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  • Wall Street Cheers the Fed's Move But Hopes for More Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 4:43 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange gather around a Bank of America trading post just prior to the announcement by the Federal Reserve that it had raised a key interest rate for the twelfth consecutive time, Tuesday, November 1, 2005. The Federal Reserve, still concerned about inflation, raised the interest rate to the highest level in more than four years and signaled more increases are likely.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    Stocks rebounded on news of the Fed's efforts to ease credit, staging  the biggest rally of the year.  But traders hoped the Fed had even more cards to play

  • Dollar May Get Only Temporary Lift From Fed Move Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 3:43 PM ET
    Dollar Bill

    Steps by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to pump liquidity into stressed creditmarkets will temporarily help the ailing dollar, but not provide a long-term cure as risks of a U.S. recession mount.

  • Will the Fed's Latest Effort Mean a Smaller Rate Cut? Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 1:49 PM ET

    The  Fed's latest move to ease credit raised two questions:  Will it be enough to stem the crisis and will it mean a smaller interest-rate cut at next week's meeting?

  • Treasury Official Predicts Second-Quarter Rebound Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    The U.S. economy could start to see a recovery as soon as April, despite current conditions indicating a greater risk for contraction, a senior U.S. Treasury official told CNBC Europe Tuesday.

  • Taken Hostage Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 6:42 PM ET

    With the stock market under siege from the credit freeze, what can you expect from the Fed?

  • Wholesale Inventories Climb, But So Do Sales Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 10:22 AM ET

    U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.8 percent in January, while sales leapt 2.7 percent, thelargest increase in nearly four years, the Commerce Department said.

  • Goldman Sachs Doesn't Rule out Fed Rate Cut Today Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 9:06 AM ET

    An emergency interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve is possible ahead of its March 18th policy meeting, according to a Goldman Sachs research note on Monday.

  • If Recession Is Now Here, When Is It Going to End? Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 2:48 PM ET

    A second straight month of job losses all but ended the debate over whether the U.S. economy has slipped into recession. Now the question is how to get out.

  • Pimco's Gross: Fed Should Buy Mortgages Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 2:42 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve needs to take a more active role in stemming the housing crisis, possibly by exchanging Treasury notes for mortgage notes, Pimco Bonds Chief Information Officer Bill Gross said on CNBC.

  • Surge in Job Cuts Fuels Worries About Recession Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 8:33 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    U.S. employers cut payrolls for a second straight month during February, slashing 63,000 jobs for the biggest monthly job decline in nearly five years.

  • Fed Boosts Efforts to Loosen US Credit Markets Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 8:27 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Fed announced measures to pour more money into credit markets in a bid to ease liquidity strains at U.S. financial institutions.

  • Fed's Fisher: No Need for Emergency Rate Cut Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 7:35 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The U.S. Federal Reserve took very "deliberate action" when it lowered key interest rates rapidly but this does not necessarily mean more of the same is in store, a top Fed official said on Friday.

  • Jobs Report Likely to Reveal Downward Trend Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 6:32 AM ET

    Today's jobs report is unlikely to offer a ray of hope amid the gloom over the US economy  as the trend for a weakening jobs market is expected to become clearer, analysts said.

  • Homeowner Equity Below 50% for First Time Since 1945 Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 1:34 PM ET

    Americans' percentage of equity in their homes fell below 50 percent for the first time on record since 1945, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

  • As Dollar Tumbles, Should Fed Stop Cutting Rates? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

    The Fed is cutting rates to bolster the economy and keep the credit crunch from getting worse. But in the process, the central bank is creating other problems--including higher inflation

  • Fed's Rate Cuts May Do Long-Term Dollar Damage Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:12 PM ET

    By many measures, confidence in the dollar has never been lower, and some fear more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts will make matters worse by swelling inflation and undermining long-term U.S. economic health.

  • Is the Dollar Near the Bottom? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 11:29 AM ET
    Euromuenzen liegen am Donnerstag, 20. September 2007, in Frankfurt am Main auf Dollarnoten, nachdem der Euro ein Allzeithoch von ueber 1,40 Dollar erreicht hatte. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) --- Euro coins are seen next to Dollar bills in Frankfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, after the Euro reached an all time high of more than 1,40 Dollar. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The battered U.S. dollar may be near the bottom of its weakening cycle, but a recovery rally will take a while to materialize, because big uncertainties still hang over the U.S. economy, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Jobless Claims Fell Last Week But Remain High Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    Fewer workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the number remaining on jobless aid stood at the highest level in nearly two and a half years.

  • Foreclosures Hit a Record; Pending Home Sales Steady Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:08 AM ET

    U.S. home foreclosures and the rate of homes entering the foreclosure process rose to record highs in the fourth quarter. Pending sales of previously owned homes were unchanged in January.

  • Fed Must Act to Stem Crisis, Pianalto Says Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 8:39 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The global credit crisis creates big downside risks to an already softening economy that require bold action from the U.S. central bank, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Wednesday.