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  • 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.

  • After last week's market turbulence, the impact of Friday's jobs report takes on even more weight. Two analysts joined "Closing Bell" to discuss how investors may have digested the figures -- and what they'll be watching for next.

  • Wages haven't kept up with productivity gains, making the current economic expansion good for corporate profits, but not so good for hourly workers. Wage growth is good news for consumer spending -- and not inflationary -- as long as productivity continues to increase.

  • Market Pros Say Friday's Jobs Data 'Hugely Important' Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 12:19 PM ET

    Market experts told CNBC's "Morning Call" that Friday's release of monthly nonfarm employment data will be critical for the overall economic picture. Tony Dwyer, equity market analyst at FTN Midwest Securities, said the jobs data is "hugely important" and expects growth of 50,000 jobs, which is below the consensus forecast of about 100,000.

  • What's The Bigger Fear: Inflation Or Recession? Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan says that the U.S. has a ‘one-third probability’ of falling into a recession this year. Greenspan’s outlook contrasts that of his successor, Ben Bernanke, who believes that inflation is a bigger problem for the economy..so who's right?

  • After Tuesday's market spasm came another sobering notion: the correction might not be finished yet. But "it doesn't worry" James Bianco, president of Bianco Research. He explained his calm to CNBC's Joe Kernan.

  • Euro-Zone Inflation Falls to 1.8% Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 8:32 AM ET

    Inflation in the 13 nations that share the euro currency slowed by more than expected to 1.8% in January, the EU statistics agency said Wednesday, a figure that may undermine the European Central Bank's case for raising interest rates again next month.

  • Eye On Inflation Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 3:09 PM ET

    The Consumer Price Index report for January contained some unwelcome surprises, but the FOMC minutes offered a relatively positive one – “some improvement in core inflation.”

  • Key U.S. Democrat Warns Fed Off Inflation Target: FT Monday, 19 Feb 2007 | 11:03 PM ET

    It would be a "terrible mistake" for the U.S. Federal Reserve to adopt any form of inflation target to guide policy, a senior Democratic lawmaker was quoted as telling the Financial Times.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: When Big Ben Speaks, We Listen Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 3:04 PM ET

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who listened to every word of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Congressional testimony over the past two days. But I AM sure I can say no one is jealous of me, including most of my co-workers. It comes with the Breaking News Desk job description.

  • Mr. Bernanke has given market bulls exactly what they wanted: commentary on the economy and inflation that is neither too hot nor too cold.

  • Gasoline Prices Rise for 2nd Week Monday, 12 Feb 2007 | 5:10 PM ET

    Gasoline prices rose for the second week in a row to an average of about $2.24 a gallon nationwide.

  • Saint Louis Federal Reserve President William Poole said  inflation ought to moderate this year amid solid growth, but if this failed to happen, he would press for policy action.

  • The AMT: Is An "Alternative" Option Possible? Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

    Chalk it up to the new centrism -- or perhaps it's because some issues are so irksome, Republicans and Democrats must agree that a solution is needed. Whatever the case, two House members joined "Power Lunch" to sound the alarm over the alternative minimum tax (AMT) -- and the 20-month deadline to fix it.