WASHINGTON— Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, released Wednesday, rose to 91.3 in November from 90 in the previous month. "The insistence of consumers on discounts in...» Read More
Retail in focus today both in the market and with the C'suiters gathered here at the WWD CEO Summit, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.
Despite the markets seeing a down day, the S&P is hovering at five-year highs. Has the market been desensitized by all the drama in Washington? Art Steinmetz, OppenheimerFunds, weighs in.
If the rally that's taken stocks to five-year highs really is at risk, what role will then in-fighting inside the nation's central bank play? CNBC's Steve Liesman reports.
Discussing more proof that the economy is improving, with Brian Wesbury, First Trust Advisors, and Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services.
Robert Frank looks at one connoisseur whose rare wine collection is worth millions
Discussing whether investors should be concerned about the potential end of the Fed's easing program, with Greg Ip, The Economist; David Kudla, Mainstay Capital Management; Ben Pace, Deutsche Bank; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.
December was a mixed month for retailers, with many same-store sales results stronger than the management commentary, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.
Rep. David Schweikert, (R-AZ), discusses how far he is willing to go to get spending cuts.
Jeremy Siegel, Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, explains whether there is any way to separate how much of today's gains are "fiscal cliff" related or a pop based on fundamentals.
Insight on the first trading day of the year, with Anthony Chan, Chase Wealth Management; Michael Pento, Pento Portfolio Strategies; and Michael Farr, Farr, Miller & Washington.
CNBC's Steve Liesman highlights Treasury's extraordinary measures.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the agreement between the two parties on delaying the automatic defense and domestic budget cuts is what's standing in the way of securing a deal on the "fiscal cliff."
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, says Americans' approval rating is sitting at 12 percent.
Discussing what impact a deal or no deal will have on the U.S. economy, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.
Discussing whether Congress is able to pass anything in time to fix the "fiscal cliff" mess, with Rep. Marlin Stutzman, (R-IN), and Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA), weigh in.
Michael Feroli, JPMorgan chief U.S. economist, explains how a near-term deal on the debt will not address the nation's long-term budget problems.
Jack Ablin, BMO Private Bank, and Stanley Crouch, Aegis Capital, discuss what going over the "Fiscal Cliff" means to investors as well as how people can protect money.
Dan Greenhaus, BTIG chief global strategist, forecasts what he thinks going over the "Cliff" means for the markets. Todd Schoenberger, LandColt Capital, also offers his opinion on where the markets are headed. Are we looking at extreme austerity, even if the country doesn't go over the "Cliff"?
CNBC's Brian Sullivan looks at the various "Cliff" scenarios and what's likely to happen if Congress can't find agreement. Rick Santelli looks at what the "Cliff" means to the bond markets and the dollar. And is debt an even bigger problem? With former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) and former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA). Entitlements, they say, will have to be adjusted.
CNBC's Eamon Javers talks with Kevin Yoder (R-KS) about the ongoing "Cliff" discussions and the impact on global markets. Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies, and James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, discuss deal possibilities and what has a chance to pass the House.