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  • Chinese Consumer Inflation Rebounds in October Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 10:44 PM ET
    Investors track stock prices, China

    Soaring food costs drove up China's inflation in October, reinforcing expectations that the central bank will raise interest rates again before long to keep a lid on price pressures. Consumer price inflation quickened to 6.5 percent in October, matching the near 11-year peak scaled in August, from 6.2 percent in September.

  • Dollar Edges Up Against Euro, Pound Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 12:20 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar rose against the euro on Monday, as the European currency backed off all-time highs set last week.

  • UK Output Prices Rise to 12-Year High Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 5:26 AM ET

    Soaring food and petrol prices pushed British factory gate inflation to its highest level in nearly 12 years in October, denting expectations that interest rates are about to fall.

  • China Trade Surplus Hits Record, But Imports Strong Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 1:30 AM ET
    Loaded cargo ships carrying imported goods are anchored off the coast of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, waiting for the opportunity to be off-loaded at the docks. The U.S. trade deficit, propelled by a record foreign oil bill, surged to $54 billion in August, the second highest level in history. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    China on Monday posted a record trade surplus for October, but the total was smaller than expected, as climbing raw material costs and strengthening domestic demand gave a boost to imports.

  • Japan Wholesale Prices Rise; View on BOJ Unchanged Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 | 10:16 PM ET

    Japanese wholesale prices rose slightly more than expected in October from a year earlier on rising oil prices, but investors, preoccupied with global markets, stuck to the view that the Bank of Japan will wait until next year to lift rates.

  • Australia Central Bank Raises Inflation Forecasts Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 | 7:57 PM ET

    Australia's central bank on Monday raised its forecasts for underlying inflation to above  its 2 to 3 percent comfort zone, strongly suggesting that  further increases in interest rates might be needed to restrain price pressures and cool the red-hot economy

  • Soaring global oil costs helped drive U.S. import prices up at the steepest rate in nearly 1-1/2 years during October, according to a Labor Department report on Friday that was likely to heighten concern about energy-driven inflation.

  • Dollar Tumbles vs. Yen on Financial Loss Fears Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 12:56 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar fell to one-and-a-half-year lows versus the yen Friday, as fears of wider credit-related losses at U.S. financial institutions had investors dumping risky assets and anticipating more Federal Reserve rate cuts.

  • EU Sees Euro Zone Growth Slowing, Inflation Steady Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 5:59 AM ET

    Euro zone economic growth will be slightly better than expected this year thanks to a robust third quarter, but financial market turbulence will slow it next year and in 2009, the European Commission said on Friday.

  • US Airline Stocks Follow Market Slide Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 5:47 PM ET

    Shares of US Airways Group led major U.S. airline stocks lower on Thursday, as the sector matched a steep decline in the broader market.

  • Fed's Balancing Act On Rate Cut Getting Tougher Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:17 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Ben Bernanke’s latest assessment of the economy shows the Fed’s job of balancing  inflation with a slowing economy is more difficult than ever, leaving policymakers undecided on further rate cuts.

  • Ben Bernanke's Speech: Economic Outlook Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:28 PM ET

    The prepared speech given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the economic outlook before the Joint Economic Committee on November 8, 2007.

  • Fed Chief Stays Cautious On Further Rate Cuts Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy faces risks in both growth and inflation, suggesting the Fed will holding off deciding on further rate cuts.

  • South Korea Holds Interest Rates as Expected Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:23 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank held its main interest rate steady at 5.0 percent for the third month in a row on Thursday, as widely expected, amid turbulent global markets and despite growing inflationary pressures.

  • Australia Unemployment Is Up, Full-Time Jobs Surge Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 10:20 PM ET

    Unemployment in Australia unexpectedly ticked up from 33-year lows in October but the number of full-time jobs increased by the biggest amount in 16 years, underlining the continued strength of the economy.

  • Japan's Machine Orders Seen Rising but Rates on Hold Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 9:35 PM ET

    Japanese machinery orders rose in the July-September period and are forecast to keep going this quarter, supporting the growth outlook for the economy, but financial market turmoil looks set to keep a lid on interest rates for the next few months.

  • Productivity Is Strongest in Four Years Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 12:50 PM ET

    U.S. worker productivity rose at the strongest pace in four years in the third quarter, pushing labor costs down, the government said Wednesday in a report offering comfort to the inflation-wary Federal Reserve. 

  • Fed's Lacker Says Economic Risks Are 'Balanced' Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 10:58 AM ET

    The risks posed by the credit market turmoil and inflation were about balanced, and there was some improvement in inflation, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said on Wednesday.

  • Australia's Central Bank Lifts Rates to 11-Year High Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 9:45 PM ET

    Australia's central bank raised interest rates to an 11-year high on Wednesday as it battled to contain inflation, a decision charged with unusual political implications just two weeks before a national election.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 3:42 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    It's been less than a week since the Federal Reserve hinted it was done lowering interest rates. Yet Wall Street is already clamoring for yet another cut.