DETROIT, April 1- U.S. consumer demand for new vehicles began to thaw in March, with Detroit automakers reporting mixed sales results on Wednesday. Ford Motor Co beat analysts' expectations, while General Motors Co fell short and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was in line with forecasts. That buoyant sentiment was reflected in higher vehicle transaction prices,...» Read More
CNBC's Brian Sullivan takes a look at Street signs for what's ahead in the coming year.
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.
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.
The lack of a cold winter have hurt retailers trying to sell cold-weather apparel, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.
"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.
CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the details on why the gift card market is rebounding as economic conditions improve.
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.
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.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports December's consumer sentiment number is 69.9.
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.
Thomas Filandro, Susquehanna Financial Group, keeps track of which retailers have been "good" and "bad."
The unseasonably warm holiday weather has shoppers out more, says Paul Walsh, Weather Channel vice president/weather analytics.
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.
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.
The retail stocks that are hot versus the ones that are not, with Stacey Widlitz, S.W. Retail Advisors Inc. president.
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.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the consumer sentiment data from December, which came in at 67.7 vs 64.1 in November.
The Senate is expected to vote today on the leadership for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Insight with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).
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.
Consumers plan to spend considerably more this holiday, but not in the same way they have in years past, according to CNBC's survey.