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
The housing crisis has even hit the Napa Valley. Jane Wells talks to buyers, sellers, and realtors about steals and deals in wine country.
Starts are down 5 percent and permits are up 3.2 percent, so it's a middling number that's not great and not terrible, reports CNBC's Rick Santelli. And Thomas Falk, Kimberly-Clark chairman & CEO, talks about the American consumer.
The Fed begins a two-day meeting and the talk turns to Operation Twist, with CNBC's Steve Liesman & Joe Kernen, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the downgrade of Italy's credit rating. Also, Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin discusses today's Fed meeting.
Euro leaders squabble and the Russian ruble is rocked - it's time for your Friday FX Fix.
A look at the retailers introducing price cuts and programs targeted to holiday shoppers, with Brian Sozzi, Wall Street Strategies senior research analyst.
The picture on the bleak jobs market, with one of the biggest online professional networks CEO, Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn..
CNBC's Carl Quintanilla moderates a panel on real estate. Many real estate investors got torched during the financial crisis. Is now the time to come back to real estate, with Bill Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management LP founder and CEO; Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group chairman & CEO; and Sam Zell, Equity Group Investments chairman.
The US Treasury would effectively accommodate a possible Federal Reserve stimulus to drive down long-term interest rates, according to people familiar with the matter. The FT reports.
The media has been focusing on the distressed areas where jobs are being lost, says Jay Jordan, The Jordan Company chairman/managing principal, who adds his company is adding jobs; with Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell chairman/CEO.
Friday’s disappointing US non-farm payrolls data showed no jobs where created in the US in August sending stocks sharply lower as fears over a recession intensified.
Michael Aitken, chief scientist at Capital Markets CRC Limited, says U.S. regulators should differentiate various categories of HFT as some of them are actually positive for markets.
Don Luskin, chief investment officer at trend macro, says that the U.S. job market is not as bad as what everybody says. Tai Hui, regional head of economic research, Southeast Asia at Standard Chartered says that no net job increase for the month of August is great hindrance to the U.S. consumer sector.
The week's top business news and investment advice, including telecom and retail picks, with CNBC's Oriel Morrison.
Discussing whether investors should panic as consumer confidence clocks its worst level since April 2009, with Russ Koesterich, iShares Global.
If President Obama wants to create more jobs and fix the economy, he should "put down a marker" and fight the Republicans in Congress, Robert Reich told CNBC Thursday.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the data on last month's factory orders, and a look ahead of Friday's jobs report, with Steve Ricchiuto, Mizuho Securities, and CNBC's Steve Liesman.
The private sector created 91,000 jobs last month, a shade below expectations, according to a report from ADP that sets the stage for a likely weak report the government will release Friday.
A look at the factors that will weigh in on markets and the economy, including consumer confidence dropping and the jobs situation, with Brian Belski,Oppenheimer Asset Management and Barry Knapp, Barclays Capital.
Despite ongoing sovereign debt issues in the euro zone and the US, and fears of a double dip recession in the developed world, equities are undervalued and investors should consider building their exposure to them, according to Edmund Shing, head of European equity strategy at Barclays Capital.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the data on August's Chicago PMI, the lowest number since November 2009.