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  • Tuesday Look Ahead: Why to Eye the ISM Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 10:29 PM ET

    Dell's forecast that second half revenue should come in stronger than the first half are encouraging words for a stock market that has been doing little more than treading water this week.

  • Economy to See Growth In Second Half: Fed's Dudley Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 11:27 AM ET

    William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve talks about economic growth, Treasury auctions, inflation and what the Fed has learned from the economic crisis.

  • Week Ahead: Is the Sun Setting on the Market Rally? Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 8:49 PM ET
    A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    Ask any trader, and the conventional wisdom you hear will be to expect a quiet week coming up, but watch out after Labor Day when Wall Street gets back to work. Still, there's a heavy calendar of important economic data on deck.

  • Friday Look Ahead: Surfing the Dell Wave Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 9:54 PM ET

    Dell's forecast that second half revenue should come in stronger than the first half are encouraging words for a stock market that has been doing little more than treading water this week.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: The Calm Before the Storm? Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 6:14 PM ET

    Small swings, low volume and a lack of news are making for some of the most sluggish trading days of the year.

  • 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.