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  • Bush: Strong Dollar is in U.S. Interest Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 8:13 AM ET

    President Bush said Monday a strong dollar was in the interest of the United States and the global economy, and that energy prices were high.

  • Big Players And Big Oil Moves Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 12:45 PM ET

    The Oil Conspiracy theorists got more ammunition this morning when Morgan Stanley analysts came out with a call on $150 oil by July 4th. Goldman had predicted by the end of the year. Morgan Stanley and Goldman's calls move the energy markets, and both are focused on fundamental global oil supply constraints.

  • Market Insider: Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 8:41 PM ET

    May's employment report will make or break the market's momentum Friday. Traders say if the 8:30 a.m. report is in line with expectations or even better-than-expected, watch for the rally to continue. If it's worse, stocks will give back some of Thursday's gains.

  • Silvia's Blog ... Trichet's Bunnies Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 7:55 PM ET

    Not an ENTIRELY serious blog about the ECB, monetary policy and Eurozone rate prospects. Correction: an entirely UNserious blog in vague connection with the ECB and no connection with monetary policy at all. Although... you never know. (And, sorry: no juicy tales about Playgirl of the Month being introduced to spice up ECB monthly reports, either.)

  • US Won't Match Japan's '90s Slump: Fed's Lockhart Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 5:42 AM ET

    The United States will not experience a protracted period of economic weakness like Japan did in the 1990s, but the U.S. financial system is hurt by a lack of clear information about banks, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said Wednesday.

  • Stocks Finish Mixed; Bond Insurers Plunge Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks finished mixed as investors juggled some encouraging economic news and concerns about the financial sector. Lehman Brothers rebounded, while bond insurers plunged. Oil dropped below $123 a barrel.

  • Buy Dollars and Profit from the ECB Freeze Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:31 AM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The European Central Bank's inability to raise rates may mean the time for a jump back into the dollar has arrived, as the  full effects of the credit crunch still have to be felt in Europe, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Hard-Dollar Addendum   Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 9:44 AM ET

    Whenever I create lists of friends and colleagues for anything I always forget a few important names. So let me amend yesterday’s Bernanke dollar blog with some supply-side friends who also have been calling for hard money for a long time. Namely, my friend Steve Forbes, the editor and publisher of Forbes magazine.

  • Mortgage Applications Index Hits 6-Year Low Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 7:20 AM ET

    U.S. mortgage applications fell for a third consecutive week, reaching its lowest level in over six years as demand for home refinancing loans plunged, an industry group said Wednesday.

  • Energy, Financials Lead Decline; Lehman Skids Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 5:12 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled after General Motors and Ford reported sharp drops in May sales. Prior to the news, it was a yo-yo session as a $2 drop in oil prices dragged on energy stocks and concerns lingered about financials.  The market popped several times after some good news, including a jump in factory orders, GM's restructuring plan and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, but gains quickly fizzled.

  • Bernanke Supports The Dollar But Will It Last? Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 3:37 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke threw his support behind the dollar and even acknowledged some ownership of the greenback. This is important because the Fed traditionally does not talk about the dollar, leaving that task strictly to Treasury.

  • Stocks Skid After Drop in Auto Sales Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 3:00 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled after General Motors and Ford reported sharp drops in May sales. Prior to the news, it was a yo-yo session as a $2 drop in oil prices dragged on energy stocks and concerns lingered about financials.  The market popped several times after some good news, including a jump in factory orders, GM's restructuring plan and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, but gains quickly fizzled.

  • Big News For King Dollar Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    I’ve even taken to calling the weak dollar the U.S. peso. There’s also Paul Gigot and Steve Moore over at the Wall Street Journal editorial page, both prominent leaders in the movement to resurrect King Dollar. And today we received some great news on this front.

  • Reader Poll - One Last Rate Cut? Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 12:54 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a rare warning on the risks that a weak dollar poses for inflation but said...

  • Dollar Vs. Crude: Is Anyone Winning? Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 11:16 AM ET

    Sure, some analysts are skeptical about the relationship between oil and the dollar. The conventional wisdom, though, is that the weaker dollar has encouraged investors to buy dollar-denominated commodities to hedge inflation and has contributed in some part to rising oil prices.

  • Pop From Factory Orders Fizzles; GM Jumps Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave further indication that the central bank was comfortable with current interest rates and General Motors announced a restructuring plan that will close four North American plants.

  • Futures Move Higher After GM Announcement Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged higher after General Motors said it would stop production at a truck plant in Canada and three others in North America.

  • Spending the Stimulus: TVs, Tuition -- and Bills Friday, 30 May 2008 | 11:09 AM ET
    Tax Refund Check

    Many Americans allowed themselves to fantasize about large-screen TVs, European vacations and other luxuries when they learned of the federal rebates they'd be getting this spring and early summer.

  • Paulson on Oil: Don't Blame Speculators Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 5:55 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told CNBC Thursday that rising oil prices are not driven by market speculation but instead reflect tight supplies and growing global demand.

  • Wall Street appears resigned to the idea that the Federal Reserve is done cutting interest rates, but a patchy economy could force policy-makers to keep their scissors handy.