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  • Amanda Kurzendoerfer, commodity analyst at Summit Energy, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the surprisingly large drop in gasoline supplies and low refinery capacity could send prices at the pump over $3 a gallon by mid-July.“We could see a three handle,” Kurzendoerfer said Wednesday. “I don’t think it will last long, but it definitely a possibility.”

  • Thomas Atteberry, analyst and portfolio manager for First Pacific Advisers, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that investors might consider large-cap, multi-national companies when picking stocks.“Try to stay away from the financial sectors of the market because they’re very exposed to the consumer,” Atteberry said Tuesday.

  • St. Louis Fed President Poole said he would lean toward a further rate increase should inflation fail to come down and if the economy was only moderately weak.

  • Strategist: Confidence In Fed On The Rise Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | 1:43 PM ET

    The ISM index fell to 50.9 from 52.3 in February. How are bonds reacting to Monday's lukewarm ISM number? Kevin Ferry, chief market strategist at Cronus Futures Management joined Liz Claman on “Morning Call.”

  • Australian Sales Surge Rings Rate Alarm Sunday, 1 Apr 2007 | 11:17 PM ET

    Australian retail sales surged 0.9% in February, blowing past market market forecasts and heightening the risk of another rise in interest rates, perhaps as early as this week.

  • Inflation-Fighting Fed Is Good For Bonds Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 2:15 PM ET

    Kevin Giddis, managing director of fixed income capital markets for Morgan Keegan, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that the Federal Reserve’s concentration on inflation is good news for bond investors.

  • Testimony of Chairman Ben S. Bernanke Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 10:53 AM ET

    A transcript, released by the Federal Reserve, of Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's testimony before the Joint Economic Committee in Washington on March 28, 2007.

  • Fed's Pianalto Says Fed Keeping Close Eye On Inflation Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 10:41 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is keeping an eye on inflation because of a risk that price growth will not moderate as much as it had expected, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Tuesday.

  • An Indian Affair Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 1:51 AM ET

    "A Fund Affair" is a brand new column that focuses on mutual funds available in Asia. Each week, we will highlight one fund we think is interesting -- whether because it's invested in a hot market, has a niche appeal or simply has been in the news of late.Our inaugural column features the Aberdeen Asset Management's India Opportunities Fund. Why this fund? A hot topic of debate of late has been the outsourcing of business processes to India. India's benefited from these many contracts. So we decided to explore what India and its economy has to offer the investor and how well Indian companies have performed of late.

  • Fed's Mishkin Says Core Inflation Likely Drifting Down Sunday, 25 Mar 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

    Core U.S. inflation is likely to drop to 2% from about 2.25%, but pushing it below that may require higher interest rates, Federal Reserve Governor Frederic Mishkin said on Friday.

  • Financial markets expect the Federal Reserve to hold benchmark interest rates steady Wednesday as the central bank gauges the impact of recent market turmoil and subprime mortgage woes while prices remain stubbornly high despite a softening economy.

  • British Consumer Inflation at 2.8% in February Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 8:04 AM ET

    Consumer prices in Britain rose 2.8% in the year ending in February, up a tenth of a point from January's rate, the government said Tuesday.

  • German Producer Price Inflation Sinks Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 4:34 AM ET

    German producer price inflation dropped to its lowest level in more than two years last month, helped by lower oil and energy prices, according to government figures released Tuesday.

  • John Ryding, chief U.S. economist at Bear Stearns, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he believes many analysts have overstated the effect of declining home prices on consumer spending.

  • Bill Seidman, CNBC’s chief commentator, told “Morning Call” that OPEC’s decision to hold production at current levels is good news for the U.S. economy. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the source of about a third of the world’s oil, had cut output by 1.7 million barrels a day. OPEC doesn’t plan to meet again until September.

  • Norway Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 11:33 AM ET

    The central Bank of Norway will increase interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point for the sixth time since May in a bid to cool off Norway's oil-fired economy, the bank said Thursday.

  • Swiss National Bank Raises Rates Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

    The Swiss National Bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points on Thursday and said more tightening was probably needed to secure price stability in the long term as the weak franc could push up inflation.

  • Citi Strategist: Investors Should Go On "Offense" Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 10:47 AM ET

    Does the market have you scared? "The fear is interesting," says Tobias Levkovich, Citigroup's chief U.S. equity strategist. He joined "Squawk on the Street" to talk about "worried" investors -- and what they ought to do now.

  • Lower food prices helped to subdue French inflation in February, offsetting higher charges for services and manufactured goods, while the Bank of France raised its growth forecast for the first quarter.

  • Chinese Inflation Creeps Higher as Food Prices Rise Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | 11:29 PM ET

    Chinese consumer inflation rose in February on the back of higher food costs, but economists said they did not expect price pressures to get out of hand despite breakneck growth and plentiful cash in the banking system.