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  • Fed Expected to Make Small Rate Cut, Then Pause Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve looks set to deliver a small interest rate cut on Wednesday, though the central bank could signal that this is the last in a cycle.

  • Consumer Confidence Falls To Five-Year Low in April Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence fell to a five-year low this month as Americans confronted the grimmest jobs outlook since late 2004, while data also showed a record drop in home prices in February.

  • Optimism Fades Among US Manufacturers: Survey Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 9:40 AM ET
    Auto assembly line

    U.S. manufacturers are much more pessimistic about the U.S. economy and the direction of their businesses than they were three months ago, according to a quarterly survey of senior industrial executives released Tuesday.

  • Lackluster Session for Asia, Fed in Focus Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET

    Asian markets were lackluster on Tuesday following a flat finish in the U.S. stock market. But Greater China shares remained firm on the back of positive corporate earnings. Most investors were sidelined and cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting.

  • NZ Posts Surprise March Trade Deficit, Kiwi Down Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 12:12 AM ET

    New Zealand posted a surprise trade deficit in March, driven by lower dairy exports and higher oil imports, suggesting slower economic growth in the first quarter and sending the currency lower.

  • Dollar's Strength Tied to Economy, Not Fed Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 4:18 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The U.S. dollar may lurch higher on Wednesday if the Federal Reserve signals an end to its campaign of slashing interest rates, but a rally would soon fizzle if April's jobs report comes in well below forecasts.

  • Clinton And Obama: So Much Has Changed In The Race Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 3:11 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    So has Hillary Clinton's battle between Barack Obama been going on forever, or does it just seem that way? When the battle effectively began--in Oct. 2006 when Mr. Obama declared he had changed his mind and was considering a White House bid--the average price of gas then stood at $2.20-a-gallon.

  • Oil Prices Firm--For Now Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 1:58 PM ET

    Another round of supply fears helped keep oil in record territory, after prices in electronic trading hit a new all-time high: just 7 cents shy of $120 a barrel. The markets reacted to "expected" supply disruptions in Nigeria to the North Sea, despite already having priced it in last week.

  • CBS Earnings Preview: Hoping for Good Reception Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 1:52 PM ET
    CBS

    Ratings could be better, so could the economy and advertising spending. What is CBS doing to halt the tumble in it stock price? Stay tuned.

  • Europe Preview: Enough of Credit Crunch! Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 1:35 PM ET

    I have been covering the credit crunch since around 8:30 cet on August the 9th 2007 when BNP Paribas was forced to announce problems at 3 of their biggest funds. Producing Squawk Box I remember Alchemy Partners Jon Moulton telling Geoff Cutmore that this would be just the start and he was right.

  • Dollar Rally Pauses as Fed Rate Decision Looms Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 12:15 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar's rally stalled on Monday as investors bought euros to square up positions ahead of a key policy meeting by the U.S. central bank later this week.

  • French Finance Minister Puts Pressure on ECB Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 12:07 PM ET

    The disparity between U.S. and euro zone interest rates is starting to cause problems, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde told CNBC Monday, adding that Europe’s rampant inflation will ease.

  • Worker hauls his hose back to the truck after delivering home heating oil.

    It’s a harbinger of the new energy and possibly even a new social paradigm. Millions of Americans are facing energy shut-offs of basic heating and electricity services because they have fallen behind their utility bills, the New York Times usefully reported Friday in a story that deserved front page play rather than on page 16.

  • Buffett: Recession Is Here For People on Main Street Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 10:34 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The US economy indeed has entered into a recession, even if the traditional indicators aren't showing it yet, billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett said.

  • For this Green Week ending, April 25, 2008 the US Markets ended the week slightly to the upside driven by a comeback in the dollar, a streak of records for crude oil, better than expected jobless claims,  26-year low consumer sentiment, surprise earnings, and a 10 point victory for Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

  • Asian Markets End Mostly Higher, Financials Rally Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:21 AM ET

    Asian markets trimmed their early gains on Monday as investors took a breather following a rally in financial stocks. But many remained optimistic that the banking sector may finally be putting the credit crunch behind it.

  • Japan March Retail Sales Rises 1.1% Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 11:14 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, matching economists' median forecast.

  • Interest Rates Uncertainty Hangs Over US Stocks Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 6:37 PM ET

    The stock market will likely start the week on a hesitant note with Wall Street facing the first Federal Reserve interest-rate decision in many months not knowing that a cut is likely guaranteed.

  • 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.

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