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  • Job Numbers Forcing "Review" Of Stock Models Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    The poor jobs report is causing a rethinking of stock models, which are weighted toward certain sectors based on earnings expectations. Up until recently, many large traders were overweight tech, industrials and materials stocks on two assumptions.

  • As I stood outside the Labor Department this morning, fighting to speak through the freezing temps, and cursing the reporter who usually covers that beat but who is busy freezing himself in New Hampshire today, I couldn’t help but think that the numbers played out before me had to be wrong. I know, I know, how can a government report be wrong?? .

  • Stocks End Ugly Week With Steep Loss Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 2:58 PM ET

    Stocks ended the first week of the new year with steep losses as Friday's weak employment report spurred fears of a looming recession.

  • The markets will quickly move from the debacle of the jobs report to earnings, and here the picture is a bit precarious as well. Fourth quarter earnings estimates have been coming down fast. We're expecting earnings for the S&P 500 as a whole to be down 9.5 percent (estimates from Thomson).

  • Weak Jobs Report Fuels Worries About Recession Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 1:04 PM ET

    Hiring practically stalled in December, driving the nation's unemployment rate up to a two-year high of 5 percent and fanning fears of a recession.

  • Fed to Offer Banks $60 Billion in January Auctions Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 12:21 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve announced Friday that it is increasing the amount of money available to banks through a new auction process, one of the main ways it is combatting a severe credit squeeze. The Fed again pledged to continue with the auctions "for as long as necessary."

  • Recession: Have We Now Gotten A Clear Warning? Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 11:45 AM ET

    Today's nasty jobs report has Wall Street buzzing again about the possibility of a recession, since jobs are viewed as a lagging indicator. The unemployment rate jumped to 5 percent from 4.7 percent in November.

  • Housing Slump May Bottom by Mid-Year: Bush Adviser Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 11:21 AM ET

    The drag on the U.S. economy from a deep housing slump should ease by mid-year, paving the way for stronger economic growth, a top White House adviser told CNBC.

  • Rate Cuts Seen More Likely Following Jobs Report Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 9:52 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The odds of future interest rate cuts increased Friday after the release of weaker-than-expected December jobs data.

  • Weak Jobs Report Could Ignite Recession Worries Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 7:37 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    The first employment report of the year looks set to make or break the trading day for stocks worldwide, as investors' fears about the fate of the U.S. economy grow.

  • Friday Look Ahead is All About Jobs Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 7:19 AM ET

    Jobs data is the big ticket item for Friday's markets after Thursday's mostly sideways move in stocks.

  • Inflation Risk May Limit Fed Rate Cuts: WSJ Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:16 AM ET

    Worries about inflation may limit any monetary easing by the Federal Reserve, even though credit crunch and a slower economy have investors expecting aggressive interest rate cuts, The Wall Street Journal said on Friday.

  • Bush May Propose Economic Stimulus Package Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 11:10 AM ET

    President Bush said he was considering the possibility of offering a fiscal stimulus package to help boost the economy but said he has not made a decision yet.

  • Factory Orders Surged a Surprising 1.5% In November Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 10:54 AM ET

    New orders at U.S. factories surged a bigger-than-expected 1.5 percent in November on a bigrise in orders for nondurable goods, a government report showed on Wednesday.

  • Job Outlook Turns Mixed Ahead Of Friday's Report Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 8:30 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    As investors await Friday's  December job report, several studies out Thursday show a mixed picture on employment.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    The text of the minutes released January 2, 2008 from a Federal Open Market Committee meeting held on December 11. 2007.

  • Fed Minutes: Credit Crunch Hurting Economic Growth Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 2:44 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Fed members worried last month that a credit crunch could sharply brake economic growth and require big  rate cuts, minutes of the December meeting show.

  • Manufacturing Worsens, While Construction Improves Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 10:08 AM ET

    U.S. factory activity contracted in December, ending 10 consecutive months of expansion, with activity falling to its weakest since April 2003, according to an industry report released Wednesday.

  • Commerzbank Sacks US Business Managers Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 5:47 AM ET

    Commerzbank has sacked the head of its U.S. business, Hans Joachim Doepp, and another top manager responsible for the lending business in the United States, a Commerzbank spokesman said on Wednesday.

  • Pakistan's Instability Poses Fresh Investment Risks Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 12:57 PM ET
    Benazir Bhutto

    Pakistan's brief period as a destination for adventurous investors seems over for now, as the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto brings fresh instability to an already volatile nuclear-armed nation.

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