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  • Dollar Gains on Euro After European Rate Decisions Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 1:12 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    Both the euro and the pound retreated against the U.S. dollar as the Bank of England cut interest rates and the European Central Bank appeared to leave the door open for an eventual reduction.

  • U.S. Economy Is Showing More Signs Of Weakening Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    The U.S. economy showed further signs of slowing, particularly with Thursday's report that the jobless ranks continued to swell last week

  • Job Market Weakens More, Fueling Recession Fears Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 10:45 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    Jobless claims fell by 22,000 last week, but the number of workers remaining on jobless aid rose to its highest in more than two years.

  • UK Rates Expected to Come Down Gradually Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 7:53 PM ET

    The Bank of England is widely expected to cut interest rates by 25 basis points Thursday, for the second time in three months, in a delicate balancing act between offsetting the impacts of a slowing economy and fending off inflation.  

  • Fed's Plosser Says Inflation Remains Big Worry Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:55 PM ET
    Charles Plosser

    The Fed must remain vigilant against rising inflation pressure this year even as the U.S. economy slows sharply, Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser said.

  • Reader Poll: Recession or Inflation - What's Worse? Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker Wednesday said policy-makers are worried about the possibility of recession, but that persistent inflation remains a worry for the central bank.

  • Productivity Rises 1.8%, Topping Estimates Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:20 PM ET

    U.S. productivity in the fourth quarter rose at a stronger-than-expected pace as the biggest cutback in working hours in nearly five years helped restrain growth in labor costs, a U.S. Labor Department report showed on Wednesday.

  • Dollar Edges Lower Ahead of ECB Rate Decision Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:44 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar edged lower against the yen and the euro Wednesday with investors reluctant to place big bets on currencies ahead of a key interest rate decision from the European Central Bank on Thursday.

  • Facing Pressure to Cut, ECB Will Likely Hold Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:13 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is likely to keep its title as the last inflation hawk standing at its rate-setting meeting Thursday, but as fears of a global economic slowdown grow, calls for easing will only increase.

  • Fed's Lacker Says 'Mild Recession' Possible Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 1:05 PM ET

    The most likely path for the US economy is sluggish growth for at least half a year before a gradual recovery begins, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said.

  • Euro Slides as Weak Data Fuels Rate Cut Hopes Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 12:03 PM ET

    The euro tumbled broadly Tuesday after dismal euro zone service sector data fedexpectations the European Central Bank also might have to cut interest rates to shore up growth.

  • Credit Crisis, Not Recession May Be Fed's Big Worry Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    If the health of the economy is so murky, why has the Federal Reserve been so aggressive in cutting interest rates?

  • Euro Zone Services, Sales Data Stoke Recession Fears Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 7:04 AM ET

    Euro zone service sector growth slowed sharply in January from an already weak estimate and retail sales fell in the key Christmas period, according to data on Tuesday that stoked fears of a recession.

  • Australia's RBA Raises Rates, Warns on Inflation Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 12:28 AM ET

    Australia's central bank on Tuesday raised interest rates to a decade peak of 7 percent, as it struggled to keep inflation under control, and left the door open for even more hikes if the red-hot economy did not cool soon.

  • Australian Consumers Spend Freely, Rate Rise Looms Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 9:43 PM ET

    Australian consumers went on a shopping spree last quarter, data showed on Tuesday, giving a boost to an already red-hot economy and reinforcing the case for an imminent rise in interest rates.

  • Dollar Mixed Ahead of Central Bank Meetings Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 5:03 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar slipped against the euro and edged up against the yen Monday as investors waited to see how major central banks at policy meetings this week will respond to a potential global economic slowdown.

  • 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.