Interest Rates


  • The dollar was steady against the euro and yen today, remaining in narrow ranges as dealers awaited a deluge of U.S. economic data this week that could shed light on the course of monetary policy.

  • What Wall Street Wants From The Fed Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 12:39 PM ET

    Ben Bernanke called for greater transparency when he took the reins of the Federal Reserve. But as Wall Street awaits the Fed's Wednesday statement, two analysts still seeks clues to second-guess the chairman.

  • Fed Forecasts: Rate Cuts Ahead Or None At All? Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 11:35 AM ET

    As the Fed begins its two-day meeting, analysts are still in disagreement over what the central bank’s next moves will be as the year goes on. Jason Schenker from Wachovia and Carl Tannenbaum from LaSalle Bank disagree on what the Fed considers....

  • Consumer confidence improved slightly in January on a strengthening job market, but consumers also appeared concerned that labor conditions could worsen in the future, according to a survey released Tuesday by a private research group.

  • U.S. Housing And The Gamble Of Subprime Loans Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Prices for existing home sales nationwide rose just barely over 1% last year. That's not much compared with the double digit appreication in the previous years. And regionally--neighborhood to neighborhood--prices dropped and continue to fall.

  • Weak Condo Sales Equal Good Housing Market? Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 4:39 PM ET

    Even in Manhattan's high-demand market, condominium sales paralleled overall real-estate trends, and sagged last month. But some analysts see condos as a separate type of property altogether -- a type that stands outside of today's glum housing news. But some analysts see the own-your-own apartments as a separate type of property altogether...

  • Economic Data Coming: What Will It All Mean? Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 4:22 PM ET

    Believe it or not, Microsoft's Vista isn’t the only story making headlines this week. There is a slew of economic data due out including the GDP report (Wednesday), employment numbers (Friday), and a Fed decision (they're meeting Tuesday and Wednesday). So how will this data drive the market this week and into the weeks ahead?

  • Dollar Rises to 4-Year High Versus Yen Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 3:16 PM ET

    The dollar hit a four-year high against the yen today as expectations of strong U.S. economic data this week supported the view that the Federal Reserve may not have to cut interest rates in the near future.

  • The dollar gained across the board Friday after stronger data from the U.S. housing and manufacturing sectors provided further evidence the economy is more resilient than many initially thought.

  • Eulogy for M&A's--Analysts Say No Funeral Yet Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 3:00 PM ET

    R.I.P., M&A? Not according to two merger-watchers, who reassured "Power Lunch" viewers that corporate combinations are alive and well -- regardless of interest-rate fluctuation fears. Gerald Adolph, senior vice president at Booz, Allen Hamilton, told CNBC's Sue Herera that M&A doubters describe a twin-pronged nightmare....

  • Bonds Reach New Highs; Analysts Know Why Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 2:30 PM ET

    Bond yields over the past couple of days hit a five-and-a-half-month high. Paul McCulley of PIMCO attributes the jump to the market’s unwinding expectations of a Fed easing. “It was dressed up for an easing party, and the band is not going to show,” he said. McCulley and two other analysts were on “Power Lunch” to give their take on....

  • Needed: A Stiff Upper Lip At The Fed Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 12:57 PM ET

    The Dow dropped 32.93 points today -- erasing January's gains. So what will fuel the next rally? With oil, tech and new-home sales rising, two analysts kept coming back to one theme in this "Morning Call" interview: strong nerves at the Federal Reserve. Randy Lert, chief portfolio strategist at Russell Investment...

  • Possible Investor Blues And Ethanol "Food Fight" Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 7:59 AM ET

    Stocks in the U.S. are mixed going into today's opening. The Dow is pointing higher and Nasdaq looks weaker and for the Nasdaq, this week's been the best of times and the worst of times. Nasdaq's 1.3 percent drop yesterday was its worst performance of the year, following its best day of the year. Stocks are weaker in Europe and major Asian markets closed lower.

  • Dollar, Euro Lose Ground Against Yen Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    The dollar and other major currencies fell against the yen as investors further unwound overextended positions against the currency amid concerns the Group of Seven rich nations may address its weakness at a meeting next month.

  • China's Economy Grows at Fastest Pace in 11 Years Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 10:53 PM ET

    China's economy grew 10.7% in 2006, the fastest rate since 1995, as investment and exports powered ahead despite a raft of government curbs to keep the pace of expansion in check.

  • Japan December Trade Surplus Comes in Below Expectations Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 10:43 PM ET

    Japan's trade surplus rose a weaker-than-expected 22.8% in December from a year earlier amid concerns that a slowdown in the U.S. economy may hurt Japanese exports.

  • Land Ho: The Write-Down Storm Subsides Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 5:59 PM ET

    In a sea of homebuilder earnings this week, we at the Realty Check have been running a tally of the dollar amount of losses from land write-downs and cancelled land-option contracts: It’s hovering around $2 billion. Now, are there some fabulous deals out there to be had?

  • Dollar Drops on Calls for a Stronger Yen Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 3:53 PM ET

    The dollar and euro fell against the yen on news that European finance ministers will push for a more forceful message at next's month G7 meeting on the need for a stronger Japanese currency.

  • What's in it for Shareholders? Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Overall, 52% of CEOs are 'very confident' and 40% 'somewhat confident” about revenue growth over the next year -- more than double the level of 2001."

  • The dollar fell against the euro and sank to a 14-year low versus sterling as strong economic data and hawkish comments by central bankers suggested interest rates will continue to rise in Europe.