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  • Retail Winners     Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 12:44 PM ET

    Deborah Weinswig, Citi analyst, looks at the retail picture and says department stores are performing very well while the companies that will be hit by rising gas prices are lower-end retailers. Also, Pops & Drops.

  • Telsey on Retail     Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 8:25 AM ET

    Dana Telsey, Telsey Advisory group, discusses winners and losers in the retail sector. So far, she says the discounters are doing very well.

  • Cramer: Another Amazing Day     Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer discusses another strong day in the markets, and lays out the facts of the market for investors.

  • Chart of the Day & Valeant Makes a Move     Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 5:25 PM ET

    Honeywell and copper, and a look at Coca-Cola, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders. And biotech hits new highs as Valeant makes an offer for Cephalon, with David Amsellem, Piper Jaffray analyst. Also, Pops & Drops.

  • Sokol's Resignation     Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 5:24 PM ET

    CNBC's Becky Quick weighs in on David Sokol's sudden resignation from Berkshire Hathaway, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders. Berkshire shareholder Whitney Tilson, managing partner at T2 Partners, discusses Sokol's sudden departure.

  • Tuesday Look Ahead: Earnings Chatter Picks Up Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 9:10 PM ET

    Whether world events or rising costs impact corporate profits this quarter has yet to be seen, but stocks are likely to be hypersensitive to the possibility.

  • The Mystery of Consumer Confidence Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 12:40 PM ET
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    The preliminary estimate of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index unexpected dropped in March to the lowest level since last October. The headline index dropped from 77.5 to 68.2. But by far the worse drop was in the expectations of the future, which plunged from 58.3 to 71.6.

  • My Interview with Rep. Ron Paul Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 11:53 AM ET
    Ron Paul

    Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) chairs the House Financial Services Subcommittee, which oversees the Federal Reserve.  I interviewed him last night on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Oil & Gold Jump     Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's commodities news. Crude closes above $100/barrel as fears in the Middle East grow and Libyan bombers strike a key oil port town critical to oil exports.

  • Middle East in Crisis: a Worst-Case Scenario Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 3:00 AM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    The Middle East crisis will lead to an 'energy shock' for the West, increasing stagflation, David Murrin, author of "Breaking the Code of History" and hedge fund manager, said.

  • Oil Supply-Side Shock Would Hurt: Economist Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 8:35 AM ET
    Oil Rig

    There is rarely a happy ending when the price of crude jumps sharply, Stephen King, the chief economist at HSBC in London, said.

  • US Will Be the World's Third Largest Economy: Citi Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 4:19 AM ET

    The world is going to become richer and richer as developing economies play catch up over the coming years, according to Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup.

  • Why Is WTI Much Lower Than Brent? Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 5:36 AM ET

    The spread between Brent and NYMEX crude is currently around $15 a barrel and according to Jim Bianco, the president of Bianco Research, this is due to one pipeline pumping crude from Canada into Cushing near Oklahoma City.

  • The $220 a Barrel Oil Call and the Risk Trade Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 4:59 AM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    Oil could hit $220 a barrel if "Libya and Algeria were to halt oil production together," analysts at Nomura investment bank predicted.

  • How Will US Consumers Cope With $100 Oil? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 9:19 AM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    Oil prices will need to rise another 50-60 percent before energy costs put a squeeze on consumers with the same impact as 2008, according to the fixed income team at Credit Suisse.

  • The Worst Hyperinflation Situations of All Time Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:28 AM ET
    Imagine that during the time it took to drink a cup of coffee, the price of that cup of coffee doubled. Although extreme, this becomes the reality of hyperinflation, where prices change so rapidly that everyday items rise exponentially and money becomes worthless, virtually overnight or even in the course of a working day. Today, inflation has become a major topic of debate in the United States, and although many are concerned about the effects of a devalued dollar on the economy, history shows

    What were some of the worst inflation situations in history and how did they come to be? Click to find out!