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  • Friday Look Ahead: Focus on Earnings Could Help Stocks Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 10:19 PM ET
    NYSE trader

    Shopping for any excuse to rally, stock traders found it in chain stores' sales, and those reports may provide a clue to the earnings season.

  • Wall Street sign

    Some traders were encouraged by Wall Street's gains but also cautious that the third up move in a 12-day stretch was the result of an oversold bounce that could quickly evaporate in the next volatile session

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 8:50 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 125,000 jobs in June and an unemployment rate falling to 9.5% from 9.7% in May.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Unemployment line

    The June jobs report Friday could provide more fuel for bears, even as economists hold onto the view that the economy is not double-dipping.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: Markets Sour Ahead of Jobs Report  Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 7:12 PM ET
    Out of Work

    Markets are looking ahead to Friday's June employment report, and there is little optimism the number will show anything more than a slight gain.

  • Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    Friday's jobs data looms as the first major economic report of the year's second half, which promises to challenge markets with slower economic growth.

  • Strategist: Bulls Back When Jobless Claims at 400K Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 6:00 PM ET

    Why one money manager thinks a reduction in jobless claims will send the markets to new highs.

  • Art Cashin: Market Seeing 'Hints' of Double Dips Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 12:25 PM ET

    Stocks turned sharply lower on Wednesday following reports that showed new home sales hit a record low last month. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, shared his market outlook.

  • Deflation, Not Inflation, May Be Big Threat to Economy Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Deflation is the economy's version of a vicious cycle. As prices fall, so do wages and profits. Demand, consumption and production also fall. Jobs are cut. Consumers put off purchases . The negative forces feed off of each other.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 11:30 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a gain of 431,000 jobs in May and an unemployment rate falling to 9.7% from 9.9% in April.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Weak Job Market Weighs On Wages Friday, 28 May 2010 | 12:47 PM ET
    Cash

    “There's nothing by way of wage growth," says Dean Baler, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “Workers aren't in a position to be choosy.”

  • Sovereign Debt Issuance to Speed Up, at Europe's Peril Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 2:12 AM ET
    Burning Money

    The pressure on governments to fund bailouts and spend to reinvigorate their economies has led to a sharp increase in the issuance of sovereign debt.

  • Meredith Whitney

    Investors should "avoid financials at all costs, particularly in the banking sector" because the financial reform bill will restrict credit and hurt  earnings, Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

  • Two-Speed Recovery Drags On Consumer Confidence Friday, 14 May 2010 | 8:55 AM ET
    What's Next?

    By many measures, the U.S. economic recovery looks good on a spreadsheet, but convincing the man on the street about that will take months of solid improvement in the job market and some good-old, hearty American consumer spending.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 7 May 2010 | 8:51 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a gain of 290,000 jobs in April and an unemployment rate rising to 9.9%.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Cramer's Game Plan for Next Week Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 6:52 PM ET

    Cramer thinks next week's jobs report will show more people are getting hired and the DOW will rise. So how will individual stocks fare? Here's his day-by-day breakdown.

  • Graduation

    The job market has improved slightly from last year, according to career experts, and certain sectors like government, health care and financial services are hiring.

  • Recovery to Remain Sluggish Into 2011: Economists Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 1:49 PM ET
    Downsizing

    The pillars of Americans' financial security—jobs and home values—will stay shaky well into 2011, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

  • Consumer Borrowing Fell by $11.5 Billion in February Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 3:47 PM ET
    Credit cards

    Consumer borrowing fell again in February, reflecting weakness in credit cards and auto loans. It marks a setback to hopes that consumers are beginning to feel more confident and will start spending more.

  • Jobless Rates Drop or Hold Steady in Most Metro Areas Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 2:46 PM ET

    Unemployment rates fell or remained unchanged in two-thirds of the 372 largest U.S. metro areas in February. The news adds to evidence that the job market is improving.