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    Retail staffs are much more experienced than they were one year ago. This may allow companies to cut back on recruiting and training costs, as well as improve their customer service this holiday season.

  • Market Insider: Time for a Breather Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 5:47 AM ET
    A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange executes a trade with his NYSE E-Broker.

    The stock market took a rest Thursday, signaling traders that it may be getting ready to shake off some recent gains.

  • Recovery May Be Sharper than Most Expect: Mussa Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 12:46 PM ET

    The economic recovery may be sharper than many forecasters, including the International Monetary Fund, have predicted, precisely because the recession was so deep, Michael Mussa, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, told CNBC.com.

  • Market Insider: Risk Appetite is Back! Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 10:36 PM ET

    Rising stock prices are acting as a powerful magnet, prying loose fresh cash and drawing it into a market that's 58 percent above its March lows.

  • Market Insider: Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 10:45 PM ET

    Wall Street's bulls are convinced there is enough good news to graze on for a while longer.

  • Avoiding the Financial Abyss: Success Without Glory Sunday, 13 Sep 2009 | 8:32 AM ET
    New York Stock Exchange

    Halting the financial sector's death plunge is arguably the government's most measurable achievement this year. Yet as President Barack Obama observes the one-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers' collapse, his administration's increasingly sunny assessment of Wall Street's rebound faces a hard sell.

  • Recession Boosts Gun Sales: Smith & Wesson CEO Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 3:45 PM ET

    Personal protection becomes a bigger worry for Americans during uncertain economic times, and Smith & Wesson CEO Michael Golden said this fear helped fuel a 30 percent jump in quarterly profit for the largest handgun manufacturer in the US.

  • Farr: Un-Labor Day Thoughts Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 4:36 PM ET

    August unemployment data were released this morning and the numbers were not as bad as expected. The rate of job losses is slowing, and some economists think that the rate of jobs lost should reach zero sometime around year end with job growth returning in early 2010.

  • Markets on the Verge of Recovery: Experts Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 4:12 PM ET

    The unemployment numbers were disappointing at face value, but overall, economic data has been consistently building a foundation for recovery, said Robert Keiser, Standard & Poor's senior director.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 8:42 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 216,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate rose to 9.7%, the fewest losses since August last year  but highest unemployment rate since mid-1983.  The June and July numbers were revised upward as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Gartman: I Don't Like the Gold, Bond Rush Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 8:06 AM ET

    The rush to buy gold and the rise in the bond market witnessed this week are not reassuring for investors, as they indicate fears of future troubles in the economy, Dennis Gartman, author of The Gartman Letter, told CNBC Friday.

  • Payrolls: Pleasant Surprise or Disappointment? Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 4:05 AM ET
    Unemployment

    The US nonfarm payrolls number later on Friday will likely make or break the stock market's timid attempts at a rebound after declines in the first days of this month, but predictions for the volatile figure are as far apart as ever.

  • Next Hit for Jobless: Losing Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 6:54 PM ET
    Unemployment

    More than 1.3 million Americans' unemployment insurance benefits will run out by the end of the year, placing extra strain on an economy that is just starting to recover from the worst downturn in a generation.

  • Vice President Joseph Biden

    Defending a costly plan to revitalize the economy, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said the government's sweeping stimulus effort "is in fact working" despite steady Republican criticism and public skepticism.

  • Unemployment May Hit 16%: Portfolio Manager Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 11:37 AM ET

    Stocks have been on a decline in the last few trading sessions, making investors nervous about where to put their money. Dan Veru, executive vice president and co-CIO of Palisade Capital Management and John Lekas, CEO and portfolio manager at Leader Capital shared their market insights.

  • Wed. Look Ahead: Can Jobs Shake Correction Conviction? Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 1:15 AM ET

    On Wednesday, investors are watching the ADP private employment survey, a kind of preview to the government's monthly jobs report Friday. There is also productivity and costs at 8:30 am New York time and factory orders at 10 am. The minutes of the Fed's last minute are released at 2 pm.

  • The 1 Indicator Richard Bernstein Says You Should Watch Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:23 AM ET

    The start of the month is always filled by monthly employment report hype. But it’s not the payrolls numbers investors should focus on, but the weekly employment claims numbers, Richard Bernstein, CEO of Richard Bernstein Capital Markets told CNBC.com

  • Tuesday Look Ahead: Why to Eye the ISM Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 10:29 PM ET

    Dell's forecast that second half revenue should come in stronger than the first half are encouraging words for a stock market that has been doing little more than treading water this week.

  • Week Ahead: Is the Sun Setting on the Market Rally? Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 8:49 PM ET
    A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    Ask any trader, and the conventional wisdom you hear will be to expect a quiet week coming up, but watch out after Labor Day when Wall Street gets back to work. Still, there's a heavy calendar of important economic data on deck.

  • Friday Look Ahead: Surfing the Dell Wave Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 9:54 PM ET

    Dell's forecast that second half revenue should come in stronger than the first half are encouraging words for a stock market that has been doing little more than treading water this week.