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  • Factory Orders Rose Less Than Expected in January Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 3:10 PM ET

    New orders at U.S. factories rose a less-than-expected 2.3 percent in December, the steepestgain since July, on strong aircraft sales, a government report showed.

  • Labor Market Sending Mixed Signals on Recession Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 2:57 PM ET

    The labor market may be weak, but that doesn't necessarily mean the US economy is in recession or on the verge of one.

  • Australian Price Pressures Places Burden on Rates Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | 11:51 PM ET

    Australia's inflation headache worsened in January while house prices boasted double-digit gains in 2007, figures out on Monday showed, adding to expectations for a restraining rise in interest rates this week.

  • Dollar Rises vs Euro in Volatile Trading Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

    The dollar rose against the euro and sterling Friday after a report showed a gauge of U.S. manufacturing in January was higher than expected, helping the U.S. currency recover after soft labor market data earlier in the session.

  • Manufacturing Stages Surprise Recovery in January Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:24 AM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    The U.S. manufacturing sector staged a surprise recovery, while consumer sentiment improved in January, but construction spending in the U.S. fell for the third month in a row, reflecting continued weakness in the housing sector.

  • U.S. Jobs Fell Unexpectedly By 17,000 During January Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    U.S. employers unexpectedly cut 17,000 non-farm jobs in January, the first time in nearly 4-1/2 years that U.S. payrolls shrank.

  • China’s Inflation Hits American Price Tags Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 9:47 AM ET
    A Chinese woman works at a textile factory in China.

    After falling for years, prices of Chinese goods sold in the United States have been rising.

  • Market Anticipating Volatile Jobs Numbers Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 5:53 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    The first nonfarm payroll report of the year could bring some relief to the market if payrolls rise as expected. But seasonal factors bringing more volatility than usual make the report particularly hard to handicap.

  • Dollar Edges Up vs. Euro on Jobs Data Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 4:50 PM ET

    The dollar edged higher against the euro Thursday, as dealers cut bets against the U.S. currency a day ahead of the U.S. jobs report for January that may shed light on how close the economy is to recession.

  • Jobless Claims Top Views as Consumer Spending Slows Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:03 AM ET
    Cash Register

    Consumers spent less in December than at any time in the past 15 months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Hits New High, Sentiment Slumps Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 5:18 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation hit an all-time high in January and economic sentiment plunged to two-year lows, data showed on Thursday, underlining the European Central Bank's monetary policy dilemma.

  • Starbucks Profit Edges Up; Will Shut Stores Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 5:31 PM ET
    Starbucks

    Starbucks posted 2 percent higher profit, barely beating estimates, as the coffee seller scrambles to revivify its once-rapid growth and grapples with weaker U.S. consumer spending and rising food prices.

  • Liesman: A Remarkably Clear Fed Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

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  • Fed's Policy Statement Draws Mixed Reviews Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET

    The Fed cut interest rates another half point, but economists are divided about whether its policy statement will successfully manage market expectations.

  • Stocks Close Lower After Fed Rally Fizzles Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:28 PM ET

    A stock rally fueled by the Fed's latest interest rate cut lost momentum in the final hour after CNBC reported that two big bond insurers could be downgraded as early as today.

  • Dolls Stumbles Against Euro After Fed Move Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:06 PM ET

    The dollar fell sharply against the euro on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve slashed benchmark interest rates by 50 basis points and said downside risks remain for growth.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its January 29-30 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Cuts Rates Half Point; More Reductions Possible Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate another half point, as expected, and sparked a stock market rally by signaling that further rate cuts are possible.

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates Another Half Point, to 3% Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:18 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing  effort to bolster the economy.

  • Fed's Outlook May Matter More Than Any Rate Cut Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Though there’s been much debate over how much the Fed should cut rates,  the central bank's  statement may be more important to the Fed’s credibility and market expectations.