Politics Barack Obama

  • Healthcare took center stage again Thursday with the President making a new push for a government-sponsored insurance plan. What’s the trade?

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    After stocks took a quick dip following the latest Treasury auction, markets resumed their ascent on Thursday. At first glance, the auction results sent investors out of stocks and into the relative safety of bonds; but after further consideration, they jumped back into stocks. Read and listen to what the pros had to say…

  • Higher yields bring out the buyers. The 4.72 percent yield on the 30-year auction was a bit below some expectations (I heard estimates of around 4.8 percent) but still much higher than comparable yields of only a few weeks ago. Buying interest was strong.

  • Tobacco

    The Senate has voted to give the government extensive new powers to decide how tobacco companies will make and market their products. Supporters say that could spare millions from smoking addiction and premature death.

  • The Republican Party blueprint for reform would strip the Federal Reserve of significant powers, create a single banking regulator, establish a special bankruptcy code to handle the collapse of too-big-to-fail non-banking firms and promises "no more bailouts."

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened slightly higher on Thursday after reports showed jobless claims fell by 24,000 last week to 601,000 and retail sales ticked higher in May. Bond yields will also be in focus today as the results of the government's 30-year Treasury auction are due out at 1pm ET. Experts weighed in on the above and more. Read and listen to what they had to say…

  • Despite the somewhat encouraging set of data, futures drifted a bit lower as traders became more concerned with the move in 10-year Treasury yields, which briefly rose above 4 percent again earlier this morning.

  • Stocks dropped as soon as the results of the 10-year auction were announced. The yield of 3.99 percent was at the high end of expectations.

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    There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years. The first is that President Obama’s agenda is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits. The second is that Mr. Obama does not have a realistic plan for eliminating the deficit.

  • An Obama administration official says the administration will appoint a "special master" to oversee executives' compensation at companies receiving large amounts of government aid, with the power to reject pay plans deemed excessive. 1st paragraph of story should go here

  • China stimulus trumps U.S. stimulus. Although the dollar is comparatively flat, we continue to have a global commodity rally--oil, copper, aluminum and other commodities are at or near their highs for the year.

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    The Republican Party blueprint for reform would strip the Federal Reserve of significant powers, create a single banking regulator, establish a special bankruptcy code to handle the collapse of too-big-to-fail non-banking firms and promises "no more bailouts."

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    With auto sales in the doldrums, the House approved a plan Tuesday to provide vouchers of up to $4,500 for consumers who turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • Stocks ended mixed in choppy trading Tuesday after 10 banks were approved to repay TARP loans. But tech stocks gained after Texas Instruments  raised its earnings and revenue targets for the second quarter.

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    "In 90 days you've gone from an attitude on Wall Street that the financial system is on the precipice to a feeling that happy days are here again," one pro says.

  • Get the Mad Money host’s calls on oil, tech, financials, the steels and more.

  • Stocks turned mixed Tuesday after the banks approved to repay TARP loans were named. But tech stocks held onto their gains after Texas Instruments  raised its earnings and revenue targets for the second quarter.

  • Stocks opened higher Tuesday, with bank stocks rising as some of the nation's largest institutions poised to repay government bailout money.

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    The panel overseeing the TARP recommends running again the stress tests on US banks, as economic conditions have worsened, its chair, Harvard University professor Elizabeth Warren, told CNBC.

  • Futures showed a relatively flat open for Wall Street on Tuesday as the dollar's rally, fueled by last week’s better than expected jobs report, fizzled out and some investors went back into stocks.