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  • Fed Jitters Keep a Lid on Index Gains Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 3:28 PM ET

    Stocks ticked higher Monday amid merger buzz but index gains were modest as the market awaits the Federal Reserve's rate decision later this week.

  • Massachusetts home

    Tomorrow the folks at S&P/Case Shiller will report the monthly prices in the nation’s top ten and top twenty metro markets. Every time I report these numbers I get any number of critics arguing that the fall in home prices is really concentrated in only a few large cities in the nation, most of them in California and Florida.

  • French Finance Minister Puts Pressure on ECB Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 12:07 PM ET

    The disparity between U.S. and euro zone interest rates is starting to cause problems, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde told CNBC Monday, adding that Europe’s rampant inflation will ease.

  • Financials Skid After 'Sell' Note; Wrigley Rises Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 11:16 AM ET

    Stocks retreated after an early pop Monday as the early market buzz was all about deals and deal makers.

  • Buffett: Recession Is Here For People on Main Street Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 10:34 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The US economy indeed has entered into a recession, even if the traditional indicators aren't showing it yet, billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett said.

  • Interest Rates Uncertainty Hangs Over US Stocks Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 6:37 PM ET

    The stock market will likely start the week on a hesitant note with Wall Street facing the first Federal Reserve interest-rate decision in many months not knowing that a cut is likely guaranteed.

  • The Case For Ending Interest Rate Cuts Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 6:28 PM ET

    If the U.S. Federal Reserve wants to restrain oil and food prices and help downtrodden consumers, the best thing it can do is stop cutting interest rates.

  • My Work Is Done Here Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 6:04 PM ET

    If Bernanke cuts rates one more time as expected on Wednesday, what will it mean for stocks?

  • Stocks Up for the Week as Dollar Gains Ground Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 5:45 PM ET

    Stocks finished higher for the week, helping major indexes transcend recent highs, as financials gained and the dollar showed signs of recovery.

  • As the Federal Reserve hones in on the end of its interest-rate cutting campaign, officials remain troubled by lingering stress in credit markets and continue to mull steps to ease the strain.

  • Texas Governor Seeks Waiver on Ethanol Rules Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 2:10 PM ET

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the government to cut "skyrocketing" food prices by waiving half of the renewable fuel standard for ethanol made from grain.

  • Microsoft Drags on Dow; Oil Tops $119 Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    Stocks were slightly lower Friday, dragged down by a disappointing outlook from Microsoft and a souring consumer mood. American Express jumped after beating forecasts. Oil topped $119 a barrel.

  • Your Back Yard Could Be "Seed" Of Valuable Asset Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 12:04 PM ET
    Tomato Plant

    It makes a whole lot of sense. When food prices soar, seed sales begin to grow. Harold Stone is hearing it from a whole new crop of gardeners at a Washington, DC community garden that he runs. “Food is just becoming astronomical and they really want to get an edge on that and be able to create some of their own food.”

  • Consumer Mood, Microsoft Outlook Depress Stocks Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

    Stocks were slightly lower Friday, dragged down by a disappointing outlook from Microsoft and a souring consumer mood. American Express jumped after beating forecasts.

  • Bush: Rebates Should Help Economy Out of Slowdown Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    President George W. Bush said on Friday that the U.S. economy is in a slowdown but added that tax rebates should help pull activity out of the slump.

  • Is Ben Done Lowerin’? Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 6:19 PM ET

    As the markets prepare for next week’s two-day Fed meeting, it might be time to suspend expectations that another rate cut is really the right answer.

  • Bad to Worse for Builders Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 3:47 PM ET

    Sales of new homes plummeted 8.5 percent in March from the month before, prices made a fall not seen since 1970, dropping 13 percent year over year, and inventories of new homes hit an eleven-month supply. We haven’t seen that kind of pace in 27 years.

  • S&P's Wyss Says US Already in Mild Recession Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 11:54 AM ET

    The United States is in a recession but the downturn is expected to be mild because consumer spending is not expected to fall precipitously, Standard & Poor's said Thursday.

  • German Business Sentiment Falls in April Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 4:28 AM ET

    German corporate sentiment fell more than expected in April as firms' assessment of both current economic conditions and the business outlook deteriorated, a closely watched survey showed on Thursday.

  • New Zealand Central Bank Holds Rates, Softens Tone Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 8:45 PM ET

    New Zealand's central bank kept interest rates steady at 8.25% as expected on Thursday, but softened its stance on an eventual rate cut as the economy slows, sending the currency lower.