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Crude oil at $50.22 per barrel Friday

Crude oil at $50.22 per barrel FridayNEW YORK, Nov. 21 -- Crude oil prices rose overnight on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after dropping below $50 per barrel Thursday for the first time in two and a half years.

Citigroup troubles could lead to sale

CitigroupNEW YORK, Nov. 21 -- A precipitous slide in Citigroup Inc. shares this week has prompted talks of selling part or all of the company, sources said.

Falling prices sounds fun, but not to some

US EconomyWASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The surprise development of falling prices has experts worried that such a hiccup could greatly stall the U. S. economy, economists said.

In a prolonged period of falling prices, consumers hold off on purchases.

Credit tightens on recession fears

Credit tightens on recession fears  NEW YORK, Nov. 21 -- The U. S. recession has begun to squeeze credit markets, threatening to erase gains made by the government's massive bailout plan, data show.

Microsoft launches “Online Microsoft Store”

Microsoft launches “Online Microsoft Store”Software giant Microsoft has launched an