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  • Chadwick: What’s With This Bipolar Stock Market? Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 11:22 AM ET

    It seems that some days all news is good news to the stock market and the next day all news is bad news. And other times it seems as though the stock market extrapolates one single economic indicator as though it alone matters.

  • Hiring Improves in US Economy: NABE Survey Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 8:41 AM ET

    The number of companies reporting layoffs and job cuts through attrition is down by half from a year ago and about steady with the first quarter of this year, NABE found. Meanwhile, the number of businesses hiring jumped to 31 percent from 6 percent.

  • Will Dow See 9,000 or 11,000 Next? Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 7:15 AM ET

    Where do you think the markets are headed? Share your opinion.

  • Out of Work

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans have enrolled in federally financed training programs in recent years, only to remain out of work, says the NYT.

  • Meet America's New Financial Regulators Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    Now that  the Senate has passed President Obama’s Wall Street reform legislation, the financial industry’s representatives are combing through the legislation and trying to figure out exactly who their new regulators in Washington will be.

  • Consumer Prices Fall for Third Straight Month Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 9:01 AM ET

    The government says consumer prices dipped 0.1 percent in June. Less expensive energy bills were a big factor behind the drop. Prices for some food items and airlines fares also fell.

  • Dunkelberg: Let's Talk About Job Destruction Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 11:44 AM ET
    Unemployment

    Council of Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer reported that the “stimulus” had “created or saved 3 million jobs since its inception (and only half the money has been spent to date! Guess it is a delayed stimulus).

  • Obama Lacks Leadership to Create Jobs: Sen. Corker Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 10:57 AM ET
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    With the final financial regulation vote just hours away, Sen. Bob Corker, (R-Tennessee), told CNBC Thursday that President Obama lacked the leadership skills needed to create jobs and to drive the country out of the recession.

  • Obama To Promote Electric Vehicles in Michigan Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a speech on financial regulation at Cooper Union college April 22, 2010 in New York City.

    Facing fresh criticism of his handling of the economy, President Barack Obama travels to Michigan on Thursday to promote investments in the electric vehicle battery industry, a sector the administration sees as a bright spot in the sagging recovery.

  • Industrial Production Edges Up 0.1% in June Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 9:24 AM ET

    Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent, but manufacturing activity dropped amid fears that the economic recovery is stalling.

  • Obama Will Learn From Mistakes: Mobius Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 9:05 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    Governments stopped the world from falling into double-dip recession and authorities around the world did not make the same mistake as where made in the 20s and 30s, Mark Mobius, the executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management said Thursday.

  • Fed Forecast: Like a Long, Bumpy Train Ride Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 5:05 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Does the Federal Reserve  mean it could take up to five to six years to get the economy performing to its potential? It does not mean we will be in recession that entire time. In fact, the Fed sees growth of 3 percent this year, accelerating to 4 percent in 2012.

  • Two Sides of Recovery: Shipping Up, Housing Down Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 12:38 PM ET

    Two barometers of the US economy are moving in different directions, sending mixed messages about the depth, breadth and speed of the recovery.

  • Lowering Your Tax Hit from a Roth IRA Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    The tax-free growth offered by a Roth IRA can help stretch retirement savings—and that's good news for all Americans, half of whom are at risk of running out of retirement money.

  • Geithner Pledge Is Paying Dividends Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:00 PM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    When Treasury man Tim Geithner told me last week in a CNBC interview that the Obama administration wanted a 20-20 limit on the tax rates for investor capital gains and dividends, it may have turned stock markets around 180 degrees from the nasty bear correction that began in late April. No one, most of all me, wants to see any increase in these tax rates. But the Geithner pledge created a lot more certainty, especially on dividends, which will not go up to the 40 percent personal tax rate on ordinary income.

  • Small Business Growth Key to Recovery Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 2:00 PM ET

    The key to the job growth and recovery in the US is a small business rebound, Milton Ezrati, chief economist at money management firm Lord Abbett, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Why Portugal Downgrade Didn't Slam Stocks Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 9:18 AM ET
    Portugal

    Investors do not see Portugal's rating downgrade by Moody's as an event that will shake the markets, but it confirms the fact that the outlook for the euro zone is still cloudy.

  • Moody's Cuts Portugal Rating by Two Notches Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 3:52 AM ET

    Moody's slashed Portugal's credit rating by two notches to A1, citing a deterioration of the country's debt ratios and weak growth prospects, the ratings agency said Tuesday.

  • Credit Is Loosening for Small Business: Fed's Duke Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 1:12 PM ET
    Elizabeth Duke, Federal Reserve Governor

    Credit is gradually loosening up for small business, Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke told CNBC Monday.

  • Businesses Use New Tax Break to Hire 4.5 Million: US Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 12:01 PM ET
    Unemployment line

    The Treasury Department says businesses have added 4.5 million workers under a new program that provides tax breaks for hiring unemployed workers.