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  • China's Factory Gate Inflation at 12-Year High Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 11:34 PM ET
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    China's producer prices jumped by 10.0% in the year to July, the first time factory-gate inflation has been in double digits since the mid-1990s.

  • Australia's RBA Sees Scope for Lower Interest Rates Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 9:52 PM ET
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    Australia's central bank on Monday said the economy looked to be slowing enough  to significantly reduce inflation over time, providing growing scope to ease interest rates from 12-year highs.

  • Fannie (And Freddie's) More Costly Future? Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 2:18 PM ET

    I guess I didn’t need the CEO of Fannie Mae to tell me that his company’s dismal second quarter results, “reflect challenging conditions in the housing and mortgage markets that began in 2006 and have deepened through 2007 and 2008.” No kidding.

  • U.S. productivity grew at a weaker-than-expected 2.2 percent during the second quarter despite a rise in output and lower unit labor costs than during the first quarter, a Labor Department report on Friday showed

  • AIG, Wal-Mart Hurt Dow as Oil Tops $120 Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 4:50 PM ET

    Stocks ended near session lows as oil ended above $120 a barrel and two Dow components missed the Street's targets.

  • Stocks Pare Losses as Oil Surrenders Gains Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 3:48 PM ET

    Stocks pared some losses Thursday afternoon as oil prices flattened out. Putting pressure on stocks today was a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.

  • Pending Home Sales Good, But Here's Reality Of It All Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
    Home Sales Classified

    Of course Fannie and Freddie are the elephants in the rooms of today's housing markets. If the two giants that own or guarantee so many of or loans falter any more, that will only put yet another roadblock in the road to recovery.

  • Wal-Mart, AIG Drag on Stocks Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower, clipped by a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.  But a better-than-expected report on home sales helped shave a few points off the decline.

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Home-Sales Report Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    Stock futures fell further after a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week. Futures had already been pointing lower as oil rose nearly $3 a barrel, Wal-Mart missed sales estimates and Dow component AIG posted a wider-than-expected loss.

  • Jobless Claims Hit Highest Point in Six Years Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    The number of newly laid off people signing up for jobless benefits last week climbed to its highest point in more than six years as companies cut back given the faltering economy.

  • BoE Holds Interest Rates Despite Inflation Fears Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    The Bank of England held interest rates steady at 5 percent Thursday, as widely expected, as opposing concerns of rising inflation and slowing economic growth left policy makers without clear direction.

  • Australia Full-Time Jobs Jump, Unemployment Steady Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 11:37 PM ET
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    Australian employment rose by more than expected in July, driven by a surprise surge in full-time positions which, while not barring an early easing in interest rates, tempered speculation about a series of aggressive cuts.

  • South Korea's central bank raised its main interest rate by 25 basis points to its highest in seven years on Thursday, as expected, in a move to stem inflation in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

  • Freddie’s Forecast Seems A Little Too Bright Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 11:09 AM ET
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    I came away from the Freddie Mac conference call feeling a little, shall we say nicely, confused. The CEO, Richard Syron, warned of the troubled times in housing, even revised his forecast for home price drops, peak to trough, from 15 percent to 18-20 percent. He said we’re only halfway through the correction.

  • Today's Top Videos: Pimco's Gross, Oil & More Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 6:23 PM ET

    Bond experts discuss the Fed's rate decision and an analyst feels optimistic about Cisco's earnings numbers. Following are today's top videos:

  • Rate Hike? Don't Hold Your Breath Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 4:48 PM ET

    What you think of today’s statement by the Federal Reserve depends a lot on what you thought before the announcement. Those who believed the Fed was on course to tighten in the fall see the statement as dovish; those who thought that was unlikely see the statement as either neutral or even hawkish. I’m in the camp who believes this statement was neutral as to the outlook for policy changes.

  • Pimco's Gross: Fed Can't Raise Rates Due to Economy Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 3:02 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve's decision to hold the line on interest rates was the only move the central bank could make considering the state of the US economy, PIMCO chief Bill Gross said on CNBC.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Aug. 5 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Fed Indicates No Rush To Raise US Interest Rates Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 2:14 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    The Fed held U.S. interest rates steady, expressing concerns about both economic growth and inflation and indicating it is in no rush to push borrowing costs higher.

  • The losses stem mostly from inventory impairments and land write-offs. In English, that means the value of their properties are falling and they’re having to walk away from land that they can’t use because nobody is going to buy the house they would put on it.

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