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  • Weak Jobs Report Fuels Worries About Recession Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 1:04 PM ET

    Hiring practically stalled in December, driving the nation's unemployment rate up to a two-year high of 5 percent and fanning fears of a recession.

  • Housing Slump May Bottom by Mid-Year: Bush Adviser Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 11:21 AM ET

    The drag on the U.S. economy from a deep housing slump should ease by mid-year, paving the way for stronger economic growth, a top White House adviser told CNBC.

  • Weak Jobs Report Could Ignite Recession Worries Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 7:37 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    The first employment report of the year looks set to make or break the trading day for stocks worldwide, as investors' fears about the fate of the U.S. economy grow.

  • Inflation Risk May Limit Fed Rate Cuts: WSJ Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:16 AM ET

    Worries about inflation may limit any monetary easing by the Federal Reserve, even though credit crunch and a slower economy have investors expecting aggressive interest rate cuts, The Wall Street Journal said on Friday.

  • Bush May Propose Economic Stimulus Package Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 11:10 AM ET

    President Bush said he was considering the possibility of offering a fiscal stimulus package to help boost the economy but said he has not made a decision yet.

  • Factory Orders Surged a Surprising 1.5% In November Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 10:54 AM ET

    New orders at U.S. factories surged a bigger-than-expected 1.5 percent in November on a bigrise in orders for nondurable goods, a government report showed on Wednesday.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    The text of the minutes released January 2, 2008 from a Federal Open Market Committee meeting held on December 11. 2007.

  • Pakistan's Instability Poses Fresh Investment Risks Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 12:57 PM ET
    Benazir Bhutto

    Pakistan's brief period as a destination for adventurous investors seems over for now, as the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto brings fresh instability to an already volatile nuclear-armed nation.

  • Consumer Confidence Up Slightly in December Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 10:06 AM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence rose slightly in December with a marginal improvement in the outlook for business conditions, employment and inflation, according to a private report on Thursday.

  • Durable Goods Orders Weaker Than Expected Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 8:45 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    Weak durable goods orders last month fueled concern on Thursday over the resilience of the U.S. economy to the country's steep housing slump.

  • Economy Is Showing More Weakness--And Inflation Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 10:10 AM ET

    The economy is continuing to show further signs of weakness and rising inflation, according to the latest government reports.

  • Congress Gives AMT Relief For 20 Million Taxpayers Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 9:13 AM ET

    Congress approved a one-year delay in imposing the alternative minimum tax on over 20 million additional taxpayers. President Bush will sign the measure.

  • Demand for Digital Skyrockets: US Census Bureau Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 12:06 AM ET

    Americans are going digital in more ways than one. In a release, the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical said that not only are people purchasing consumer electronics transitioning from analog to digital format, they're also buying products digitally.

  • US Congress Sends Bush Budget Bill with Iraq Money Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 6:08 PM ET

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a $556 billion bill to fund most of the federal government through September 2008, ending a year-long budget fight with President George W. Bush by also including new money for the Iraq war

  • Paulson: Banks Making Progress on Subprime Debt Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 4:01 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Monday that moves by some big banks to bring off-balance sheet investments tied to subprime mortgages back onto their books would help ward off a widespread credit crunch.

  • Fed Plan Gets Mixed Reviews From CNBC Guests Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 11:29 AM ET

    Everybody seems to have an opinion on the Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch. Here's what some CNBC guests were saying Thursday.

  • House Passes AMT Fix, Again Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 10:35 AM ET

    Confronting the Senate and White House, House Democrats for a second time passed tax relief for 21 million people, going after companies and hedge fund managers that shelter money offshore. The vote Wednesday was a near party-line 226-193.

  • Central Banks Make Biggest Joint Action Since 9/11 Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 5:34 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Central banks banded together to make it easier for stressed banks to borrow money in a credit crunch that threatens to knock the U.S. economy into recession.

  • How the Central Bank Credit Plan Will Work Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:40 PM ET

    Major central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, acted in unison Wednesday in unveiling plans to provide liquidity to the banking system, where funds covering a longer span of time have become scant.

  • Fed: Credit Plan Is Better Than Cutting Interest Rates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:27 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch has been in the works for a while and will be more effective than cutting interest rates, a senior Fed official said.