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  • Fed Minutes Show Worries About a Deep Recession Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 3:36 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Worries about a deep recession--not a shallow one--drove Fed policymakers to slash interest rates again last month, according to minutes of their  meeting.

  • Full Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 2:28 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The following is the text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting of March 18, issued on Tuesday:

  • Small Business Optimism Index Hits All-Time Low Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    A gauge of small business optimism in the United States sunk in March to a 22-year low, as small business owners clamped down on plans to create new jobs and expand business operations, a survey released Tuesday showed.

  • U.S. Sliding into Recession: Head of Economic Bureau Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
    Martin Feldstein

    Martin Feldstein, who heads the group that is considered the arbiter of U.S. recessions, told CNBC that he believes the U.S. has been sliding into a recession.

  • S&P Gains 4.2% for Week Ahead of Earnings Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 4:37 PM ET

    Major stock indexes ticked higher Friday though the market was broadly mixed. General Motors skidded, while UBS shares advanced.

  • Job Outlook for '08 Grads: Fewer Offers, Higher Pay Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    For those graduating college this year, getting a job will be a little harder than last year—but will likely pay more.


    If recessions are best seen through the rear-view mirror, then Friday's jobs data makes the current state of the economy pretty clear.

  • Financials Lead Stocks Lower; UBS Climbs Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 10:38 AM ET

    Stocks opened flat Friday as investors shrugged off a worse-than-expected March employment report.

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    US employers cut payrolls by a bigger-than-expected 80,000 in March, more evidence that the economy is in a recession.

  • McTeer: Strengthen Dollar, But Not Yet Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 7:54 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve has been wise to keep the dollar weak as the economy navigates its way through the current liquidity shortage, the former chairman of the central bank's Dallas branch said.

  • Fed's Yellen Hints at Recession, Rates Uncertain Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 4:11 AM ET
    Janet L. Yellen

    For the second time this week, a senior Federal Reserve official conceded the United States economy could slip into recession, but suggested the central bank should wait to see if more rate cuts are needed.

  • So we have yet another plan to help save homeowners in trouble, the latest in a long string of proposals. Are they enough to solve the housing market's problems? Is this a game changer? There's plenty of skeptics who think the answer is an outright no.

  • Paulson: US Economy Faces a Tough Quarter Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 10:53 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    The U.S. economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse and is facing a tough quarter, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday.

  • Winners Since Bear Stearns / JP Morgan Deal Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 8:40 AM ET
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    With today's hearings in Washington on the JP Morgan Chase buyout of Bear Stearns, here is a look at how the Financials and Home Builders have faired since their close the Friday before the deal was announced.

  • CEOs Show Pessimism About Economy Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 8:16 AM ET

    An index of chief executives' confidence in the US economy plunged to a record low last month, reflecting deeper concerns about the credit crisis and prospects for hiring.

  • Stocks Fall on Bernanke Comments Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 6:15 PM ET

    Also, a crude comeback, RIMM earnings and more on the Fed chief's testimony.

  • Credit Crunch to Drag On Despite Efforts by the Fed Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 2:59 PM ET

    Now that Wall Street has gone through its version of “Survivor”, it’s time for a reality check. The credit crunch is probably far from over and is  likely to play out like a mini-series than a reality TV show.

  • Reader Poll: Should Fed Cut Again? Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 1:04 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress that the economy may shrink over the first half of this year, saying "a recession is possible." Yet, he didn't offer any assurances of further interest rate cuts.

  • Private Sector Shows Unexpected Job Growth Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 10:24 AM ET

    US private-sector employers unexpectedly added 8,000 jobs in March, a report by a private employment service said, confounding economists' expectations of a fall.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Testimony Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 9:40 AM ET

    The full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on April 2, 2008: