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  • As expected the European Central Bank raised short-term interest rates to 3.5% from 3.25% and ECB President, Jean-Claude Trichet, has signalled that more hikes are on their way.

  • Australia's Central Bank Keeps Rates Unchanged Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 6:59 PM ET

    Australia's central bank held interest rates unchanged at 6.25% on Wednesday, a decision widely expected in financial markets given signs the economy was slowing in reaction to the rate rises already delivered.

  • Chicago Fed President Moskow: Economy Is Solid Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 1:43 PM ET

    In an exclusive interview on cnbc.com – Michael Moskow – president of the Chicago Federal Reserve sat down with CNBC’s Steve Liesman. Liesman spoke with Erin Burnett on “Squawk on the Street” this morning about the interview. Despite the down week of reports on the U.S. economy – Moskow is still concerned about inflation and fairly upbeat about growth going forward.

  • U.S. Manufacturing Data Down: Should The Fed Act? Friday, 1 Dec 2006 | 11:18 AM ET

    ISM Manufacturing Data was released this morning. The index fell to 49.5 for November--down from 51.2 in October and signifying a contraction in U.S. manufacturing. Construction spending dropped by the most in five years in October--sliding 1 percent. Now eyes turn back to the Fed and how they'll react.

  • Bernanke Speech: Bulls and Bears Argue Wednesday, 29 Nov 2006 | 11:29 AM ET

    The bulls and the bears are still slugging it out over the speech Tuesday by U.S. Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke--and if he was right about the economy. Stephen Stanley of RBS Greenwich Capital is positive on the speech. Joel Naroff of Commerce Bank was not.