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
A look at the damage done to America's credit and if there is risk of downgrade beyond AA, with David Stockman, former OMB director.
The U.S. futures exchange operator says the stellar results were driven by strong performance across interest rates, metals and agricultural commodities, with Craig Donohue, CME Group CEO.
It appears that politicians in Washington, D.C., are moving closer to a deal that would extend the ability of the government to borrow money beyond August—preventing a default on U.S. government bonds or other obligations.
America may lost is AAA rating. Insight on how investors should play the markets now, with Katherine Klingensmith, UBS Wealth Management Research Americas.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the update on bond yields.
The current political turmoil may put technical levels for stocks at risk, Philippe Gijsels, the head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets in Brussels, told CNBC.com in an interview Thursday.
In the very unlikely event that the United States defaults on its debt obligations, the country's economy would contract by 5 percent and stocks would fall by nearly a third, according to Credit Suisse.
If Asia’s equity and bond markets are any guide, then investors seem pretty sanguine about the risks of the US Treasury running out of cash or the eurozone debt crisis spinning out of control. The FT reports.
The debt feud will likely continue to take its toll on markets Thursday, as the deadline to raise the debt ceiling closes in and lawmakers are still far apart.
The very latest on the debt debacle in Washington, with CNBC's John Harwood; Sen. Michael Bennet, (D-CO); Sen. Mike Lee, (R-UT); Rep. Peter Welch, (D-VT); and Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-CA).
Russell Jones, Global Head of Fixed Income Strategy, Westpac Institutional Bank says the feds will not change interest rates anytime soon.
Other than a short rally today, the dollar's been taking it on the chin as Washington squabbles. Here's how to trade it.
Even a debt deal may not prevent a rating cut for U.S. debt. Here's what it would mean for the dollar, and what you can do.
You might be surprised by some of the possible answers. Click ahead to see what happens if the U.S. credit rating is downgraded.
There's been a lot of talk about how the Fed is caught in a liquidity trap, unable to use conventional monetary policy to stimulate the economy. The more I think about the possibility of the Treasury using its implicit overdraft facility with the Fed, the more apparent it is to me that Keynesians should love this.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on today's 5-Year Treasury auction.
Last night, I spoke with David Beers, head of S&P's sovereign debt rating committee on CNBC’s Kudlow Report. He made it very clear: the U.S. must take steps to lower its debt/GDP trend over the long run.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on the morning's bond activity from the CME.
Analysts at Barclays Capital expect the United States to lose its AAA credit rating as a compromise plan is passed by Congress that leads S&P to cut its rating on US debt.
As the high risk-game of chicken over raising the US debt ceiling draws closer to possible economic collision, one economist is warning that any deal that wins approval from the right-wing Tea Party movement will pass neither the Senate nor the president.