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Stocks ticked higher Tuesday as the rally started in bank stocks and then filtered into the broader market.
Blue chips tried to muster an advance Tuesday, encouraged by a rally in bank stocks, but comments from Bernanke hung over the market like a cloud.
World stocks hit their lowest in almost two months, major government bonds tumbled and the dollar jumped after the Fed chief fired another warning on inflation.
Stocks opoened lower Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said late Monday high energy prices risk increasing inflation.
The Federal Reserve will not allow inflation to get out of control and is aware of the danger that a weaker dollar could feed into higher prices, one of its top policy-makers said.
Futures are lower this morning, as Ben Bernanke reiterated what two other Fed officials said yesterday: that the Fed would strongly resist higher inflation, implying that rate hikes might come sooner than expected.
Public worry number one is now oil, jobs, and the economy, with the inflationary woes of the U.S. dollar right underneath. The candidate who can connect with these issues will win in November. But so far neither Obama nor McCain are dealing with the new political reality.
Small business owner confidence in the U.S. economy deteriorated to its lowest in 28 years, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Rising food and energy costs are still trickling through the economy, complicating the outlook for inflation, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday.
The worst of the credit crunch is over, but the Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a long time despite a surge in oil prices, as the U.S. economy still has to prove it is stabilizing, money manager Bob Doll said on Tuesday.
Japan's core machinery orders, a leading gauge of capital spending, rebounded in April after a two-month streak of declines, but the economic outlook remained murky with firms facing risks of inflation and slowing growth.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday sounded a warning over soaring energy costs and said the central bank would "strongly resist" any tendency for an inflationary psychology to take hold.
The dollar jumped as top Treasury and Federal Reserve officials voiced concern about its recent slide, raising the chances that officials could step into the foreign exchange market to support the U.S. currency.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson declined to rule out intervening in currency markets to stabilize the dollar, but said strong economic fundamentals would "shine through."
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage public anger over a steep hike in fuel prices, said on Monday government ministers would take a 10 percent cut in allowances.
President Bush said Monday a strong dollar was in the interest of the United States and the global economy, and that energy prices were high.
Japanese bank lending in May rose at its fastest annual pace in more than a year, as firms borrowed more to cover rising energy and material costs, but economists said the rise did not signal a stronger economy.
Gas prices have been above $4 in some areas for a while now but for the first time, the national average hit $4 a gallon.
Fasten your seatbelt, it could be a wild ride on Wall Street again this week as investors lick their wounds from Friday's market mayhem and brace for a key inflation report.
In Friday’s Web Extra the traders reveal how they’re playing oil, Apple and inflation data in the week ahead.