WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has said the tenor of economic data will decide when the U.S. central bank raises interest rates. But she also has placed special emphasis on a set of equations for what she dubbed in a November 2012 speech as "optimal policy" or "optimal control." Several top officials have said they are not likely to bump rates up...» Read More
Stocks staged one of the biggest rallies of the year as hopes for a Federal Reserve interest cut boosted financial services companies for a second day, while falling oil prices eased concern about higher energy costs.
The economy grew at a slower pace in the late fall as shoppers watched their pennies heading into the busy holiday season.
The economy may avoid a recession in the year ahead but it's almost certain that there will be months of slow growth.
Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn, in one speech, has changed Wall Street's view on the Fed. While most market players have expected the Fed to cut rates, the Fed itself seemed to be sending another message and that had some investors vexed.
New orders for long-lasting U.S.-made manufactured goods dropped for a third month in a row during October and companies appeared wary about making new investments, according to a Commerce Department report on Wednesday.
U.S. consumer confidence fell unexpectedly sharply in November to a two-year low on worries about rising gas prices and financial market volatility.
Goldman Sachs on Tuesday slashed its target for the expected trough in U.S. benchmark interest rates by a full percentage point, citing an increased probability of recession and the likelihood of a prolonged period of sluggish performance for the U.S. economy.
A parade of economic data in the next couple weeks will tell volumes about the economy and the Fed’s chances for achieving a soft landing.
The odds now point to a U.S. economic recession that slows global growth significantly even if necessary policy changes are implemented, former U.S. Treasury secretary Larry Summers said.
European shares are expected to edge higher on Friday, following a mostly upbeat session in Asia but gains will likely be tempered as investors wait for U.S. markets to reopen after a public holiday.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the number of potential U.S. home-loan defaults "will be significantly bigger" in 2008 than in 2007, the Wall Street Journal's online edition reported.
Stocks closed sharply lower as worries about the mortgage market and broader economy triggered selling among nervous investors ahead of the holiday shopping season.
The mood among consumers hit the skids in November as gasoline prices soared and the housing slump worsened.
Everyone has heard predictions of a tapped-out consumer. And though they haven't materialized in the past, this time is likely to be different.
Standard & Poor's expects the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut interest rates to 3.5 percent in 2008 to deal with the fallout from the housing market, S&P's chief European economist said on Wednesday at a banking conference in London.
The confluence of major market moves today is stunning as fear once more rules Wall Street. The dollar is at a record low, oil edges towards $100 per barrel, the 10-year Treasury fell below 4%, a level it hasn't seen in years, and stocks are heading sharply lower after a big sell off overseas.
Since I'm starting my holiday early today (I'll be back on Monday), I thought I'd provide you with an interesting take on all the Fannie and Freddie news from a good source of mine, mortgage consultant and former HUD official, Howard Glaser. What follows are this thoughts:
Bank of England deputy governor John Gieve joined arch dove David Blanchflower in voting for lower interest rates this month, but the other seven policymakers chose to keep them at 5.75 percent.
The Federal Reserve is expecting slower growth and lower inflation next year. But minutes from the Fed's October meeting show policymarkers were reluctant to cut interest rates further.
Stocks closed higher after another volatile session, helped by a rally among energy shares as oil soared to a record high close of $98 a barrel.