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  • 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.

  • Pray for a Warm Winter: Heating Bills Headed Up Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 2:20 PM ET
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    Higher crude oil prices will force consumers to dig even deeper into their pockets to pay this winter's heating bills, as costs for heating oil, natural gas and propane will be more than previously expected.

  • Caterpillar CEO Sees 'Soft Landing' for Economy Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:44 PM ET

    James Owens, the chief executive of Dow component Caterpillar, sees a soft landing in store for the U.S. economy.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:01 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may not have many soothing words for Wall Street when he testifies before Congress on Thursday.

  • Soros Forecasts 'Serious' US Economic Correction Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 10:13 AM ET

    Billionaire investor George Soros forecast on Monday that the U.S. economy is "on the verge of a very serious economic correction" after decades of overspending.

  • Falling Home Prices Pose Major Risk: Greenspan Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:23 AM ET
    On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Tuesday that falling U.S. home prices and high inventories of unsold properties presented a major risk to the U.S. economy and financial markets.

  • Foreclosures Could Remain High for 18 Months Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 2:03 PM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    The rate of foreclosures in the United States will remain higher than normal for the next18 months as the current home loan crisis plays itself out, a senior U.S. Treasury official said Friday.

  • Investors Wary of What Jobs Report Will Bring Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    After Thursday's huge selloff in the stock market, investors are now turning their attention to the October jobs report.

  • Raw Material Prices Spark China Inflation Concern Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 1:27 AM ET

    Fast-rising oil, steel and coal prices are adding to inflationary pressure in China, the country's top economic planning agency said on Friday.

  • Behind Market Selloff: Fed Won't Bail Out Investors Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 4:42 PM ET
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    If the Fed isn't going to cut  rates any more, that means bad news really is ... bad news. And with continuing concerns about the financial sector and oil prices, there is plenty of bad news.

  • $100 Oil Specter Drives Clean Energy Stocks Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 3:05 PM ET

    Clean energy stocks worldwide, and especially solar, have roared upwards in the past 10 weeks following the latest spiral in oil prices -- but proving a direct link with oil is elusive, analysts say.

  • Fed Pumps $41 Billion Into Financial System Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 1:09 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve pumped $41 billion into the U.S. financial system Thursday, one of its largest cash infusions to help companies get through a credit crunch that took a turn for the worse in August.

  • Uh Oh--Are Consumers Starting to Rein In Spending? Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 12:00 PM ET
    Shoppers in a toy aisle at a Target store.

    The mighty U.S. consumer may be starting to crack, just as the Federal Reserve signaled that it was through with interest rate cuts barring a sharper economic downturn.

  • Jobless Claims Fall 6,000, More Than Expected Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 8:49 AM ET

    The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless aid fell by a more-than-expected 6,000 last week, government data on Thursday showed, while the four-week moving average of claims edged up to a six-month high.

  • Planned Layoffs Drop 12 Percent Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 7:45 AM ET

    Planned U.S. layoffs fell 12 percent in October on a reduction in the number of announced firings in the financial and housing-related sectors, an independent report showed Wednesday.

  • China Lifts Fuel Prices 10% as Shortages Bite Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 1:25 AM ET

    China unexpectedly raised domestic gasoline and diesel prices by a tenth on Thursday, the first increase in 17 months, as officials rushed to tame a worsening supply crisis by easing losses at state refiners.

  • Australians Spending Freely, Lock-In Rate Rise Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 10:27 PM ET

    Australian retail sales easily outpaced expectations in September, setting the seal on a very strong quarter for consumption and adding to an already compelling case for a further rise ininterest rates.