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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

    "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
    Gift Card Spending to Increase

    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
    2012 Election: It's the Economy

    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.

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

    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.

  • Consumer Report   Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 9:56 AM ET
    Consumer Report

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports December's consumer sentiment number is 69.9.

  • Steel Buzzkill, Gold Failing   Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 12:21 PM ET
    Steel Buzzkill, Gold Failing

    Shares of Schnitzer Steel are getting slammed today after the company reported they expect Q1 results to be lower than outlook. Also, gold is hurting to hold onto early gains and US homebuilders confidence rose for the third consecutive month today. CNBC's Fast Money traders and Dan Dicker, Merblock president weigh in.

  • Retail's Naughty & Nice Stock Picks   Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 6:41 AM ET
    Retail's Naughty & Nice Stock Picks

    Thomas Filandro, Susquehanna Financial Group, keeps track of which retailers have been "good" and "bad."

  • Weather & Holiday Retail   Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 8:40 AM ET
    Weather & Holiday Retail

    The unseasonably warm holiday weather has shoppers out more, says Paul Walsh, Weather Channel vice president/weather analytics.

  • Macy's CEO Bullish on Men's Retail   Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 6:47 PM ET
    Macy's CEO Bullish on Men's Retail

    Insight on how Macy's is doing this holiday season and what's ahead in 2012, with Terry Lundgren, chairman, president & CEO, and Mad Money host Jim Cramer. "We're hitting the ball out of the park in every category of our organization," he says. He also explains reasons for weakness in women's apparel and growth in the menswear category.

  • Rich Americans Fear Retirement   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 1:33 PM ET
    Rich Americans Fear Retirement

    According to a new study, 23% of wealthy Americans say they don't have enough retirement funds saved. Karen Wimbish, Wells Fargo Retail retirement director, discusses investor confidence and saving for retirement.

  • Retailers For Your Portfolio Wish List   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 10:25 AM ET
    Retailers For Your Portfolio Wish List

    The retail stocks that are hot versus the ones that are not, with Stacey Widlitz, S.W. Retail Advisors Inc. president.

  • Best Buy the Amazon Showroom?   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 8:14 AM ET
    Best Buy the Amazon Showroom?

    Weighing in on Best Buy's earnings and struggle to beat online retailer Amazon, with Kenneth Langone, Invemed Associates/Home Depot co-founder; Arthur Blank, Home Depot co-founder, and Bernie Marcus, Home Depot co-founder/Marcus Foundation chairman.

  • December Consumer Sentiment   Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 9:56 AM ET
    December Consumer Sentiment

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the consumer sentiment data from December, which came in at 67.7 vs 64.1 in November.

  • Senate to Vote on CFPB Leader   Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 7:21 AM ET
    Senate to Vote on CFPB Leader

    The Senate is expected to vote today on the leadership for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Insight with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

  • American Consumers Spending Habits   Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    American Consumers Spending Habits

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at the results of CNBC's All-American economic survey, which reveals that the mall isn't the only place consumers are spending money.

  • Shoppers Plan to Spend More, Hold the Plastic Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 9:31 AM ET
    A family seen shopping at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, Colorado.

    Consumers plan to spend considerably more this holiday, but not in the same way they have in years past, according to CNBC's survey.