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  • Wednesday holds the first-quarter GDP report as well as the Fed's interest rate decision. Find out what to expect from both.

  • Even as the Fed meets, the street can't make up its mind about what the Fed should do. From discussions I've had, it's clear that the sentiment among some traders has shifted and continues to shift.

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    As the U.S. Treasury races to get rebate checks to households, higher gasoline prices are  blunting the economic impact of the $152 billion stimulus package.

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    The Federal Reserve looks set to deliver a small interest rate cut on Wednesday, though the central bank could signal that this is the last in a cycle.

  • Wall Street’s on the edge of its seat ahead of Wednesday’s interest-rate announcement. You should be on the phone with your broker.

  • The Fed needs to stop cutting interest rates and halt the run on the dollar. They can do this by announcing a lengthy pause in their interest rate statement due out this Wednesday at 2:15 pm.

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    The US economy indeed has entered into a recession, even if the traditional indicators aren't showing it yet, billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett said.

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    The stock market will likely start the week on a hesitant note with Wall Street facing the first Federal Reserve interest-rate decision in many months not knowing that a cut is likely guaranteed.

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    If the U.S. Federal Reserve wants to restrain oil and food prices and help downtrodden consumers, the best thing it can do is stop cutting interest rates.

  • If Bernanke cuts rates one more time as expected on Wednesday, what will it mean for stocks?

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    As the Federal Reserve hones in on the end of its interest-rate cutting campaign, officials remain troubled by lingering stress in credit markets and continue to mull steps to ease the strain.

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the government to cut "skyrocketing" food prices by waiving half of the renewable fuel standard for ethanol made from grain.

  • President George W. Bush said on Friday that the U.S. economy is in a slowdown but added that tax rebates should help pull activity out of the slump.

  • As the markets prepare for next week’s two-day Fed meeting, it might be time to suspend expectations that another rate cut is really the right answer.

  • The United States is in a recession but the downturn is expected to be mild because consumer spending is not expected to fall precipitously, Standard & Poor's said Thursday.

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    Oil prices, which are setting fresh records nearly every day, are likely to keep climbing until the weak US dollar starts recovering and more supplies become available.

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    Business economists are turning pessimistic about the U.S. outlook and increasingly fear economy will slip into a recession in coming months.

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    Hawkish rhetoric from Federal Reserve officials and a rebound in the stock market has driven down market expectations for additional Fed rate cuts...

  • Executives at several top diversified U.S. manufacturers said they are starting to see signs of the slowing economy taking a toll on business, tempering their outlook for 2008.

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    The euro cannot replace the dollar as the world's main reserve currency, and a system of two reserve currencies would be unstable, billionaire investor George Soros said on Thursday.