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  • TEXT: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The full statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its meetings held from April 29-30 on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Leaves Markets Divided Over Further Rate Cuts Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve trimmed interest rates to 2% but  left markets guessing about whether further cuts would be needed.

  • GM, P&G Lead Rally Ahead of Fed Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 1:17 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Wednesday after a slightly better-than-expected report on economic growth. General Motors shares jumped after the auto maker posted a smaller-than-expected loss.

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    I went up to Capitol Hill this morning because about 1,200 members of the National Association of Home Builders are taking their annual day of action up here. It couldn't be more timely, as several bills are working their way through Congress to help builders and borrowers alike and to right the housing market.

  • Are We In a Recession Yet? Technically No, But... Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 12:07 PM ET
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    Even though the economy continued to grow in the first quarter, many economists believe we're already in a recession.

  • Stocks Rise as Oil Recedes; GM Jumps Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Wednesday after a slightly better-than-expected report on economic growth. General Motors shares jumped after the auto maker posted a smaller-than-expected loss.

  • Rate Cuts May Not End As Soon as Wall Street Thinks Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:16 AM ET
    Traders at the NY Stock Exchange

    “The news on the economy is going to be pretty much unrelentingly bad in the next few months,” says one economist, who adds there’s good chance the Fed will keep cutting rates after Wednesday's meeting.

  • Economy Still Grew During 1st Quarter, But Just Barely Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:01 AM ET
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    The bruised economy limped through the first quarter of this year at only 0.6 percent as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses alike to hunker down.

  • Playing a Fed Cut: Past Winners Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 7:26 AM ET
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    With Fed Fund Futures indicating an ~80% probability that the Fed will cut rates 25 basis points today, here are the stocks that faired best on each of the last three rate cut days.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Slows, Economic Sentiment Sags Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation slowed more than expected in April, an early estimate showed, but economic sentiment also deteriorated faster than forecast, pointing to slowing economic growth.

  • Biggest Day for the Economy Ever Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    Wednesday holds the first-quarter GDP report as well as the Fed's interest rate decision. Find out what to expect from both.

  • Tech Gains Boost Nasdaq; Airlines Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:04 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed in thin trading Tuesday as the tide turned in technology's favor. Airline stocks rose as oil prices receded. Merck skidded after an FDA rejection.

  • Stocks Turn Higher; Airlines Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    Stocks pushed higher Tuesday despite concerns about interest rates ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision. Merck skidded after an FDA rejection. Airline stocks rose as oil prices receded.

  • Merck Drags on Dow; Airline Stocks Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday amid concerns about interest rates and a slide in consumer confidence. Merck dragged on the Dow industrials after the FDA rejected a key cholesterol drug.

  • Reader Poll: How Are You Spending Stimulus Check? Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 1:05 PM ET
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    Depending on how much of the economic stimulus check is promptly spent -- and on what -- it could mean the difference between the U.S. economy eking out marginal growth in the coming months or slipping into a deep recession.

  • Foreclosure Time Bomb

    I want to bring your attention to a disturbing little sub-number in today’s quarterly foreclosure report from California-based RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac reports “foreclosure activity,” which covers default notices, auctions sale notices and bank repossessions.

  • Higher Gas Prices Eat Up Much of Stimulus Check Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:49 AM ET
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    As the U.S. Treasury races to get rebate checks to households, higher gasoline prices are  blunting the economic impact of the $152 billion stimulus package.

  • Stocks Resume Descent After Confidence Drop Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:33 AM ET

    Stocks were indicated to open slightly lower Tuesday, but big moves are unlikely until the Federal Reserve announces its decision on interest rates on Wednesday.

  • Fed Expected to Make Small Rate Cut, Then Pause Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
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    The Federal Reserve looks set to deliver a small interest rate cut on Wednesday, though the central bank could signal that this is the last in a cycle.

  • Tuesday Look Ahead: Fed Countdown Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 8:34 PM ET

    Tuesday could be another wait-and-see day in the markets as investors count down to the Fed's Wednesday afternoon interest rate announcement. But it may be earnings news that has the biggest sway over stocks.