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  • 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

    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

    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.

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