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  • Play Risk with ETFs & Tech Stocks Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 11:42 AM ET

    After some significant gains in April, where does the market go next? And how should investors position their portfolios?  Sean Clark has some answers.

  • US Economy Is Still Weak But Not As Bad As Feared Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 11:29 AM ET

    Investors struggled to figure out where the economy is headed after reports showing a modest increase in jobless claims and weakness in the manufacturing sector.

  • Tata's 100 Miles Per Gallon Bet Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 10:23 AM ET
    Tata Motors

    Here's one for those of you who think auto manufacturers should be trying to build cars that get 100 mpg (and yes, there are a lot of you out there based on the e-mails I get from you). Tata Motors is the first mass-market automaker to enter the automotive X Prize competition...

  • Bernanke Stresses Need For Capital Cushion at Banks Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Financial market turmoil underscores the need for "generous" capital cushions, and banks need to actively raise money as needed, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

  • US Economy Shows More Weakness in Manufacturing Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 8:47 AM ET

    The economy is continuing to slow, particularly in manufacturing,  though some areas are not quite as bad as expected, according to the latest reports out Thursday.

  • Europe Comeback: Germany Drives Euro-Zone Growth Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 5:48 AM ET

    Germany posted the strongest economic growth since 1996 in the first quarter of 2008, leading the euro zone's GDP to rebound more than expected in the first quarter.

  • Asian Markets Rally as US Inflation Fears Ease Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian markets ended mostly higher Thursday after investors welcomed benign U.S. consumer data which eased inflation fears. South Korea led the advanced finishing over 2 percent higher.

  • Gutierrez: US, China Need to Fight Protectionism Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 4:41 AM ET

    The United States and China both need to fend off a troubling rise in economic nationalism in order to keep their economies strong, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Thursday.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Slide, Clouding Outlook Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 11:37 PM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japan's core private-sector machinery orders, a key gauge of corporate capital spending, slid to their lowest in almost three years in March, with manufacturers predicting more declines ahead, adding to worries that flagging capital spending will stymie growth.

  • Stocks Close Higher Despite Late Pullback Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 4:28 PM ET

    Stocks finished higher Wednesday, despite profit-taking in the last half-hour of trading, as Wall Street cheered what appeared to be a tame inflation reading.

  • Oil Prices End Down Near $124 as U.S. Supply Rises Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    U.S. light, sweet crude for June delivery fell $1.58 to settle at $124.22 a barrel Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • CPI Report Buoys Stocks; S&P Nears 1420 Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 2:22 PM ET

    Stocks opened higher Wednesday after a better-than-expected reading on inflation.

  • Distressed Diesel Prices

    Energy prices are flat. Gasoline prices have fallen. What country is the Labor Department talking about? Certainly not the U.S. or New York or Alaska or many other parts of the country where gasoline prices are near or have surpassed $4 a gallon.

  • Tame Inflation? Tell That To People Buying Gasoline Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
    New York Gas Prices at $4 per gallon

    In the real world, gasoline prices surged 5.6% in April, but the government smooths out seasonal oddities so prices appeared lower in Wednesday's inflation report.

  • Fed's Tools Won't Fix Housing Crisis: Pimco's El-Erian Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

    Bond fund leader Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian on Wednesday said the Federal Reserve does not have the tools to deal with the U.S. housing crisis and rapidly rising consumer prices, leaving it to lawmakers to avert a severe recession.

  • Inflation Stats Buoy Stocks; AMAT Skids Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 11:42 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Wednesday after a better-than-expected reading on inflation.

  • Ex-Fed Chief Volcker Sees 70's-Style Stagflation Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 11:03 AM ET
    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Wednesday said the central bank's role in overseeing financial markets needs to be more clearly defined and the that of rating agencies, sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds in the financial crisis should be weighed.

  • Dollar Rebounds Versus Euro as Stocks Rise Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 10:12 AM ET

    The dollar rebounded against the euro Wednesday as U.S. stocks extended gains and shrugged off a report showing tame reading on U.S. consumer prices in April.

  • Tax Rebate Will Only Stall, Not Stop Recession Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 9:47 AM ET
    Tax Refund Check

    The U.S. economy is in a recession and stimulus from a government tax rebate later this quarter will only temporarily stem a fall in consumer spending, a Merrill Lynch economist said on Wednesday.

  • UK's Brown Reveals Plans to Help Housing Market Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 9:00 AM ET
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown, seeking to reverse a slump in popularity, offered help on Wednesday for Britain's troubled housing market.

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