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  • Euro Zone Dec. Services PMI Falls, Signals Slowdown Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 8:26 AM ET

    Euro zone services grew at a slower pace than expected in December, as the banking sector stalled, signaling a slowdown in the single currency area, a key survey showed on Monday.

  • Euro zone services growth cooled more than expected in December as the banking sector stalled while manufacturing activity eased marginally, but in line with forecasts, a key survey showed on Monday.

  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 7:47 PM ET

    As we enter the final stretch of 2007, the stock market may temporarily lose some of its violent mood swings and secure gains for the month and the year.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Surges 3.1% on Food, Oil Prices Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 9:19 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation surged to 3.1 percent in November, the highest level since May 2001 according to Global Insight and above an earlier estimate of 3 percent, data from the EU statistics agency Eurostat showed on Friday.

  • Market Insider/Friday Look Ahead Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 5:07 AM ET

    Consumer inflation data is big on Friday's agenda after Thursday's producer prices showed wholesale level inflation surging at the fastest rate in 34 years.

  • Fed Plan Gets Mixed Reviews From CNBC Guests Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 11:29 AM ET

    Everybody seems to have an opinion on the Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch. Here's what some CNBC guests were saying Thursday.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 3:58 AM ET

    Lehman Bros.' fourth-quarter earnings report, producer price inflation data and November retail sales will be factors setting direction for Thursday's markets.

  • Central Banks Make Biggest Joint Action Since 9/11 Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 5:34 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Central banks banded together to make it easier for stressed banks to borrow money in a credit crunch that threatens to knock the U.S. economy into recession.

  • How the Central Bank Credit Plan Will Work Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:40 PM ET

    Major central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, acted in unison Wednesday in unveiling plans to provide liquidity to the banking system, where funds covering a longer span of time have become scant.

  • Fed: Credit Plan Is Better Than Cutting Interest Rates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:27 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch has been in the works for a while and will be more effective than cutting interest rates, a senior Fed official said.

  • Outlook '08: Housing Will Be Wild Card For Economy Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 3:50 PM ET

    Uncertainty and housing. Those are the key words in forecasts of the US economy in 2008.  And just how bad the economy performs depends mostly on the depth and duration of the housing recession and the great unknowns of the credit crunch.

  • Outlook '08: Fixed Income May Make Investors Defensive Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    Investors in US fixed income markets face a laundry list of uncertainties in 2008, which are likely to keep them on the defensive, analysts say. The best course of action may be to diversify.

  • Dollar Rises vs. Yen on Global Central Bank Action Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:31 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The yen tumbled and high-yielding currencies posted sharp gains as carry trades regained popularity Wednesday after Federal Reserve and other major central banks announced coordinated measures to ease the money market's liquidity crunch.

  • Fed's Recent Moves to Add Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:00 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced with other major central banks measures to alleviate upward pressure in interbank markets as financial sector troubles have made it more difficult for banks to raise funds. Following are some major steps the Fed has taken to provide funding to the banking system.

  • Federal Reserve's Statement On Boosting Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    The text of the Federal Reserve's statement on adding additional liquidity into money markets released Dec. 12.

  • Fed Trims Rates 1/4 Point, Disappointing Investors Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 2:45 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut  interest rates a modest quarter point, disappointing Wall Street, which had hoped for more-aggressive action.

  • Australian Consumer Sentiment Improves in December Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 6:45 PM ET

    Australian consumer sentiment improved in December as relief over the central bank's decision not to raise interest rates enhanced confidence in the economy, a survey showed on Wednesday.

  • Dollar Rises Against Euro After Modest Fed Cut Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:48 PM ET

    The dollar rose slightly against the euro but fell against the yen on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, less than what some had expected.

  • The FOMC's Statement Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 25 basis points to 4-1/4 percent.

  • Markets Hope Fed Will Cut Rates by Half a Point Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Financial markets expect the Fed to trim interest rates a quarter point this afternoon, but many investors are hoping for a half-point cut.