BEIJING, Aug 2- Downward pressure on China's economy will persist in the second half of the year as growth in infrastructure spending and exports is unlikely to pick up, a senior central bank official was quoted as saying. Chinese companies are not optimistic about business prospects according to the central bank's second-quarter survey, Sheng Songcheng, the...» Read More
A stock rally fueled by the Fed's latest interest rate cut lost momentum in the final hour after CNBC reported that two big bond insurers could be downgraded as early as today.
The dollar fell sharply against the euro on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve slashed benchmark interest rates by 50 basis points and said downside risks remain for growth.
The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its January 29-30 meeting on interest rate policy.
The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate another half point, as expected, and sparked a stock market rally by signaling that further rate cuts are possible.
The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to bolster the economy.
Though there’s been much debate over how much the Fed should cut rates, the central bank's statement may be more important to the Fed’s credibility and market expectations.
Inflation worries continue. If the comments from companies during the last three days is any indication, Americans will be spending significantly more for food in the near future, due to significantly higher costs for corn, soybeans, sugar, and cocoa.
U.S. economic growth skidded to a five-year low of 0.6% in the fourth quarter, reflecting the toll a slumping housing sector has taken on the national economy.
Bank of England Governor Mervyn King won a second term as head of Britain's central bank, the Treasury said on Wednesday, ending months of speculation that he was out of favour because of the run on Northern Rock bank.
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Critics of many stripes think Bernanke is doing a poor job, whether it is lowering interest rates for the wrong reasons or keeping them too high for too long.
The dollar edged up against the euro and yen Tuesday after a mixed bag of U.S. economic data led dealers to trim their bets against the currency ahead of Wednesday's policy decision by the Federal Reserve.
U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.
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Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.
The dollar rose Friday as investors scaled back bets for another aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut next week and on optimism a $150 billion stimulus package would help support the U.S. economy.
Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui pledged on Friday to keep monetary conditions loose, reinforcing market expectations that rates will stay low, even as government data showed inflation at its highest in a decade.
South Korea's economy grew more than expected in the fourth quarter as capital investment picked up, data showed on Friday, but fears of a slowdown were mounting due to deepening troubles in the U.S. economy.
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Keeping food and energy prices under control while presiding over a growing economy will be a key task for any government that emerges from the February elections, Finance Minister Salman Shah tells CNBC.com.