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  • US consumer prices drop 0.4 percent in December, biggest monthly fall in 6 years, as gas drops

    U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures. The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index...
  • US factories churn out more steel, furniture, lifting production for 4th straight month

    U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and clothing, offsetting a decline in autos. Factory production increased 0.3 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Friday, its fourth straight gain....
  • Plunging energy prices cause biggest cost-of-living drop in six years

    Plunging energy prices cause biggest cost-of-living drop in six years
    Plunging energy prices last month led to the biggest decline in the cost of living in six years, keeping inflation well below the Federal Reserve's target and possibly complicating plans for the central bank to start raising interest rates. The Consumer...
  • U.S.-Cuba Relations: a new beginning or much ado about nothing?

    U.S.-Cuba Relations: a new beginning or much ado about nothing?
    Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, in a 1996 televised speech, referred to the continued overvaluation of stocks as "irrational exuberance" — an apt expression today in the wake of President Barack Obama's Dec. 17th announcement of a...
  • US stocks waver in early trade; BlackBerry sinks after denying deal talks with Samsung

    Stocks are wavering in early trading as investors weigh some positive economic news against several disappointing reports from U.S. companies. The New York branch of the Federal Reserve reported strength in manufacturing in the region Thursday, but...
  • Fed survey finds US economy growing moderately but energy price plunge hurting in oil patch

    The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, but a big drop in oil prices was starting to have an impact in Texas and other energy regions, the Federal...
  • Stronger US economy, lower oil prices pushing Fed toward likely rate hike this year

    Federal Reserve policymakers who met in December expressed concern about weakness overseas but were upbeat enough about the U.S. economy and impact of lower oil prices to prepare for a likely interest rate hike sometime this year. Minutes of the Fed's...
  • In first legal challenge to US crisis body, MetLife appealing label as company posing risk

    In the first legal challenge to a U.S. body that arose from the financial crisis, MetLife is challenging its designation by regulators as a potential threat to the financial system. MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. insurance company by assets, announced...
  • South Florida economic recovery going strong, Fed says

    South Florida economic recovery going strong, Fed says
    David Altig, research director at the Atlanta Federal Reserve, said he was cautioned not to burst his audience's bubble Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. After a year of lower unemployment, rebounding...
  • Deflation fears rock markets again but consumers see windfall -- for now

    Deflation fears rock markets again but consumers see windfall -- for now
    For the fourth time in 12 years, the world is facing a deflation scare. And as with any good horror movie, no one is sure what lurks in the shadows. Since summer, slowing growth in China and severe weakness in Europe and Japan have deepened fears that...
  • Social Security raise won't go far for recipients

    PITTSBURGH While this year's 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients is one of the smallest in history, it still beats the 1.5 percent raise last year, and is a far cry better than 2010 and 2011 when there was no increase at...