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  • 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.

  • RBS Sends Euro Shares Lower; Miners Rise Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:10 PM ET

    European shares fell for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, led lower by banks after Royal Bank of Scotland unveiled a record rights issue, while gains in mining and oil stocks lent some support.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Disappointment Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower Tuesday after disappointing guidance from Texas Instruments.

  • DuPont Profit Up, but Shares Fall on Cautious Outlook Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 8:39 AM ET

    Chemical company DuPont said on Tuesday that first-quarter profit rose 26 percent, spurred by robust demand for its biotech seed offerings and crop protection chemicals.

  • Intrepid Potash Stock Soars In First Day of Trading Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:58 AM ET
    Wheat Fields

    Shares of crop nutrient producer Intrepid Potash, which priced at $32 a share in its initial public offering, soared nearly 60% in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • European Earnings: Inflation Hits, Helps Profit Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 4:32 AM ET

    Rising food and energy prices took a toll on the bottom line of Associated British Foods -- the owner of retailer Primark -- the company said on Tuesday.

  • Know Your IPO: Intrepid Potash Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 6:42 PM ET

    Here's how Cramer would go about buying this new fertilizer company when it comes to market later this week.

  • New Threat to Farmers: The Market Hedge Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 4:04 PM ET
    Wheat Fields

    Changes in agricultural futures contracts are putting additional pressure on farmers already coping with volatile commodity prices.

  • For the week ending Friday, April 18, 2008 the US Markets ended the week rallying on earnings news. The Dow had its best week since Feb 1 and rallied 256.8 points on Wednesday and another 228.87 points on Friday, for its biggest point gains since April 1st.