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  • Stocks Heating Up Over Mortgage Freeze Plan Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 3:22 PM ET

    Stocks have gained steam in the last hour, but particularly after 2:30 pm as Fed Chairman Bernanke came out and gave his blessing to the plan. Why? Because stock traders are pragmatists. Is the Bush mortgage plan a "rational response" or a "bailout?"

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 8:04 AM ET

    The Bush Administration's plan to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure is the big item on the agenda for Thursday. The plan, already drawing criticism, will be announced by the president in the afternoon and is expected to include a five-year freeze on the resetting of some of the low introductory, teaser rates that drew in many of the weakest borrowers.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 9:53 PM ET

    Selling in the financial sector bit into Tuesday's stock market performance and could do the same Wednesday. After the bell Tuesday, Fannie Mae announced that it was issuing $7 billion in preferred stock and chopping its dividend by 30 percent.

  • Abby Joseph Cohen: Economy to Rebound in 2008 Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:30 PM ET

    Abby Joseph Cohen, chief investment strategist at Goldman Sachs, says the U.S. economy will rebound in mid-2008, but the next few months will be bumpy.

  • Surprise! CEOs Aren't Too Worried About Economy Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 2:07 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. chief executives' view of the economy improved in the fourth quarter, although they have become far more concerned about energy prices.

  • Fed's Yellen: Economy's Downside Risk Getting Worse Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 12:24 PM ET
    Janet Yellen

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Janet Yellen said on Monday that worsening financial conditions and weaker-than-expected economic data have raised downside risks to the economic outlook.

  • Confidence Rebuilding Will Be 'Long and Slow': Ryan Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 6:56 AM ET

    Financial market anxiety has rebounded and the process of rebuilding confidence will be "long and slow," a top U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday.

  • Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by a full percentage point before June to help the housing market, Citigroup's chief economist, Lewis Alexander, said.

  • Stocks End the Week On a Positive Note Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 6:01 PM ET

    Stocks closed mostly higher on expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates  and the U.S. government will help homeowners recover from the subprime mortgage crisis.

  • Market At The Bottom? Signs Appear Positive Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 4:35 PM ET

    Stocks, particularly financials, rose today for the fourth day in a row. Is this the bottom of the market? It's not clear, but the signs are more auspicious than they have been in a while. consider: 1--economic news this week, for the most part, has been poor, giving the Fed cover to lower rates.

  • Fed Likely to Cut Rates, But How Much Is Unclear Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 3:30 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Economists say the Fed is almost certain to lower interest rates Dec. 11, but key economic data in the week to come will determine if its a quarter point or half a point.

  • US Economy Showing More Signs of Weakness Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 12:45 PM ET
    Cash Register

    The U.S. economy is continuing to show weakness in everything from personal spending and income to construction spending, according to several reports out Friday

  • Financials' Rally Spurred By Bernanke, Paulson Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 11:09 AM ET

    Banks and mortgage companies have been rallying today on the positive comments from Ben Bernanke and word that Treasury Secretary Paulson has been meeting with loan servicing companies and other executives in the mortgage industry to work out a plan that would extend lower, introductory interest rates on home loans before they reset at higher levels.

  • Bernanke, Paulson: Giving Traders What They Want Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 9:05 AM ET

    Traders got what they wanted: 1) Bernanke sounded like Don Kohn, and 2) Paulson is taking the reigns and indicating he is trying to stop the subprime crises from spreading. 1) Bernanke: In his speech last night, Bernanke made it clear he was worried about the direction of the economy.

  • Bernanke Signals Fed Open To Cutting Rates Further Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 8:48 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday a resurgence in financial strains in recent weeks had dimmed the outlook for the U.S. economy, signaling an openness to lowering interest rates again.

  • Bernanke Speaks Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 6:50 PM ET

    Ben Bernanke's speech Thursday night may dictate the market’s direction Friday. What do you need to know before you trade?

  • U.S. Economy Shows More Signs Of Slowing Down Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 1:18 PM ET

    Softer-than-expected new-home sales and a surge in jobless claims heightened fears of a steep U.S. economic slide.

  • White House Revises GDP Outlook: 2007 Up, 2008 Down Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    The White House lowered its U.S. economic growth forecast for 2008 Thursday because of trouble in the housing and credit markets, but said the economy remained resilient and a six-year expansion would continue

  • GDP Surged in Summer But Slowdown Is Coming Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 12:27 PM ET

    The U.S. economy grew at a robust 4.9% rate in the third quarter, but a surge in jobless claims last week signaled a major slowdown in the fourth quarter.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 8:53 PM ET

    The bad news that was scaring the markets has, for now, become the good news. Remember Monday. Things were dire. The major stock indexes were in a tailspin, sinking to a level 10% from October's highs, technically a correction. But that's all changed, and in part it's because the markets are now convinced the Fed recognizes what ails it.