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    Australia's central bank  concluded that interest rates were high enough to cool the  economy and restrain inflation, at its June policy meeting,  minutes showed on Tuesday, though the board stood ready to tighten further should demand not slow as expected.

  • Robert Novak’s column today argues that Wall Street speculation over Fed rate hikes “appears to be dead wrong.” Novak says Fed head Ben Bernanke is more worried about spiking oil prices causing recession than he is about inflation.

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    The Federal Reserve can keep interest rates on hold for the moment but should not repeat past mistakes by leaving them too low for too long, a top Fed policy-maker said Monday.

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    The dollar fell versus the euro on Monday, snapping a three-day winning streak, as a jump in euro-zone annual inflation to a record high sealed the case for a European Central Bank interest rate hike next month.

  • With energy and food prices hitting record highs and house prices nearing record lows worldwide, where can investors find safety? Jason Forde, fund manager at Kepler Landsbanki has an outlook.

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    U.S. health care costs are likely to claim a bigger share of household spending in years to come, pressuring the government to absorb more health care costs, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

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    A gauge of manufacturing in New York state contracted in June for the fourth time in five months, the New York Federal Reserve said in a report on Monday that also painted a mixed picture on inflation.

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    Surging food and fuel prices drove euro zone inflation to a new record high of 3.7 percent year-on-year in May, data showed, cementing expectations that the European Central Bank will raise interest rates on July 3.

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    China's factories hummed along last month, barely touched by the devastating earthquake in Sichuan.  Industrial production growth inched up to 16.0% in the the year to May, topping market forecasts of 15.7%.

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    In Friday’s Web Extra the traders reveal how to play Goldman Sachs, wholesale inflation data, and FedEx in the week ahead.

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    Here's a roundup of what we've been discussing here this week. And remember, you can always e-mail me your questions and comments.

  • Stocks rallied to the finish Friday, led by financials and techs, as a tame core-inflation reading and lower oil helped the market end a chaotic week on a high note.

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    The dollar jumped against the euro on Friday and notched up its best week against a basket of currencies since 2005 as mounting inflation fears had investors bracing for Federal Reserve interest rate hikes this year.

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    Americans could be celebrating the Fourth of July with $5-a-gallon gas, and the effects will ring out from sea to shining sea.

  • Stocks regained lost ground heading into the final hour of trade, with lower oil boosting financials and a host of other beaten-down sectors as Wall Street bid to finish a seesaw week slightly higher.

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    Inflation may be climbing faster than the humidity level, but there are still some things that actually cost less than they did a year ago.

  • Interesting quotes and suggestions gleaned from Friday's Investors Clinic with guests Michael Browne, portfolio manager at Sofaer Global Research and Elissa Bayer, director of private clients at Insinger de Beaufort.

  • Stocks continued a solid rally Friday, boosted by falling oil prices and investors who swooped in to snatch up battered financial stocks.

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    The $48 billion in tax rebates sent out to American consumers this spring has helped keep the US economy out of a recession, but analysts believe the impact may only be temporary. .

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    Soaring gasoline and energy prices helped drive up U.S. consumer prices during May by the fastest rate since November, a government report showed.