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  • Asia Fears Lost Decade, Unrest from Food Price Shock Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 11:09 PM ET

    Soaring food prices may throw millions of Asians back into poverty, undo a decade of gainsand stoke civil unrest, regional leaders said as they urged a boost to agricultural production to meet rising demand

  • For the week ending Friday, May 9, 2008, the U.S. Markets were negative for the week, with the Dow falling more than 200 points on Wednesday, making it the biggest point drop since 4/11/08. 

  • Stop Trading!: Don't Bother with Micro-Hoo Friday, 2 May 2008 | 3:09 PM ET

    The potential merger isn't worth gauging, Cramer says. Instead, focus on "new tech" stocks. Also, his thoughts on ag.

  • Commodities Markets Hammered by Stronger Dollar Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 3:42 PM ET
    Soybean crop

    Investors wondering whether the agricultural commodities bubble has burst will get some important clues in next week's annual crop plantings report, considered a bellwether for the direction of farming activity for the year.

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Fed Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    The markets dropped a bit as investors eagerly await Wednesday's rate decision. Find out what was moving in the Word on the Street.

  • Tech Gains Boost Nasdaq; Airlines Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:04 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed in thin trading Tuesday as the tide turned in technology's favor. Airline stocks rose as oil prices receded. Merck skidded after an FDA rejection.

  • Stocks Turn Higher; Airlines Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    Stocks pushed higher Tuesday despite concerns about interest rates ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision. Merck skidded after an FDA rejection. Airline stocks rose as oil prices receded.

  • Merck Drags on Dow; Airline Stocks Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday amid concerns about interest rates and a slide in consumer confidence. Merck dragged on the Dow industrials after the FDA rejected a key cholesterol drug.

  • Stocks Resume Descent After Confidence Drop Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:33 AM ET

    Stocks were indicated to open slightly lower Tuesday, but big moves are unlikely until the Federal Reserve announces its decision on interest rates on Wednesday.

  • Forget Fed Watch Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 6:15 PM ET

    Wall Street’s on the edge of its seat ahead of Wednesday’s interest-rate announcement. You should be on the phone with your broker.

  • For this Green Week ending, April 25, 2008 the US Markets ended the week slightly to the upside driven by a comeback in the dollar, a streak of records for crude oil, better than expected jobless claims,  26-year low consumer sentiment, surprise earnings, and a 10 point victory for Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

  • Stop Trading!: Monsanto Is Key to Food Crisis Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 3:26 PM ET

    The company's genetically modified seeds are just what the world needs.

  • In Alternative Energy Hunt, Ethanol Under the Gun Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 12:37 PM ET
    Fields of corn surround the Golden Grain Energy ethanol plant, in Mason City, Iowa.

    The ethanol industry, once highly touted as a home-grown, alternative energy source, is struggling to retain its diminishing luster.

  • Your Back Yard Could Be "Seed" Of Valuable Asset Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 12:04 PM ET
    Tomato Plant

    It makes a whole lot of sense. When food prices soar, seed sales begin to grow. Harold Stone is hearing it from a whole new crop of gardeners at a Washington, DC community garden that he runs. “Food is just becoming astronomical and they really want to get an edge on that and be able to create some of their own food.”

  • World Food Fears Mount as Rice Prices Hit Record Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 7:00 PM ET

    Concerns about food security mounted, as rice prices hit records in Asia and the United Nations warned that staples for the world's hungry were getting much more expensive.

  • Brazil Halts Rice Exports to Ensure Domestic Supply Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 8:38 PM ET

    Benchmark Thai rice prices leapt more than 5% to a record high above $1,000 a ton Thursday.  Meanwhile, Brazil has temporarily halted rice exports to ensure domestic supply amid rising world prices for the grain. 

  • US Rice Jumps to Record High on Supply Fears Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 6:09 AM ET

    U.S. rice futures rose to a fresh all-time high on Wednesday on worries about supply shortages which have triggered political unrest and export restrictions designed to protect dwindling domestic stocks.

  • Stocks Close Lower as Oil Tops $119 Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:21 PM ET

    Stocks opened lower Tuesday after disappointing guidance from Texas Instruments.

  • Oil Surge, Earnings Drag Down Stocks Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 2:32 PM ET

    Stocks opened lower Tuesday after disappointing guidance from Texas Instruments.

  • While commodity prices keep soaring, some of the fertilizer producers continue to harvest the profits.  Today's stellar IPO of Intrepid Potash is just one example.  Here are some other winning fertilizer players.