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  • If the Fed taper hinged on new car sales... Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 5:06 PM ET
    Tesla Motors

    Car makers had double-digit sales gains in August, but September will show if American consumers are really feeling confident enough to buy new wheels.

  • An August US manufacturing revival Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    The first Ford Fusion made in the U.S., at Ford's assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

    See, the US manufacturing renaissance is real: manufacturing turns in its best August growth in two years in August.

  • Flat summer is a victory of sorts for market Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 4:38 PM ET

    All sorts of bad news—from tapering talk to crisis in Egypt and Syria, and panic in emerging nation stocks—led to a flat summer for the markets, but that's a victory of sorts.

  • A great reason for CEOs to be happy with less pay Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 4:51 PM ET
    Demonstrators outside a Wendy's restaurant in this file photo.

    New research from a left-leaning think tank shows top CEOs face a high probability of getting fired or running into other troubles. Are too many earning more than they’re worth?

  • Petrochemical warfare: Syria and $150 oil Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 4:45 PM ET

    With a potential bombing campaign in Syria looming, economists are focusing on likely economic impacts, from a spike in oil prices to a rippling economic slowdown.

  • Quantifying the 'Syrian' market correction Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 4:42 PM ET
    File photo of an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

    Stocks swoon as an attack by Allies on Syria looms, raising fears of higher oil prices and a hit to the global economy.

  • Another scary report: Plunging durable goods Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 4:38 PM ET

    A bigger-than-expected drop in durable goods orders sparked new worries about manufacturing, causing speculation the Fed may reduce its tapering plan.

  • The stock rally no CEO wants to take credit for Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 4:42 PM ET
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

    Now that Steve Ballmer is out, there's a ton of speculation about who will take the helm at Microsoft. The company's next CEO is probably not anyone you would expect.

  • Does Nasdaq's 'Flash Freeze' chill investors' faith? Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 3:46 PM ET

    The Nasdaq shutdown is one more reason for investors to lose confidence in the markets, and another black eye for the exchange.

  • Fed comfort still making everyone uncomfortable Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 3:49 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fedspeak: The latest message from the Federal Reserve is that it's comfortable with its previous messages. How much does that help the market?

  • JC Penney, Best Buy: Symbols of US recovery? Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | 4:35 PM ET

    JC Penney and Best Buy have big holes to climb out of, but they may be good proxies for the hopes and fears tied up in the US economic recovery narrative.

  • Minimum wage hike: What the economy ordered? Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 4:36 PM ET
    Demonstrators outside a Wendy's restaurant in this file photo.

    Wal-Mart and other big business interests argue that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs and raise prices. The truth may be different.

  • Does Fed suddenly have a bondage fetish? Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 4:01 PM ET

    Worry about the start for Fed tapering is constant, but hand wringers keep focusing on new issues. The topic du jour is the fast-rising yield of the 10-year Treasury note.

  • Investors shaken, and not stirred by good data Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 4:37 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the trading day in New York City.

    Unemployment claims hit a six-year low in July, while inflation was benign. But stocks plunged anyway as investors focused on some disappointing results from big retailers.

  • Inflation data too good to be true, or useful? Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 4:04 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve.

    Inflation hawks always have something to worry about. Some question the latest evidence of low inflation and wonder how that will influence the Fed’s tapering timing.

  • An airline delay you can't blame on American Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    The Justice Department and several states filed suit today to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines, citing worries about higher fares.

  • Market worries: Debt-ceiling, Fed chief, bad omens Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 4:22 PM ET

    It’s hard to enjoy the lazy days of summer when there’s so much to worry about: debt ceiling, the next Fed chairman and the bad portents of the “Hindenburg Omen.”

  • Backbiting and dirty laundry at JC Penney’s Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 3:13 PM ET

    J.C. Penney’s problems keep on getting worse, with the latest spat between the board and one of its own directors.

  • Gross: It'll take war to save bond investors Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 4:34 PM ET
    Bill Gross

    As the Fed tapers, bond yields will rise and prices will be more volatile. Little money, if any, will be earned from rising bond prices, but Pimco's Bill Gross has a plan.

  • Think you figured out the Fed? Spare us Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 4:03 PM ET

    Stocks have had a run of bad days as investors worry about the effects of Fed tapering, which could start as soon as September. But some experts say the markets have it all wrong.

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