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  • Oil Prices And Those Sticky Supply Concerns Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 11:08 AM ET

    Supply problems are lifting oil prices over $111 a barrel this morning, a sharp reversal from overnight trading when oil briefly headed south. Here's a breakdown of the sticky supply concerns we're dealing with today.

  • Business Inventories Rise 0.6% in February as Expected Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 10:08 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    US retail sales unexpectedly rose 0.2 percent in March, pushed up by a jump in gasoline sales, a government report released on Monday showed.

  • Generation X Glum on Retirement Prospects: Survey Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 8:13 AM ET

    Baby boomers say they are worried about achieving a comfortable retirement, but a new study suggests Generation X is even more pessimistic.

  • Ikea CEO: We're Buying American Due to Weak Dollar Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 8:13 AM ET

    The sinking U.S. dollar has boosted the competitiveness of American-made goods, prompting furniture chain Ikea to rethink how it sources the parts for its products, its chief executive told CNBC Monday.

  • Why Analysts Won’t Make You Money in Philips Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 5:59 AM ET

    Philips' first-quarter earnings came in weaker than forecast Monday morning, but the analysts are hanging on to their "buy" ratings.

  • US Recession Fears Sink Asia, Japan Sheds 3% Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
    Stock investors watch stock movement at a stock exchange in Chengdu, China.

    Asian markets dropped sharply Monday as a nasty earnings surprise from General Electric and a 26-year low in U.S. consumer sentiment drowned out the Group of Seven nation's support for the U.S. dollar.  Japan shed 3% while China was down over 5%.

  • Paulson: Food Price Controls Won't Work Sunday, 13 Apr 2008 | 5:01 PM ET
    Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned on Sunday that governments should resist temptation to try to control soaring food costs through price controls, which he said would likely make the situation worse.

  • U.S. officials, worried on inflation even as the economy weakens, took the rare step on the weekend of toughening their talk on the downtrodden dollar in the hope that they won't have to back it up with action.

  • Finance Chiefs Urge IMF To Sharpen Crisis Radar Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | 7:45 PM ET
    Washington D.C.

    Financial leaders on Saturday urged the International Monetary Fund to sharpen its oversight of the global economy, which is burdened by surging food prices and a credit crisis that shows no end in sight.

  • Paulson Urging Diligent IMF Forex Surveillance Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | 9:53 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    The International Monetary Fund should sharpen its focus on currency exchange rate surveillance, challenges posed by sovereign wealth funds and supporting global financial market stability, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Saturday.

  • G7 Cuts Growth View, Shows Worry On U.S. Dollar Drop Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | 9:00 AM ET
    Washington D.C.

    Finance chiefs from rich nations offered a gloomier assessment of the global economy on Friday and vowed to act swiftly on wide-ranging reforms aimed at moving beyond a credit crisis that threatens world growth.

  • For the week ending Friday, April 11, 2008 the US Markets ended the week in negative territory. There was not a lot of movement in the markets for most of the week, as the major indices traded on a mix of news including same store sales, record highs in oil, flight cancellations from major airlines, and disappointing first quarter results from Alcoa (AA). The markets tumbled on Friday on General Electric's (GE) disappointing earnings.

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    In politics first impressions matter a lot, and John McCain made a good one on the American people in 2000. It still benefits him today now that he has locked up the GOP presidential nomination.

  • Oil prices steadied on Friday, closing at $110.14 a barrel, as supply concerns and the weak dollar countered expectations that growing economic problems will slow global demand this year.

  • Are Hank and Ben Gonna Address Inflation? Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

    G7 finance ministers are meeting in Washington this weekend to discuss the sub-prime credit mess and ways to coordinate measures aimed at backstopping the world financial system against various credit strains and systemic risks.

  • General Electric: Biggest Fall Since 9/11 Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 10:28 AM ET

    GE surprised the street this morning with an unexpected 6% drop in first quarter profits.  EPS missed by 7 cents a share.   As a result, GE opened this morning down about 11%.  If this holds, this will be the biggest one day drop for GE since the 9/11 attacks. 

  • Dollar Slides Against Yen Over Fears on US Economy Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 10:14 AM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The yen rose broadly after a fall in industrial conglomerate General Electric's quarterly earnings stoked fears about the health of the US economy, causing investors to dump riskier trades.

  • Import Prices Rise More than Expected in March Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 8:38 AM ET
    Containers are loaded and unloaded Wednesday, April 11, 2007  at the New York Container Terminal in the Staten Island borough of New York. The Director of Homeland Security's  Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Vayl Oxford toured the Advanced Spectroscopic Portals installed at the New York Container Terminal on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    U.S. import prices rose by a more-than-expected 2.8 percent in March as petroleum prices jumped 9.1 percent, a Labor Department report showed Friday.

  • Tech Stocks Lift Markets, Japan Gains Almost 3% Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 6:20 AM ET
    A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    Asian stocks rose Friday, with Japan's Nikkei closing almost 3 percent higher, led by chipmakers on expectations a slump in the sector may soon end, while oil prices retreated after testing a record high above $112 a barrel.

  • G7 to Push Private Sector to Help Settle Markets Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 1:38 AM ET
    Washington D.C.

    Finance chiefs from rich nations meet on Friday in Washington D.C. to bless proposals for tightening scrutiny of global banking practices and to press the private sector to step up its efforts to settle financial markets.

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