 percent and the number of deals rose 6 percent in 2010, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource report.

The increase in venture capital investments, while still below pre-recession levels, is a sure sign that people with money are gaining confidence in the economy.

Here are the headlines:

Oil prices fall as Saudis hint at raising supplies

Poll: Hiring plans top layoffs by most in 12 years

Across income scale, Americans cautiously prepare to spend