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  • US Gasoline Futures Begin Trading Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 12:56 AM ET

    Gasoline futures opened slightly lower Sunday evening as East Coast refineries got through Hurricane Irene relatively unscathed.

  • ConocoPhillips Shuts New Jersey Refinery Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 | 5:17 PM ET

    ConocoPhillips has shut down its 238,000 barrel-per-day Bayway refinery New Jersey, as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Irene. The company also says its terminals are shutting down until it is safe to resume operations.

  • A satellite image from NOAA's National Hurricane Center tracking Hurricane Irene in the western Atlantic.

    Gasoline futures declined Friday but rose nearly 3 percent for the week amid hurricane fears.

  • Don't Bet on 'Bernanke Put': Analyst Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 8:19 AM ET
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to announce a third round of quantitative easing in his Jackson Hole speech this afternoon, Tony Fratto, the director of Hamilton Place Strategies, a public policy research firm, told CNBC.

  • US Funds Show True State of Euro Zone Banks Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 1:35 AM ET

    In any murder mystery film, it pays to watch the boring gray man (or woman) in the corner; quiet, unobtrusive characters can be deadly. So, too, in finance. Four years ago, the giant US money market funds seemed some of the dullest actors in the global financial scene. But in 2007, they quietly helped to spark the crisis in the mortgage-backed securities world.

  • 20% Chance of Recession: KC Fed's Hoenig Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 1:57 PM ET
    Thomas Hoenig

    The president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve told CNBC he sees a 20 percent chance of a recession.

  • What Do Markets Expect From Jackson Hole? Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech from Jackson Hole, due later on Friday, has already been more widely trailed than a James Cameron film – although you can expect fewer special effects.

  • More Fed Action Hollow Substitute for Fiscal Stimulus Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 12:16 PM ET
    US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke during the Economic Daily Briefing.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be willing and able to provide more monetary stimulus for the U.S. economy, but the more effective medicine—fiscal aid out of Washington—isn’t in the wings, say economists.

  • Jackson Hole: Not So Restful Retreat     Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 8:15 AM ET

    This speech will give Bernanke a chance to clear up some of the vague statements he made during the recent FOMC, says Jim Caron, Morgan Stanley Head of Interest Rate Strategy, who adds the Fed chief will probably not announce a QE3 or share details of steps to grow the economy.

  • Should Investors Beware 'Operation Twist'? Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 1:06 PM ET
    Treasury Building

    Investors thinking they can find both safety and yield in Treasurys are making a dangerous bet that could begin to unravel soon, especially if the Federal Reserve switches from its easing programs to an updated version of Operation Twist.

  • States' Bottom Line Improves, But Can the Good News Last? Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 12:36 PM ET

    This year, many states are receiving their first bit of good economic news since the beginning of the recession. More than half of them will take in more revenue than they expected, and a handful are reporting surpluses, according to one study. Several other reports point to the same trend: states' 2011 budgets heading in the right direction as tax collections increase.

  • Volatility Here to Stay?     Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 7:30 AM ET

    A look ahead of Bernanke's speech and the risk aversion in Treasurys and stocks, with Peter Fisher, BlackRock global head of fixed income.

  • The economy is increasingly at risk of falling into recession, and could be more so if the stock market doesn't find its sea legs sometime soon.

  • Don't Hold Breath For New Fed Action in Jackson Hole Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:37 PM ET

    Those looking for a clear and unambiguous green light for QE3 from Fed Chairman Ben Bernake’s much anticipated speech in Jackson Hole on Friday could be disappointed.

  • Greek Crisis Now Worse, Not Better: Analyst Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 6:09 AM ET
    Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    On July 21, EU leaders agreed to a second bailout for Greece, one that was supposed to draw a line under the euro zone debt crisis and give the new government in Athens a chance come to grips with the huge debts it inherited when it was elected. One month later, and the situation appears to be getting worse rather than better, according to Simon Derrick, the head of currency research at Bank of New York Mellon.

  • US Downgrade: Is S&P to Blame — or Congress? Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:53 AM ET
    Deven Sharma, president of Standard & Poor's, testifies before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., in July 2011.

    The fact that Deven Shama, the president of Standard & Poor’s, has stood down from his job just a couple of days after the agency downgraded the United States' credit rating has raised questions over whether he is being made into a scapegoat to deflect political pressure on the credit ratings agency.

  • Stock Trader

    Markets are caught up in the push pull of worry about Europe's debt crisis and sluggish U.S. growth.

  • Markets Lose Steam & Financials Retreat     Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 3:10 PM ET

    A look at some of the drivers in today's markets, with Chris Ahrens, UBS, and CNBC's Seema Mody & Mary Thompson.

  • Prepare to Be Surprised by QE3 Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    I think there's a lot of misunderstanding in the markets about how Fed chairman Ben Bernanke views Fed strategy.

  • Stock Market Begins to Feed Economic Fear Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 | 10:54 AM ET

    Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street worry that the resulting blow to confidence, not to mention 401(k) statements, has set off a spiral of fear that could push prices even lower, cause people and businesses to pull back and tip the economy into a new recession.