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  • Consumer Bankruptcies Soar Nearly 48% in April Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:36 AM ET
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    Bankruptcy filings by U.S. consumers jumped 47.7 percent in April from one year ago as families cope with fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis, the American Bankruptcy Institute said.

  • Jobs Report Fuels Hopes Economy Has Hit Bottom Friday, 2 May 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
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    Fewer U.S. jobs were lost in April than economists feared and the unemployment rate  improved, raising hopes an economic downturn was not gathering steam.

  • Factory Orders Jump in March, Beating Forecasts Friday, 2 May 2008 | 10:10 AM ET

    New orders at U.S. factories jumped a much stronger than expected 1.4 percent in March, and durable goods orders for the month rose a revised 0.1 percent, a government report showed.

  • Australia Retail Sales Flattered by Rising Prices Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 10:47 PM ET

    Australian retail sales rose more than expected in March, sending the local dollar higher, but much of the rise was due to consumers having to pay more for food and was not taken as a revival in consumption.

  • Friday's Jobs Report Likely To Bring More Bad News Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 4:44 PM ET

    Investors are anticipating another gloomy reading on U.S. employment on Friday, though market reaction may be somewhat muted.

  • Dollar at 5-Week High vs. Euro; Fed Pause Seen Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 3:10 PM ET
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    The dollar rose to fresh five-week highs against the euro Thursday after a survey showed a key U.S. manufacturing index for April came in slightly better than expected.

  • Pimco's Gross: Fed Could Learn from European Banks Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 2:30 PM ET
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    Europe's central banks should serve as an example to the Federal Reserve of how to manage an economy suffering through stagnation and liquidity issues, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC/Europe.

  • Jobless Claims Jump, but Consumer Spending Up Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    The number of workers applying for jobless benefits surged last week, but personal spending in March was stronger than expected, government data  showed.

  • Analysis: The Fed's Baby Punch Bowl Steps Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 3:46 PM ET
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    There are a lot of ways to describe what the Fed did today: it took the rate-cut punch bowl off the dining room table, but didn't pour out the punch. It took a baby-step towards neutral, not a grown-up step. That means it preserved the ability to cut if it needs to.

  • Rate Cuts May Not End As Soon As Wall Street Thinks Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:36 PM ET
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    “The news on the economy is going to be pretty much unrelentingly bad in the next few months,” says one economist, who thinks the Fed may keep cutting after today.

  • TEXT: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The full statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its meetings held from April 29-30 on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Leaves Markets Divided Over Further Rate Cuts Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve trimmed interest rates to 2% but  left markets guessing about whether further cuts would be needed.

  • Buy These Oil Stocks Ahead of Earnings Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:05 PM ET

    Oil stocks are shooting up like geysers -- but which ones should you buy? Jason Gammel, senior oil analyst at Macquarie Capital, and Tina Vital, integrated oil & gas analyst at S&P, agree on two stocks -- for different reasons.

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    The dollar reversed gains against the euro on Wednesday as traders concluded that the Federal Reserve's statement after its policy meeting left the door open for further interest rates cuts.

  • Rate Cuts May Not End As Soon as Wall Street Thinks Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:16 AM ET
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    “The news on the economy is going to be pretty much unrelentingly bad in the next few months,” says one economist, who adds there’s good chance the Fed will keep cutting rates after Wednesday's meeting.

  • Inflation May Lessen In The Future Says Analyst Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 9:31 AM ET

    Futures trading higher first on a better than expected ADP report, then on a better than expected GDP report. The Street has been acting like the long commodities/short dollar trade is coming to an end; the wording of the Fed's statement will determine if that is really the case.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Slows, Economic Sentiment Sags Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation slowed more than expected in April, an early estimate showed, but economic sentiment also deteriorated faster than forecast, pointing to slowing economic growth.

  • Japan Industrial Output Slides, Job Outlook Is Weak Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 9:44 PM ET
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    Japan's industrial production fell far more than expected in March, pushing up Japanese bond prices and stoking worries that U.S. economic woes are hitting Japanese companies.

  • ConAgra's 'Confident' in Its Business Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 7:06 PM ET

    Cramer's not 100% sure, though. Here's why.

  • China Loves Chalupas Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 7:03 PM ET

    Yum!'s Taco Bell -- and its Pizza Hut and KFC franchises -- is a hit overseas. The success is helping the company weather rising food costs.