Economic Measures Inflation

  • Public worry number one is now oil, jobs, and the economy, with the inflationary woes of the U.S. dollar right underneath. The candidate who can connect with these issues will win in November. But so far neither Obama nor McCain are dealing with the new political reality.

  • Small business owner confidence in the U.S. economy deteriorated to its lowest in 28 years, according to a survey released Tuesday.

  • Rising food and energy costs are still trickling through the economy, complicating the outlook for inflation, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday.

  • The worst of the credit crunch is over, but the Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a long time despite a surge in oil prices, as the U.S. economy still has to prove it is stabilizing, money manager Bob Doll said on Tuesday.

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    Japan's core machinery orders, a leading gauge of capital spending, rebounded in April after a two-month streak of declines, but the economic outlook remained murky with firms facing risks of inflation and slowing growth.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday sounded a warning over soaring energy costs and said the central bank would "strongly resist" any tendency for an inflationary psychology to take hold.

  • Dollar and Euro

    The dollar jumped  as top Treasury and Federal Reserve officials voiced concern about its recent slide, raising the chances that officials could step into the foreign exchange market to support the U.S. currency.

  • Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson  declined to rule out intervening in currency markets to stabilize the dollar, but said strong economic fundamentals would "shine through."

  • Visiting Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pose outside the latter's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 26, 2006. Nazarbayev arrived in Malaysia Sunday for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Bazuki Muhammad, Pool)

    Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage public anger over a steep hike in fuel prices, said on Monday government ministers would take a 10 percent cut in allowances.

  • President Bush said Monday a strong dollar was in the interest of the United States and the global economy, and that energy prices were high.

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    Japanese bank lending in May rose at its fastest annual pace in more than a year, as firms borrowed more to cover rising energy and material costs, but economists said the rise did not signal a stronger economy.

  • New York Gas Prices at $4 per gallon

    Gas prices have been above $4 in some areas for a while now but for the first time, the national average hit $4 a gallon.

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    Fasten your seatbelt, it could be a wild ride on Wall Street again this week as investors lick their wounds from Friday's market mayhem and brace for a key inflation report.

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    In Friday’s Web Extra the traders reveal how they’re playing oil, Apple and inflation data in the week ahead.

  • Dollar and Euro

    The dollar dropped across the board Friday, after data showed the U.S. economy lost jobs for a fifth straight month and the unemployment rate shot up to its highest in more than 3-1/2 years.

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    The U.S. economy likely shed jobs for the fifth straight month in May as flagging consumer confidence and the worst housing bust in generations discouraged hiring.

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    The euro rebounded from three-week lows against the dollar Thursday after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said euro-zone interest rates could rise as early as next month.

  • European stocks ended lower on Thursday, falling for a second day in a row after ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet left the door open to an interest rate hike in July.

  • Jeffrey Lacker

    Fed intervention to calm financial market panic runs a risk of encouraging more reckless behavior and may make matters worse in the future, a top Fed policy-maker said

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    The number of laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits showed an unexpected improvement last week although a key indicator of unemployment hit a four-year high.