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  • Euro Stocks Close Higher on Fed Hopes Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:41 PM ET

    Major European stock indexes closed more than 3 percent higher on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest-rate-setting meeting, and after U.S. banks Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers reported earnings that beat markets expectations.

  • Fed Move Could Give Oil A Volatile Trading Day Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Black gold and gold futures are significantly higher after yesterday's rout. Here's what the energy market seems to think will happen: The Fed will cut rates by 75 basis points (maybe even 100, a few think it could be 50). If the cut is as massive as some suspect, the dollar will weaken even further against the Euro and other currencies.

  • Builders Sit With Cash And Everybody Waits Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    I’m working on a story for TV today about which builders are in the deepest doo-doo after the Commerce Dept. reports single family permits down 6.2 percent in January. Permits are down 30 percent since the August credit freeze and down 57 percent from their peak in September of 2005.

  • Paulson: We're in A Sharp Economic Downturn Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday the U.S. economy had turned down sharply but declined to label the situation a recession.

  • Fed Is Expected to Slash Interest Rates Again Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed policy-makers are expected to make the biggest interest rate cut since 1982, while two major Wall Street firms provided some relief to investors with better-than-expected earnings.

  • Stocks Rise as Investors Expect Big Rate Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Tuesday as investors are anticipating that the Federal Reserve will deliver an unusually large rate cut.

  • Fed Keeps Altering Tactics As Credit Crisis Deepens Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:27 AM ET
    Credit Crunch

    As the credit crunch worsens,  the Federal Reserve is becoming  more imaginative in its tactics. Wall Street is now betting on a full-point cut in interest rates, to  2%,  when the Fed meets Tuesday.

  • Wholesale Inflation Hotter; Housing Slumps Further Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    The flagging U.S. economy got more mixed news from its troubled housing sector on Tuesday, while evidence of inflation pressures continued to lurk in the producer pipeline.

  • ECB Officials Stress Inflation Concerns Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 8:01 AM ET

    European Central Bank Executive Board members stressed on Tuesday the role of the ECB as a guardian of price stability, giving the strong euro only scant mention.

  • UK Inflation Soars on Utility Bills Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 7:08 AM ET

    British inflation leapt  further above target to a nine-month high in February but the  jump was purely due to changes in the way utility bills are  calculated, official data showed on Tuesday.

  • Australia's Central Bank Is Still Wary on Inflation Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:14 AM ET

    Australia's central bank was still concerned that interest rates might not be high enough to restrain inflation when it hiked rates to a 12-year high earlier this month, minutes of the policy meeting showed on Tuesday.

  • Dow Closes Higher as Investors Cheer Fed Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 5:01 PM ET

    Enthusiasm for the Federal Reserve's actions to stem the credit crunch propelled the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a higher close Monday, a day when everyone expected a rout due to weekend fire sale of Bear Stearns.

  • JP Morgan's Bargain, Fed Actions Help Stocks Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 3:35 PM ET

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average pared its losses Monday as the sell-off spurred by the fire sale of Bear Stearns wasn't as bad as expected.

  • Lehman Brothers -- The Next Banking Casualty? Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

    Lehman shares tumbled more than 20 percent Monday as Wall Street speculated whether or not it's the ailing banking system's next casualty.

  • American Northern Rock Spells Confidence Crisis Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:53 AM ET

    They both relied on the credit markets working properly, and they were both let down. Northern Rock may have been the first, but Bear Stearns sparked fears that the worst is yet to come.

  • Advice on the Heels of the Bear Stearns Buyout Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:47 AM ET

    Stocks were lower in early trading Monday as Wall Street digested the fire-sale buyout of an investment banking giant: Bear Stearns. CNBC brought the market pros for their perspective on the fallout.

  • Dow Pares Losses; Lehman Plunges Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:40 AM ET

    Stocks plunged at the opening bell Monday as investors were spooked by the cash crisis at Bear Stearns that forced its sale for $2 a share to JP Morgan Chase.

  • Former SEC Boss Pitt Says Bear Rescue May Calm Markets Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:01 AM ET

    The combination rescue-fire sale package of Bear Stearns happened so quickly and involves so much unknowns about its balance sheet, analysts struggled to put its role in the credit crunch into perspective.

  • You have to ask the question: can the up-‘til-now untouchable Manhattan real estate market survive under the weight of Wall Street’s banking implosion? With all those Bear Stearns folks suddenly seeing their stock-based bonuses disintegrate into nothing and credit and capital fleeing the building at an alarming rate, are those priciest of pricey pads going to be able to hold their value?

  • Fed Announces Emergency Steps to Ease Credit Crisis Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 10:20 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The U.S. Federal Reserve announced emergency measures to stem a fast-spreading global financial crisis, tapping tools last used in the Great Depression to pour funds into cash-starved Wall Street firms.

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