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  • The latest billionaire investment: Ink and ego Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 4:14 PM ET

    How do you keep up with the Joneses if you and the Joneses already have, well, just about everything? Buy a money-losing newspaper, a high-end Manhattan condo, golden undies.

  • Summertime, and the consumer spending ain't easy Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 4:58 PM ET

    Most U.S. economic indicators are rosy, but consumer spending data suggest Americans are not as confident as you might expect.

  • Jobs: Not disappointing enough to alter QE plans Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 4:44 PM ET

    The government reported weaker-than-expected job growth for July, with 162,000 jobs created, while consumer spending and inflation edged upward. Stocks took little notice.

  • Full circle from the crisis: jobless at 2008 level Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    The S&P 500 surged above 1700 for the first time after the government reported the lowest number of unemployment claims since early 2008.

  • At 1.7 percent, Q2 GDP growth tops expectations Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 4:17 PM ET

    The Commerce Department reported better-than-expected economic growth in the second quarter, with GDP up 1.7 percent, largely due to increased business spending and export growth.

  • Obama proposes job creation funded by tax reform Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 4:49 PM ET
    President Barack Obama pitches his Grand Bargain plans at an Amazon fulfillment center on July 30, 2013.

    In his latest speech on the economy, jobs and taxes, President Obama proposes cutting corporate taxes, repatriating foreign earnings and infrastructure spending to create jobs.

  • The wheels keep turning: Pros handicap Fed pick Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 3:15 PM ET
    Janet Yellen and Larry Summers

    Who’s best for the markets, Yellen or Summers? Wall Street debates while awaiting Obama’s pick for the next Fed chairman.

  • Meredith Whitney finally right about muni bonds? Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 3:40 PM ET
    Protesters stand outside the Theodore Levin United States court house in opposition to the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy.

    Municipal bond investors are wringing their hands, worried that rising rates and Detroit's bankruptcy will undercut prices. Could muni owners lose their preferred status?

  • Facebook strikes back with mobile muscle Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 4:28 PM ET
    Facebook headquarters

    Investors drove Facebook shares up by 29 percent after the company announced stunning second-quarter results, including rapid growth in mobile ads sales.

  • Sales of new homes soar, higher loan rates ignored Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 4:32 PM ET

    Sales of new homes hit a five-year high just shy of half a million units, the largest annual gain since 1992 as buyers appear to shrug off a jump in mortgage rates.

  • 'Walking Dead' stocks vs. zombie killers Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 4:14 PM ET
    Zombies from the AMC show "The Walking Dead"

    A riff on the AMC series, "Walking Dead" market is the term favored by LPL Financial's Jeff Kleintop to describe the U.S. market's rise against the forces trying to kill it.

  • Home sales dip, but prices up as recovery continues Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 3:39 PM ET

    Home sales dipped a tad in June as mortgage rates rose. But prices rose strongly and distressed sales fell, suggesting the housing recovery will remain strong.

  • After Chapter 9, legal fights likely in Detroit Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 4:36 PM ET
    The fated glory of Detroit: an abandoned building on the outskirts of Motor City

    Other cities with financial troubles will be watching the legal precedents, as many share Detroit's problems of high unemployment, rising costs and flat or declining revenue.

  • eBay's missed forecast sinks shares Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 4:45 PM ET

    eBay's earnings fell short of Wall Street's expectations, but CNBC's Jim Cramer says this is time to buy.

  • Bernanke: Tapering to be later this year Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | 3:12 PM ET

    When tapering does start, it will be done gradually to mitigate a paralyzing rise in interest rates, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

  • Markets hoping for gentle Ben on Wednesday morning Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 4:05 PM ET

    The Fed's Ben Bernanke is unlikely to say anything disruptive during his testimony before Congress on Wednesday, which could mark his last as chairman.

  • Bully for US banks: Citi, Chase, Wells Fargo Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 4:13 PM ET

    Citigroup became the third big bank reporting robust earnings, posting a 42 percent increase in second-quarter profit, after recent solid earnings from JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

  • Megabanks: Breaking up is still hard to do Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 4:04 PM ET
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    Sens. Elizabeth Warren and John McCain plan to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, introducing a bill to break up megabanks—those deemed "too big to fail."

  • Taper is top of mind again Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 3:48 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Some hailed Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s moderating words late Wednesday as apt given the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability.

  • Executive alert: Spitzer wants to run your company Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 4:33 PM ET

    Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer wants to be New York City Comptroller and give power back to the shareholders of publicly traded companies.

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