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  • Futures Higher Ahead of Fed; Housing Helps Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 8:41 AM ET

    Stock index futures remained true to recent form before the bell Tuesday, little changed compared with fair value ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates later in the day.

  • Housing Market Sure to Double-Dip: Whitney Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 7:16 AM ET
    Mortgage Problems

    The US housing market will face another retreat while mortgage-backed securities and Treasurys are likely to go through a "material" correction, Meredith Whitney, CEO of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Trading Ahead Of The Fed Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 5:42 PM ET

    Despite a widely held expectation that interest rates will remain unchanged, the Fed could rock the market on Tuesday, what must you know?

  • Dow Ekes Out Gain, Buoyed by Walmart Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 5:33 PM ET

    After being down all day, the Dow and S&P eked out gains Monday, led by Walmart after an analyst upgrade on the stock. Plus financials pulled off a gain amid relief after Sen. Chris Dodd unveiled his financial-reform bill.

  • Loans Going Bad Faster Than the Fixes Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 3:44 PM ET

    The good news is the pace of loan deterioration is slowing. The bad news is we are still seeing record high delinquencies, and new delinquencies are outpacing loss mitigation efforts.

  • China, Reform Weigh on Stocks; AIG Rises Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 3:21 PM ET

    Stocks declined Monday as the dollar gained after a warning from Moody's on the U.S. and other nations with AAA debt ratings and amid worries about China tightening.  Financials took a hit amid jitters over financial reform.

  • Stocks Trade Lower; Walmart Jumps 1% Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 11:09 AM ET

    Stocks were lower Monday after a warning from Moody's' on the U.S. and other nations with AAA debt ratings and amid worries about China tightening. But Walmart jumped 1% after an analyst upgrade.

  • Futures Look Lower on Moody's Warning Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 9:25 AM ET

    Stock index futures followed international markets lower Monday, but Wall Street is coming off a bullish trend that could continue given some stronger economic numbers.

  • U.S. economic growth as measured by real GDP will top 5 percent in 2010, and the unemployment rate will fall below 9 percent, said Byron Wien, vice president of Blackstone Advisory Services, who shared his annual top 10 surprises with CNBC Tuesday.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Though there’s virtually no chance the Fed will change interest rates or key monetary policy language at its March 16 meeting, change of another sort is imminent.

  • Cramer’s Fed Focus: Trading Tuesday’s Decision Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 6:38 PM ET

    Plus, watch for two other important data points and a number of key earnings reports next week.

  • Yellen Is Spellin’ Future Inflation Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 4:55 PM ET
    Janet L. Yellen

    The new Obama Fed is going to be very dovish when it comes to fighting future inflation and defending the value of the dollar.

  • Is Treasury Trying to Make Banks Look Bad? Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 4:19 PM ET

    Today the Treasury Department released its monthly Servicer Performance Report through February on the 75 billion dollar Home Affordable Modification Program. This is the report that shows how many loans are in the trial phase, how many have been converted to the permanent phase, and which banks are doing more and which are doing less.

  • F1 Highlights the Real Gulf Competition Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
    Bahrain skyline

    Four former world champions line up on the starting grid to start one of the most exciting and intriguing Formula One seasons for years. Personally, my head is supporting Button or Hamilton, but (as the years tick by) my heart is rooting for the old guy, Schumacher.

  • Why Size Doesn't Matter in the Bathroom Anymore Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 4:36 PM ET

    The American Institute of Architects reports that, "functionality is now preferred to more and larger bathrooms within U.S. homes." Functionality. How banal.

  • Mortgage Insurers Won't Pay on Bad Loans Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 2:36 PM ET

    Mortgage insurers are rescinding (denying) claims, claiming themselves that the loans were fraudulent and misrepresented to them.

  • Economy 'Far too Close' to Double Dip: Roubini Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 5:07 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    Poor economic data in the US coupled with Europe's debt crisis are contributing to an increase of the risk of the US economy going through a double-dip recession, Nouriel Roubini said.

  • Stocks Eke Out Gain; Citi Jumps, Cisco Skids Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 5:20 PM ET

    Stocks eked out a modest gain Tuesday as this one-year anniversary of the March 2009 lows brought a mix of profit-taking and optimism. Citigroup surged while Cisco slipped.

  • The Argument For Mortgage Principal Reduction Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 5:08 PM ET

    Big surprise that yesterday's blog garnered quite a few responses, not just on the page, but from folks here in DC who are involved in all those closed-door negotiations at Administration office buildings.

  • Stocks Tick Higher on Anniversary; Cisco Skids Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Stocks clawed higher after a lower open Tuesday as this one-year anniversary of the March 2009 lows brought a mix of profit-taking and optimism. Cisco sold off after the company announced its much-hyped high-speed router.