U.S. stocks were poised for a weak open Friday, as investors remain uncertain over whether the Federal Reserve will take steps to stimulate the economy amid rising concerns about global growth.
U.S. stocks are set to open slightly lower Wednesday, after hitting four-year highs a day earlier.
Since the recession, small businesses trying to get bank loans have faced tougher credit standards -- and little has changed.
U.S. stocks were headed for a higher open Wednesday, as investors gear up for a spate of economic data ahead of the Federal Reserve's monetary-policy decision.
U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open Thursday, following disappointment in the Federal Reserve's limited action and more signs of a global economic slowdown hitting both China and Europe.
U.S. stocks were headed for a modestly higher open Wednesday following news that Greece has formed a coalition government.
The Federal Reserve's newly released Survey of Consumer Finances confirmed what most of us already knew: The middle class has taken a really big hit.
If investors hate Europe so much, why isn't the euro currency tanking?
U.S. stocks sold off Friday, ending the week lower, after a government report showed that employers added fewer-than-expected jobs in April.
Yields on benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds are back below 2%. They really shouldn't be this low. Most fixed income investors agree that's the case. Yet, people keep clinging to long-term securities like Linus Van Pelt does to his baby blue security blanket.
U.S. stocks rose Thursday, as hopes for more stimulus from the Federal Reserve and upbeat housing data overshadowed concerns about the job market and mixed corporate earnings.
U.S. stocks finished near the highs of the day Wednesday, as investors digested comments from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and cheered strong corporate results from big companies including Apple and Boeing.
China is slowing, inflation is sleeping, bank stocks are slipping and Google is splitting. Got all that?
So much for the bond bubble bursting.
There was nothing good about the Good Friday jobs report. But was the slowdown in hiring in March bad enough for the Federal Reserve to once again consider more stimulus for the economy?
U.S. stocks dropped Wednesday, rebounding somewhat into the close, as investors grew increasingly anxious about what the markets might look like without additional stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
All eyes will focus on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his team of nine as they spend two days mulling over what monetary policy levers to pull to give the stalled U.S. economy a boost.
Next week all eyes will be on inflation and Greece.
U.S. stocks were headed for a sharp selloff Wednesday, with anxiety lingering after Federal Reserve policy makers indicated that no new stimulus is likely.
U.S. stocks dropped Tuesday after the Federal Reserve indicated it was unlikely it would offer more stimulus anytime soon.
U.S. stocks ended a quiet session lower Tuesday as investors found little reason to push the market up given the strength of the recent rally.
U.S. stocks were expected to open little changed Tuesday, while world markets responded positively to indications that the Federal Reserve is prepared to keep interest rates at very low levels.
1994 was great for movie fans. "Pulp Fiction." "The Shawshank Redemption." "Forrest Gump." But bond investors definitely would rather forget that year.
Call it the most profitable bank in the world.
Bank stocks surged Tuesday ... before the Federal Reserve officially handed out gold stars and demerit badges to the top 19 financial institutions.
U.S. stocks rallied late Tuesday to close sharply higher on news that most of the nation's largest banks have passed the government's latest test of their financial health.
The Federal Reserve sounds a bit more upbeat about the job market and the global economy, but still the central bank is erring on the side of caution.
U.S. stocks were headed for a higher open Tuesday as investors turned their attention to the Federal Reserve meeting, which wraps up this afternoon.
Stock closed mixed, after moving in a narrow range for most of the trading day.
The U.S. economy appears to be gradually improving -- and the dollar is coming along for the ride. Imagine that.
Repeat after me. There is no need for more QE. There is no need for more QE. There is no need for more QE.
In day two of Ben Bernanke's semi-annual testimony before Congress, the Federal Reserve Chairman warned lawmakers that their short-term policies could put the recovery at risk.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to give Congress his semi-annual report on the economy, and what he had to say wasn't exactly rosy.
Remember those pesky mortgage-backed securities the Federal Reserve had to take off AIG's hands at the worst of the financial crisis?
