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  • Australia Business Conditions Toughest in 7 Years Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:09 AM ET
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    A key measure of Australian business conditions hit its lowest level in seven years in July as firms reported falling sales and profitability, adding to the case for an urgent cut in official interest rates.

  • China's July Consumer Inflation Falls to 10-Month Low Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:38 PM ET
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    China's consumer price inflation fell to a 10-month low of 6.3 percent in July from 7.1 percent in June as last year's surge in the cost of food continued to unwind, the government said on Tuesday.

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Jumps to 7.1% Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 10:29 PM ET
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    Japanese annual wholesale price inflation jumped to 7.1 percent in July, a 27-year high and well above expectations, adding to fears that high energy and commodity costs are squeezing firms and pushing the economy into recession.

  • Market Insider: Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 9:00 PM ET

    Stocks are likely to follow the dollar, commodities trade again Tuesday, with little economic news to drive direction early.

  • Drop in Oil Prices May Not Boost US Economy Much Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:54 PM ET
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    Oil inflicts heavy economic pain on the way up, but a slower and smaller benefit on the way down.

  • Credit Crunch Hits Credit Cards Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:26 PM ET
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    We all know credit is tight, but now we’re seeing it seize in some very uncomfortable places, namely, literally, your wallets. The July 2008 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practice, out today, says "About 65 percent of domestic banks indicated that they had tightened their lending standards on credit card loans."

  • Economists Even Gloomier on Outlook for US Recovery Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 1:46 PM ET
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    Economists have soured on the U.S. economy's prospects for the second half of 2008 and have cut growth forecasts for next year as well, a closely watched survey released Monday showed.

  • Beyond Stocks: Four Plays That Offer Safe Returns Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:15 AM ET
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    With the Fed likely to keep interest rates steady and the economy showing no signs of rebounding soon, investors are looking beyond stocks to find safer returns.

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    Just the potential for a U.S. recovery will bring "enormous" amounts of under-invested cash back into the stock market, the head of an investment group said.

  • China's Factory Gate Inflation at 12-Year High Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 11:34 PM ET
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    China's producer prices jumped by 10.0% in the year to July, the first time factory-gate inflation has been in double digits since the mid-1990s.

  • Australia's RBA Sees Scope for Lower Interest Rates Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 9:52 PM ET
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    Australia's central bank on Monday said the economy looked to be slowing enough  to significantly reduce inflation over time, providing growing scope to ease interest rates from 12-year highs.

  • Fannie (And Freddie's) More Costly Future? Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
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    I guess I didn’t need the CEO of Fannie Mae to tell me that his company’s dismal second quarter results, “reflect challenging conditions in the housing and mortgage markets that began in 2006 and have deepened through 2007 and 2008.” No kidding.

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    U.S. productivity grew at a weaker-than-expected 2.2 percent during the second quarter despite a rise in output and lower unit labor costs than during the first quarter, a Labor Department report on Friday showed

  • AIG, Wal-Mart Hurt Dow as Oil Tops $120 Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 4:50 PM ET

    Stocks ended near session lows as oil ended above $120 a barrel and two Dow components missed the Street's targets.

  • Stocks Pare Losses as Oil Surrenders Gains Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 3:48 PM ET

    Stocks pared some losses Thursday afternoon as oil prices flattened out. Putting pressure on stocks today was a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.

  • Pending Home Sales Good, But Here's Reality Of It All Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
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    Of course Fannie and Freddie are the elephants in the rooms of today's housing markets. If the two giants that own or guarantee so many of or loans falter any more, that will only put yet another roadblock in the road to recovery.

  • Wal-Mart, AIG Drag on Stocks Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower, clipped by a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.  But a better-than-expected report on home sales helped shave a few points off the decline.

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Home-Sales Report Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    Stock futures fell further after a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week. Futures had already been pointing lower as oil rose nearly $3 a barrel, Wal-Mart missed sales estimates and Dow component AIG posted a wider-than-expected loss.

  • Jobless Claims Hit Highest Point in Six Years Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:11 AM ET
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    The number of newly laid off people signing up for jobless benefits last week climbed to its highest point in more than six years as companies cut back given the faltering economy.

  • BoE Holds Interest Rates Despite Inflation Fears Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 8:15 AM ET
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    The Bank of England held interest rates steady at 5 percent Thursday, as widely expected, as opposing concerns of rising inflation and slowing economic growth left policy makers without clear direction.