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  • It gets worse: Retail discounts go even deeper Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 10:20 AM ET

    Many U.S. retailers reported stronger-than-expected August sales on Thursday, but they had to use steep discounts to woo back-to-school shoppers.

  • The big get bigger as top hedge funds rake in cash Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 10:15 AM ET

    Investors are still buying into promises of juiced up returns. The largest hedge fund firms in the Americas kept adding assets in the first half of the year.

  • What taper? Services sector strongest since 2005 Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    The pace of growth in the services sector accelerated to its fastest pace in almost eight years. A separate report showed that new orders for US factory goods dropped in July.

  • Private jobs growing, while weekly claims falling Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 9:44 AM ET

    The private sector added 176,000 jobs in August while weekly jobless claims continued their decline, indicative of slow but steady gains.

  • Best—and worst—of times for older workers Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 8:59 AM ET

    The jobless rate for older workers is far below the national average. But if an older worker loses a job, the duration that person will stay unemployed is typically much longer.

  • US labor costs flat, show dormant price pressure Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 8:35 AM ET
    A technician works on a Cummins Inc. ISL diesel engine at the E-ONE Inc. factory, in Ocala, Florida.

    Labor costs were flat in the second quarter, a sign of minimal inflationary pressures in the U.S. economy.

  • US planned layoffs jump in August: Challenger Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 7:33 AM ET

    The number of planned layoffs surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed.

  • $10 billion sport in bitter drug-testing fight Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    The two sides were trading blame, rather than blood vials, over hGH. The banned substance is far harder to detect than steroids.

  • G-20: Forget Syria, it's all about the taper Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 6:37 AM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama

    Russia and China warned on Thursday that the end of the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program could have a profound impact on the global economy and urged caution.

  • Why Friday's jobs number is make or break Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 9:19 PM ET
    A quality control worker at the Mary Kay Inc. regional distribution facility in Dallas, Texas.

    The Friday jobs report is seen by some traders as make or break for the Fed's decision later this month on whether to taper back its $85 billion monthly bond purchases.

  • End of BlackBerry? Company speeds up sale process Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 4:47 PM ET
    CEO Thorsten Heins with the BlackBerry 10 in January.

    The struggling handset maker is now aiming to quickly auction itself off, possibly as soon as November, according to a report.

  • New homes could cost you more as lot prices climb Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 4:25 PM ET
    A worker builds a new home at a housing development in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Finished lot prices are up an average of 40% nationwide, and in the hottest markets they've nearly doubled. USA Today reports.

  • Vote on Syria action headed to the Senate Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 4:18 PM ET
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, debates Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky., on the Senate Foreign Relations bill to authorize use of military force in Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

    The Senate foreign-relations committee approved a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria, clearing the path for a full Senate vote.

  • McDonald's 'Dollar Menu' testing $5 items Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 4:09 PM ET

    McDonald's says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year.

  • HIV strikes porn industry again: Now what? Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 3:19 PM ET
    Rod Daily

    The revelation that a second porn star has contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, will likely have little to no impact on the bottom line of major porn studios.

  • Will Super Bowl XLVIII go down as 'Snow' Bowl? Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 3:11 PM ET
    The Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots face off in a regular season game played in heavy snowfall.

    With the Farmers' Almanac predicting snow around the time of New York's first Super Bowl, NFL officials wore brave faces on CNBC a day before the regular season kicks off.

  • Upbeat Fed outlook suggests QE tapering is near Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 2:29 PM ET
    A cashier puts cash into a register inside a Super Target store in Thornton, Colorado.

    Conditions continued to improve over the past quarter, suggesting that the economy is reaching the point where monetary easing can be pulled back, according to the most recent Fed assessment.

  • New record average price for cars tops $31,000 Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 1:14 PM ET
    2013 Ram 1500

    Nearly all automakers on Wednesday reported double-digit sales gains as August shapes up to be another strong month for the industry.

  • Looking for a raise? Good luck with that Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 12:40 PM ET

    Jobs are getting easier to find. A raise? Not so much. Some economists say wages have flatlined and are unlikely to revive even though the job market is improving.

  • Galaxy Gear is here: Samsung shows off smartwatch Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 12:22 PM ET
    JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

    Forget the mobile wars. The battle of wearable smart devices is finally here. And Samsung and Qualcomm are ahead of the game with the recent launch of their smartwatches.