Economic Measures


  • Farrell: A Green Shoot is a Green Shoot Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
    NYSE trader

    My favorite new index is the Architectural Billings Index. The what? Yeah, the old reliable ABI. I never heard of it, but it's now my favorite.

  • The American dream appears increasingly elusive to the average citizen, with the CNBC All-America Economic Survey finding continued high levels of pessimism in the nation’s outlook for incomes, home values and the future of the economy.

  • Wachovia Deal Yielded $21 Billion Profit: Wells Fargo CFO Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 4:25 PM ET
    Wells Fargo bank

    The country’s largest home lender, Wells Fargo & Co., has realized $21 billion of profit since it merged with Wachovia two years ago, its CFO Howard Atkins, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Postcard From China to Fed: Not Time to Raise Rates Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 2:59 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    China's move to raise interest rates can serve both as a sneak preview to what might happen when other central banks start down the same road, and as an assurance that the Federal Reserve is nowhere near that point.

  • Read Full Text Here Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 2:24 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Read the full text of the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book report here.

  • Foreclosure Sign

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has called for a halt on foreclosures, told CNBC Tuesday, that sorting through the underlying problems caused by some wrongful foreclosures could take months to unwind and require lots of legal work.

  • Fed's Lockhart Leaning in Favor of More Bond Buying Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 | 9:40 AM ET
    Atlanta Federal Reserve President and CEO Dennis Lockhart

    Atlanta Fed president Dennis Lockhart says he is leaning in favor of further quantitative easing—or increasing the nation's money supply—to help boost the struggling economy.

  • Will QE2 Sail into a Better Economy? Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 4:10 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Does the Fed head look at market-driven prices? Surely he does. But it’s equally certain that this will not deter him from pump-priming QE2. Underneath it all, Bernanke believes in the false Phillips Curve tradeoff between inflation and unemployment.

  • The rise in gun sales and food stamp demand are indicators of a fearful public that’s struggling financially, Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist, ConvergEx Group, told CNBC Monday.

  • Busch: The Easy QE2 Trade is Over Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 11:36 AM ET

    Overnight, the US dollar has had a rally on what I'd call the "We-can-print-money-too!" theory of central bank easing.

  • Fed Needs Fiscal Help to Boost Economy: Fisher Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 9:02 AM ET
    Richard W. Fisher, president of the Federal Bank of Dallas

    The Federal Reserve needs the help of fiscal and regulatory authorities if it is to help the US economy grow at a faster pace, Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, told CNBC Monday.

  • In Last Quarter of Year, a Focus on What's Working Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 | 5:29 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange Traders

    The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index are both up more than 5 percent this year, and barring something dramatic will finish in the black.

  • Five Ways More Fed Easing Could Make Things Worse Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 3:45 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke took another step Friday toward further monetary stimulus, but in doing so left one key issue unanswered: What if all this intervention causes more harm than good?

  • US Ad Growth Is Like 'Emerging Market': Sorrell Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 12:30 PM ET

    The United States has exhibited emerging-market growth this year in advertising, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, the world’s largest advertising agency told CNBC Friday.

  • Jobs a Big Concern for Food Makers: ConAgra CEO Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 5:51 PM ET

    Rising commodity prices and lingering consumer uncertainties have been eating away at food companies' margins. Until consumers bounce back, food makers will continue to feel the drag on retail pricing, ConAgra Foods Chief Executive Gary Rodkin tells CNBC on Thursday.

  • A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    As if the problems in foreclosures weren't enough, another potential problem for the nation's big banks is raising its head today and is the key reason that shares of banks such as Bank of America are down sharply and credit default swap for some banks are widening.

  • Tax Credits Not Enough to Jump-Start Hiring: Sperling Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 3:30 PM ET

    The only way to combat the unemployment rate is to see investment by companies in their capacity.  Companies are only going to hire more people if they have a demand for there goods or services, said Scott Sperling, co-president of THL Partners.

  • Foreclosure Halt Could Boost Home Prices: Economist Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 10:56 AM ET

    A halt to foreclosures could be a boost to home prices in the near term, Carl Riccadonna, US senior economist at Deutsche Bank, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Wells Adds to Crisis Over Home Seizures Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 10:10 AM ET

    The US mortgage foreclosure crisis deepened as it emerged that Wells Fargo may have used practices that prompted rivals to halt home repossessions, and JPMorgan Chase said banks might be fined over the issue.

  • China Can't Lead Knowledge-Based Future: Condi Rice Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 5:13 PM ET

    China may well become the world’s largest economy, but because it has exhibited fear of the Internet in its policies, it “can’t lead a knowledge-based revolution,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNBC Wednesday.