NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.» Read More
Those looking for a clear and unambiguous green light for QE3 from Fed Chairman Ben Bernake’s much anticipated speech in Jackson Hole on Friday could be disappointed.
Analysis on where to find the best investments in fixed income, with Bill Eigen, JPMorgan Asset Management.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on today's Treasury yields from the CME.
Discussing the departure of S&P's president, Deven Sharma, and whether there is a chance the U.S. will get its top grade back, with Sean Egan, Egan Jones Rating Services
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the update on bond yields.
The Treasury market is giving you a recessionary signal, says David Rosenberg, Gluskin Sheff & Associates, who adds that a decline in the GDP will not be that catastrophic but it could last a long time; with Doug Dachille, First Principles Capital Management.
On July 21, EU leaders agreed to a second bailout for Greece, one that was supposed to draw a line under the euro zone debt crisis and give the new government in Athens a chance come to grips with the huge debts it inherited when it was elected. One month later, and the situation appears to be getting worse rather than better, according to Simon Derrick, the head of currency research at Bank of New York Mellon.
The fact that Deven Shama, the president of Standard & Poor’s, has stood down from his job just a couple of days after the agency downgraded the United States' credit rating has raised questions over whether he is being made into a scapegoat to deflect political pressure on the credit ratings agency.
Markets are caught up in the push pull of worry about Europe's debt crisis and sluggish U.S. growth.
"For the Swiss franc to look like an attractive funding currency again when it is in competition with so many other currencies at the moment we would need to see....direct intervention on the part of the Swiss National Bank," Adam Cole, head of currency strategy, RBC. He added that he did not expect much in the way of dovish comments from Fed chairman Ben Bernanke when he speaks on Friday.
Did QE2 really work and will Bernanke hint at more easing this week? Insight with Ron Insana, CNBC Contributor, and Tom Porcelli, RBC Capital Markets.
A look at some of the drivers in today's markets, with Chris Ahrens, UBS, and CNBC's Seema Mody & Mary Thompson.
John Brady, MF Global provides insight on today's bond yields, and whether Bernanke will issue another round of quantitative easing.
I think there's a lot of misunderstanding in the markets about how Fed chairman Ben Bernanke views Fed strategy.
"It's difficult to see what Bernanke could say on Friday that hasn't already been said or done before. They could tinker around with reactivating a bond programme, but as we saw with QE2, which wasn't exactly a resounding success, it is not really so much a liquidity problem with the markets; it's a debt problem, and therefore, a confidence problem," Stephen Davies, chief executive at Javelin Wealth Management, told CNBC.
Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street worry that the resulting blow to confidence, not to mention 401(k) statements, has set off a spiral of fear that could push prices even lower, cause people and businesses to pull back and tip the economy into a new recession.
Investors will be watching the Fed as it meets at its annual Jackson Hole gathering this week for signs of new stimulus plans as the economic outlook gets worse.
The week's top business news and investment advice, including how to trade Europe, US financials, HP's sharp drop and the run-up in gold.
Breaking down today's market action and how investors can protect their portfolios, with David Darst, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Ken Heinz, Hedge Fund Research.
Discussing the low rates on Treasurys and where investors are likely to find better returns, with Ira Epstein, The Linn Group managing director.