The Federal Reserve takes a lot of heat from critics for keeping interest rates low. But there's an upside that most people overlook: Low interest rates save the government money.
Housing is still one of the biggest drags on U.S. economic growth, but don't look to the Federal Reserve for help. The central bank may have few tools left to fix it.
The namesake of the so-called Volcker rule defended the policy in a letter to the Federal Reserve on Monday, and criticized banks for lobbying against it.
By now, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke must be used to being a punching bag.
The strong January jobs report may finally put a nail in the QE3 coffin.
The recovery remains "frustratingly slow" in the United States, and now Europe's debt crisis is posing additional challenges, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Thursday.
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday as investors digested a cautious economic outlook from the chairman of the Federal Reserve one day before a key report on the job market.
One Fed official owns thousands of acres of farmland and at least $1 million in gold. Many own individual blue chip stocks, while another appears to hold no major assets other than his home and an employee benefit plan.
As he helped orchestrate the Wall Street bailouts, William Dudley -- now president of the New York Fed -- owned more than $100,000 stock in AIG and General Electric, two firms that received government assistance.
A growing portion of the nation's banks saw a spike in demand for loans to smaller firms late last year, according to the latest Federal Reserve figures.
The United States economy picked up speed at the end of 2011 as businesses substantially built up their inventories and consumers increased their spending.
Some might say that the Federal Reserve is wisely taking a smart, wait-and-see approach regarding the economy. I am not one of those people.
Ben Bernanke will step back into the classroom this semester to teach college students about the Federal Reserve.
The economy is improving, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, but not enough to warrant higher interest rates for at least two-and-a-half more years. The central bank indicated that it expects to keep the federal funds rate near historic lows until late 2014 -- an extension from the Fed's original pledge to keep rates low through mid 2013.
In an effort to be more transparent with the public, the Federal Reserve gave more insight into its planning tools Wednesday than ever before.
U.S. stocks shaved early losses and ended higher Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve said it plans to keep interest rates near historic lows through late 2014.
Bond yields are slowly creeping up in the United States as the economy improves. But with a yield barely above 2%, the 10-year Treasury is still not that far above its all-time lows.
U.S. stocks were poised for a quiet open Wednesday, as investors await the latest interest rate decision from the Federal Reserve and keep an eye on Greece's debt talks.
It's a new year. And that means a new, and probably less divided, Fed.
The market is off to a scintillating start in 2012 and many of last year's worst performers are leading the charge.
After three weeks of gains, investors could be in for a choppy week ahead, as earnings kick into high gear and Europe's debt crisis heats up.
The economy is slowly but surely getting better. That's the good news. The bad news is that the market has already figured that out.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is calling for the United States to think about returning to the gold standard.
Ben Bernanke is about to hand Timothy Geithner a very large check.
Federal officials hope to launch a pilot program in early 2012 to convert government-owned foreclosures into rental properties.
Debate over whether the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on QE3 started even before QE2 ended last summer.
In this corner, weighing in at 45 kilograms soaking wet ... he's all the rage in Paris, Milan, Brussels and Munich! The euro!
The Federal Reserve is about to give even more detailed forecasts about where it expects its key interest rate to be years from now.
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday released a set of proposed rules governing how much reserve capital big banks will need to keep on hand in the future.
The Federal Reserve is expected this week to release a set of proposed rules detailing how much reserve capital big banks will need to keep on hand in the future.
U.S. stocks were trending toward a lower open Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would not be taking action to counter Europe's debt crisis.
U.S. stocks ended in the red Tuesday, giving up an earlier rally, after the Federal Reserve kept rates unchanged and issued a tepid outlook.
The Federal Reserve acknowledged the job market has improved slightly, but said the economy's immediate future remains on pins and needles.
U.S. stocks point to a higher open Tuesday, as investors weigh a tentative deal to fund the government into next year and await the Federal Reserve's meeting.
