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  • Stocks closed broadly lower on Wednesday as investors' hopes for a cut in interest rates diminished following the release of minutes from the Fed's policy meeting three weeks ago."I think what the market wanted to hear was that the Fed was looking to come to the rescue and add liquidity to the system, as they seemed to tip their hat to in the last FOMC announcement," Kevin Caron, market analyst at Ryan Beck, told CNBC.

  • The dollar rose against the yen and was mixed versus the euro after the release of the minutes of a Federal Reserve meeting showed policy-makers believed more interest rate increases may be needed to contain inflation.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 8:36 AM ET

    Stocks look set to move higher at the opening, with the Dow catching some strength from Citigroup's restructuring moves and Alcoa's better-than-expected earnings report. European stocks are riding higher for a sixth day, and Tokyo was flat but other Asian markets were higher overnight.

  • Private Equity struggles to check out Sainsbury Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 8:23 AM ET

    Has private equity met its match? Does the slow-motion unraveling of the CVC bid for the U.K. supermarket group tell us anything about the cycle?

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, Loan Growth Slows Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:41 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms fell more than expected in February from the previous month, data showed on Wednesday, but did little to change the view that the strength in corporate investment remains firm.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, Loan Growth Slows Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:37 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms fell more than expected in February from the previous month, data showed on Wednesday, but did little to change the view that the strength in corporate investment remains firm.

  • Stocks closed modestly higher on Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average stretched its winning streak to eight straight sessions.  Still, caution ahead of the beginning of earnings season kept many investors on the sidelines.

  • Dollar Softens On Housing, Trade Concerns Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 11:04 AM ET

    The dollar slipped across the board, weighed down by persistent worries about the health of the U.S. housing market and concerns that a trade dispute between the United States and China is escalating.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 8:38 AM ET

    Stocks are searching for direction after a 7-session winning streak for the Dow 30. European stocks are moving higher after yesterday's holiday there, and Asian stocks were mixed overnight.

  • Bank of Japan Holds Interest Rates Steady at 0.50% Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 12:24 AM ET

    Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged as widely expected on Tuesday, keeping the overnight call rate target at 0.50% for two months in a row after its rate hike in February.

  • Singapore's Economy Grew 7.2% in First Quarter Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 9:31 PM ET

    Singapore's economy grew an annualized 7.2% in the first quarter, slowing from the fourth quarter rate but exceeding forecasts, while the country's central bank stuck to a policy of modest currency appreciation.

  • Stocks closed mixed on Monday after a modest follow through rally from Friday's strong jobs numbers quickly fizzled as investors looked ahead to quarterly earnings season. "I think with the next few days we're in a holding pattern waiting for earnings to appear," said Zachary Karabell, portfolio manager at Fred Alger Management.

  • Dollar Hovers Just Below Six-Week High Against Yen Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 3:10 PM ET

    The dollar was little changed, holding near a six-week high against the yen after strong U.S. jobs data drove investors to abandon expectations of a near-term Federal Reserve interest rate cut.

  • BOJ Starts Two-Day Policy Meeting, Focus on Report Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | 11:07 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan starts a two-day monetary policy meeting on Monday, with board members seen putting their heads together to prepare for an economic outlook report due later this month.

  • A stronger-than-expected employment report could send stocks lower on Monday. "Good news is bad news, it's a stronger number than some were hoping for because you don't want jobs to be picking up at this stage because inflation is becoming a problem," Marc Pado, chief market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald, told CNBC.com.

  • America's employers ramped up hiring in March, driving the unemployment rate down to a five-month low of 4.4 %. It was a surprisingly strong performance in an economy that has otherwise shown signs of sluggishness recently.

  • Treasury Prices Tumble on Signs of Robust Economy Friday, 6 Apr 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury bond prices tumbled and yields rose in a holiday-shortened session Friday after the unemployment rate fell to a five-month low, signaling the economy could be stronger than expected.

  • The dollar surged against major currencies Friday after the March jobs report showed a The dollar gained broadly on Friday, hitting a five-week high against the yen, as a surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report reinforced the view that the Federal Reserve will leave interest rates alone and not cut them in the near term.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed in Quiet Holiday Trading Friday, 6 Apr 2007 | 2:13 AM ET

    Asian markets finished mixed in the Good Friday session with Japan closing almost flat. But South Korea shares managed to squeeze out a gain for a third straight record. Most markets in Asia were closed for the holiday.

  • Where Will Rates Go? BOJ, ECB Take Center Stage Friday, 6 Apr 2007 | 1:15 AM ET

    It’s time to take full advantage of the three-day weekend. Eat well and get plenty of rest because next week is packed with earnings and data for ye eager market participants starting off with the Bank of Japan's monthly policy meeting.

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