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  • No US Fiscal Crisis, Yet Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 3:27 AM ET

    The US does not face an imminent fiscal crisis in the short term, but things look very different over the long term according to Ian Shepherdson, the US economist at High Frequency Economics.

  • Stocks End Down for Week Amid Uncertainty Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:16 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks ended off the highs of the day on Friday, and lower for the week, amid a still uncertain global environment rocked by uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases. JPMorgan and Caterpillar rose, while Travelers fell.

  • Stocks Trade Off Highs Before Close Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks traded off the highs of the day before the close amid a still uncertain global environment rocked by uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases.  JPMorgan and Caterpillar rose, while Travelers fell.

  • Best Housing Rant, Ever Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:39 PM ET

    In what may be the best anti-bank rant yet, North Carolina realtor Leigh Brown goes off on Bank of America.

  • Stocks Pare Gains; Banks Rise, Retail Falls Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks pared gains as news that fighting in Libya was continuing despite Libya's pronouncement that it was ceasing military operations, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases.  JPMorgan and Caterpillar led the gainers.

  • Futures Gain After Libya Declares Ceasefire Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:21 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    U.S. stock index futures rose sharply ahead of the open Friday after Libya announced it was ceasing military operations to protect civilians in the wake of United Nation's decision to create a no-fly zone over the country.

  • Nikkei Losses to Double: Economist Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:10 AM ET

    As the market begins the process of second guessing the G7’s coordinated action to keep the yen lower, High Frequency Economics is warning investors the damage caused by the disaster in Japan is being both understated by the government and underappreciated outside of people in the immediate vicinity.

  • Stocks Climb Back From Lows to End Higher Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 5:01 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks climbed back from the lows of the year as investors shrugged off continuing uncertainty in Japan to send stocks broadly higher. HP and Pfizer rose, while Kraft fell.

  • Stocks Climb Before Close; Banks Gain Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks climbed to near the highs of the day ahead of the close as investors stepped back into the market to send it broadly higher after all the major indices fell to their lows for the year on Wednesday. HP and Chevron rose, while Kraft fell.

  • Stocks Climb Back as Energy, Materials Rise Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks climbed back from the lows of the year on Thursday amid largely strong economic reports and after sharp drops in all the major indices on Wednesday. HP and Chevron led Dow gainers.

  • Futures Rise After Jobless Claims, CPI Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 9:22 AM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    U.S. stock index futures gained after news that jobless claims dropped to 385,000 and consumer inflation was in line with expectations.

  • 'Business-Friendly Bahrain' Disappears; Ex-Pats Exit Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 8:38 AM ET
    Passengers line up for flights out of Bahrain at the country's airport March 17.

    "A sense of calm with an undercurrent of mild panic," is how one Bahraini described the scene at Bahrain International Airport Thursday morning,after the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) cleared the country's Pearl Roundabout area of anti-government protestors, killing at least three people.

  • Stocks to Claw Back Some Lost Ground Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 6:35 AM ET

    US stock index futures pointed to sharp gains for Wall Street Thursday as the market clawed back from a steep selloff Wednesday when the S&P 500 erased all its year-to-date gains amid concerns over the impact of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

  • For Europe and China, Nuclear Crisis Renews Fears Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:50 AM ET
    Nuclear Power Plant

    As Japan’s nuclear crisis intensified Wednesday, governments across Europe remained at odds over whether to scale back nuclear power programs or continue plans to expand, reports the New York Times.

  • Stocks Plunge to 2011 Lows on Japan Crisis Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 4:56 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks fell to the lows of the year on Wednesday in a volatile session driven by fears stemming from Japan's nuclear crisis. IBM and GE led the blue-chip index lower.

  • Stocks Tumble Ahead of Close in Choppy Trade Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:57 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks traded off the lows of the day, but remained sharply down in a volatile session after news reports that Tokyo Electric Power almost completed a power line that could restore electricity to the stricken nuclear power plant and potentially solve the immediate crisis.  IBM and GE led the Dow lower.

  • US Drones Helping to Battle the Mexican Drug War Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 12:46 PM ET
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unmanned aerial vehicle of the CBP Air and Marine Unmanned Aircraft System.

    The Mexican government said Wednesday it has allowed U.S. drones to fly over its territory to gather intelligence on drug traffickers.

  • Stocks Trim Losses; Energy Rises, IBM Falls Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks trimmed losses after investors learned a European energy chief didn't have material information about the situation in Japan before saying the crisis was "out of control."

  • Futures Mixed Amid Global Worries, Inflation Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 9:28 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures slumped after news that inflation at the producer level rose more than expected, while housing start plunged, and as investors continued to digest the implications of a nuclear crisis in Japan and heightened tensions in the Middle East.

  • Stocks Tumble; Dow, S&P 500 Hit 6-Week Low Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks closed off the lows of the day, although still 1 percent lower, as buyers stepped into the market in afternoon trading even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained. .