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Oil slid $1.70 on Monday, after key OPEC member Saudi Arabia said the cartel would consider raising production, to halt crude's climb toward $100 and safeguard world economic growth.
The dollar rose against the euro on Monday, as the European currency backed off all-time highs set last week.
Extreme volatility will likely rip the stock market again in the coming week, while investors consider some fresh economic data and a last blast of earnings news. Tuesday marks one month to the day before the Fed's next rate meeting.
Oil ended above $96 Friday on winter fuel supply concerns, a tumbling U.S. dollar and big options positions betting oil could strike $100 next week.
With rapid fluctuations becoming commonplace in the major stock indexes, about the only thing there is to be certain of is uncertainty.
The dollar fell to one-and-a-half-year lows versus the yen Friday, as fears of wider credit-related losses at U.S. financial institutions had investors dumping risky assets and anticipating more Federal Reserve rate cuts.
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What do you make of a day like today? What do you make of it when the Dow moves in 250 point range from top to bottom, then moves almost all the way back at the close? What do you make of a stock like Citigroup, which trades in a 10% RANGE IN A SINGLE DAY?
Ben Bernanke’s latest assessment of the economy shows the Fed’s job of balancing inflation with a slowing economy is more difficult than ever, leaving policymakers undecided on further rate cuts.
I didn't see the testimony of Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill because I was on an airplane coming back from Chicago. It's probably a good thing, because I wouldn't have believed what I heard. Only now that I see it in print, in an email from the office, can I read it over and over again and force myself to accept its veracity.
Oil prices eased Thursday, as comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman stirred concerns about the health of the top economy and dragged prices further away from the $100 milestone.
U.S. government bond prices rose Thursday as investors shifted out of stocks and into less risky investments on ongoing fears constricted credit markets would dent corporate profits.
Falling real estate prices, massive bank write-downs and a quickening drumbeat of slashed credit ratings adds up to one thing: The credit crunch has only just begun.
The prepared speech given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the economic outlook before the Joint Economic Committee on November 8, 2007.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy faces risks in both growth and inflation, suggesting the Fed will holding off deciding on further rate cuts.
Som midday observations: 1) Despite being grilled on the weak dollar, higher inflation, and the subprime crises and what he is doing about it, Bernanke has said little new. He says that economic activity has remained "resilient" but that "financial market volatility and strains have persisted." He seems to want to keep all his options open for December.
Bank of England and European Central Bank both left rates unchanged which helped spark a modest rally in Europe and here. Mr. Trichet, head of the ECB, talked about inflation concerns but his inaction made him appear rather dovish.
Stocks are striking a much-improved tone after Wednesday's high energy selloff, as investors await testimony this morning from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Monthly chain store sales and some big earnings could also influence direction.
Bernanke and the Fed helped contain the credit crunch last month, but the action in the market Wednesday suggests they didn't quite do the job. They'll get a chance to soothe the market Thursday, when Bernanke testifies before Congress. How do you trade?
Here's what the market faces tomorrow: 1) October retail same store sales. Weather got colder toward the end of the month; traders are primed for bad news as most of the big stocks are at 52-week lows. Any good news should move them up.