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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Australia's NAB to Raise Variable Home Loan Rate Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 10:48 PM ET

    National Australia Bank, Australia's top lender by assets, has taken the unusual decision to raise home loan rates out of step with a central bank rate move, in response to higher borrowing costs.

  • 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.

  • Mortgage Applications Tumble for Third Week Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 7:22 AM ET

    U.S. mortgage applications tumbled for the third straight week to the lowest level since July 2006 even as borrowing costs declined, an industry trade group said on Thursday.

  • Orphanides: ECB Ready to Raise Rates if Needed Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 3:19 AM ET

    The European Central Bank would be ready to raise interest rates again if necessary, new ECB Governing Council member Athanasios Orphanides said in a German newspaper interview published on Thursday.

  • 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.

  • Stocks Have New Year's Hangover Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 3:01 PM ET

    Stocks had one of their worst opening days ever after getting slammed by $100 oil and bad news for manufacturing and the credit industry.

  • Home Prices Fall, But Taxes Going Up? Yup! Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 2:05 PM ET

    Despite the fact the home prices/values are falling pretty much nationwide, your tax assessment may in fact be going up. The Washington Post today reports that property values in Maryland have increased by an average of 33 percent over the past three years.

  • China's Economy, Inflation Seen Slowing This Year Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | 7:53 PM ET

    China's economic growth and consumer price inflation are expected to slow moderately thisyear as cooling policies take effect and food supplies increase, a major government research institute forecast on Wednesday.

  • Look Sharp: Home Sales Flat -- But Not Bottoming Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 2:28 PM ET

    It’s the last day of 2007, which means everyone and their broker are busy with predictions for 2008, but I’d caution you in using today’s numbers from the National Association of Realtors as any basis for prediction.

  • European Stocks Will Rely on Banks in 2008 Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 8:27 AM ET

    European stocks had a turbulent second half in 2007 and are still in largely in recovery mode as the year draws to an end.

  • New Home Sales Plummet -- But Prices Up?! Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    I've never claimed to be an economist (just play one on TV), but I have held a few yard sales in my time, so this I know: If something isn't selling, lower the price. So how can new home sales be reportedly dropping 9 percent while the price of a new home rose month-to-month from $229,500 to $239,100?!

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

  • After-Christmas Sales? Not at Home Builders Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 12:06 PM ET
    KB Home Sales Center

    So I was clicking through all the sale spams in my inbox this morning -- from all the major retailers -- offering me 25 to 60 percent off on cashmere items, plasma TVs, sateen sheets and unwanted DVDs. Suddenly it occurred to me that one group of retailers was conspicuously absent: America’s big home builders.

  • Consumer Confidence Up Slightly in December Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 10:06 AM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence rose slightly in December with a marginal improvement in the outlook for business conditions, employment and inflation, according to a private report on Thursday.

  • US Mortgage Applications Sink to Year Low Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 7:12 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.