BERLIN, May 24- German business morale improved far more than expected in May, rebounding after two months of falls and suggesting Europe's largest economy is slowly picking up speed after a sluggish first quarter. The Munich- based Ifo think tank said on Friday its business climate index, based on a survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 105.7 in May from 104.4 in April.» Read More
NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. consumer confidence dropped in January to its lowest level in more than a year as Americans were more pessimistic about the economic outlook and their financial prospects, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.
Apple announced its 4th generation iPad will have 128GB storage capacity, and Ford reported earnings per share of $0.31 this morning, with the "Squawk on the Street" crew.
Discussing the intersection of politics and business," with Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital. "In the U.S., entitlement reform is serious, and they've got to work it out," he says.
Discussing the housing market, and where business is improving, with Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group. "I think you'll see the homebuilders have a multi-year recovery, and a couple of million jobs will be created in the housing market," he says.
CNBC's Steve Liesman reports what participants of the Fed Survey had to say about their expectations for quantitative easing in 2013. 28 percent think QE will end in the fourth quarter of the year.
Discussing whether earnings and jobs data this week will help or hinder the rally, with Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group; Jim Paulsen, Wells Capital Management; and Douglas Cote, ING Investment Management.
What investors can expect from private equity and business in 2013, with Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group. "I don't think investors and heads of PE firms are so confident on the direction of the economy," he says.
Investors are watching for the consumer confidence number, and volatility trends, with Joe Kinahan, TD Ameritrade and Kevin Book, Clearview Energy Partners.
CNBC's Steve Liesman reports what participants of the Fed Survey had to say about spending cuts and the deficit problem. 80 percent of the 52 respondents say the U.S. needs to solve the deficit problem now.
Dissecting the market's latest action ahead of the Fed's statement on Wednesday, with Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group and Charles Campbell, MKM Partners. "Treasury yields are moving higher because of good economic data," says Campbell.
What to expect from the U.S. markets in 2013 in regards to spending cuts, and the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, with Robert McTeer, Former President of Dallas Fed and Joe Lavorgna, Deutsche Bank.
Discussing whether spending cuts would boost the U.S. economy, with Dean Baker, Center For Economic & Policy Research and Phil Kerpen, American Commitment and author of "Democracy Denied."
What investors should expect from tomorrow's trading session, with Bryan Piskorowski, Wells Fargo Advisors; Steven Rosen, Societe Generale; and Darren Schuringa, Yorkville Capital Management.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports some European skeptics warn investors that 7 of 17 countries in the euro zone are still in recession.
Discussing how spending cuts might impact the U.S economy as well as the markets, with Danielle Hughes, Divine Capital founder & CEO, and Mark Luschini, Janney Montgomery Scott.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke out on "Meet the Press," saying he thinks the sequester will happen. CNBC's John Harwood reports Republicans hope the sequester threat will produce Democratic concessions.
Discussing whether the market is poised for a pullback, with Joe Greco of Meridian Equity Partners, and CNBC's Bob Pisani.
The U.S. 10-year Treasury is topping 2 percent for the first time since April of 2012. Discussing whether investors are moving away from safety plays, with Jordan Waxman, HighTower; Chad Morganlander, Stifel Nicolaus; John Spallanzani, GFI Group; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.
Is WTI crude oil headed to $100? WTI oil prices are up 12 percent in the past 7 weeks, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson. Improving economic data is one of the reasons why.
The Federal Reserve is set to release its stress test results for big banks on March 7th, reports CNBC's Bob Pisani.