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Economic Measures Inflation


  • $4 Gasoline Good for U.S. -- But Not in Short Term Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 12:07 PM ET

    Don't be angry if gasoline hits $4 per gallon -- high prices at the pump might be just what America needs, say two "Morning Call" guests. The question, though, is what the short-term impact will be to the U.S. economy. Chris Varvares, president of Macroeconomic Advisers, and David Lazarus, business columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, joined CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to share their insights.

  • Bank of England Quarterly Inflation Report Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 8:51 AM ET

    The Bank of England gave a strong hint on Wednesday that it is likely to raise borrowing costs at least once more, possibly as soon as next month.

  • Euro Zone Annual Inflation Stable at 1.9% Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 7:58 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation in April came in higher than initially estimated but still within the European Central Bank's target, data showed, pointing to subdued price-growth pressures despite robust economic expansion.

  • Scott Martin, an analyst at Astor Asset Management, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Tuesday’s Consumer Price Index report means the Federal Reserve will hold interest rates steady.

  • U.K. Consumer Price Inflation Falls to 2.8% in April Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 7:01 AM ET

    Consumer price inflation in Britain eased to 2.8% in April, official figures showed Tuesday, but remained stubbornly above the government's target and kept up pressure on interest rates.

  • French April CPI Up 0.5% from March Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 6:07 AM ET

    The French consumer price index for April showed higher-than-expected increases of 0.5% from March and 1.3% from a year earlier, the Insee statistics office said.

  • China's annual consumer inflation slowed a touch in April to 3.0% from a more than two-year high of 3.3% in March, but analysts said the result would reinforce the case for further monetary tightening measures.

  • Robert Brusca, chief economist at Fact and Opinion Economics, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that strong employment and low inflation will continue to support consumer spending.

  • Consumer Spending Down, But Not Out Friday, 11 May 2007 | 10:27 AM ET

    Andrew Wolf, retail and consumer sector analyst at BB&T Capital Markets, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that consumer spending is far from dead.

  • Greenspan Still Sees 33% Chance of U.S. Recession Friday, 11 May 2007 | 4:13 AM ET

    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Friday he still believed there was a one-third chance that the U.S. economy would slip into recession this year, reiterating a statement made in March.

  • Pocket Profits Now and Prepare for Another Rally Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 1:37 PM ET

    Bill Strazzullo, chief market strategist at Bell Curve Trading, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that investors should consider taking profits in the downbeat market and then prepare for another climb to record levels.

  • 'Bernankenomics' Sparks Inflation vs. Growth Debate Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 1:32 PM ET

    Unemployment has hit a five-year low, yet inflation remains a top concern. Has Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s first year on the job been good for America? “Morning Call” brought experts to debate. Michael Panzner, the author of “Financial Armageddon,” said Bernanke has people focused in the wrong direction. ... Greg Hess, dean of faculty at Claremont McKenna College, disagrees: “The Fed is clearly on its toes,” he said.

  • Fed Keeps Rates Steady, Says Inflation Is Main Worry Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 3:08 PM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held benchmark interest rates steady at 5.25% for a seventh straight meeting and again said its main worry is that inflation will fail to moderate. The widely expected decision by the U.S. central bank's Federal Open Market Committee keeps the overnight federal funds rate target at the level it hit in June after 17 straight quarter-percentage point increases.

  • Is the Fed right about inflation and interest rates? Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 2:44 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    The Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates steady on Wednesday, but some investors are hoping that the central bank may indicate that inflation pressures are easing.

  • The stock market may not be returning double-digit gains -- but Mark Jordahl, chief investment officer at First American Funds, and Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank, still believe "investors need to be in the market." The CIOs joined "Closing Bell" to explain why.

  • The U.S. Federal Reserve looks certain to hold interest rates steady when it meets this week and will likely restate worries on inflation, even while nodding to weak growth and an easing of price pressures.

  • Economists Don't Fear $4 Gasoline Friday, 4 May 2007 | 4:18 PM ET
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    Will dizzying gasoline prices slam the brakes on the U.S. economy this summer? Derek Burleton, senior economist at TD Bank Financial Group, and Jan Stuart, UBS oil economist, agree that prices will rise -- but aren't sounding any alarms yet. The two joined "Power Lunch" to talk about the pump's impact on the economy.

  • Australia's Central Bank Lowers 2007 Inflation Forecast Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:01 PM ET

    Australia's central bank on Friday cut its forecast for underlying inflation this year to 2.5%, right in the middle of its target band and suggesting a much-reduced risk of a rise in interest rates for  the next few months.

  • The S&P 500, which passed 1,500 for the first time in seven years Thursday, could reach 1,650 this year, according to Tony Dwyer, equity market strategist for FTN Midwest Securities. “I think we’re going to have double-digit returns from here,” Dwyer said on "Morning Call."

  • Robert Levitt, president and chief investment officer at Levitt Capital Management, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that inflation, not a slowing economy, threatens to trip up the bull market.