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  • Futures Stay Mixed After Producer Price Index Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 8:34 AM ET

    Futures remained mixed Wednesday after news core producer prices rose at their fastest pace in six months in July, but were buoyed by several positive earnings news from big retailers.

  • Stocks Snap 3-Day Rally Amid Euro Zone Fears Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 4:28 PM ET

    Stocks staged a late-day comeback from session lows Tuesday after traders were disappointed by comments from Sarkozy and Merkel, but the gains were not enough for the market to finish in positive territory.

  • Futures Pare Losses After Industrial Production Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 9:19 AM ET

    Futures tumbled Tuesday following a handful of economic reports in addition to news that German GDP growth slowed more than expected.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    With the 10-year Treasury yield reaching lows not seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, some experts argue that a volatile economic climate with a recession is now likely.

  • Stocks Cut Last Week's Losses, Log 3-Day Gain Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 4:54 PM ET

    Stocks logged their biggest three-day rally since Mar. 2009, fueled by a handful of M&A news and as investors shrugged off some disappointing economic reports. The major indexes wiped out all of last week's losses following S&P's downgrade of U.S.'s credit rating.

  • Futures Trim Gains After Economic News Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 8:33 AM ET

    Futures pared gains Monday after a gauge of manufacturing in New York State showed the sector contracted for the third consecutive month in August.

  • Stocks End Higher, but Down Over 1% for Week Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 4:57 PM ET

    Stocks finished higher Friday in a highly volatile week, with the Dow logging its first two-day rally since early July. Despite the wild market swings in the last several days, all three major averages are down less than 2 percent for the week.

  • Buyer, Beware: Some Real Estate Deal Breakers Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 3:20 PM ET
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    What are some common examples of deal breakers—the immediate turnoffs that cause homebuyers to strike a house from their list of candidates?

  • Futures Higher as Europe Bans Short-Selling Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 9:02 AM ET

    Futures rebounded Friday, following positive retail sales news and as a ban on short selling in several European markets for the next 15 days appeared to soothe fears over the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Futures Turn Higher in Volatile Trading Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 9:00 AM ET

    Futures erased all their earlier losses in a choppy pre-market session Thursday amid volatility in the European market and after an unexpected decline in weekly jobless claims.

  • Stocks Drop 4%, Dow Skids 500, Led by Banks Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks finished near session lows in choppy trading Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P wiping out all of the previous session's gains led by financials, as investors continued to cautiously monitor developments in the European banks.

  • Futures Tumble Amid Ongoing Economic Fears Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

    Futures continued to decline Wednesday after the previous session's sharp rally as investors remained cautious over the prospects for the U.S. economy and the ongoing euro zone crisis.

  • If Fed Is Out of Bullets, Are Tax Cuts Only Option? Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 3:55 AM ET
    Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    The US Federal Reserve managed to spark a stock rally on Tuesday, but some economists are now left wondering if it will take tax cuts to inject real life into the broader US economy.

  • Stocks End Sharply Higher, Dow Surges 400 Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 4:23 PM ET

    Stocks saw its biggest one-day gain since May 2010 Tuesday after a wild market session as investors snapped up beaten-down stocks and following a Fed statement to keep interest rates near zero for at least two more years.

  • Futures Gain After Huge Selloff, Fed in Focus Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 8:43 AM ET

    Futures pointed to a higher open Tuesday, indicating a comeback from the previous session's steep nosedive, as investors looked ahead to the Federal Reserve's statement later this afternoon.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Following huge losses for the Dow on Monday and further selling in Asia overnight, the markets are watching what the Fed and Ben Bernanke will do at their July Meeting today. Speculation is mounting that the Fed will attempt to restore calm but one fund manager thinks that policy action is unnecessary.

  • Dow Skids 600, Worst Day Since Credit Crisis Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    Stocks took a sharp nosedive in another choppy day Monday to finish at session lows as investors fled from risky assets following S&P's downgrade of U.S.'s credit rating last week in addition to ongoing economic jitters.

  • How to Trade the Next Rating Cuts Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 2:10 PM ET
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    Now that Standard & Poor's has done the unthinkable, you need to know who might take the next ratings hit. Here's the list, and how to trade it.

  • Futures Skid 2% After Downgrade; Gold Soars Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:21 AM ET

    Futures took a nose-dive Monday following last week's downgrade of U.S.'s credit rating from triple-A for the first time in history by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

  • Dollar Weakens, Euro Slips Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:12 AM ET
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    The dollar deflates, the euro loses steam, and Moody's wants Japan to leave the yen alone - time for your FX Fix.