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  • Defensive Stocks: Agriculture is Popular Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 8:58 AM ET
    Corn

    Investors should raise their exposure to agricultural commodities and buy into stocks in the sector, as demand from emerging markets increases and the size of arable land is shrinking, putting additional pressure on the already tight supply, analysts said Friday.

  • To Strike or Not to Strike Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 7:11 AM ET

    It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?

  • BOJ's Fukui Downbeat, Markets Ponder Rate Cut Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 12:28 AM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said on Friday the pace of growth was slowing, as markets started pondering the risk of a Japanese rate cut.

  • Text: Ben Bernanke's Speech Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 1:07 PM ET
  • Euro Extends Gains vs. Dollar on Trichet Comments Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 10:24 AM ET

    The euro climbed across the board Thursday, after European Central Bank President Jean Claude-Trichet flagged more interest rate increases in the euro zone, citing lingering inflation pressures.

  • Sales Outpaced Inventories in November, Led by Oil Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 8:35 AM ET
    Gas Pump

    Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.6 percent in November, but they did not keep pace with sales, which saw the biggest monthly increase in more than two years on rising petroleum prices, the government reported Thursday.

  • South Korea Holds Interest Rates Steady at 5% Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 9:14 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank held its main interest rate steady at 5.00 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, deciding not to tighten to tackle rising inflation as it remains cautious over the risk of a global economic slowdown.

  • Dollar Rises After Poole says Recession Not Definite Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 2:59 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar climbed Wednesday following comments from a Federal Reserve official who said it would be a mistake to say a U.S. recession is at hand.

  • European Central Bank Rate Decision Timeline Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions for 2007.

  • Slumping Stock Market May Crack US Consumer Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 10:28 AM ET

    The stock market may be the deciding factor in whether the U.S. economy tips into a consumer-driven recession this year.

  • China to Intervene to Curb Consumer Inflation Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 5:12 AM ET

    China's cabinet said on Wednesday that it would temporarily intervene in the market to curb price rises or basic necessities like food, underlining its concern over mounting inflationary pressures.

  • Yen Tumbles as High Yielding Currencies Gain Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 11:30 AM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The yen retreated across the board Tuesday as investors waded back into risky carry trades, sparked by gains in global equities and a rise in commodity prices.

  • Paulson on 'Squawk': Housing, China and Fly-Fishing Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:26 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discusses the dollar, the housing market, China and fly-fishing with the Squawk Box news team. 

  • Dollar Gains vs Euro on European Rate Expectations Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 11:58 AM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The dollar edged upward against the euro and the pound Monday as markets pondered whether rising inflation in the euro zone and Britain may bring interest-rate changes later this week.

  • Paulson: No Rush on Plan to Jump-Start the Economy Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Paulson said the Bush administration is trying to minimize the impact of a housing downturn rather than rush new stimulus measures.

  • Recession Fears Grow, But So Do Hopes for Rate Cut Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:31 PM ET

    A worse-than-expected report on December job growth fueled worries about a U.S. recession but also heightened speculation of more interest-rate cuts.

  • Weak Jobs Report Fuels Worries About Recession Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 1:04 PM ET

    Hiring practically stalled in December, driving the nation's unemployment rate up to a two-year high of 5 percent and fanning fears of a recession.

  • Housing Slump May Bottom by Mid-Year: Bush Adviser Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 11:21 AM ET

    The drag on the U.S. economy from a deep housing slump should ease by mid-year, paving the way for stronger economic growth, a top White House adviser told CNBC.

  • European Inflation Stays Above Target Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 10:55 AM ET

    High oil prices, driving up the cost of transportation and other services, as well as spiraling food prices contributed to euro-zone inflation staying well above the target while Swiss inflation came in at a 12-year high, data showed on Friday.

  • Weak Jobs Report Could Ignite Recession Worries Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 7:37 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    The first employment report of the year looks set to make or break the trading day for stocks worldwide, as investors' fears about the fate of the U.S. economy grow.