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  • Asian Markets Rally Led by Financials, Tech Stocks Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Asian stock indexes made firm gains Thursday, with the exception of the Shanghai Composite Index, boosted by financial and technology stocks with Japan, South Korea and Australia all closing stronger.

  • Oil Settles At Record High Near $115 on Supply Fears Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 3:31 PM ET

    Crude futures rose past $115 Wednesday for the first time, propelled by concerns about how much gas will be available during the peak summer months. 

  • Fed Sees Weakening US Economy, Rising Prices Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 3:14 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve said economic conditions were weakening across much of the nation while price pressures from food, fuel and raw materials were increasing.

  • IBM Earnings Preview: Strong and Steady? Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 1:30 PM ET

    IBM shares are up 17% since its January earnings report. Can IBM keep it up? Read on for some of the key issues you'll need to watch when trying to answer that question.

  • Fed's Yellen Says Growth Outlook Uncertain Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 12:23 PM ET

    San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Janet Yellen said on Wednesday that economic prospects for the United States are "unusually uncertain," with growth "at best" at a crawl.

  • Dollar Hits New Low after U.S. Inflation, Housing Data Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 11:52 AM ET

    The euro pushed to a new record high Wednesday after a lower-than-expected gain in U.S. inflation last month and a sharp fall in housing starts boosted the case for more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.

  • PIMCO's Gross: Food, Energy Are Key to Inflation Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 10:57 AM ET

    Measuring inflation without including food and energy costs no longer makes sense, PIMCO Chief Investment Officer Bill Gross told CNBC.

  • Inflation Heating Up Despite A Modest Gain in March Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 10:15 AM ET

    Over the past 12 months, consumer inflation is up by 4%, reflecting a 17% surge in energy costs and a 4.4% rise in food prices.

  • Consumer Prices Rise Less than Forecast in March Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    US consumer prices rose 0.3% in March, slightly less than expected as cheaper clothing helped hold down overall prices despite a modest rebound in energy prices, a Labor Department report showed.

  • Most Americans Say Now Is Good Time to Buy a House Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 8:24 AM ET

    A majority of Americans think now is a good time to buy a home, although few believe the U.S. economy can escape a recession, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Rises, Euro Hits Record High Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 6:47 AM ET

    Surging energy and food prices pushed euro zone inflation to a new high of 3.6 percent in March, boosting the euro to a record high against the dollar on fading chances of a ECB rate cut in the near term.

  • Surging Oil, Intel Outlook Lifts Asian Markets Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Asian markets moved forward Wednesday, with high-tech exporters buoyed by a reassuring outlook from industry leader Intel and energy shares underpinned by record high oil prices. Japan and Australia both closed over 1 percent higher

  • Investor Sues Blackstone for Lack of Transparency Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 3:26 AM ET

    An investor in Blackstone Group sued the private equity and real estate firm Tuesday, contending it violated federal securities laws through statements made in its initial public offering documents, according to the law firm that brought the case.

  • Inflation Fears to Focus on Consumer Price Report Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 5:02 PM ET

    Strong U.S. producer price growth in March may bode ill for Wednesday's reading on inflation at the broader consumer level, even though the two measures do not always move in lock-step.

  • Oil Ends Up at $113.79 after Intraday Record Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 3:20 PM ET
    Oil Barrels

    Oil closed above $113 a barrel on Tuesday, after setting record highs near $114, as investors sought to hedge against a battered dollar.

  • Intel Earnings Preview: It's in the Margins Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 3:10 PM ET
    Exterior view of Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    The key number behind (underneath?) Intel's bottom line: gross profit margins. Read on to see what else you should watch in this afternoon's key earnings report.

  • Dollar Rises as Data Shows Higher U.S. Inflows Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 1:01 PM ET

    The dollar extended gains on Tuesday after U.S. Treasury data showed foreigners increased purchases of U.S. assets in February, easing some concern that the credit crisis would dry up U.S. capital inflows.

  • Oil Prices Now Fueled By Supply And Demand Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 11:38 AM ET

    "It's like a comet that just keeps soaring" is how one floor trader described oil's historic rise to nearly touch $114 a barrel for the first time ever this morning. Energy futures on both sides of the Atlantic hit new records on some serious supply concerns and surging overseas demand.

  • Inflation Is Becoming a Big Problem For Economy, Fed Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 11:05 AM ET

    The growing inflation pressures are occurring at a time when the overall economy is slowing and many analysts believe may have toppled into a recession.

  • Wholesale Prices Soar 1.1% on Food, Energy Costs Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 10:22 AM ET

    Producer prices advanced by a more-than-expected 1.1% in March after energy costs jumped, Labor Department data showed, but core inflation at the producer level was more subdued.

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