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  • **FILE** Rows of heavy Caterpillar equipment sits ready for shipment at the Caterpillar plant in Decatur, Ill.,in this April 20, 2007 file photo. For American companies with operations that stretch overseas, the slumping dollar has become a fiscal life preserver amid slower domestic economic growth and waning sales. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

    Even if economic growth in the U.S. is not as strong as Caterpillar is forecasting, investors can expect the company to deliver on its 2012 guidance anyway, one analyst said.

  • The Man-cession and the He-covery Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    During the height of the recent financial crisis, a new term entered the lexicon of pop economists and established number-crunchers alike --- “man-cession.” This term refers to the loss of jobs among men, which occurred at a higher rate than it did among their female counterparts. However, things finally seem to be turning around.

  • Blog: Rebuilding America With US - Not Chinese Steel Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    America’s infrastructure can and should be built with American steel. That is why current Buy America provisions are so important, and why efforts to circumvent these provisions, such as California used in the Bay Bridge project, need to be stopped.

  • Jobs You Can Do Forever Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 4:49 PM ET
    In 2010, the average U.S. worker had been with his or her employer for 4.4 years, according to the  That’s a far cry from the 20-year tenure that’s been the American worker’s ideal since time immemorial, and it’s an indicator of an uncomfortable reality -- jobs just don’t last like they used to.While it may not always be possible to stay with the same employer for a few decades, it’s still possible to stay with one profession over the long haul. No matter how the job market changes, and no matte

    Jobs just don’t last like they used to, but it’s still possible to stay with one profession over the long haul. Click to see what some of them are.

  • How to Trade the Housing Bottom in 2012     Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    The Fast Money crew, with the trade on home builders; Toll Brothers, DR Horton, and Lennar.

  • US Private Construction: First Rise in 6 Years? Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 11:41 AM ET

    US private construction will post growth this year for the first time since 2005, and will be an important driver of gross domestic product growth and job creation in 2012, according to a report by investment firm AllianceBernstein.

  • Games Employ 40,000 in Construction Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 1:33 AM ET
    A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.

    Ten percent of the 40,000 construction workers employed for the 2012 Olympic Games were previously out of work, according to a report by the Olympic Development Authority (ODA).

  • Build Up Your Fastenal Shares?     Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    Fastenal, a building supplier is trading at its highest levels since it went public in 1987. A look at the outlook for the company, with Hamzah Mazari, Credit Suisse analyst.

  • Most Expensive US College Dorms Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
    When people lament the rising cost of a college education, they’re usually talking about tuition. Now,  an online resource for college students, has published  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.The priciest dorms are largely in New York and California, where a place to live has never been cheap.The dorm prices show that this sometimes overlooked higher education cost can not only exceed $13,000 per academic year, but in some cases it can almost equal the pric

    When people lament the cost of  college, they’re usually talking about tuition. They often don't think of room and board. Now, there's a list  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.

  • Audi and MIT have teamed up to create  a website that tells users how the roadways and drivers’ moods in their city compare to others nationwide and how urban planners can improve the transportation system.Index findings can tell planners which road segments to improve for the most efficient results. It can also reveal how drivers change their motoring routines when they have more information

  • Cramer’s Play on High Oil Prices Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 6:53 PM ET

    Find out why the “Mad Money” host thinks this name is a bargain.

  • Fluor: Profits from High Oil Prices     Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 6:45 PM ET

    Mad Money's Cramer say Flour is a terrific way to play the new era of high oil prices, and if the stock dips on bad news from Europe, buy it.

  • New Careers After 40 Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    Life may begin at 40, but job searches that begin at that age can be discouraging. After all, it’s not the job market that it used to be. Entire professions are disappearing, and the labor market is flooded with unmarried, childless, eager young applicants whose salary requirements are generally lower.Despite this grim scenario, older workers shouldn’t despair. They bring such hard-won assets as experience and discipline to the table, and the people doing the hiring know it. “Savvy employers are

    CNBC.com spoke with experts in tech, human resources, and finance to determine which professions are best for workers over 40.

  • Infrastructure: Private Sector Solution?     Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 7:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at the state of our nation's crumbling infrastructure, and whether there's a role for private sector investment.

  • Bernanke's Q&A     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:20 PM ET

    Fed Chief Ben Bernanke takes questions from military families about the economy at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, Texas.

  • Danger Underground     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:04 AM ET

    There are 2.5 million miles of pipelines criss-crossing our country, and the age of some of those pipelines is raising concern. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at what happens when pipelines fail, and what is being done to prevent disasters.

  • Levees on the Brink     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:03 AM ET

    The American Society of Civil Engineers rates our nation's 100,000 miles of levees with a grade of a D-. So what area of the country is most at risk for a levee failure?

  • The I-35W Bridge Collapse     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:02 AM ET

    The Minneapolis Bridge Collapse in 2007 was a real awakening when it comes to the state of our infrastructure. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera meets with one family that experienced that awaking first hand.

  • State of Our Nation's Bridges     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:01 AM ET

    America's infrastructure crisis stretches coast to coast. One of the worst problems facing the country -- the state of our nation's bridges.

  • State of Our Nation's Bridges     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 12:01 AM ET

    America's infrastructure crisis stretches coast to coast. One of the worst problems facing the country -- the state of our nation's bridges.

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