BERLIN, May 24- German business morale improved far more than expected in May, rebounding after two months of falls and suggesting Europe's largest economy is slowly picking up speed after a sluggish first quarter. The Munich- based Ifo think tank said on Friday its business climate index, based on a survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 105.7 in May from 104.4 in April.» Read More
Further economic data out of China showed the country was at risk of falling into a deflationary period. Chinese consumer price inflation fell to a 22-month low of 2.4 percent in November, sparking a fresh commitment from the government to take steps to reinvigorate the economy. Experts tell CNBC the country still has attractive prospects.
Murky signs: Markets had rallied Wednesday morning on the belief that an auto industry bailout was all but certain. But some GOP legislators are opposing the White House deal with congressional Democrats. A top analyst sees financials in critical condition until 2010, but a peer says he's been buying bank stocks and socking them away. And a CNBC guest said commodities are going to lead a 50% S&P rally.
A tentative deal has been reached between the White House and congressional Democrats regarding a $15 billion proposal for bailing out the U.S. automakers. But CNBC's experts are skeptical on the measures and reckon the markets' positive reaction to the news will be unsustainable.
The Fast Money Four take a look at Electronic Arts in afterhours trading, the Apple rumor of iPhones being sold at Wal-Mart and the effect of President-elect Barack Obama's infrastructure plans on tech stocks.
Oil prices were steady Tuesday, following a 7 percent rally the previous day, on further economic fears as Japan slipped into a deeper recession. GDP data showed the country's economy contracted at an even faster pace than originally estimated during the third quarter. CNBC's experts weigh in on the economic woes.
Global stocks surged Monday with investors taking heart from a likely rescue plan for U.S. automakers and more government stimulus packages to reverse an economic decline. But experts tell CNBC that the slowdown is far from over.
As bad as the headline numbers in Friday’s employment report were, they still made the job market look better than it really is, the New York Times reports.
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They say history repeats itself. And according to Joe Terranova, that adage should prove to be particularly true for this stock market.
Blacker Friday? Job losses in November were the worst since 1974, as U.S. employers cut payrolls by 533,000. Mortgage loan delinquencies and foreclosures hit record highs in the third quarter — though one economist likes falling mortgage rates. Merrill Lynch cut its oil forecast, saying a temporary downspike of $25 is even possible. But one analyst praised the oil plunge as the equivalent of a "huge tax cut."
Crude oil prices are now mired well below $50 per barrel, and they look to be heading lower still. While some of the price pressures are obvious, there is one that may be less so: hedge fund liquidations.
U.S. employers axed payrolls by a shocking 533,000 in November for the weakest performance in 34 years. Experts tell CNBC that the outlook for the economy is grim.
Keep a close eye on Friday’s job report. It could have a major influence on the market action.
November retail sales figures will be released later on Thursday. But as analysts revise their forecasts down on concerns of slowing consumer spending due to recessionary woes, experts predict further troubles for the retail sector.
President-elect Barack Obama nominated Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) for commerce secretary Wednesday, the same day that United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger announced the UAW would make huge concessions in order to help the Big 3 automakers nail government bailout funds. CNBC heard from experts who said the drop in gasoline prices bodes well for the first quarter and Ben Bernanke just may save us from a severe recession. (UPDATED)
Another rally on Wall Street gave Asian markets a boost but volatility is still high as investors remember the much-repeated advice of selling into rallies. CNBC experts weigh in on where it is relatively safe to invest – and their compass is pointing East.
Now, the dictionary has a number of definitions of ‘recession’ the most well known (and precise) of which is: two consecutive quarters of negative GDP. I haven’t been able to find a dictionary which defines a recession as ‘whatever the NBER says it is.’
Individual states across the country are being hit by the recession and credit crisis. President-elect Barack Obama, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and other prominent political figures address the challenges facing individual states, as well as the country.
The United States hit recession in December 2007, according to one research group. With economies around the world contracting investors need to be more creative about their portfolio allocations.
Remember "the fundamentals are sound"? Well, they weren't.