The Federal Reserve has pretty much pulled out all the stops to try and keep the U.S. (and some would argue global) economy from collapsing.
Europe is hurting for cash, and central banks around the world are stepping in to give it a boost.
I wrote in yesterday's column about how the market wanted the European Central Bank to do something. It looks like the ECB listened.
U.S. stocks were poised to rally Wednesday, after the Fed said that it will act with other central banks to boost liquidity and support the global economy. Global markets surged on the news as well.
The Federal Reserve wants to know: could America's largest banks endure another shock like the one in 2008?
Stocks ended in the red Tuesday, amid worries about U.S. economic growth.
At their last meeting, Federal Reserve members discussed volatile financial markets, Europe's debt crisis and MF Global's bankruptcy. But in the end, they made no changes to existing policy.
The head of the New York Fed continued his push for more aid for homeowners Thursday, stressing the central bank is not yet "out of ammunition."
Is the glass half full or half empty, when it comes to the U.S. economy? It depends which Federal Reserve official you ask.
America's top central banker "sympathizes" with the Occupy Wall Street protesters and thinks many of their frustrations with the sluggish economy are "understandable."
Gold is said to be a hedge against inflation, deflation and all other nasty sorts of economic bugaboos. It looks like it may be a hedge against political incompetence too.
The Federal Reserve issued a slightly better outlook on the economy Wednesday, but cut its economic growth forecast for the year overall.
U.S. stocks finished sharply higher Wednesday afternoon, snapping back from two days of steep declines.
Investors stayed in risk mode Wednesday after Federal Reserve announced that it would leave rates near zero and carry on with Operation Twist.
U.S. stocks were headed for a modestly higher open Wednesday as developments in Greece kept investors cautious.
Stocks are poised to end October with one the best monthly performances on record, but the market's wave of uncertainty is far from over.
Gold seems to be regaining its luster. The precious metal has rallied more than $100 in less than a week as investors turn to the precious metal as a safe haven amid concerns about Europe and signs of slow global economic growth.
The best you can say about "The Godfather: Part III" is that Sofia Coppola recognized her limitations and now spends more time behind the camera than in front of it. "Superman III" proved that Richard Pryor was no Gene Hackman.
A top Federal Reserve official is pushing for an "urgent effort" to prop up the housing market, and support the overall U.S. economy.
A conservative critic of "too big to fail" banks has been tapped for a key position to do something about them.
The Federal Reserve banks need to better prevent conflicts of interest, according to a new government report that highlights transparency issues with financial executives serving on the banks' boards.
The economy is losing steam across much of the nation, but is still growing and not in recession, according to the latest outlook from the Federal Reserve.
The Federal Reserve. It's the one institution almost every Republican presidential hopeful loves to hate.
CNNMoney guest columnist Scott Boyd is a currency analyst with Toronto-based foreign exchange trading firm OANDA.
Pimco's Bill Gross has already admitted that his bearish call on U.S. Treasuries earlier this year was a bad bet. Now it seems that the bond guru is taking his lead from the Federal Reserve.
The Federal Reserve has very little left in its bag of tricks to help stimulate the economy. And experts say whatever comes next may not have enough of an impact to pull the economy out of its slump.
Federal Reserve policymakers left the door open to another round of asset purchases in the near future, according to minutes of their most recent meeting.
The Federal Reserve unveiled Operation Twist, its latest attempt to keep interest rates low, nearly three weeks ago. So far, it doesn't seem like the plan is working.
Fed chief Ben Bernanke told a panel of Congress on Tuesday that the central bank expects growth in the second half of the year to be "more rapid" than the first half of the year, but says the economy still faces headwinds.
Fixed mortgage rates hit their lowest levels since Freddie Mac began tracking them, the agency reported Thursday.
"Potent" and "appropriate" were the words two Federal Reserve officials separately but simultaneously used to describe the central bank's tools to boost the economy Monday.
Investors had no place to hide on Thursday, as stocks and commodities cratered throughout the trading day.
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