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Economic Measures Inflation

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    Even with Friday's rebound, the market is down for the month and still well into bear territory. The reason: Investors don't see much reason to own stocks.

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    The surprising jump in August unemployment couldn't have come at a worse time for the already struggling housing market.

  • The unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of  6.1 percent in August, proof of the mounting damage the economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

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    The unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of  6.1 percent in August, proof of the mounting damage the economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

  • The dual mandate of the Federal Reserve is "too complicated a job for central banks to do, where the temptation to act opportunistically becomes almost irresistible," while inflation-targeting is the right objective for a central bank, former MPC member Professor Willem Buiter told CNBC Europe in a television interview.

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    The Bank of England held interest rates steady at 5 percent Thursday, as widely expected, despite growing evidence that the UK economy is close to slipping into recession.

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    Little attention has been paid to what a recession and spike in unemployment would do to an already battered  housing market.

  • This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.

  • Stocks are challenged to hold their ground, and will have a tough time breaking out of the bear's hold this month.

  • Euro zone producer prices jumped in July on surging oil prices, data showed, but less than expected by markets watching for signs of easing inflationary pressure that would make room for an ECB rate cut.

  • Wall Street will get back to business fast Tuesday as it assesses the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and starts to consider the first of a number of important economic reports this week.

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    The dollar rose on Monday to its highest this year against a basket of major currencies, boosted by a sharp fall in oil prices, while sterling extended its recent slide and fell to new record lows against the euro.

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    China's manufacturing sector contracted for the second straight month in August, an official survey showed, but a dramatic easing in input price pressures offered some relief. 

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    Indonesia's central bank governor said he would "do whatever it takes" to bring annual inflation below 10 percent in 2009, from 11.9 percent in July, as elections next year will ensure strong economic growth.

  • Gustav has unfurled a wall of worry for stocks in the week ahead.

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    The U.S. dollar rallied against a currency basket Friday, on track for its best monthly gain in nearly 16 years, boosted by a batch of data showing a far more stable growth path for the United States than the rest of the world.

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    Neither of the two contenders for president understands the economy and they are likely to cause more problems than they would solve, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Jim Rogers holdings, told "Squawk Box Europe" on Friday.

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    The head of the European Central Bank should be running the Federal Reserve because he is doing a better job at protecting his economy, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told "Squawk Box Europe" on Friday.

  • Ding, dong Dell. The computer marker's after hours earnings miss could put a dent in tech in Friday's quiet, pre-holiday session.

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    Japanese inflation hit a new decade-high in July, topping market expectations and reinforcing views that high oil and food prices are dealing a blow to consumers as Japan faces a likely recession.