Economic Measures


  • President Obama outlined steps to "generate the greatest number of jobs" and stimulate the economy, including aid to small business, consumer rebates for energy efficient products and more infrastructure spending.

  • Meredith Whitney

    The government is running out of ways to help the economy as the US faces major issues regarding credit and employment ahead, banking analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

  • A specialist is surrounded by screens as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 5, 2007. Stocks dipped Tuesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a strong reading on the U.S. service sector suggested the central bank has little reason to lower interest rates.

    Financials will be in focus on Tuesday, as BofA's board meets on a new CEO; bank execs speak before a Goldman Sachs conference, and influential bank analyst Meredith Whitney appears on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

  • Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is still looking at an "extended period" for low interest rates because the economy remains weak and inflation is stable, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

  • Wall Street Trader

    A number of strategists have been recommending that investors steer clear of lower quality stocks and focus instead on those with better balance sheets for the next leg of the road ahead.

  • Unemployment

    Even as he trumpeted a slowdown in the nation's job losses Friday, President Barack Obama put finishing touches on a proposal he'll unveil next week to "jump-start" business hiring across America.

  • Downtown, Allentown, Pennsylvania

    President Obama kicked off his jobs listening tour this morning in Allentown, Pa., by hearing from residents of this struggling region, once the seat of the nation's steel industry.

  • Obama Warming to Jobs Bill; Democrats Eye TARP Funds Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 10:22 AM ET

    President Obama's options for spurring job growth may be limited by budge deficits, but with unemployment still  hovering at 10%,  he is warming to calls for a jobs-boosting bill.

  • US Job Market Growth Remains Uncertain: Gross Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 9:59 AM ET

    Despite the growing optimism surrounding the US job market, there is still cause for caution over where the jobs will come from, Bill Gross, Pimco's co-chief investment officer and founder, told CNBC Friday.

  • US Jobs Report Unlikely to Cast a Clear Light Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 6:29 AM ET

    With investors anxiously waiting the release of the nonfarm payrolls data for November, analysts warn that unemployment is likely to rise for a while longer.

  • Look Ahead: Jobs Report Has Markets on Edge Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 9:31 PM ET

    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

  • Look Ahead: Fed Under Fire, GE-Comcast Deal in Focus Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 8:47 PM ET

    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.

  • James Bullard on Closing Bell

    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.

  • Look Ahead: Markets Count Down to US Jobs Report Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 1:52 AM ET
    Wall Street

    With an absence quarterly earnings news, the focus shifts to economic data, in particular this Friday's jobs report.

  • Pending Home Sales Have Record Rise; Construction Flat Tuesday, 1 Dec 2009 | 10:24 AM ET

    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.

  • US Administration 'Insensitive' to Debt Risks: Zell Tuesday, 1 Dec 2009 | 9:23 AM ET

    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.

  • mohamed el-erian

    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.