Topic: U.S. Federal Reserve

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  • Stocks little changed on Federal Reserve minutes

    Stocks barely reacted to the release of Federal Reserve minutes Wednesday. Major stocks were down just a fraction of a percent more than an hour after the Federal Reserve released a report on its latest policy meeting in June.

  • Stocks rise for fourth straight day

    Stocks edged higher Tuesday as investors bought companies that fare best when the economic outlook is bright. Gains in stocks were led by riskier parts of the market.

  • Stocks up as corporate earnings kick off

    Stocks rose on Wall Street Monday as investors showed some optimism about the start of second-quarter corporate earnings. 

  • Oil prices up on Egypt crisis, US jobs (+video)

    Oil prices jumped nearly $2 Friday on continued protests in Egypt and a healthy US jobs report. It's the highest oil prices have been since last May. 

  • The New Economy Jobs report stronger than expected in June. What happens next?

    The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, a strong showing that beat analysts' expectations. Steady job growth is good news, but it means that higher interest rates and an easing of Federal Reserve bond buying could come sooner rather than later, putting investors on edge. 

  • US economy gains a robust 195,000 jobs, topping expectations (+video)

    Friday's jobs report shows the US economy added 195,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent. There's no sign yet of a drag from Washington's sequestration.

  • Stocks down on unrest in Egypt

    Stocks fell slightly Tuesday after reports of intensifying political turmoil in Egypt offset good economic news. Car sales, home prices, and manufacturing pushed stocks up for most of the day but major indexes turned lower in the afternoon. 

  • Do you need inflation protection?

    Investors have an unprecedented array of inflation-protection tools to safeguard their portfolios: from gold and inflation-protected bonds to commodity mutual funds. Choosing how to hedge against inflation depends on your situation and outlook.

  • Stocks rise on good economic news

    Stocks moved higher on Wall Street Thursday, bolstered by good news on jobs and consumer spending. Stocks have rallied since Tuesday as investors took advantage of lower prices after a sell-off that lasted till Monday.

  • Stocks rise for second day straight

    Stocks closed up on Wall Street Wednesday, despite a slowdown in the US economy. Stocks have been unpredictable for weeks, ever since Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke started hinting that a pullback in Fed stimulus programs would start soon.