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  • The Case For Ending Interest Rate Cuts Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 6:28 PM ET

    If the U.S. Federal Reserve wants to restrain oil and food prices and help downtrodden consumers, the best thing it can do is stop cutting interest rates.

  • Europe Preview: Spring Forecast on the Way Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    With the US heading for recession, the European Commissioner for Economic Monetary Affairs could be forgiven for lauding the strength of the European economy when he unveils his spring economic forecast on Monday.

  • Oil Ends Up at $118.52 on Strike, Iran Tension Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 3:32 PM ET

    Oil settled up over $118 -- down from its intra-day high above $119 -- aafter a workers strike cut production in Nigeria and tensions rose between the United States and Iran

  • Dollar at 3-Week Highs vs. Euro on Rates Outlook Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 3:05 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The dollar traded at three-week highs against the euro Friday, boosted by a growing view the Federal Reserve may stop cutting interest rates soon.

  • As the Federal Reserve hones in on the end of its interest-rate cutting campaign, officials remain troubled by lingering stress in credit markets and continue to mull steps to ease the strain.

  • Nobel Winner Stiglitz: U.S. Facing Long Recession Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 2:17 PM ET

    The US economy is already in recession -- and may echo the 1930s, says Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

  • Texas Governor Seeks Waiver on Ethanol Rules Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 2:10 PM ET

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the government to cut "skyrocketing" food prices by waiving half of the renewable fuel standard for ethanol made from grain.

  • U. Of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Hits 26 Year Low Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 10:24 AM ET

    The U of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index of 62.6 is at its lowest level since March 1982 when it hit 62.0.  The news is weighing on stocks.

  • Consumer Mood Sours as Inflation Fears Grow Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    US consumer confidence fell for a third straight month, hitting its weakest in more than a quarter century on heightened worries over inflation and the sagging housing market.

  • Bush: Rebates Should Help Economy Out of Slowdown Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    President George W. Bush said on Friday that the U.S. economy is in a slowdown but added that tax rebates should help pull activity out of the slump.

  • Many States Appear to Be In Recession Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 8:51 AM ET

    The finances of many states have deteriorated so badly that they appear to be in a recession, regardless of whether that's true for the nation as a whole, a survey of all 50 state fiscal directors concludes.

  • A bounce in the U.S. dollar lifted some Asian stock markets on Friday, while crude oil sank further from its recent $120 a barrel record, dragging energy firms down but boosting airline counters.  Japan finished at a two-month high.

  • Japan Inflation Hits 10-year High, BOJ Won't Budge Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 9:37 PM ET

    Japanese annual inflation hit a decade-high 1.2 percent in March, as energy prices soar, but the central bank is expected to sit tight on interest rates in the face of a soft economic outlook at home and abroad.

  • South Korean Economic Growth Hits Three-Year Low Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 9:02 PM ET
    Korea, Korean Flag

    South Korea's economy set the slowest quarterly growth in more than three years in the first quarter as demand cooled both at home and abroad, raising chances of an interest rate cut as early as next month.

  • Oil Settles Lower, Near $116, on Dollar Strength Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    Oil settled slightly above $116 a barrel on Thursday as the dollar firmed and investors booked profits after crude rallied to a record high earlier this week.

  • Dollar Climbs vs Euro, Yen; Shrugs off U.S. Housing Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 2:03 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar rose broadly Thursday after government data showed signs of resilience in the U.S. labor market, while a key consumer confidence measure in Germany plunged, weighing on the European currency.

  • Microsoft Earnings Preview: Yahoo/Vista Soap Opera Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 1:42 PM ET
    Microsoft

    Talk about drama: Microsoft's $44 billion offer for Yahoo is coming down to the line and CEO Steve Ballmer is talking tough. If that wasn't enough, Ballmer hinted about a new lease on life for Windows XP.

  • Tax Rebate Checks To Go Out Earlier than Expected Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 1:12 PM ET

    The U.S. Treasury will start sending tax rebate checks to Americans next week, ahead of its previous schedule, and aims to pump $50 billion into the U.S. economy by the end of May, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday.

  • Buyout Firms Increasing Hiring in Emerging Markets Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 12:17 PM ET
    China

    Private equity firms are hiring more staff in emerging markets to keep up with faster growth opportunities in Asia and Eastern Europe.

  • S&P's Wyss Says US Already in Mild Recession Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 11:54 AM ET

    The United States is in a recession but the downturn is expected to be mild because consumer spending is not expected to fall precipitously, Standard & Poor's said Thursday.

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