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    An emergency dose of government stimulus helped the U.S. economy grow at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the second quarter, a soft pace but enough to take it off a path perilously close to recession.

  • Euro zone inflation jumped to another record high of 4.1 percent year-on-year in July as forecast, data showed on Thursday, but a bleak economic outlook may discourage interest rate increases this year.

  • Oil inventory data could be as much a factor for stocks as energy markets Wednesday, if the seesaw trade between the two markets continues.

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    Manufacturing activity in Japan rebounded slightly in July from a six-year low the previous month, but a slowing economy and rising energy costs continued to hamper operating conditions, a survey showed on Thursday.

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    The US economy probably grew modestly in the second quarter, but analysts believe Thursday's GDP report will mainly reflect the help from stimulus checks.

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    The dollar rose broadly Wednesday as a report showing that U.S. private sector unexpectedly added jobs in July raised prospects of an improvement in non-farm payrolls data Friday.

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    The Federal Reserve said it is extending its emergency borrowing program to Wall Street firms and is taking other steps to ease a severe credit crunch that has hobbled the national economy.

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    Japanese industrial output fell a little more than expected in June and marked its second straight quarter of decline, adding to concern that the economy may be slipping into recession as high energy costs curtail corporate activity.

  • Oil inventory data could be as much a factor for stocks as energy markets Wednesday, if the seesaw trade between the two markets continues.

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    The dollar surged to a one-month high on Tuesday as a sharp drop in crude oil prices and an unexpected rise in U.S. consumer confidence in July buoyed demand for riskier assets and sparked a rally on Wall Street.

  • Tuesday has all the makings of another choppy session with little economic data but more fretting about the financial sector and plenty of earnings news.

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    Japan's jobless rate rose in June to a near two-year high and household spending fell again from a year earlier, data showed on Tuesday, in a sign of further trouble for an economy already battered by surging energy costs.

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    The dollar eased Monday as persistent worries over the financial sector cast a pall over the health of the U.S. economy despite last week's upbeat housing and consumer sentiment data.

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    Inflation is a concern in the United States and headwinds to economic growth may be  picking up, Minneapolis Fed President Gary Stern said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.

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    China will use a variety of tools, including interest rates, to stabilize growth and keep the world's fourth-largest economy on an even keel, the central bank said on Sunday.

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    Like a sailing ship waiting for the wind to shift, the stock market could drift as it focuses on oil, economic data and earnings reports in the week ahead.

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    The U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen on Friday, after a trio of better-than-expected data injected a dose of optimism aboutthe U.S. economy.

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    Of all the talk about a market bottom, one area that may well have found its turnaround point is the dollar.

  • Durable goods advanced .8% when expectations were for much less. Without the highly volatile transportation figures, the number was even better at a +2% reading. New home sales were better than hoped for at a 530,000 rate and the prior month was revised upwards.