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  • Labor Market Sending Mixed Signals on Recession Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 2:57 PM ET

    The labor market may be weak, but that doesn't necessarily mean the US economy is in recession or on the verge of one.

  • Mortgage Woes: Servicers Can't Keep Up With Demand Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 1:40 PM ET

    I remember wondering a while back why Countrywide had announced massive layoffs, just after hiring a considerable number of new employees. An analyst joked, “they’re probably in the loss-mitigation department.”

  • Australian Price Pressures Places Burden on Rates Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | 11:51 PM ET

    Australia's inflation headache worsened in January while house prices boasted double-digit gains in 2007, figures out on Monday showed, adding to expectations for a restraining rise in interest rates this week.

  • Manufacturing Stages Surprise Recovery in January Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:24 AM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    The U.S. manufacturing sector staged a surprise recovery, while consumer sentiment improved in January, but construction spending in the U.S. fell for the third month in a row, reflecting continued weakness in the housing sector.

  • Housing Crisis: Human Greed Missing From Stats Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:21 AM ET

    I read a fascinating article in the Financial Times this morning that I want to bring to your attention. The short version is that all those mathematical models used to predict future home loan default rates, i.e. the ones that should have prevented the mortgage crisis, failed because they left out one key variable: human behavior.

  • U.S. Jobs Fell Unexpectedly By 17,000 During January Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    U.S. employers unexpectedly cut 17,000 non-farm jobs in January, the first time in nearly 4-1/2 years that U.S. payrolls shrank.

  • Buy Retail Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    J.C. Penney and Ralph Lauren are two Cramer favorites right now.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 Anticipating Volatile Jobs Numbers Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 5:53 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    The first nonfarm payroll report of the year could bring some relief to the market if payrolls rise as expected. But seasonal factors bringing more volatility than usual make the report particularly hard to handicap.

  • FDIC Chairperson Bair: "Housing Crisis Has Just Begun" Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

    I know everyone out there, builders and Realtors included, constantly cry that it’s we in the media who are forever sounding unnecessary alarms in the housing market. Well, I don’t know that I can do much better than the Chairperson of the FDIC, Sheila Bair, who is telling a Senate Banking Committee panel today that the mortgage crisis has only just begun.

  • Jobless Claims Top Views as Consumer Spending Slows Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:03 AM ET
    Cash Register

    Consumers spent less in December than at any time in the past 15 months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Hits New High, Sentiment Slumps Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 5:18 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation hit an all-time high in January and economic sentiment plunged to two-year lows, data showed on Thursday, underlining the European Central Bank's monetary policy dilemma.

  • Time to Buy a House? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 6:49 PM ET

    With rates so low, Cramer just might.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.

  • Liesman: A Remarkably Clear Fed Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

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  • Fed's Policy Statement Draws Mixed Reviews Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET

    The Fed cut interest rates another half point, but economists are divided about whether its policy statement will successfully manage market expectations.

  • A Friend in the Fed Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:09 PM ET

    Bernanke's got his groove back, says Jeff Macke.

  • Stocks Like Fed Cuts--Rally On Move Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:34 PM ET

    Stocks are rallying in a "got what we wanted" move after the Fed's rate cut. The Fed cut the target Fed furnds rate by a half point to 3 percent. It also cut the discount rate by a half point.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its January 29-30 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Cuts Rates Half Point; More Reductions Possible Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate another half point, as expected, and sparked a stock market rally by signaling that further rate cuts are possible.

  • Fed Rate Cut: Most Of You Expect Half Point Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    You can feel the tension in the market as it seesaws in a fairly tight band ahead of the Fed's 2:15 p.m. statement. It looks like Market Insider readers are siding with the majority Street view that the Fed will cut a half point. Forty-three percent of our readers see a half point rate cut

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates Another Half Point, to 3% Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:18 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing  effort to bolster the economy.

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