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  • Bernanke, Buffett Buoy Stocks; Lehman Jumps Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 11:33 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Friday after a double shot of soothing comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. A $3 drop in oil prices also gave the market a boost.

  • Bernanke: Rates May Stay Low As Inflation Eases Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Federal  Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the Fed should be able to keep interest rates low for some time, as the recent drop in commodity prices should reduce the threat of inflation.

  • Futures Jump After Buffett Comments Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 9:22 AM ET

    Stock-index futures jumped after Warren Buffett weighed in on everything from the dollar to Fannie mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Your Opinion: How's Bernanke Doing? Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

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  • Warren Buffett tells our Becky Quick that he has been adding recently to one of the two stakes Berkshire Hathaway already has in a pair of financial stocks: American Express and Wells Fargo.  But, in keeping his custom of not revealing too much, he won't say which one. Even so, investors are bidding up the price of both stocks this morning.  It's just one of many comments Buffett made during a series of live appearances with CNBC's Becky Quick throughout this morning's three hours of Squawk Box. Here's a summary of the highlights.

  • Bernanke Could Move Market On Friday Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 9:07 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to comment on Friday about the financial crisis. How will his words influence trading?

  • Stocks End Mixed Amid Hope for Relief Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 5:03 PM ET

    US stocks ended mixed Thursday as a jump in oil prices boosted oil stocks and speculation about a government bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and a possible takeover of Lehman Brothers, gave investors some hope that relief is coming.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Oil, Credit Worries Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 2:41 PM ET

    US stocks declined Thursday as oil surged and worries about the future of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers weighed on the market.

  • Stocks Fall as Shorts Rattle Fannie, Freddie Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 2:16 PM ET

    US stocks declined Thursday as worries about the future of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers weighed on the market. Oil surged past $120 a barrel.

  • Jobless Claims Give Futures Brief Reprieve Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 8:42 AM ET

    US stock index futures briefly pared their losses after a drop in jobless claims. Investors remained tentative, however, amid worries about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the impact of geopolitical tensions on oil prices.

  • Inflation Heating Up, But Some Think It Won't Last Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 8:38 AM ET

    Costlier energy and food helped push July prices up, but  oil prices have begun to decline and analysts hope that the worst might be over.

  • Fed's Lacker: Inflation Bigger Risk than Recession Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 5:51 PM ET
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    The U.S. economy may yet slip into recession, but inflation is an even bigger risk given the "exceptionally'' stimulative stance of monetary policy, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker said Tuesday.

  • Economists Even Gloomier on Outlook for US Recovery Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

    Economists have soured on the U.S. economy's prospects for the second half of 2008 and have cut growth forecasts for next year as well, a closely watched survey released Monday showed.

  • Jobless Claims Hit Highest Point in Six Years Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    The number of newly laid off people signing up for jobless benefits last week climbed to its highest point in more than six years as companies cut back given the faltering economy.

  • Rate Hike? Don't Hold Your Breath Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 4:48 PM ET

    What you think of today’s statement by the Federal Reserve depends a lot on what you thought before the announcement. Those who believed the Fed was on course to tighten in the fall see the statement as dovish; those who thought that was unlikely see the statement as either neutral or even hawkish. I’m in the camp who believes this statement was neutral as to the outlook for policy changes.

  • Big Selloff in Commodities May Help Ease Inflation Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 2:34 PM ET

    The recent pullback in commodity prices—particularly oil—may moderate inflation in the coming months, providing some relief for consumers, stocks and the Fed.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Aug. 5 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Fed Indicates No Rush To Raise US Interest Rates Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 2:14 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    The Fed held U.S. interest rates steady, expressing concerns about both economic growth and inflation and indicating it is in no rush to push borrowing costs higher.

  • Yesterday’s consumer inflator report was up 4.1 percent over the past year, the biggest rise in 17 years. Core inflation is much lower at 2.3 percent, but still above the Fed’s target. Right now commodity markets are nose-diving across the board. This is a good sign for diminished future inflation risk.

  • What to Look For in Today's Fed Decision Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

    The experts gave CNBC their thoughts on the  Federal Reserve meeting, where members are expected to vote on holding rates at 2 percent.