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  • US Dollar Rallies on Home Sales, Bear Stearns Bid Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 2:53 PM ET
    Dollar Bill

    The dollar rallied across the board Monday on better-than-expected U.S. existing home sales data and J.P. Morgan's higher offer for Bear Stearns shares, which boosted Wall Street stocks.

  • Brown, Sarkozy to Urge Banks to Disclose Writeoffs Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 12:05 PM ET
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will urge banks this week to make "full and immediate disclosure" of write-offs due to the global credit crisis, British officials said on Monday.

  • March Madness Mania Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 12:02 AM ET
    Traders buy and sell crude oil futures contracts at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Even the most seasoned commodity traders are looking back on this month's market action as nothing short of dramatic. Continued turmoil in the equity markets and falling confidence in the U.S. dollar sent investors scurrying into the relative safe haven of the commodities markets like droves of mad March hares.

  • US Dollar Holds Gains After Jump on Oil's Slide Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 9:14 PM ET
    Dollar Bill

    The U.S. dollar inched lower against the euro on Friday but held on to much of the gains it made the previous day when investors sold commodities including oil and gold and repatriated cash back into the dollar.

  • Dollar Gains vs. Euro After Commodities Sell-Off Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 5:37 PM ET
    Dollar Bill

    The dollar made its biggest gain since mid-December against the euro Thursday as investors sold oil, gold and other commodities and repatriated their cash back into the beleaguered U.S. currency.

  • Dollar Briefly Reverses Losses vs. Euro Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    The dollar briefly reversed losses against the euro on Wednesday in volatile trading, drawing support from losses in gold futures.

  • As Interest Rates Decline, Bernanke's Stock Goes Up Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 11:43 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s stock is at a 52-week high on Wall Street --- with the exception perhaps of Bear Stearns, which appears to be selling him short.

  • After the Fed's Latest Rate Cut: CEOs Weigh In Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 10:53 AM ET

    A day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates another three-quarters of a point, CEOs joined Squawk Box to share their outlook on the economy and markets.

  • BoE Voted 7-2 for Steady Rates in March Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 5:42 AM ET

    Two of the nine Bank of England policymakers opposed this month's decision to keep interest  rates at 5.25 percent, preferring an immediate quarter-point cut to shore up the economy in the face of a global downturn.

  • Fed Gives Inflation a Promotion in Tuesday's Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    Today's statement is another in a series of very significant communications from the Fed. At the extreme, it could mean the Fed is done cutting rates, barring any more massive credit-market upheavals.

  • Dollar Gains on Euro, Yen After Fed Rate Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:01 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar posted gains against the yen and the euro on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve slashed benchmark interest rates by 75 basis points.

  • Fed "Speak" On Inflation Helps Move Markets Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:01 PM ET

    The Fed commentary, on top of the positive Lehman and Goldman numbers, are helping move stocks to the highs of the day. The Fed has: 1) Reduced the growth forecast, and increased the inflation forecast. 2) Talked less on credit problems.

  • Fed Can't Unfreeze Credit Just by Cutting Rates Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:24 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    The size of the Fed’s expected rate cut today may help stimulate a sluggish economy. But  it is unlikely to unfreeze the credit markets, especially the mortgage one.

  • Fed Lowers Rates 3/4 Point, Fueling Huge Stock Rally Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:19 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve slashed a key U.S. interest rate by three-quarters of a point, to 2.25%, but Wall Street didn't seem to care that the cut was smaller than many had expected.

  • TEXT: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • Paulson: We're in A Sharp Economic Downturn Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday the U.S. economy had turned down sharply but declined to label the situation a recession.

  • Fed Is Expected to Slash Interest Rates Again Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed policy-makers are expected to make the biggest interest rate cut since 1982, while two major Wall Street firms provided some relief to investors with better-than-expected earnings.

  • Fed Keeps Altering Tactics As Credit Crisis Deepens Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:27 AM ET
    Credit Crunch

    As the credit crunch worsens,  the Federal Reserve is becoming  more imaginative in its tactics. Wall Street is now betting on a full-point cut in interest rates, to  2%,  when the Fed meets Tuesday.

  • Wholesale Inflation Hotter; Housing Slumps Further Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    The flagging U.S. economy got more mixed news from its troubled housing sector on Tuesday, while evidence of inflation pressures continued to lurk in the producer pipeline.

  • ECB Officials Stress Inflation Concerns Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 8:01 AM ET

    European Central Bank Executive Board members stressed on Tuesday the role of the ECB as a guardian of price stability, giving the strong euro only scant mention.