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  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 7:47 PM ET

    As we enter the final stretch of 2007, the stock market may temporarily lose some of its violent mood swings and secure gains for the month and the year.

  • Retail Sales Numbers: Stop Being "Surprised" By Them Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 9:35 AM ET

    If I hear or read another headline that calls November's retail sales results "surprising," I may scream. I am also hereby banning use of the word 'cautious.' Today the Commerce Department reconfirmed what retailers told us all last week. November sales were sweeter than expected. The consumer is still buying cold weather apparel and Christmas presents.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Surges 3.1% on Food, Oil Prices Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 9:19 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation surged to 3.1 percent in November, the highest level since May 2001 according to Global Insight and above an earlier estimate of 3 percent, data from the EU statistics agency Eurostat showed on Friday.

  • Market Insider/Friday Look Ahead Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 5:07 AM ET

    Consumer inflation data is big on Friday's agenda after Thursday's producer prices showed wholesale level inflation surging at the fastest rate in 34 years.

  • Fed Plan Gets Mixed Reviews From CNBC Guests Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 11:29 AM ET

    Everybody seems to have an opinion on the Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch. Here's what some CNBC guests were saying Thursday.

  • Cramer: Fed Needs Reality Check Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 11:20 AM ET

    Bernanke should leave the ivory tower and get on a trading desk. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 3:58 AM ET

    Lehman Bros.' fourth-quarter earnings report, producer price inflation data and November retail sales will be factors setting direction for Thursday's markets.

  • Central Banks Make Biggest Joint Action Since 9/11 Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 5:34 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Central banks banded together to make it easier for stressed banks to borrow money in a credit crunch that threatens to knock the U.S. economy into recession.

  • How the Central Bank Credit Plan Will Work Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:40 PM ET

    Major central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, acted in unison Wednesday in unveiling plans to provide liquidity to the banking system, where funds covering a longer span of time have become scant.

  • Market Sell-Off Shows Traders Are "Confused" Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

    Selling in the last hour came back with a vengeance today. Tell me, what does it mean when the Dow is up about 80 points at 3 PM ET, then drops 180 points in 10 minutes, then rallies back to end up about 40? It means traders are confused. Confused by the Fed and why they did not make the announcement yesterday, confused by the headwinds they are facing with weaker earnings and a weaker economy.

  • Stop Trading!: The Fed Is Wrong Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:28 PM ET

    The new plan is a "fiasco," Cramer says. Do they have any idea what they're doing?Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Fed: Credit Plan Is Better Than Cutting Interest Rates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:27 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch has been in the works for a while and will be more effective than cutting interest rates, a senior Fed official said.

  • Realty Check with Diana Olick Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 3:53 PM ET

    In the spirit of Outlook '08, here are my predictions for 2008. We'll see how I did come this time next year. My personal favorite is number 7!!

  • Outlook '08: Housing Will Be Wild Card For Economy Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 3:50 PM ET

    Uncertainty and housing. Those are the key words in forecasts of the US economy in 2008.  And just how bad the economy performs depends mostly on the depth and duration of the housing recession and the great unknowns of the credit crunch.

  • Builders Feeling Wrath Of Buyers: Do They Deserve It? Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    I realize we’re in the doldrums of December, not exactly a hot time in housing, even during a boom cycle, but I’m hearing some disconcerting rumblings from some builders, anecdotally speaking of course. One mid-sized private builder told a friend of mine that potential customers coming through their model-home doors are openly hostile. They’re not just looking for good deals; they’re looking for payback.

  • ECB, BOE Join Fed Effort to Ease Market Stress Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:04 AM ET

    Several top central banks including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank  announced plans to address elevated pressures in short-term funding markets.

  • Fed's Recent Moves to Add Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:00 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced with other major central banks measures to alleviate upward pressure in interbank markets as financial sector troubles have made it more difficult for banks to raise funds. Following are some major steps the Fed has taken to provide funding to the banking system.

  • Federal Reserve's Statement On Boosting Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    The text of the Federal Reserve's statement on adding additional liquidity into money markets released Dec. 12.

  • Fed Trims Rates 1/4 Point, Disappointing Investors Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 2:45 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut  interest rates a modest quarter point, disappointing Wall Street, which had hoped for more-aggressive action.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:01 AM ET

    Wall Street's post Fed selloff could spill into Wednesday morning as the Street continues to debate why the Fed didn't deliver more interest rate relief, particularly when it's becoming increasingly glum on the economy.