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  • European stocks sank sharply lower Friday afternoon as concerns over the financial sector reemerged as JPMorgan said it and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York would give Bear Stearns financing.

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    The dollar fell below 100 yen for the second straight day and hit a record low against the euro after Bear Stearns said a worsening cash position had forced the Wall Street firm to secure emergency financing.

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    Cheaper energy and transportation prices helped keep overall consumer prices in check, the Labor Department said, a surprise after a run-up that heightened concerns about inflation.

  • Euro zone inflation hit a new record high of 3.3 percent in February, the European Union's statistics office said, with soaring oil prices taking their toll despite the cushion of a strong euro.

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    China's capital spending on assets such as flats and factories eased at the start of the year, providing more evidence of a modest slowdown in the world's fourth-largest economy.

  • New inflation data is due out Friday. Will the numbers be so hot that they trigger a sell-off?

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    The dollar plunged below 100 yen Thursday for the first time in more than a decade and hit a record low against the euro as worries deepened on Wall Street that the United States had entered a recession.

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    Australian employment growth blew past all expectations in February while the jobless rate hit fresh 33-year lows, reviving speculation that the drum-tight labor market might yet spark another rise in interest rates.

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    The dollar tumbled to a record low against the euro Wednesday as doubts grew about the long-term impact of recent Federal Reserve efforts to pump money into cash-starved credit markets.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a broadly flat open for Wall Street Wednesday, following the previous session's huge rally, as investor enthusiasm at the prospect of more liquidity and looser collateral rules by the Federal Reserve started to dwindle.

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    If investor Jim Rogers woke up as Ben Bernanke, he'd quit and close up the Federal Reserve for providing 'socialism for the rich,' he told CNBC Europe.

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    Australia's trade deficit ballooned 41 percent in January as strong domestic demand sucked in imports while bad weather and supply bottlenecks crimped export growth. 

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    China's retail sales grew by 20.2 percent in January and February from a year earlier, supported by strong consumer spending but also propped up by the highest inflation in nearly 12 years.

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    Opposition lawmakers vetoed the Japanese government's pick for central bank governor on Wednesday, leaving the Bank of Japan in the middle of the global credit crisis with no successor to Governor Toshihiko Fukui one week before he retires.

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    The dollar rose sharply Tuesday after the Federal Reserve announced new measures to inject liquidity into the financial system, easing concern about a deepening credit crisis and a U.S. recession.

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    The U.S. economy could start to see a recovery as soon as April, despite current conditions indicating a greater risk for contraction, a senior U.S. Treasury official told CNBC Europe Tuesday.

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    China's consumer inflation jumped in February to an 11-year high of 8.7 percent, presenting Beijing's stability-conscious leaders with a big economic headache in the run-up to the Olympic Games.    

  • Recession or not, the economy is definitely in a significant slowdown. This poses a daunting challenge for the Republican Party. Not only could it make Senator McCain’s election tougher, but it’s going to affect House and Senate races as well.

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    The dollar tumbled against the yen Monday as fears of a U.S. recession hit stock prices but steadied versus the euro after Europe's top monetary official said he was worried about recent exchange rate moves.

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    Last week, the dollar fell to new lows.  Looking back at the past 30 years, the dollar seem to be moving in pattern with its historical cycles.  So should we be concerned?  Here is a look at how the weaker dollar relates to other economic indicators.