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  • Do Price Hikes Equal Stronger Economy?     Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    In the last few years, consumer companies had almost no pricing power to gain profit power. They had to cut portion and packaging sizes because shoppers simply wouldn't accept higher prices. Now companies like Starbucks and Denny's are expected to announce price hikes. Is this a good or bad sign for the economy? Jeremy Lawson, BNP Paribas, and CNBC's Rick Santelli, discuss.

  • Markets Positive in 2012?     Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    Markets are usually positive in the fourth year of a presidential cycle. What can traders expect in 2012? Mark Lehmann, JMP Securities, and Bryan Piskorowski, Wells Fargo Advisors, discuss.

  • Street Signals for 2012     Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan takes a look at Street signs for what's ahead in the coming year.

  • For 2012, Signs Point to Tepid Consumer Spending Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 4:50 AM ET
    Woman window shopping on a snowy street

    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.

  • Best Trade of the Year: Cattle     Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 12:54 PM ET

    Feeder cattle wins the best trade of the year trading over 20% YTD. James Bower, Bower Trading president weighs in.

  • Santelli's Trading Edge     Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 8:30 AM ET

    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.

  • Claiming Social Security Benefits Early Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 4:21 PM ET
    Claiming Social Security Early

    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.

  • Dean Foods Gains Momentum     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 9:47 AM ET

    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.

  • Santelli: 'I Don't Trust Any Stress Test'     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 8:33 AM ET

    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.

  • Warmer Weather Hurting Winter Retail     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 6:50 AM ET

    The lack of a cold winter have hurt retailers trying to sell cold-weather apparel, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • The Roadmap: Sears, Italian Bonds & Oil     Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 9:04 AM ET

    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.

  • Airline Industry View From Above     Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 8:57 AM ET

    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.

  • Europe Impacting Stock Picking for 2012     Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 7:16 AM ET

    "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.

  • Gift Card Spending to Increase     Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 6:47 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the details on why the gift card market is rebounding as economic conditions improve.

  • 2012 Election: It's the Economy     Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 7:33 PM ET

    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.

  • Santelli's Bond Report     Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 3:09 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli takes a look at the US 10-Year, and Bund 10-Year.

  • Santelli's Market Buzz     Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the consumer confidence data is coming in strong and popping at an 8-month high.

  • Caffeine Prices Could Jump Next Year     Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 10:19 AM ET

    The price of your morning cup of coffee could be higher in the new year. James Cordier, Optionstrader.com president explains why.

  • Durable Goods & Personal Income     Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 8:35 AM ET

    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.

  • Men, Procrastinators Hit Shopping Malls     Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 8:20 AM ET

    Maureen Bausch, Mall of America executive VP, says that men and procrastinators are shopping as the Christmas holiday fast approaches.