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  • 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.

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    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
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    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.

  • Bad Sign: California Foreclosures Soar Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

    After reading all the glowing press releases from all the government-created initiatives to save troubled borrowers, and all the successes they’re touting, I was pretty surprised to read the latest data on California foreclosures. I didn’t expect the problem to go away, but I did expect the numbers to ebb ever so slightly. But no...

  • US Recession Seen Probable, but Shallow Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:11 AM ET
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    The U.S. economy nearly stalled in the first three months of the year and will shrink between now and June, but any recession should be less severe than the last major downturn in the early 1990s, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

  • Making Sense of Sales (Maybe) Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 3:11 PM ET
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    The Realtors told a room full of reporters Tuesday that existing home sales are “stable,” because they’re really stuck between 4.9 and 5.1 million units (that’s the seasonally adjusted annual rate). So that has everyone asking if we’re bumping along the bottom. I’m not so sure.

  • When Will Oil Prices Stop Rising? Watch the Dollar Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Oil prices, which are setting fresh records nearly every day, are likely to keep climbing until the weak US dollar starts recovering and more supplies become available.

  • ECB's Mersch Says Need to Consider Rate Rise: FT Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:16 AM ET

    The European Central Bank has to ask itself each month whether a rate rise is needed to control inflation, ECB Governing Council member Yves Mersch was quoted as saying in a newspaper report on Tuesday.