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  • Central Banker Says UK is Heading into Recession Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | 4:08 AM ET

    The British economy is heading into recession and interest rates should fall to "well below" their current 5 percent, Bank of England policy-maker David Blanchflower was quoted as saying in a newspaper interview.

  • Fewer Economists Call for Second Half Rebound Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | 3:57 AM ET

    The U.S. economy may have avoided a recession but will grow below trend for some time as firms face higher prices for a range of goods that will cut into profits, according to a panel of economists surveyed.

  • Australia Producer Inflation Tempered by Imports Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | 10:50 PM ET
    Austrailia, Austrailian Flag

    Australia's producer prices rose by less than expected last quarter thanks to falling costs for a range of imported goods, perhaps lessening the risk of an alarmingly high reading for consumer inflation later this week.

  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 6:35 PM ET
    Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks are casting a wary eye on oil and, lacking any dramatic events, earnings news could steer the market.

  • Fed's Stern: Hike Rates Sooner Rather Than Later Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 4:06 PM ET

    Federal Reserve can not wait until financial and housing markets stabilize before raising interest rates, Minneapolis Fed President Gary Stern said in an interview with Bloomberg on Friday.

  • Freddie's Fix Means Higher Mortgage Rates? Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 12:14 PM ET

    Raising capital is obviously the necessary move here, if they can, because if they can’t, then they’ll have to take the government up on its offer of cash, and that would come out of yours and my pockets.

  • Euro Zone May Trade Gap Wider Than Expected Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    The euro zone posted an unadjusted trade deficit much wider than expected in May as imports grew at more than double the rate of exports, data showed on Friday.

  • Euro-Zone Growth to Weaken, then Recover: Trichet Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 4:19 AM ET

    Euro zone economic growth is likely to be weak in the second and third quarters before staging a recovery, and second-round inflation effects need to be prevented, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said.

  • BOJ Says Putting Equal Focus on Inflation, Economy Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 2:29 AM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday the central bank was putting equal focus on inflation and downside risks to the economy, reinforcing the view that interest rates will stay on hold at least for the rest of this year.

  • Market Insider: Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 9:36 PM ET

    Citigroup's better-than-expected earnings report turned the tide ahead of the open.

  • Call it an infusion of capital into the Florida real estate market, and, more precisely, into Donald Trump’s pocket. A Russian fertilizer mogul offers $95 million for Trump’s Palm Beach estate and the Donald says, “Da,” even though it’s a tad below his original asking price of $125 million.

  • Factory Activity Slows Further in Mid-Atlantic Region Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 10:06 AM ET
    Car Manufacturing

    Factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region shrank again in July, reflecting a weakening economy and the strain of rising costs.

  • Filings For Jobless Benefits Rise Less Than Expected Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 8:41 AM ET

    The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose by a less-than-expected 18,000 last week to 366,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis, a Labor Department report showed on Thursday.

  • China's Economy Slows, Inflation Still High Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 11:31 PM ET
    China, Chinese Flag

    China's economy slowed in the second quarter under the weight of slower exports and a drive by the central bank to tighten credit, but inflationary pressures remained uncomfortably high, the government said on Thursday.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 7:23 PM ET

    Earnings from J.P. Morgan and some other big companies could sway the market's early direction, but traders are closely watching oil to see if it will make or break the upswing in stocks.

  • Rolling Crises Delay Fed Anti-Inflation Battle Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 3:34 PM ET

    The global financial crisis is far from over—threatening to leave Federal Reserve interest rate policy on hold indefinitely.

  • Fed Worried About Rising Inflation at June Meeting Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 2:15 PM ET

    U.S. Federal Reserve policy makers fretted at their most recent meeting that growing inflation risks may require an interest rate hike, but agreed that the outlook for both prices and growth was still too uncertain, minutes of the meeting showed.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 2:05 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its June 24-25 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Builders: A Vote of No Confidence Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said it herself: It has been an “uphill battle” to restore confidence among investors and regular folks who stash their paychecks in their local banks. She may as well have added home builders to that mix.

  • Bernanke: Fed's Top Focus Is Financial Stability Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 10:52 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a House panel Wednesday a top Fed priority is restoring financial calm even as "too high" inflation and weak growth threaten the economy.