Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said that U.S. interest rates are "accommodative" and at the right level given a weak growth outlook, but then indicated that the Fed could still be open to cutting rates further.
It's a busy week on the economic calendar, with the consumer price index, data on housing starts and the Philly Fed index all expected.
With increasing anxiety, the stock market is looking over its shoulder at the energy markets. Oil briefly topped $126 per barrel today, and as oil trades above $125, we wonder how much these high prices will spread out to affect the consumer, corporate profits, corporate spending and government spending.
A recent bear-market rally in Europe may be cut short next week, when stocks are likely to be dragged lower as investors balk at the rising price of oil and fears that the financial sector woes are not over, return to haunt the markets.
“We're of the opinion that the market has likely seen the worst,” says Standard & Poor’s Chief Investment Strategist Sam Stovall. He's not alone.
Oil prices have soared nearly 10 percent in the past four sessions alone, and CNBC asked the experts for insights and answers.
U.S. economist John Lipsky, who is the first deputy managing director of the IMF, is giving a speech today before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that warns of the spread of global inflation.
The U.S. dollar pulled back from a two-month high against the euro after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged and its president's comments focused more on inflation than some had expected.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday tax rebates now being issued to Americans will immediately help consumers and bolster the economy by summer.
European shares ended slightly lower on Thursday, weighed by financials after the region's top two central banks kept rates on hold as expected and investors saw little to suggest euro zone borrowing costs would fall soon.
Australia employment growth blew past expectations in April, pointing to a still-healthy labor market even as other parts of the economy buckle before higher interest rates and rising living costs.
South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for the ninth consecutive month on Thursday, saying Asia's fourth-largest economy was faced with conflicting risks from inflation and economic slowdown.
The dollar gained broadly on Wednesday, supported by hawkish comments from a Federal Reserve official that helped cement views that the U.S. central bank's cycle of aggressive interest rate cuts may be nearing an end.
The first batch of U.S. taxpayers has already started to receive their federal tax rebates as part of the economic stimulus package, but very few consumers interviewed by Reuters in the past week said they plan to spend them on anything other than necessities.
The U.S. credit crisis is easing and the risk in housing is dramatically lower now, but economic growth will remain under pressure , the CEO of Merrill Lynch said.
The European Central Bank is widely expected to keep interest rates on hold at 4 percent on Thursday, but the opposing pressures of rising inflation and slowing growth could mean the central bank has to act before the year is out.
UK interest rates are expected to remain on hold at 5 percent when the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee announces its decision Thursday, as fear of inflation prevents aggressive cuts that could boost Britain’s weakening economy, analysts told CNBC.com.
This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.
The Federal Reserve must be ready to raise benchmark interest rates in a timely manner given the "troublesome" inflation outlook, Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig said Tuesday.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said U.S. financial markets are emerging from the credit crunch that many economists believe has pushed the country to the brink of recession, according to The Wall Street Journal.