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  • Fed's Balancing Act On Rate Cut Getting Tougher Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:17 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    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.

  • Ben Bernanke On GSE's: Was He Joking? I Would Hope So Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    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 Ends Down on Economic Worries Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    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.

  • Bonds Rise as Stocks Deepen Their Descent Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    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.

  • Credit Crunch May Last Longer Than Thought Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    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.

  • Ben Bernanke's Speech: Economic Outlook Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:28 PM ET

    The prepared speech given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the economic outlook before the Joint Economic Committee on November 8, 2007.

  • Fed Chief Stays Cautious On Further Rate Cuts Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    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.

  • Bernanke Speaks But It's Nothing Really New Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:07 PM ET

    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.

  • Europe's "No Change Attitude" Helps Markets, Dollar Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 9:39 AM ET

    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.

  • Calmer Day on Wall Street ahead of Bernanke Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 8:18 AM ET

    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.

  • Can Ben, Banks Save Us? Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 5:29 AM ET

    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.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 3:42 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    It's been less than a week since the Federal Reserve hinted it was done lowering interest rates. Yet Wall Street is already clamoring for yet another cut.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:01 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may not have many soothing words for Wall Street when he testifies before Congress on Thursday.

  • Soros Forecasts 'Serious' US Economic Correction Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 10:13 AM ET

    Billionaire investor George Soros forecast on Monday that the U.S. economy is "on the verge of a very serious economic correction" after decades of overspending.

  • Week Ahead: How Dangerous Is The Financial Sector? Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

    Stocks could be setting up for a bit of a bounce back but first investors need to decide just how radioactive the financial sector has become. Heading into the weekend, market rumors of lurking credit issues plagued bank and brokerage stocks.

  • Market "Disappointed," So What's Ahead? Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 4:50 PM ET

    Despite the late day 100 point move in the Dow, the day had a feeling of disappointment to it. Traders made it clear we were now data-dependent, and we got the kind of positive data we needed in the jobs report. The result? A rally that lasted 15 minutes at the open, and then traders sold into it.

  • Investors Wary of What Jobs Report Will Bring Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
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    After Thursday's huge selloff in the stock market, investors are now turning their attention to the October jobs report.

  • Behind Market Selloff: Fed Won't Bail Out Investors Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 4:42 PM ET

    If the Fed isn't going to cut  rates any more, that means bad news really is ... bad news. And with continuing concerns about the financial sector and oil prices, there is plenty of bad news.

  • Fed Pumps $41 Billion Into Financial System Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 1:09 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve pumped $41 billion into the U.S. financial system Thursday, one of its largest cash infusions to help companies get through a credit crunch that took a turn for the worse in August.