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  • Food Inflation: Something New To Digest? Friday, 19 Jan 2007 | 1:52 PM ET

    Most analysts have been watching the price of oil and how low it will go as a way to measure inflation in the U.S. But--there may be a new item on the inflation "menu" to keep an eye on: food. When oil went to high prices this past summer--the ethanol boom sent investors to corn (corn is used for making ethanol). Some economists now say agri-culture.....

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the U.S. Congress that failure to take action soon to deal with the budgetary strains posed by an aging U.S. population could lead to serious economic harm.

  • Irish Inflation Hits 4-Year High Thursday, 18 Jan 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    Inflation in Ireland has reached a four-year high of 4.9%, the government's Central Statistics Office reported Thursday, citing a surge in mortgage and fuel costs as well as a hike in tobacco taxes.

  • With fresh signs that the U.S. economy is continuing to grow at a modest pace and wholesale price growth is moderating, Federal Reserve policy makers are unlikely to cut interest rates anytime soon.  

  • Fed's Beige Book: What It Means for U.S. Economy Wednesday, 17 Jan 2007 | 3:20 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The Federal Reserve released its Beige Book survey just as “Street Signs” began today. The survey showed the U.S. economy entered 2007 with moderate growth – including moderate wage gains and price increases. The bottom line was that the Fed appeared to still be “upbeat on inflation,” according to CNBC’s Steve Liesman.

  • German 2006 Inflation Up 1.7%, Driven By High Fuel Costs Wednesday, 17 Jan 2007 | 7:41 AM ET

    Germany's inflation was up 1.7% in 2006 over the previous year, largely driven by higher energy prices, the Federal Statistics Office said Wednesday.

  • Inflation is expected to have been moderate in December, according to forecasts of two key indicators out this week. 

  • U.K. Inflation Rate Hits 3% Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 6:06 AM ET

    Consumer price inflation rose to 3% in the United Kingdom in December compared to a year ago, the government said Tuesday, a full point over the official target and the highest rate since 1997.

  • Bulgaria's December Consumer Prices up 1.2% on Month Monday, 15 Jan 2007 | 6:51 AM ET

    Bulgaria's consumer prices rose by 1.2% in December from a month earlier, the government reported Monday.

  • Norwegian Annual Inflation Rate Fell to 2.2% in December Wednesday, 10 Jan 2007 | 4:50 AM ET

    Norway's annual inflation rate declined to 2.2% in December from 2.6% in November, but was above the 1.8% reported for December 2005, Statistics Norway announced Wednesday.

  • Fed's Kohn Says Decline In Inflation Not Assured Monday, 8 Jan 2007 | 2:10 PM ET

    The U.S. economy is poised for moderate growth and lower inflation, but there is no guarantee core inflation will continue to ease, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn said.

  • Jobs and Wage Growth Showing Surprising Strength Saturday, 6 Jan 2007 | 2:03 PM ET

    Job growth and worker wages climbed strongly in December, suggesting the labor market remains very tight.

  • Markets Slip on Strong U.S. Jobs Report--Why? Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 10:08 AM ET

    The Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 are down this morning after a better-than-expected jobs report. That’s right, healthy employment numbers have caused a dip in the market. Traders appear to be more concerned with the Fed these days, and the robust report could mean there's no rate cut in the near future. William O’Neil’s Stephen Porpora can’t understand why everyone is so surprised. He appeared on "Squawk on the Street."

  • Analyst: 1,600 S&P Is 'Low End of Possibilities' Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 9:59 AM ET
    Francois Trahan

    Bear Stearns Chief Investment Strategist Francois Trahan has the second highest forecast for the market in 2007. He says there will be a different dynamic at work this year compared with 2006, though. While earnings fueled growth last year, look for the first multiple expansion in four years to drive stocks this time around.

  • Stocks look set to open lower as concerns about the direction of interest rates hangs over the market. Yesterday's turbulent move in stock indexes came on a wave of record trading volume. Some traders are telling us the high level of intraday volatility will be a theme for 2007 after a period of relative calm.

  • Today's Close: The Best and Worst Of 2006 Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 4:01 PM ET

    As we end for today, we can safely report it's been a banner year for stocks--by just about everyone's measuring stick. Bonds didn't so bad either. Blue chips were certainly the big standouts of 2006. The Dow Jones industrial average--the index of 30 of the nation’s biggest companies, hit record levels dozens of times since closing at 12,011.73 on Oct. 19. It's since surged to an intra-day high of 12,529.87. All this despite....

  • BusinessWeek's Most Accurate Forecaster For 2006 Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 3:19 PM ET

    His economic forecast for 2006 was spot on – and now he’s been named "Most Accurate Economist of the Year." On today's "Street Signs" CNBC's Erin Burnett revealed who "he" is – and the warning he has for 2007. BusinessWeek has named Kenneth Mayland “Economic Forecaster of the Year.”  (He’s is the Chief Economist with Clearview Economics)....

  • Market Maven: Dow Could Pass 15,000 in '07 Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 1:32 PM ET

    There's been a lot of speculation in the market lately that we've come so far so fast a correction is inevitable. But not according to our "market maven" -- Hennessey Funds President Neil Hennessey. On "Power Lunch," he said the Dow could jump as much as 20% next year, surpassing 15,000 on the upside.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Ford's Death And A Computer Crash Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 1:27 PM ET

    Remembering President Ford: Clearly a story for all audiences, but certainly one with economic and business implications. President Ford’s death recalled an economic era that was high on the Misery Index: a plunging stock market, oil embargoes, a move towards hyperinflation. As Senior Economics Correspondent Steve Liesman pointed out during our special coverage, these were largely problems that Mr. Ford inherited rather than created.

  • Former Adviser Remembers Gerald Ford Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 11:51 AM ET

    Robert Hormats--who served on the National Security Council during President Gerald Ford’s administration--appeared on “Morning Call” to give his take on the 38th president of the U.S. As we’ve been reporting all morning, President Ford died last night at the age of 93. “He may not have been the greatest president in this country’s history,” Hormats said, “but he was certainly one of the most decent.”