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
CNBC's John Harwood and Steve Liesman look at where "Cliff" discussions stand and what could be the end result if Congress and the White House can't come to some agreement. Stifel Financial President & CEO Ronald Kruszewski talks about how the markets are likely to view the weekend's developments.
How to position your portfolio before the "fiscal cliff" deadline, with Rick Lake, Lasso Alternative Funds; Ed Moy, Morgan Gold; and Chad Morganlander, Stifel Nicolaus.
Stocks dropped on news President Obama is not making a new fiscal cliff offer, with Quint Tatro, Tatro Capital; Rick Lake, Lake Partners; David Sowerbby, Loomis & Sayles.
Discussing what 2013 will bring for U.S. retailers, with Jan Kniffen, J Rogers Kniffen, and Stacey Widlitz, S.W. Retail Advisors.
Think of this as a kind of wealth management version of last-minute Christmas shopping, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.
Another meeting is set for the White House at 3pm. CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details.
Markets pared earlier losses on new that lawmakers in the House are reconvening on Sunday night, with Chad Morganlander, Stifel Nicolaus; James Dunigan, PNC Wealth Management; and Alan Knuckman, OptionShop.
Consumer discretionary is the second best performing sector of the year, with R.J. Hottovy, Morningstar, and Dana Telsey, Telsey Advisory Group.
Insight on the markets in light of the "fiscal cliff," with Lee Munson, Portfolio Asset Management; Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities; Andrew Keene, KeeneOnTheMarket.com; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.
The holidays can make or break a retailer's entire year, with CNBC's Jane Wells.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is stepping down. Her term has been marked by battles over the Keystone XL pipeline and coal-fired plants. Robert Costa, National Review, weighs in.
Ken Kamen, Mercadien Asset Management, and Dan Greenhaus, BTIG, discuss what else could be ailing the stock market.
Discussing whether it would just be better to go over the fiscal cliff, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche, Tyler Mathisen & Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
A lot is at stake for all Americans if Washington can't come to some sort of agreement before the deadline, reports CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis.
Matthew Cheslock, Virtu Financial, explains how investors are acting on their fiscal cliff nerves.
Stacey Widlitz, S.W. Retail Advisors, predicts which retailers will have a lucky year in 2013.
David Henry, Kimco Realty Corp. CEO, checks the pulse of the consumer, after this season's disappointing sales figures.
Michael Brown, A.T. Kearney Retail Practice partner, discusses where he sees retail growth and the decline of brick and mortar stores.
The markets spent most of the day digesting news that the retail sales for Christmas were disappointing, with Mary Epner, Merchant Forecast.
All eyes will be on the markets, jobs and the fiscal cliff, with Joshua Pierce, Baystate Wealth Management; James Carl, AdvisorShares; and Sahak Manuellian, Wedbush Securities.