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  • U.S. Trade Deficit Hits 14-Month High on Oil Imports Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 9:21 AM ET
    China Trade

    The U.S. trade deficit in November surged to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record imports of foreign oil. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.

  • To Strike or Not to Strike Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 7:11 AM ET

    It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?

  • BOJ's Fukui Downbeat, Markets Ponder Rate Cut Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 12:28 AM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said on Friday the pace of growth was slowing, as markets started pondering the risk of a Japanese rate cut.

  • Talk Of A Bottom, Not Bernanke, Got Stocks Going Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 4:29 PM ET

    Bernanke said he "stands ready to take substantive additional action" to help the economy, implying the Fed would cut interest rates. Stocks briefly rallied on that, then fell back. What really got stocks going was talk that there might finally be signs of a bottom.

  • Bernanke: Fed Ready to Cut Rates to Prevent Recession Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 3:31 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank was ready to cut interest rates again to prevent housing and credit problems from plunging the U.S. into a recession.

  • As the Journal announced that Bank of America was in advanced talks to buy Countrywide, thrifts have shot up: Countrywide up 52 percent, Washington Mutual up 9 percent, Downey up 6 percent.

  • The betting is no longer on whether there's a half point rate cut coming, it's when, and how much more will follow. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was surprisingly blunt in much anticipated comments today. He made it clear the Fed will take action to stop economic decline and it will be aggressive.

  • Text: Ben Bernanke's Speech Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 1:07 PM ET
  • Bernanke Beaten To "The Punch" By ECB's Trichet? Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 11:54 AM ET

    When central bankers speak, markets listen. That's why we're all waiting for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments on the economy at 1 p.m. today. But it looks like European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet beat him to the punch.

  • Euro Stocks End Lower as ECB Holds Rates Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 11:53 AM ET

    European shares lost ground on Thursday, hitting their lowest point so far this year after the European Central Bank reinforced its willingness to raise rates to counter inflation.

  • 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall Below 6% Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

    U.S. mortgage applications sank last week to the lowest level since the end of last year despite falling borrowing costs, an industry trade group said Thursday.

  • I'm reporting from "Real Estate Connect NYC" a conference of real estate agents, online real estate services and some finance-type folks thrown in for good measure. So you've got Zillow, RealtyTrac, Bankrate, Coldwell Banker, Century 21, and it's all about data.

  • ECB Leaves Interest Rate Flat at 4% Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 9:15 AM ET

    The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday amid continuing uncertainty regarding the outlook for the economy.

  • Sales Outpaced Inventories in November, Led by Oil Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 8:35 AM ET
    Gas Pump

    Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.6 percent in November, but they did not keep pace with sales, which saw the biggest monthly increase in more than two years on rising petroleum prices, the government reported Thursday.

  • BoE Leaves Rates on Hold, February Cut Expected Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 8:00 AM ET

    The Bank of England left interest rates on hold at 5.5 percent Thursday, despite clear signs of weakness in the retail and housing sectors.

  • Bank of England May Pause for Breath Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 5:28 AM ET

    The Bank of England is likely to hold interest rates steady at 5.5 percent when it meets Thursday, analysts told CNBC.com, but it looks set to resume its monetary-easing strategy in February.

  • The ECB's Year of the Rat Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 3:47 AM ET

    The European Central Bank seems to have little choice but to keep rates on hold this time as well, despite rising inflation. Money markets are still not back to normal and there are signs of a weakening economy.

  • South Korea Holds Interest Rates Steady at 5% Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 9:14 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank held its main interest rate steady at 5.00 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, deciding not to tighten to tackle rising inflation as it remains cautious over the risk of a global economic slowdown.

  • Countrywide: I'm Not Sure The News Is That Good Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    After putting the kibosh on rumors yesterday that the company was going under, Countrywide Financial today put out its December operational results, a few days early I might add. The release begins, “Our fourth quarter ended with a number of positive operational trends,” says President and COO David Sambol. He’s talking about loan fundings, up a bit from November and ahead of forecasts. .

  • Slumping Stock Market May Crack US Consumer Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 10:28 AM ET

    The stock market may be the deciding factor in whether the U.S. economy tips into a consumer-driven recession this year.