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Every employment report in this recession has been important, but analysts say there is heightened tension around tonight's data as investors look for signs that the recovery is still on track.
Many of America’s jobless are going back to school to learn new skills and improve their chances of rejoining the workforce when the economy rebounds.
Job growth is likely to begin in early 2010 and improve slowly after that, though economists still expect the unemployment rate to stay around 10% for most of next year
On Thursday, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke will be testifying before Congress as part of the confirmation process for his second term. GE and Comcast are also expected to announce their deal over NBCU.
The US economy is on track for a recovery and will grow above 3 percent next year, St. Louis Fed Bank President James Bullard told CNBC.
With an absence quarterly earnings news, the focus shifts to economic data, in particular this Friday's jobs report.
Sales rose from a year ago and had the biggest annual increase ever recorded for the index, while construction spending was flat overall in October.
The US government will have to cut down on borrowing by giving up on some publicly-financed programs or face inflation in one or two years, Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investment, told CNBC Tuesday.
Market analysts are expecting the ISM data on Tuesday to show further growth in U.S. manufacturing in November, while some dollar bulls are forecasting a greenback rebound in December.
Credit problems in Dubai are a "lag effect" of the global credit collapse—and a reminder that governments must work to avoid a repeat of the crisis, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said he will not vote to reconfirm Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, in a preview of the rough treatment Bernanke may get this week on Capitol Hill.
The challenge for stock investors is whether to pocket more of the year's gains or ride it out in hopes of a Santa Claus rally.
US markets are bracing for a shakeup Friday after investors fled risk assets globally on concerns about Dubai's debt rescheduling.
A week's worth of economic reports has been crunched into just three days this week, and Wednesday has its share of significant data, which include jobless claims, durable goods and consumer sentiment.
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.
Americans' confidence in the economy improved slightly in November, but they remain gloomy amid a weak job market heading into the holiday season.
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.
Economists expect the joblessness that has weighed down the nation's economic recovery will start to slowly abate in 2010.
Beyond fiscal stimulus and government bailouts, the economic recovery that appears under way may be based on little more than self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whiel Wall Street profits have rebounded to record levels, the Street is not showing signs yet of a real employment recovery.