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  • Retail Sales Show Strength Outside of Auto Sector Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Retail sales weakened modestly in April, but outside the hard-pressed auto sector they showed more resiliency than anticipated.

  • Fed's Pianalto Says Inflation 'A Key Risk' Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 7:10 AM ET

    Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Sandra Pianalto said on Tuesday that although core U.S. price measures were climbing faster than she wanted, Fed monetary policy was compatible with low inflation.

  • UK Home Prices Face Widespread Declines in April Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:57 AM ET

    UK housing sentiment slumped to record lows in April, underscoring continued weakness in the sector and piling pressure on the Bank of England at a time when snowballing inflation could force it to keep interest rates on hold.  

  • Asian Markets Mostly Higher, Quake Weighs on China Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:51 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly higher Tuesday with Tokyo and Seoul both gaining over 1%.  But Chinese markets were weighed down by uncertainty following a devastating earthquake in Sichuan.

  • UK Inflation Jumps, Curbing Rate Cut Expectations Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:31 AM ET

    Soaring food and fuel bills pushed up Britain's inflation rate by its biggest amount in nearly six years, further denting expectations of interest rate cuts despite a slowing economy.

  • Chinese Retail Sales Surge 22% in April on Year Monday, 12 May 2008 | 11:28 PM ET
    China, Chinese Flag

    Chinese retail sales powered ahead in April, providing welcome evidence for policy makers that sturdy domestic demand is taking up slack in the economy left by softening exports.

  • Wal-Mart

    Wake up early on Tuesday and catch fresh numbers from the retail giant. See what it takes to move a stock up 22% since the beginning of the year... and whether or not Wal-Mart can keep it up.

  • Dimon: Credit Crunch Over, Not Recession Threat Monday, 12 May 2008 | 2:52 PM ET
    Jamie Dimon

    JPMorgan Chase Chairman and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon Monday told bank investors that while the current credit market crunch may soon be over, the U.S. economy could still face a deep and extended recession

  • Dollar's Rebound May Push Oil Prices Lower—For Now Monday, 12 May 2008 | 1:44 PM ET

    A stronger dollar is likely to push record-high oil prices lower, but not for long.  The reason: global demand for oil remains strong, while a weak  US economy will likely limit the dollar's gains.

  • Dollar Gains Vs. Yen as Investors Snap Up Stocks Monday, 12 May 2008 | 1:32 PM ET

    The dollar rose versus the Japanese yen and Swiss franc Monday as investors snapped up riskier assets such as stocks, encouraged by a dip in oil prices and unexpectedly strong earnings from HSBC.

  • Oil Falls Back From Record Highs on China Demand Monday, 12 May 2008 | 10:01 AM ET

    Oil slipped from a record high over $126 a barrel Monday as a dip in crude oil imports into No. 2 consumer China stirred concerns high prices were eating into demand.

  • Fed's Evans Indicates Fed May Cut Rates Further Monday, 12 May 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
    Charles Evans

    Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said that U.S. interest rates are "accommodative" and at the right level given a weak growth outlook, but then indicated that the Fed could still be open to cutting rates further.

  • Hybrid Backlash: Your Comments On My "Critical" Post Monday, 12 May 2008 | 9:15 AM ET

    I knew there would backlash from my blog on Friday. Listen, any time you write or say something about hybrids, there's a flurry of comments, on both sides, from those who think you have no clue.

  • Inflation, Housing Data Lead Busy Economic Week Monday, 12 May 2008 | 6:28 AM ET

    It's a busy week on the economic calendar, with the consumer price index, data on housing starts and the Philly Fed index all expected.

  • Strong Dollar Lifts Asian Markets, Japan Ends Higher Monday, 12 May 2008 | 5:23 AM ET

    Asian markets closed mostly higher Monday, as a stronger U.S. dollar cheered investors and lifted exporters. Both Australia and Japan closed up with Australia gaining almost 1 percent.

  • China's Yuan Breaches 7.0 vs Dollar on Strong CPI Monday, 12 May 2008 | 1:16 AM ET

    The yuan breached the closely watched 7.0 mark versus the dollar on Monday after the central bank fixed its reference rate at a post-revaluation high and the government reported higher-than-expected consumer price inflation for April.

  • China's Consumer Inflation Stays Near 12-Year High Sunday, 11 May 2008 | 11:46 PM ET
    China, Chinese Flag

    China's consumer price inflation clung near a 12-year high in April, maintaining pressure on the government to stick to its tight policy stance despite softening global growth.

  • For the week ending Friday, May 9, 2008, the U.S. Markets were negative for the week, with the Dow falling more than 200 points on Wednesday, making it the biggest point drop since 4/11/08. 

  • Market Insider: Energy Price Predictions Friday, 9 May 2008 | 1:52 PM ET

    With increasing anxiety, the stock market is looking over its shoulder at the energy markets. Oil briefly topped $126 per barrel today, and as oil trades above $125, we wonder how much these high prices will spread out to affect the consumer, corporate profits, corporate spending and government spending.

  • Hot Hybrids: Paying More to Save on Gas Friday, 9 May 2008 | 1:29 PM ET
    Toyota Prius

    Here's one to make you scratch your head and say, "what the heck is going on here?" I suspected that higher gas prices have probably kept demand and prices up for hybrids, so I asked the folks at J.D. Power's Power Information Network and Kelley Blue Book to run the numbers.

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