Economic Measures


  • Durable Goods Orders Jump, Mainly on Transportation Gear Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 12:40 PM ET

    Orders for durable goods rose last month by the largest amount in two years, but the rise was mainly fueled by the volatile transportation sector.

  • Bernanke's Four Challenges in Second Term: El-Erian Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 10:22 AM ET
    Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faces a slew of challenges in his second term that will determine whether the US rebounds strongly from recession, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • As if adrift at low tide, the stock market could make another shallow move Wednesday in quiet, late summer trading.

  • Bernanke's Reappointment: Experts Weigh In Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 10:50 AM ET

    President Barack Obama announced Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's reappointment this morning. The following are CNBC video highlights, where experts weigh in on Bernanke's performance, working relationships and impact on the markets.

  • Bernanke's Next Challenge: Presiding Over the Recovery Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 8:54 AM ET

    "The next phase is almost as difficult as the first one he presided over in saving the economy from a deeper recession or worse,” says one economist.

  • Consumers Handling Credit Cards Better, Data Suggests Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 3:46 AM ET
    Credit Card Swipe

    The rate at which credit card holders fell behind on their payments was far worse in the second quarter than it was last year, but did improve sharply from the alarming level seen in the first three months of 2009.

  • Market Insider: Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 10:23 PM ET
    A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    Home prices and consumer confidence are on the menu Tuesday, but the market may do little more than meander.

  • After a Year of Crisis, Bernanke's Star is Rising Saturday, 22 Aug 2009 | 4:53 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Last year, Ben Bernanke seemed nearly as beleaguered as the  financial institutions he was protecting, but that image is changing.

  • Is the World Emerging From Its Deep Slump? Saturday, 22 Aug 2009 | 10:09 AM ET
    Global Markets

    Turnabouts in Europe and Asia, along with recent gains in the U.S., are raising hopes that that the global recession is drawing to a close.

  • Bernanke's Tough Task: Taking Away Emergency Aid Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 4:10 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Looming in the future is a high-risk challenge for the economy's rescuer-in-chief: He will have to mop up that money without disrupting a nascent recovery.  And timing is vital.

  • Consumers Like Apple, Google And US Automakers Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | 11:35 AM ET

    Customer satisfaction with products and services available to American consumers is high and increasing, according to the latest American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

  • Fed: US Loan Demand Down Except Primary Mortgages Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 4:47 PM ET

    U.S. loan demand fell in the second quarter for every major category bar prime residential mortgages as banks tightened credit standards and borrowers remained cautious, central bank and government studies showed.

  • Home Builder Confidence Rises to Highest in a Year Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 3:52 PM ET
    Home Construction

    Home builder confidence rose in August to its highest level in more than a year, according to the latest reading of the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

  • An Economic Recovery That Whimpers Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 12:06 PM ET

    Consumer spending, which roughly accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, and housing, about 20 percent of GDP, have been hit with the equivalent of 100-year storms.

  • Keep Bernanke As Fed Chairman: Mishkin Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    Reappointing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is the “right thing” to do, said Former Federal Reserve governor Frederic Mishkin on Monday.

  • Fed Extends TALF, Says Credit Markets Still 'Impaired' Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 11:25 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve said Monday it will extend its Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility another six months through it said conditions were improving in some areas.

  • Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co.

    The stock market has gotten ahead of reality, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC Friday. The co-chief executive officer of the largest bond fund manager in the world, said the US has yet to see a durable and sustainable recovery.

  • Friday Look Ahead: Bulls Hold On Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 6:13 PM ET
    Traders at New York Stock Exchange.

    The economy's bumpy progress is giving the stock market more reason to pause, but the bulls are hanging on for the time being.

  • California Plans to Stop Issuing IOUs One Month Early Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 4:09 PM ET
    California Flag

    The decision came after meetings among state officials. They needed to review California's cash flow and assess investors' appetite for buying California bonds.

  • The Fed's Full Statement Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 2:32 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve said it will extend to the end of October a program to buy longer-term government securities, and it kept interest rates steady near zero as expected. Following is the Fed's full statement.

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