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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)

    Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman said if President Barack Obama is serious about job creation, he should start with getting free-trade agreements signed with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.

  • Most Volatile Week Since '87?  Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 1:10 PM ET

    Discussing President Obama's meeting with CEOs, and the best ways to play the volatility, with CNBC's Eamon Javers; Craig Columbus, Advanced Equities Asset Management; Robert Pavlik, Banyan Partners; and CNBC's Ron Insana.

  • Market Turn Around  Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    Discussing what's behind today's market rebound, with Jack Caffrey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Oscar Carboni, Omni Trading Academy, and John Silvia, Wells Fargo.

  • Fear, Volatility & the Individual Investor  Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 10:04 AM ET

    The volatility index is impacting the individual investor. Insight with Fredric Tomczyk, TD Ameritrade CEO.

  • Markets Offer a 'Sweet Shop' of Opportunities: Strategist Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:05 AM ET

    The slump in stock markets this week offers investors an opportunity to make money on good companies dragged down by negative sentiment, an analyst told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Congress Needs to 'Cowboy Up' to Fix the Economy Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    John Wayne

    Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.

  • Jan Hatzius, chief US economist for Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs, in a bearish forecast, expects 2 percent growth in the U.S. for the next few quarters and a "significant risk, one in three, that we will go back into recession," senior economist Jan Hatzius told CNBC Friday.

  • Consumer Price Index: CNBC Explains Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:34 AM ET

    Americans often check their receipts to make sure they've bought everything they need, and probably to see if what they paid this time is any different from the last trip. The government does the same with the Consumer Price Index. Here are the details. 

  • RIM Launches New Touchscreen Smartphones Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 11:15 AM ET

    Research In Motion on Wednesday unveiled five new BlackBerry phones with touchscreens, as it hopes to revive the line's dwindling appeal in the face of competition from the iPhone and Android smartphones.

  • History Shows US Headed For Recession: Investor Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 7:47 AM ET
    Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    The current low rate of GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the United States indicates that the world's largest economy is headed for another recession, according to Anthony Doyle, Director of Investment Specialists M&G Investments.

  • Weak Western Markets Curb Metro Sales Growth Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 6:12 AM ET
    Woman bagging groceries

    German retail group Metro saw sales grow only marginally in the second quarter, led by its emerging markets business, as weak consumer spending in Western Europe weighed on its results.

  • Fed May Have Options If US Defaults: Lockhart Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 4:03 PM ET

    Don't look to the Federal Reserve to offset the damage if the debt ceiling isn't raised by Aug. 2, two regional Fed presidents told CNBC Friday. However, they say the Fed may have options down the road to offset any damage to the U.S. economy.

  • PPR Beats Forecasts, Pulled by Luxury Brands Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 1:44 AM ET
    Gucci Store

    French retail and luxury group PPR page90PPR-FRfalsefalse43pricetruefalsefalsefalse0QuotefalsetrueChartfalsetrueNewsfalsetrueProfilefalsetrueAdd to Watchlistfalsetruetruehttp://api-cdn.cnbc.com/api/chart/chart.aspGE4true3 on Friday posted forecast-beating first-half sales and profits, pulled by the strong growth of its luxury brands in major markets such as China.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook  Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Melissa Francis looks at the week's top business news and investing advice, including sovereign debt plays and tech stocks.

  • Gold Could Hit $1,700 by End of the Year: Analyst Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 1:39 AM ET

    Gold is likely to hit $1,650 an ounce by the end of the year and could even hit $1,700, according to one analyst.

  • Rich Americans Spend More on Luxury Goods Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 4:53 AM ET

    Wealthy Americans, who are expected to increase their spending on luxury items by 8 percent to $359 billion this year, are no longer embarassed at flaunting their wealth despite an economic slowdown which has caused hardship on many who have lost their jobs, David Arnold, publisher of luxury magazine the Robb Report told CNBC.

  • Casino Warns Carrefour It Can Halt Brazil Deal Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 1:10 AM ET

    France's Casino warned archrival Carrefour on Monday that a merger of its Brazil unit and the country's biggest retailer, Grupo Pao de Acucar, could not go ahead without its consent.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook  Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including end of QE2 plays, European equities, financial favorites and more.

  • Consumer Stocks Doing Well Despite Economic Gloom Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 1:59 PM ET

    Despite high unemployment, debt ceiling fears, riots in Greece, earthquakes in Japan and a host of other negative headlines, most of the American consumer related stocks are doing pretty darn well lately.

  • CEO Blog: Why GDP Growth Has Not Provided Jobs Yet Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 10:54 AM ET

    Why aren’t businesses hiring? There is a lot of analysis about this, but, to get a better understanding, it may be best to work in reverse by looking at the past and figuring out what the relative strength or weakness of conditions are today and then examine which policies, if any, might work.