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  • Bush Voices Concern About Slowing US Economy Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 11:07 AM ET
    President Bush speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

    The U.S. economy is in a slowdown but not headed into a recession, President Bush said Thursday after new data showed slow fourth-quarter growth and a bigger-than-expected jump in unemployment claims.

  • US Distressed Debt Level Highest Since 2003: S&P Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:58 AM ET

    The portion of U.S. junk bonds trading at distressed levels rose to 16.9 percent in February, up from 11.1 percent in January in a sign that defaults are headed higher, Standard & Poor's said on Wednesday.

  • Economy Still Shows Little Growth, Housing Worsens Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    US economic growth in the fourth quarter was unrevised at an annual pace of 0.6 percent, slowed by a collapse in spending on new homes and a slump in inventories.

  • Economic Concerns Drag on Asian Stocks Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 5:05 AM ET

    Asian markets ended mostly lower Thursday as worries about the sickly U.S. economy were exacerbated by a falling dollar, which could prop up U.S. firms at the expense of Asia's exporters.

  • French Consumer Morale Lowest in More than 20 Years Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 4:41 AM ET

    French consumer confidence fell to its lowest in more than two decades in February as accelerating inflation made households less inclined to make big-ticket purchases, national statistics office INSEE said on Thursday.

  • South Korea Post Biggest Trade Deficit in 11 Years Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 9:52 PM ET

    South Korea posted its biggest monthly current account deficit in almost 11 years in January as the goods trade account swung to a deficit while the services account deficit rose, central bank data showed on Thursday.

  • Japan Industrial Output Slides, Slowdown Feared Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:43 PM ET

    Japan's industrial production fell twice as much as expected in January, sending stock prices lower on heightening concern that the country's economy may slow down or even contract in the first quarter of 2008.

  • Oil Closes Below $100 After Hitting Intraday Record Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 3:04 PM ET
    Oil Pipeline

    Oil slipped more than $1 Wednesday as rising inventories in top consumer the United States clipped a record rally past $102 a barrel.

  • Fannie, Freddie Regulator to Lift Investment Caps Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 1:26 PM ET

    The federal regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will lift an investment cap, in a move that will free up billions of dollars for the mortgage finance companies.

  • Bernanke Signals Rate Cut, Gives Sluggish Outlook Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 12:40 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke warned Congress that the nation is in for a period of sluggish business growth and sent a fresh signal that interest rates will again be lowered.

  • ECB's Weber Says Market Bet on Rate Cuts is Wrong Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    Market expectations that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates fail to consider the dangers of higher inflation, ECB Governing Council member Axel Weber said on Wednesday.

  • New Home Sales Take Biggest Fall in Nearly 13 Years Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:43 AM ET

    New US single-family home sales fell 2.8 percent in January to the lowest rate in nearly 13 years while the median sales price slipped and the housing overstock shrank.

  • Mortgage Applications Fall to Lowest Level This Year Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:25 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages plunged to their lowest level this year, as rising long-term interest rates curbed incentives to refinance, an industry group's data showed on Wednesday.

  • Durable Goods Suffer Deeper Drop Than Expected Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    New orders for long-lasting US-made manufactured goods fell by 5.3 percent in January, the biggest drop in five months and more than analysts expected.

  • Dollar Sinks to Record Low vs Euro Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    The dollar sank to a new low against the euro after the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday that the U.S. would encounter more sluggish economic activity in the coming weeks and months.

  • Two Fed Governors Divided Over Inflation Threat Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:00 AM ET
    Donald Kohn

    How serious is the risk of inflation? It depends on which Fed governor you ask.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Testimony Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 10:10 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    The text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Febuary 27, 2008.

  • Can Bernanke Convince the Market He's on Top of It? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:03 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Housing's in the tank, banks are scared to lend, but oil is at $100 a barrel and inflation is threatening to pick up -- what's a central banker to do?

  • Almunia Says Excess Euro Volatility Not Welcome Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 7:58 AM ET

    The euro's exchange rate is shaped by the market but excessive volatility is unwelcome, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday as the euro hit record highs against the dollar.

  • Asian Markets Rally, Japan Closes at Six-Week High Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 5:22 AM ET

    Asian markets closed higher across the board Wednesday, marking a third straight session of gains. Hong Kong was the best performer, closing over 3 percent higher, and Japan ended over 1 percent up.

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