• 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.

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    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.

  • Analysts: "Stable Oil Prices Are Behind Us" Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 11:53 AM ET

    Oil prices are hovering lower today, after failing to breach the $60 mark for three days straight. Therefore, we can conclude that oil will remain at this level ad infinitum, right? Think again, two petroleum market analysts told "Morning Call."

  • Eurozone Services Activity Hits 6-Month High Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 5:36 AM ET

    A measure of growth in the Eurozone service sector hit a 6-month high in January of 57.9, compared with 57.2 in December, according to RBS/NTC, fueling speculation that European interest rates could see a further rise during 2007.

  • New Vornado Bid May Not Be Enough To Land EOP Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    The Super Bowl isn't the only big-money competition people are betting on this week: second-guessers are trying to call the shots before Monday, when Equity Office Properties shareholders will vote whether to accept takeover offers from Vornado or rival bidder Blackstone Group. CNBC's David Faber deconstructed Vornado's sweetened offer....

  • Fed Holds As Markets Rejoice-Nirvana For Investors? Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 9:47 AM ET
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    The markets rallied this afternoon after the Federal Reserve announced it would not be raising interest rates this quarter. The Dow surged over 100 points, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 having rallies of their own. On “Closing Call,” Maria Bartiromo asked a bond fund manager and a chief investment officer for their take on the year ahead in trading.

  • The euro economy is keeping prices stable and cutting its jobless rate to a record low, according to statistics out Wednesday, but business confidence was more subdued as industry was unsure growth would continue at its recent fast pace.

  • Fed Forecasts: Rate Cuts Ahead Or None At All? Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 11:35 AM ET

    As the Fed begins its two-day meeting, analysts are still in disagreement over what the central bank’s next moves will be as the year goes on. Jason Schenker from Wachovia and Carl Tannenbaum from LaSalle Bank disagree on what the Fed considers....

  • Bonds Reach New Highs; Analysts Know Why Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 2:30 PM ET

    Bond yields over the past couple of days hit a five-and-a-half-month high. Paul McCulley of PIMCO attributes the jump to the market’s unwinding expectations of a Fed easing. “It was dressed up for an easing party, and the band is not going to show,” he said. McCulley and two other analysts were on “Power Lunch” to give their take on....

  • Needed: A Stiff Upper Lip At The Fed Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 12:57 PM ET

    The Dow dropped 32.93 points today -- erasing January's gains. So what will fuel the next rally? With oil, tech and new-home sales rising, two analysts kept coming back to one theme in this "Morning Call" interview: strong nerves at the Federal Reserve. Randy Lert, chief portfolio strategist at Russell Investment...