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  • Dow Logs 4-Day Rally, Stocks Post Weekly Gain Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:02 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed in a quiet session Friday as investors were reluctant to jump in ahead of a weekend and after a handful of weak earnings reports weighed on sentiment. Despite the lackluster session, stocks still capped a strong finish for the week, with all three major averages adding almost two percent each.

  • Your Currency Trade For an Improving Economy Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Reports on the U.S. economy are improving a bit, and this strategist has a way to play the rosier outlook.

  • 10 Richest US Presidential Candidates Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Since 1992, politicians vying for the highest office in America have tried to project a down-home demeanor to endear themselves to the electorate. At the same time, nobody can mount a serious campaign for the presidency without money, and lots of it. So as nice as it is to come off like someone a voter would love to have a beer with, even the folksiest candidate will never make it to the Iowa caucus without a vast war chest.Since it takes money to run for president, it’s not surprising that some

    CNBC.com ranks the 10 richest people who have sought the U.S. presidency since 1992. Check out the list!

  • Futures Turn Lower as Greece in Focus; GE Sags Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    US stock index futures turned lower Friday as investors kept a close watch on Greece as the debt-ridden nation remains in talks with private creditors over a haircut on some of its bonds and after GE's revenue missed forecast.

  • In Age of Discontent, Is Davos Still Relevant? Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 6:26 AM ET

    More than 40 years since the World Economic Forum (WEF) began as the rather less-impressive sounding European Management Forum, political leaders, chief executives of the world’s biggest banks, royalty, actors and pop stars will converge on the small Swiss ski resort of Davos next week.

  • Iran Shuts Down Shops Selling Barbie Dolls: Report Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:50 AM ET

    An Iranian news agency is reporting police have closed down dozens of toy shop for selling Barbie dolls. The stated aim is to fight Western cultural influence.

  • US Debt Reduction Has a Long Way to Go Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 2:12 AM ET
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    A couple of years ago, the words “American consumer” cast a shadow over global markets. No wonder. Back in the days of the credit bubble, American consumer borrowing helped to create a crazy debt binge, the Financial Times reports.

  • Stocks Log 3-Day Rally; Vix Tumbles Near 20 Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:46 PM ET

    Stocks finished modestly higher Thursday, posting a three-day rally, thanks to a better-than-expected jobless claims report and as financials rallied following BofA's earnings report. Still, gains were largely muted throughout the session as investors hesitated to jump in following the recent run-up in stocks.

  • KKR's McVey Offers 2012 Outlook     Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    Henry McVey, KKR & Co. head of global macros & asset allocation, discusses how to make money in 2012 despite S&P's downgrade of U.S. Treasuries and the continued sovereign debt mess in Europe.

  • Stocks End Near Session Highs, S&P Tops 1300 Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 4:26 PM ET

    Stocks closed near highs of the session Wednesday with the S&P finishing at its highest level since July 2011, buoyed by an optimistic report on Greece, which added fuel to an earlier rally after a better-than-expected housing market report.

  • Futures Turn Flat After Tepid Economic News Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    Stock index futures cut their gains to turn flat Wednesday following a handful of tepid economic news and amid fears over the ongoing European debt crisis, but Goldman Sachs earnings helped limit losses.

  • Inflation Falls in World's Top Oil Exporter Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 9:56 AM ET
    Main roads in Riyadh are decorated with national flags and portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on February 21, 2011 amid preparations to welcome the Saudi royal back as he is expected to return home later this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, according to a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Inflation in the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has slowed to a four-year low of 5 percent in 2011, despite a significant ramp-up in government spending in the wake of the Arab Spring.

  • Futures Rally After Spanish Auction; Citi Slips Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 8:34 AM ET

    Futures held their sharp gains Tuesday after the long holiday weekend, buoyed by a successful Spanish debt auction and higher than expected growth in China, but weaker-than-expected earnings from Citi limited gains.

  • Stocks Log Weekly Gain Despite EU Worries Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 5:29 PM ET

    Stocks bounced off their lows Friday, but still ended in negative territory amid expectations of an imminent S&P ratings downgrade of several euro zone countries. Despite the day's losses, stocks still posted a gain for the week.

  • Future Extend Losses on Fresh Euro Zone Fears Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    Futures added to their losses Friday amid worries over a possible downgrade of several euro zone countries by the S&P and after JPMorgan posted earnings that missed on revenue outlook.

  • Obama Seeks Power to Shrink Government Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 7:06 AM ET
    President Barack Obama makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.

    President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he will ask Congress for greater power to shrink the federal government, and his first idea is merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies whose overlapping programs can be baffling to businesses.

  • Stocks End Higher, Nasdaq Logs 6-Day Gain Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher in thin trading Thursday, led by strength in materials and industrials, erasing losses after several weak economic reports from earlier in the session.

  • Futures Pare Gains After Jobless Claims Report Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    Futures came off their best levels Thursday after a weaker than expected jobless claims and a disappointing retail sales report, but held some gains after successful bond auctions in Europe which also pushed European stocks higher and sent the euro to a session high.

  • Stocks End Mixed; Nasdaq Logs 5-Day Rally Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 5:23 PM ET

    Stocks ended near session highs Wednesday, but still closed narrowly mixed, as worries over the euro zone and declines in the energy sector limited gains.

  • Futures Slide After Strong Rally; Euro Falls Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 8:27 AM ET

    Futures edged lower Wednesday as the euro slipped following negative comments by Fitch and following the S&P 500's sharp rally in the previous session.