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  • Global Titan Trade Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 12:41 PM ET

    The multinational trade is thriving as global growth continues unabated and regardless of the U.S. economic slowdown. But the best way to play the world’s booming economies can be right here at home. Guy Adami highlights his favorite U.S.-based multinationals.

  • Euro Stocks End Higher on Fed Cut Hopes Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:57 AM ET

    Europe's major stock indexes closed higher across the board Tuesday, buoyed by hopes that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again on Wednesday in order to avoid the world’s largest economy going into a recession.

  • Borrowing Costs Expected to Decline Further Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.

  • Avoiding the Funds 'Dogs' Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 10:17 AM ET

    Schroders, Scottish Widow and Fidelity are among the funds that haven’t been keeping up with the pack in terms of returns, while Invesco Perpetual Income and High Income were among the best, a report from independent financial advisors bestinvest showed on Tuesday.

  • There's a bit of a debate brewing in Detroit, and frankly with all of the automakers around the world. The question is: How much more will car/truck/SUV buyers pay to buy a model that delivers 35 MPG? Or for that matter, to buy a ride that will meet the new fuel economy standards?

  • Uneven Economy Clouds Outlook for Rate Cuts Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 10:04 AM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    The economy is continuing to give off mixed signals as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet today and tomorrow on whether to cut interest rates further.

  • OPEC: Laughing All The Way To A Production Cut? Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 9:02 AM ET

    OPEC meets at the end of the week and you have to assume they will get together and have a good laugh. Americans are drowning in sub prime slime, a single French trader made $7.2 billion disappear, and all the while OPEC members are wallpapering their palaces with dollars.

  • European Leaders Call for Greater Transparency Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 5:35 AM ET
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

    Key European leaders are calling for greater transparency in world financial markets, meeting Tuesday in London to discuss how they can rescue the turbulent global economy.

  • Rate Cut Hopes Lift Asian Stocks, Japan Gains 3% Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Expectations of a further cut in U.S. interest rates buoyed most Asian stocks Tuesday. Japan finished nearly up 3 percent, but the Australian market bucked the positive trend to close almost 2.5 percent lower.

  • Japan Jobless Rate Steady, Household Spending Up Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 7:55 PM ET

    Japan's jobless rate was flat in December but the ratio of jobs to applicants hit a two-year low, suggesting that rising raw material costs and growing pessimism on the economy are making firms reluctant to boost hiring.

  • Stocks to Nibble At While Waiting for Market Bottom Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?

  • Recession? Debate Is Really About New World Economy Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 2:06 PM ET

    Recession chatter is reaching a crescendo The media is full of it. Wall street economists are predicting it. And companies are planning for it. But, the U.S. is not really in a recession yet, technically speaking. (or at least we don't know if we are.)

  • This week showcases an unusual role reversal: someplace else, for at least a moment, will look angrier and more dysfunctional than political Washington. Scarcely a minute passes on the 2008 campaign trail without ritual denunciations of paralysis in the capital because of infighting between Democrats and President Bush’s Republicans.

  • Relief is coming. My colleague Melissa Francis warned you two weeks ago that if you were paying $3.10 a gallon (the national average at the time), it was likely "the most expensive drop" of gasoline you’d buy for awhile. So far she’s been right. Retail gasoline prices have finally fallen below $3 a gallon on average for regular unleaded, according to AAA.

  • Is the US Just Talking Itself Into a Recession? Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 11:48 AM ET

    Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.

  • Automakers: Cutting Production, But Not Prices Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    In asking you last week if now is a good time to buy a new car or truck, I was struck by how many people said, "Now, is not the time, but this spring it will be. That's when the auto companies roll out big discounts as sales slow down." Seems we've all become conditioned to expect spring sales.

  • Managing Obama: My Talk With His Campaign Manager Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 9:54 AM ET

    Here is my talk with Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe, about Obama's race against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. This was done last week--before the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily--but it's worth listening to Plouffe talk about the fight for delegates in 22 states on Feb. 5--and about the attacks from former President Bill Clinton. Seems no love lost here.

  • Asian Markets Plummet, Japan Sheds 4% Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 5:12 AM ET

    Asian stocks took a beating Monday with Japan and South Korea both closing almost 4 percent lower.

  • Oil Closes Near $91 as Recession Fears Ease Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    Oil rose Friday amid optimism a U.S. economic stimulus plan could ward off a recession in the world's top energy consumer.

  • Dollar Rises as US Economic Fears Recede Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 12:26 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The dollar rose Friday as investors scaled back bets for another aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut next week and on optimism a $150 billion stimulus package would help support the U.S. economy.

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