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  • Stimulus Plan, Rate Cuts May Be Too Little, Too Late Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 4:32 PM ET
    NYSE Traders

    Wall Street is sending a clear message to Washington: an economic stimulus plan and Fed  rate cuts are too little, too late.

  • Bernanke Backs Tax Cuts, Economic Stimulus Plan Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Chairman Bernanke told lawmakers that extending tax cuts put in place during the Bush administration could have a positive long-term effect on the economy.

  • Fed Chief Likely to Remain Stingy With Rate Cuts Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 10:10 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Most analysts say Fed Chairman Bernanke will move cautiously even if the Fed cuts interest rates by half a percentage point at its Jan. 29-30 meeting, as many now expect.

  • Housing Starts Skid, But Jobless Claims Ease Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    U.S. home building projects started in December fell by 14.2 percent to the lowest pace inmore than 16 years, but jobless claims fell unexpectedly last week.

  • Fed, Gov't Officials Warn of Economic Slowdown Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 9:21 AM ET

    A Federal Reserve official and a state secretary warned Thursday the slowdown in the U.S. economy was quickening, because of weak housing prices, falling stock prices and rising energy costs.

  • Fed's Chairman Appears Open To Stimulus Package Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 6:35 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke has indicated he is open to congressional and White House efforts to develop a rescue package to avert a recession.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Text: Ben Bernanke's Speech Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 1:07 PM ET
  • Sales Outpaced Inventories in November, Led by Oil Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 8:35 AM ET
    Gas Pump

    Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.6 percent in November, but they did not keep pace with sales, which saw the biggest monthly increase in more than two years on rising petroleum prices, the government reported Thursday.

  • Paulson on 'Squawk': Housing, China and Fly-Fishing Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:26 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discusses the dollar, the housing market, China and fly-fishing with the Squawk Box news team. 

  • Paulson: No Rush on Plan to Jump-Start the Economy Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Paulson said the Bush administration is trying to minimize the impact of a housing downturn rather than rush new stimulus measures.

  • Recession Fears Grow, But So Do Hopes for Rate Cut Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:31 PM ET
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    A worse-than-expected report on December job growth fueled worries about a U.S. recession but also heightened speculation of more interest-rate cuts.

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