Economic Measures


  • There Is a 50% Chance of US Double-Dip: Strategist Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 9:05 AM ET

    There will be a short-term pullback after Thanksgiving in stock markets and there is a 50 percent chance that the US economy will double-dip, according to Paul Schatz, president of Heritage Capital.

  • shopper

    Americans' confidence in the economy improved slightly in November, but they remain gloomy amid a weak job market heading into the holiday season.

  • Stock chart with dice

    Risk is on so far this holiday week, but the bigger question is how long will that trade work. Tuesday's calendar is heavy on news about housing and the consumer, including the revision to third quarter GDP.

  • US Job Losses to Bottom out Next Quarter: NABE Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 3:44 AM ET

    Economists expect the joblessness that has weighed down the nation's economic recovery will start to slowly abate in 2010.

  • What if a Recovery Is All in Your Head? Sunday, 22 Nov 2009 | 8:35 AM ET
    What's Next?

    Beyond fiscal stimulus and government bailouts, the economic recovery that appears under way may be based on little more than self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Wall Street

    Whiel Wall Street profits have rebounded to record levels, the Street is not showing signs yet of a real employment recovery.    

  • Double-Dip Jitters Cast Pall on Stocks; Techs to Weaken Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 11:07 PM ET
    Wall Street

    Friday's markets have no economic indicators to consider, but Dell's disappointing after the bell earnings could spill into tech stocks.

  • Unemployment

    As experts debate the potential speed of the US recovery, one figure looms large but is often overlooked: nearly 1 in 5 Americans is out of work or under-employed.

  • China's Economy Bracing for a Bubble? Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

    US reliance on a growing Chinese economy to continue to spur growth of the American economy could be an ill-fated notion, Bill Gross, Pimco's founder and CEO, told CNBC.

  • New, Better Stimulus Plan Needed: AutoNation CEO Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 12:25 PM ET

    Additional economic stimulus such as a payroll tax cut would boost hiring, Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation, told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Administration Promises Stimulus Job Count Changes Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 11:31 AM ET
    Stimulus Scorecard

    The Obama administration is promising to change the way it counts the number of jobs saved or created by the economic stimulus program, after the Government Accounting Office revealed measurement flaws in the current system.

  • Gold Rush to Prevail on Demand, Low Rates, Weak Dollar Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 10:02 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    The latest rush to gold is providing plenty of market buzz even on the quietest days.

  • GAO Reveals New Flaws in Stimulus Job Creation Claims Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 3:34 PM ET
    Stimulus Scorecard

    On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will issue its bimonthly report on the Recovery Act, and the focus will be squarely on jobs, addressing the accuracy criticisms, while offering recommendations on how to improve the system of reporting. The GAO has determined that the overall number of jobs created or saved is not valid.

  • Small Business Key To Recovery: Banking Official Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    "Until you get the small business sector back on its feet and get it vibrant, you are basically knocking out about 20 percent of the GDP," said Camden Fine, president & CEO of Independent Community Bankers of America. "And it's hard to have a robust recovery if you have 20 percent of the GDP lagging."

  • How Fed Manages to Keep Inflation Fears Under Control Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 9:40 AM ET

    Sometimes stating the obvious and repeating it frequently can be a very effective policy, especially in managing inflation expectations.

  • Rally's Low Volume Prompts Question: Whither Buyers? Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 10:03 PM ET

    The low volume nature of the nearly 8-month old market rally has been an ongoing concern, but now the absence of institutional players could be an issue.

  • Homebuilder Sentiment Stays Low as Market Struggles Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 1:10 PM ET
    Home Construction

    Homebuilder confidence was unchanged at low levels in November, but sales of newly built, single-family homes were expected to rise slightly in the next six months, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Industrial Output Rises Less Than Expected in October Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 9:27 AM ET

    Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in October, a smaller-than-expected increase that signals a bumpy recovery ahead.

  • Stocks could continue their uptrend on Tuesday, after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed little concern about the weakening dollar and signaled that low interest rates will stay.

  • Business Inventories Fall 0.4% in September Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    Businesses slashed inventories for a 13th consecutive month in September although the pace of reductions slowed from the previous month.

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