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  • Asian Markets Finish Lower, Hong Kong Hit Hard Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:24 AM ET

    Asian markets reversed gains, finishing in negative territory Tuesday with both Japan and South Korea closing down 1 percent and Hong Kong losing 2.4 percent .  The Nikkei sank below the key 14,000 support level while the KOSPI finished at five-month lows.

  • German 2007 Growth Buoyed by Trade, Investment Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:15 AM ET

    Strong trade and investment powered the German economy to its second straight year of robust growth in 2007, preliminary data showed on Tuesday, but Europe's largest economy is expected to slow this year.

  • UK Retail Inflation Stays Steady in December Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 4:53 AM ET

    British annual consumer price  inflation held at 2.1 percent as expected in December, above the  Bank of England's target for the third month running, official  data showed on Tuesday.

  • Greenspan Joins Hedge Fund as Advisor Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 3:00 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is probably in a recession or about to slide into it, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

  • China to Cap 2008 Lending at 3.6 Trillion Yuan Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 9:10 PM ET

    China's central bank has set a target of capping new domestic-currency lending in 2008 at last year's level of 3.63 trillion yuan, state media reported on Tuesday.

  • Oil Ends Up at $94.20 as Commodities Gain Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 4:25 PM ET
    Oil Refinery in California

    Oil ended above $94 per barrel on Monday, halting a three-day losing streak, amid a wider commodities rally -- and as the dollar's weakness and tensions involving Iran countered worries of a global economic downturn.

  • After 2 days of watching a slew of new models be introduced at the Detroit Auto Show, some impressions. 1. The Nissan GT-R is even more spectacular in person than I thought it would be.  it a Corvette "killer" that will replace the American sports car as the speedster that delivers the best bang for the buck?

  • Weak Retail Sales Report Could Signal Recession Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. consumers are tightening their purse strings, and the squeeze may be severe enough to topple the U.S. economy into recession.

  • Grab Your Tea and Biscuits, It Could Get Ugly Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 2:56 PM ET

    Corporate general meetings usually have all the excitement of televised curling, but Northern Rock's extraordinary meeting will live up to its name as gun-slinging institutional investors take on the company's board.

  • Dollar Slides, Hits Record Low vs. Swiss Franc Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 11:25 AM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar dropped to a record low versus the Swiss franc and seven-week lows against the euro and yen on Monday as concern that weak U.S. corporate earnings will prompt more interest rate cuts weighed on the currency.

  • U.S. Markets: Set To Outperform Europe? Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 9:00 AM ET

    Is the U.S. market getting beaten-up enough to get interesting? Strategists at Credit Suisse seems to think so. They are recommending a 5 percent overweight in U.S. stocks because the Fed is likely to cut rates to respond to the slowing economy quicker than their European counterparts.

  • Fed Unlikely to Cut Rates Before Next Meeting: WSJ Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 7:58 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The Federal Reserve is unlikely to cut interest rates before its next scheduled meeting in late January but may consider doing so if the outlook deteriorates sharply before then, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

  • Asian Stocks End Mostly Lower as Gold Rallies Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 5:05 AM ET

    Asian markets ended mostly lower Monday, while the price of gold hit a new record high above $900 a troy ounce as investors sought protection against a potential U.S. recession and a weaker dollar. Hong Kong stocks closed 1.5 percent lower and South Korean shares lost almost 1 percent. 

  • Australian Price Pressures Grow in Strong Economy Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 10:28 PM ET

    A private gauge of Australian inflation rose sharply in December as fuel, borrowing costs and rents all climbed, heightening the risk that official inflation figures could be alarming enough to warrant a rate hike.

  • Oil Ends Down at $92.69 on U.S. Econ Fears Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 3:21 PM ET
    Oil Pipeline

    Oil closed below $93 per barrel on Friday, extending losses for the third consecutive day, on fears that a possible U.S. recession would weaken fuel demand from the world's largest energy consumer.

  • Yen Gains Versus Dollar on Financial Worries Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 11:51 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The yen strengthened across the board on Friday as global equity markets sagged on renewed fears that the U.S. financial sector may suffer even more losses, diminishing investors' risk appetite.

  • U.S. Trade Deficit Hits 14-Month High on Oil Imports Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 9:21 AM ET
    China Trade

    The U.S. trade deficit in November surged to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record imports of foreign oil. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.

  • Tata's Nano: You Love It, You Really Love It! Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 8:54 AM ET
    Tata Nano

    Talk about a little car making a big impression. Yesterday, when you saw Tata's new microcar, the Nano, and its equally small price of $2,500 you sent me e-mails. You love it! You really, really love

  • Merrill Worries Drag Asian Stocks Lower Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 5:07 AM ET

    Asian markets closed sharply lower Friday, with the exception of China and India, as investors sold down shares after report in the New York Times that Merrill Lynch could suffer $15 billion in losses from soured mortgage investments, almost twice its orginal estimate. Japan shed almost 2 percent and South Korea finished 2.3 percent lower.

  • BOJ's Fukui Downbeat, Markets Ponder Rate Cut Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 12:28 AM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said on Friday the pace of growth was slowing, as markets started pondering the risk of a Japanese rate cut.

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