NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.» Read More
Warren Buffett tells CNBC that when it comes to stock investing, he "doesn't care" if the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates. Read a transcript of his comments to Becky Quick about the Fed, his investing strategies, and the price of oil.
European stocks rallied Tuesday, closing higher, with investors cheered by the prospect of a U.S. Federal Reserve rate cut and encouraged by the British government's intervention to reassure Northern Rock bank depositors.
Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting today in one of the most closely watched central bank conferences in years. The Fed is slated to release its rate-cut decision at 2:15pm ET. CNBC asked the experts what they expect the Fed to do -- and what impact it will have on the economy and markets.
The Labor Department said it was the largest fall in producer prices since a 1.5 percent dip in October 2006.
Consumer prices in Britain fell slightly in August, the government said Tuesday.
Fed policymakers meet Tuesday in one of the most closely watched central bank meetings in years. CNBC asked the experts what they expect the Fed to do and what impact it will have on the economy and markets.
Alan Greenspan keeps making news, even after leaving the Federal Reserve chairman’s post. Last week, he released his memoirs, taking the Bush Administration to task; and he told CNBC the housing bubble was "unavoidable." Here is a sampling of our broadcast coverage, including an exclusive Greenspan interview with senior economics reporter Steve Liesman.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan also says the chances of a recession have risen from January, when he said there was about a 33% chance.
The euro zone's trade surplus was smaller than expected in July, unadjusted data showed on Monday, but exports continued to grow more quickly than imports.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Monday he expected market turbulence to continue for a while, but said the current turmoil was occurring against the backdrop of global financial strength.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told CNBC Friday that it will take time to work through the problems contributing to current financial market turmoil but expressed confidence U.S. growth will not be derailed.
Sales at U.S. retailers rose a smaller-than-expected 0.3% in August and recorded the biggest decline in almost a year when car sales are excluded. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment was steady in early September.
This week, NBC Nightly News will air a series of reports on issues important to women, including special business reports on Tuesday and Thursday.
Inflation in the 13 euro nations was 1.7% in August, the European Union's statistical agency said Friday, lowering its earlier estimate of 1.8%.
Consumer confidence tumbled to its lowest point in nearly one and a half years as a deep housing slump and a credit crunch made people more worried about the country's economic health as well as their own.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he was late to see the storm gathering around U.S. mortgage lending practices and commended his successor Ben Bernanke's handling of the crisis, saying he would likely be responding in a similar fashion.
Americans are relatively unconcerned about the subprime mortgage troubles, and they say President Bush is doing a better job, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Sept. 20, a spokesman for the panel said.
The number of U.S. workers signing up for jobless benefits edged up a smaller-than-expected 4,000 in a holiday-shortened week, a government report showed on Thursday.
Whether by dumb luck or intelligent design, Federal Reserve officials appear to have squeezed their way out of a dangerous policy trap.