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  • Euro zone inflation slowed more than expected in April, an early estimate showed, but economic sentiment also deteriorated faster than forecast, pointing to slowing economic growth.

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    Japan's industrial production fell far more than expected in March, pushing up Japanese bond prices and stoking worries that U.S. economic woes are hitting Japanese companies.

  • Cramer's not 100% sure, though. Here's why.

  • Yum!'s Taco Bell -- and its Pizza Hut and KFC franchises -- is a hit overseas. The success is helping the company weather rising food costs.

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    Depending on how much of the economic stimulus check is promptly spent -- and on what -- it could mean the difference between the U.S. economy eking out marginal growth in the coming months or slipping into a deep recession.

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    The dollar rose to its highest against the euro in nearly a month Tuesday as expectations grew that the Federal Reserve will soon signal the end of its easing campaign, with weak European data denting interest rate sentiment in the region.

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    As the U.S. Treasury races to get rebate checks to households, higher gasoline prices are  blunting the economic impact of the $152 billion stimulus package.

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    The Federal Reserve looks set to deliver a small interest rate cut on Wednesday, though the central bank could signal that this is the last in a cycle.

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    The U.S. dollar may lurch higher on Wednesday if the Federal Reserve signals an end to its campaign of slashing interest rates, but a rally would soon fizzle if April's jobs report comes in well below forecasts.

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    The dollar's rally stalled on Monday as investors bought euros to square up positions ahead of a key policy meeting by the U.S. central bank later this week.

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    The US economy indeed has entered into a recession, even if the traditional indicators aren't showing it yet, billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett said.

  • China should keep the yuan fairly stable to anchor expectations about the currency's rate of climb, a prominent economist said in remarks published on Monday, adding to a growing tide of calls for it to rise more slowly.

  • Japanese retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, matching economists' median forecast.

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    The stock market will likely start the week on a hesitant note with Wall Street facing the first Federal Reserve interest-rate decision in many months not knowing that a cut is likely guaranteed.

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    If the U.S. Federal Reserve wants to restrain oil and food prices and help downtrodden consumers, the best thing it can do is stop cutting interest rates.

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    The dollar traded at three-week highs against the euro Friday, boosted by a growing view the Federal Reserve may stop cutting interest rates soon.

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    As the Federal Reserve hones in on the end of its interest-rate cutting campaign, officials remain troubled by lingering stress in credit markets and continue to mull steps to ease the strain.

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the government to cut "skyrocketing" food prices by waiving half of the renewable fuel standard for ethanol made from grain.

  • President George W. Bush said on Friday that the U.S. economy is in a slowdown but added that tax rebates should help pull activity out of the slump.

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    Japanese annual inflation hit a decade-high 1.2 percent in March, as energy prices soar, but the central bank is expected to sit tight on interest rates in the face of a soft economic outlook at home and abroad.