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

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Industrial Production Unexpectedly Rebounds in June Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 9:50 AM ET
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    US industrial production unexpectedly rebounded in June by 0.5 percent, its biggest jump in nearly a year, as utility and mining output soared and manufacturing reversed two months of declines, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

  • Consumer Prices Take Biggest Jump in 26 Years Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 9:01 AM ET
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    Consumer prices in June rose by the biggest amount since 1982 on a continued surge in gasoline prices, adding more weight to an economy struggling through a strained banking system and a housing downturn.

  • Market Insider: Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 8:05 PM ET

    Oil's move could be a key trend in Wednesday's markets, as traders watch more Fed testimony, a bunch of earnings reports and another helping of inflation data.

  • Rate Hikes Off The Table Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 6:18 PM ET

    Has the Fed changed its tune? Are we imagining things or did Ben Bernnake hint on Tuesday that interest rates aren’t going anywhere?

  • See What People Are Saying About... Stagflation Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 12:50 PM ET
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    Dismal data on inflation and retail sales released on Tuesday flashed fresh signs of stagflation in the U.S. economy...