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  • Crescenzi: GDP Data—Service Sector Could Boost Jobs Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 1:13 PM ET

    The rebound in the U.S. economy until the third quarter was concentrated in the goods-producing sector of the economy, something quite evident in data on personal spending on durable goods, particularly compared to data for spending on services. Given the fact that the U.S. economy is a service-oriented economy, the composition of consumer spending had therefore been skewed unfavorably in terms of what is best for job growth.

  • Jobless Rates Decline In Some of the Worst-Hit States Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 11:11 AM ET

    States with some of the highest unemployment in the country showed some improvement  in October, though the decline partly reflected an increase in people who gave up looking for work.

  • Oil Spill Clean-Up Response Criticized Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 5:56 AM ET

    The presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has said that neither the industry nor the US government had made adequate investments in clean-up technology in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, reports the Financial Times.

  • Regulators Won't Tackle 'Gray Area' Cases: Harvey Pitt Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 11:01 AM ET

    Former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Harvey Pitt said that regulators’ upcoming insider trading cases, expected to be filed soon, are clear cases of abuse and don’t reflect a shift upward in regulatory action.

  • Frederick Mishkin

    The Federal Reserve is undergoing what former central bank governor Frederic Mishkin is calling an unprecedented level of attacks caused by its inability to articulate a clear message regarding its multitrillion-dollar monetary policies.

  • UK to Water Down Bank Bonus Rules Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 4:37 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne is set to water down plans to force disclosure of bank bonus payments above £1 million, in a move that will delight the City but sets up a political clash with business secretary Vince Cable and the Liberal Democrats, reports the Financial Times.

  • Easing Will Cost American Jobs: Blackstone President Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 5:21 PM ET

    The president and COO of private-equity firm Blackstone Group, Tony James, told CNBC Friday that quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve will enhance productivity, but not whittle down the large unemployment number in the United States.

  • 3-D Films Lead the Pack: Dreamworks CEO Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 12:48 PM ET

    Six of the top-grossing movies this year have been 3-D films, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told CNBC Friday.

  • Companies Are Busier, So Will Hiring Pick Up Soon? Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 12:06 PM ET

    Those with jobs are working more hours, and factory workers are getting more overtime. Though neither is at the point that signals significant hiring ahead, it's clearly moving in the right direction, some economists say.

  • US-China Currency War on Collision Course: Market Pro Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 11:25 AM ET

    Currency friction between the United States and China is on a "collision course," as both countries manage two opposing monetary and economic interests, Jim Rickards, sr. managing director at Omnis, a market intelligence firm, told CNBC on Friday.

  • Bowles Says Deficit Report Can't be Sugar-Coated Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
    National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.

    Deficit reduction commission co-chairman Erskine Bowles says he won't "do a whitewash" on the call for austerity measures merely to get a bipartisan consensus among panelists.

  • Fed Easing Alone Can't Fix What Ails Economy: El-Erian Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
    mohamed el-erian

    The Federal Reserve's easing programs are only one part of a three-pronged approach needed to rebuild the economy, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Regulators 'Starving' Energy: Industry Advocate Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 4:17 PM ET

    Former Shell Oil company executive John Hofmeister told CNBC Monday that the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium is an example of the “starvation,” imposed on the hydrocarbon industry by the Obama administration.

  • Greenberg: Mining the Muni Bond Mess Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 1:35 PM ET
    US $100 banknote and a compass

    Muni-bond funds of all types have been taking a drubbing, and the weakness continues.

  • Buffett Praises 'Dear Uncle Sam' Despite Slow Recovery Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 8:26 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The US economy is in for an extended period of slow growth, but it would be worse if policy makers had not acted aggressively in September 2008, investor Warren Buffett told CNBC.

  • U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) wants the Federal Reserve to drop its dual mandate of ensuring price stability and full employment and focus only on containing inflation.

  • Homebuilder Sentiment Index Edges Up in November Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 10:31 AM ET
    Home Construction

    The National Association of Home Builders says its housing market index edged up in November, with many respondents feeling somewhat more optimistic about the prospect for home sales in the near future.

  • Fed Stimulus Policy Is Counterproductive: Economist Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Fed’s stimulus-oriented policy is counterproductive to its mission: boosting jobs and small business confidence, David Malpass, president of Encima Global, an economic research and consulting firm, told CNBC on Monday.

  • Dubai Still Good for Business: UAE Executive Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 11:25 AM ET

    In spite of Dubai's financial troubles, including the missed payments recently by the financial services company, the Dubai Group, managing director of EFG-Hermes, Matt Wakeman, told CNBC Monday that Dubai is a good place to do business, because of its infrastructure and low taxes.

  • Liesman: G20 Showed America's Global Weakness Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 10:39 AM ET
    A man walks in front of a screen showing flags of the participating nations for the upcoming G20 Summit at its venue in Seoul on November 4, 2010.

    When the G-20 summit ended, attention focused on American global weakness rather than American global power, with no free trade agreement and intense criticism of recent action by the Federal Reserve,