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  • Housing Crisis: I'm Offering A Glimmer Of Hope Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 5:38 PM ET

    The home builders appear to be stuck, unwilling to say that anything is going to get better any time soon. The National Association of Home Builders puts out a monthly “sentiment” index, and so far it’s been stuck on the very low end for a very long time. They are not anticipating improvement until at least the second half of 2008.

  • Economic Stimulus Plan Gains Traction in Congress Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 3:46 PM ET
    Shopper with bags

    Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House  agreed to develop a bipartisan economic stimulus plan to help avert a possible recession.

  • Bernanke: Stimulus Plan Needed for Economy Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:34 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants Congress to act quickly to pass an economic stimulus package, Sen. Charles Schumer told CNBC.

  • Fed's Beige Book: Economy Continues to Weaken Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:06 PM ET

    The U.S. economy continued to grow in the final weeks of the fourth quarter but the paceof activity slackened amid subdued holiday spending and a weak housing sector.

  • Market Insider Look Ahead To Wednesday Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:00 PM ET

    Here is just a quick look at what you can expect in Wednesday's markets. Consumer inflation data and earnings news will help set the tone after Tuesday's rocky market. Before the bell earnings are expected from J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo.

  • Trump: Fed Should Cut a Full Point Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 2:23 PM ET

    The Donald told Cramer he's "shocked" rates aren't lower.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.

  • Credit Crisis: All In Our Heads Or All Too Real? Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 11:24 AM ET

    Citigroup’s $18.1 billion-dollar writedown has to make you wonder what’s real and what’s fear. What am I talking about? Okay, all these write downs that we’ve been hearing about over the last few quarters are all about the performance of subprime mortgages, or are they?

  • UK Retail Inflation Stays Steady in December Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 4:53 AM ET

    British annual consumer price  inflation held at 2.1 percent as expected in December, above the  Bank of England's target for the third month running, official  data showed on Tuesday.

  • Greenspan Joins Hedge Fund as Advisor Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 3:00 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is probably in a recession or about to slide into it, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

  • China to Cap 2008 Lending at 3.6 Trillion Yuan Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 9:10 PM ET

    China's central bank has set a target of capping new domestic-currency lending in 2008 at last year's level of 3.63 trillion yuan, state media reported on Tuesday.

  • Weak Retail Sales Report Could Signal Recession Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. consumers are tightening their purse strings, and the squeeze may be severe enough to topple the U.S. economy into recession.

  • Stocks Rally on IBM's Bullish Outlook Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher after IBM's improved outlook kicked off a market rally.

  • Housing Bottom: We're There Right? Not So Fast Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 12:57 PM ET

    When I heard the news this morning, I thought it was a breakthrough: the first piece of news signaling that bottom to this housing market. An analyst at Credit Suisse upgraded the home-improvement sector. Fantastic.

  • Fed Unlikely to Cut Rates Before Next Meeting: WSJ Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 7:58 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The Federal Reserve is unlikely to cut interest rates before its next scheduled meeting in late January but may consider doing so if the outlook deteriorates sharply before then, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

  • Australian Price Pressures Grow in Strong Economy Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 10:28 PM ET

    A private gauge of Australian inflation rose sharply in December as fuel, borrowing costs and rents all climbed, heightening the risk that official inflation figures could be alarming enough to warrant a rate hike.

  • BofA/Countrywide Deal: Does It Mean More Loans Ahead? Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 11:32 AM ET

    The biggest lender isn’t going under, but it is going under new ownership, and as goes Bank of America, so goes Countrywide. Call it the "clean-up of Countrywide." Here’s the difference: Countrywide was the everyman lender, out on the street, dealing with brokers, correspondents, promising everyone...

  • U.S. Trade Deficit Hits 14-Month High on Oil Imports Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 9:21 AM ET
    China Trade

    The U.S. trade deficit in November surged to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record imports of foreign oil. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.

  • To Strike or Not to Strike Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 7:11 AM ET

    It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?

  • BOJ's Fukui Downbeat, Markets Ponder Rate Cut Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 12:28 AM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said on Friday the pace of growth was slowing, as markets started pondering the risk of a Japanese rate cut.

  • Talk Of A Bottom, Not Bernanke, Got Stocks Going Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 4:29 PM ET

    Bernanke said he "stands ready to take substantive additional action" to help the economy, implying the Fed would cut interest rates. Stocks briefly rallied on that, then fell back. What really got stocks going was talk that there might finally be signs of a bottom.