WASHINGTON, March 14- U.S. consumer sentiment weakened in early March as an unusually harsh winter appeared to dim views on the economy's prospects. The preliminary Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment fell to 79.9 in March from 81.6 the prior month, a survey showed on Friday.» Read More
CNBC's Brian Sullivan takes a look at Street signs for what's ahead in the coming year.
As the weak economy has trudged on, they have leaned on credit cards to pay for holiday gifts, many bought at discounts. They are dipping into savings to cover spikes in gas, food and rent. They are substituting domestic vacations for international trips, squeezing more life out of their washing machines and refrigerators and switching to alternatives as meat prices have risen. The New York Times reports.
Feeder cattle wins the best trade of the year trading over 20% YTD. James Bower, Bower Trading president weighs in.
A look at how the dollar will perform today and where the S&P will close on the last trading day of the year, with CNBC's Rick Santelli & Larry Levin, Trading Advantage president.
Faith in financial institutions like Social Security has eroded. Many people now wonder aloud if it will be around much longer. Should they claim Social Security early? Financial advisers agree on what course of action to take: Don’t do it.
Shares of Dean Foods is up 25% since it was the biggest S&P 500 loser in 2012, with Farha Aslam, Stephens food & agribusiness research analyst.
CNBC's Rick Santelli says it's "completely unknown" if U.S. financial institutions would be able to withstand a severe economic downturn in Europe.
The lack of a cold winter have hurt retailers trying to sell cold-weather apparel, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.
Squawk on the Street news team discuss Sears Holding's drop as it plans to close over 100 stores, Italy's successful debt auction, and Iran't threat and oil price moves.
An outlook on where the airline industry is headed in the year to come and what strategies some airlines will use to stay competitive, with Gordon Bethune, former Continental Airlines chairman/CEO.
"We are cautious in the first six months of 2012 - we are concerned about Europe - but the last six months could be okay," says Tom Forester, Forester Value Fund portfolio manager. Forester adds, unless central banks kick in, financials are difficult the first half.
CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the details on why the gift card market is rebounding as economic conditions improve.
Will the improving economy be enough to keep President Obama in the White House come November? Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity, and Dean Baker, Ctr. for Economic & Policy Research, weigh in. Also, discussing whether the U.S. economy is doing better than people think, with Brian Wesbury, First Trust Advisors.
CNBC's Rick Santelli takes a look at the US 10-Year, and Bund 10-Year.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the consumer confidence data is coming in strong and popping at an 8-month high.
The price of your morning cup of coffee could be higher in the new year. James Cordier, Optionstrader.com president explains why.
CNBC's Steve Liesman explains why durable goods and personal income data is weaker than expected. Mario Gabelli & CNBC's Rick Santelli also weighs in.
Maureen Bausch, Mall of America executive VP, says that men and procrastinators are shopping as the Christmas holiday fast approaches.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports December's consumer sentiment number is 69.9.
The Squawk on the Street team discusses global topics in their morning roadmap: a NY Times article saying the economy is being lifted by temporary factors and Yahoo's discussion to cut stake in Alibaba.