*J.C. Penney gets letter of inquiry from SEC. *Sears Holdings to spin off Lands' End business. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a five-session losing streak, ahead of a key monthly payrolls report that may affect expectations for when the Federal Reserve will begin to wind down its stimulus.» Read More
CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.
Is it time to buy the market dip? Famed investor and Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel says the market's a buy, with CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.
Dollar strength weighs on gold prices. Is it time to buy? A bullion breakdown, with CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders, Rich Ilczyszyn at the CME and Anthony Grisanti at the NYMEX.
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Is Wall Street overreacting to the "fiscal cliff"? Here's a closer look at the actual threats the policy dilemma presents.
Global banks operating in London have been warned by the top UK bank supervisor that this year’s staff bonuses must reflect the mis-selling and market manipulation scandals that have damaged the sector in the past 12 months. The FT reports.
The head of Spain’s biggest bank has made an impassioned plea for Europe to adopt a so-called union of its euro zone banks as an “essential” route out of the region’s crisis. The FT reports.
Spain will need no further austerity measures until the end of next year even though it will easily miss its deficit targets, the EU’s top economic official announced on Wednesday in the clearest sign yet Brussels is backing away from an austerity-focused crisis response. The FT reports.
Will Middle East turmoil re-ignite an oil rally? The Futures Now team discusses.
The government is prepared to delay its flagship welfare reform amid fears the complex changes may need to be more thoroughly tested before being extended to all benefit claimants, the Financial Times has learnt.
The housing rebound could cause the unemployment rate to drop significantly in the next few years, said Ara Hovnanian, CEO of Hovnanian Enterprises, one of the nation's largest builders of single-family homes.
Goldman has lowered its year-end targets for wheat, corn and soybeans. Will prices stabilize after yesterday's fall, with Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Newsletter; CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.
Levels to watch on the S&P. Has the selling stopped? Is the fiscal cliff responsible for the drop, with CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders, Rich Ilczyszyn at the CME and Anthony Grisanti at the Nymex.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Bart Chilton said the trouble with Wall Street's contingency plans during Super Storm Sandy was simply that they had never been adequately tested, and he's pushing to correct that with a new emergency command structure.
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The government has decided that new mothers know best, as it prepares to announce proposals that will allow them to divvy up annual parental leave allotments with husbands or partners. The FT reports.
CNBC's Bob Pisani & John Carney discuss more signs that the shale revolution is changing the global energy landscape.
"Futures Now" trader Rich Ilczyszyn looks at the many obstacles facing the market in the days and weeks to come.
"Futures Now" trader Anthony Grisanti looks at some key technical levels.
US prosecutors are probing whether Barclays made any improper payment to win a banking licence in Saudi Arabia, adding to the mounting investigations that the bank is facing. The FT reports.
Siegel and Wien disagree over how much the Fed has driven this year's rally.
Blackstone's Byron Wien and Wharton's Jeremy Siegel have at it in a wide-ranging debate on the market and the economy, with CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.
Byron Wien said the market would sink in 2013. Now he's changing his tune.
Rick Rule, chairman of Sprott US Holdings, discusses why many junior mining companies may not have enough cash on their balance sheets to survive.
Simona Gambarini, associate director of research at ETF Securities, says soft commodity prices have dropped but decreases have not been passed on to consumers.
Gold was headed for a weekly decline as U.S. economic data raised fears of an early taper.