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  • US Distressed Debt Level Highest Since 2003: S&P Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:58 AM ET

    The portion of U.S. junk bonds trading at distressed levels rose to 16.9 percent in February, up from 11.1 percent in January in a sign that defaults are headed higher, Standard & Poor's said on Wednesday.

  • Stocks Slide After GDP, Jobless Reports Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower open Thursday after reports on GDP and jobless claims.

  • Stocks Jump on Fannie, Freddie News Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 9:07 AM ET

    Stocks jumped after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

  • Best Rally of the Year Stalls Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 6:29 PM ET

    Bernanke hinted at more rate cuts in his testimony to Congress, the dollar sunk to a new all-time low and Apple jumped higher after hours. Get the day's biggest stories right here.

  • Rally Fizzles, Leaving Stocks Flat Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Stocks finished mostly flat Wednesday as investors juggled encouraging news on the regulation of mortage lenders with another round of bleak news on housing and the economy.

  • Stocks Fall Back After Rallying on Housing Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 1:59 PM ET

    Stocks fell back after rallying on renewed optimism about the struggling housing market.

  • Reader Poll: Will Lower Interest Rates Solve The Problem Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 12:52 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank will act as needed to ensure beleaguered housing and credit markets do not further undermine an already sluggish economy...

  • Bernanke Signals Rate Cut, Gives Sluggish Outlook Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 12:40 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke warned Congress that the nation is in for a period of sluggish business growth and sent a fresh signal that interest rates will again be lowered.

  • Durable Goods Suffer Deeper Drop Than Expected Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    New orders for long-lasting US-made manufactured goods fell by 5.3 percent in January, the biggest drop in five months and more than analysts expected.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Testimony Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 10:10 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    The text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Febuary 27, 2008.

  • Can Bernanke Convince the Market He's on Top of It? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:03 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Housing's in the tank, banks are scared to lend, but oil is at $100 a barrel and inflation is threatening to pick up -- what's a central banker to do?

  • In the Hot Seat Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 6:30 PM ET

    Ben Bernanke will face Congress Wednesday to deliver the Fed’s biannual economic report. But could the outlook be different now that inflation is flaring?

  • TEXT: Kohn's Speech Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 1:16 PM ET

    The full text of a prepared speech by Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald L. Kohn on The U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy given on February 26, 2008.

  • Treasury Official Says Fed's Credibility "Rock Solid" Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 8:01 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve's credibility on inflation remains untarnished by its aggressive easing of monetary policy in the face of rising price pressures across many global commodity markets, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Tuesday.

  • Philly Fed Factory Activity Slumps Further in February Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 8:39 AM ET
    Auto assembly line

    Contraction in U.S. Mid-Atlantic factory production accelerated in February as manufacturers pulled back in anticipation of an economic downturn, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve.

  • Inflation Gathers Steam as Housing Slides Further Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 4:25 PM ET

    US inflation accelerated in January in a worrying sign for the Federal Reserve's campaign to bolster the flagging economy. 

  • Fed Sees Credit, Housing Cutting Into Growth Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 3:01 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing damage from the housing slump and credit crunch.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting on January 29-30, released on February 20, 2008.

  • Stocks Up for the Week Despite Holiday Sell-Off Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 5:18 PM ET

    Investors usually cash out ahead of a holiday weekend and, in this jittery environment, they found their reasons to sell today: a slew of bleak economic reports and a profit warning from Best Buy.

  • Recession Worries Spur Sell-Off Ahead of Holiday Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 2:32 PM ET

    Investors usually cash out ahead of a holiday weekend and, in this jittery environment, they found their reasons to sell today: a slew of bleak economic reports and a profit warning from Best Buy.