NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. At the same time the Treasury sold $104 billion in new intermediate-dated supply. "Anytime bonds came out for sale everyone was backing up their bids and letting prices fall to where the auctions would attract sizable overseas interest," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.» Read More
Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn hinted that the central bank is inclined to leave rates steady despite rising inflation worries.
The standard of living has decreased for many Americans, a trend that will reverse only after the troubles in the housing market work through, Pimco Managing Director Paul McCulley said on CNBC.
China's factory-gate inflation inched up to 8.2% in May, nearing a four-year high, suggesting that any moderation in consumer inflation in coming months may be limited.
Japan's growth has been revised up to 1 percent for the first quarter but this may be the last hurrah for the world's No.2 economy as surging raw material prices and a global economic slowdown bite.
Why trying to solve both problems at the same time could lead to disaster.
Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as bank stocks rallied but comments from Bernanke hung over the market like a cloud. Oil dropped more than $3 to settle at $131.31 a barrel.
The Federal Reserve hopes tough talk on inflation will do the job of moderating price increases, giving it room to avoid raising interest rates.
Stocks ticked higher Tuesday as the rally started in bank stocks and then filtered into the broader market.
Blue chips tried to muster an advance Tuesday, encouraged by a rally in bank stocks, but comments from Bernanke hung over the market like a cloud.
World stocks hit their lowest in almost two months, major government bonds tumbled and the dollar jumped after the Fed chief fired another warning on inflation.
Yes, it's good news that people appear to be buying homes again, but even the NAR admits they're buying homes in the areas where prices have fallen the most. More houses are becoming affordable, but prices are still in a downward spiral.
Back in 2006 the Pending Home Sales Index tracked closely with the real Existing Home Sales numbers, showing that contracts signed did in fact jibe with real closed sales. But come summer of last year (and the start of the credit crisis), you can see those lines diverge, and they’re still going.
Stocks opoened lower Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said late Monday high energy prices risk increasing inflation.
The Federal Reserve will not allow inflation to get out of control and is aware of the danger that a weaker dollar could feed into higher prices, one of its top policy-makers said.
Small business owner confidence in the U.S. economy deteriorated to its lowest in 28 years, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Rising food and energy costs are still trickling through the economy, complicating the outlook for inflation, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday.
The worst of the credit crunch is over, but the Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a long time despite a surge in oil prices, as the U.S. economy still has to prove it is stabilizing, money manager Bob Doll said on Tuesday.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday sounded a warning over soaring energy costs and said the central bank would "strongly resist" any tendency for an inflationary psychology to take hold.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson declined to rule out intervening in currency markets to stabilize the dollar, but said strong economic fundamentals would "shine through."
President Bush said Monday a strong dollar was in the interest of the United States and the global economy, and that energy prices were high.