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  • Stocks close lower ahead of economic reports Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market is ending with a modest loss as investors wait for a series of big economic reports later in the week. The next day, a report on China's manufacturing industry will give investors an update on the health of the world's factory floor. And on Friday, the U.S. Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report.

  • McDonald's could be liable for labor practices Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's Corp. to liability for management practices in those locations. The same is true for many other fast-food chains, including Burger King and Yum Brands, which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza hut.

  • TOKYO, July 29- The availability of jobs in Japan rose to the highest in 22 years, in an encouraging sign that a tighter labour market will boost wages and support consumer spending. However, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, rose to 3.7 percent from 3.5 percent in the previous month.

  • *Ukraine- Russia tensions, Israel- Palestine cut gold's losses. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 28- Gold was little changed on Monday as traders and investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting, while hazarding a guess on what U.S. jobs numbers for the month might be.

  • What if Obama defended business for once?: Kudlow Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    Wouldn't it be nice if, just for once, Obama defended American business instead of attacking it?, asks Larry Kudlow.

  • The Week Ahead: 'Sharknado 2' hits TVs     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. Retailers head back to school. The Fed meets next week, and Friday brings a big labor report.

  • New rules bother employers—Obamacare not as much Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Summit on Working Families at the Omni Shoreham in June.

    Additional rules and enforcement from federal agencies have a majority of employers worried about how to run their firms.

  • Across US job market, this is becoming rare Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

  • TOKYO, July 25- The dollar held gains versus the yen on Friday and the euro stood steady after rebounding from an eight-month low against the greenback as data painted a brighter picture of the U.S. and eurozone economies.

  • President Barack Obama said on Thursday the Federal Reserve was "properly focused" on unemployment given the relatively tame pace of inflation in the country, offering a broad endorsement of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's policy approach.

  • Obama: What's legal might not be right for US Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 PM ET

    In an exclusive CNBC interview, President Obama took aim at tax inversions. Watch the interview here.

  • Engler's case for economic growth     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Business Roundtable president John Engler, discusses the current economic situation in the U.S., and what really matters. He shares his opinions on the Export-Import Bank.

  • Michigan's unemployment rate shows seasonal rise Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan authorities say the state experienced a typical seasonal increase in unemployment in the latest month. The department says June's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.7 percent in the Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids regions to a high of 9.2 percent in populous metropolitan Detroit.

  • CNBC's Patti Domm discusses the potential levers for fed action and the labor market.

  • Gold prices sink following better economic news Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    Gold slipped to its lowest level in a month on Thursday as signs of an improving economy lured traders into other investments. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week dropped to the lowest level since February 2006, almost two years before the Great Recession started.

  • *U.S. stocks edge up along with MSCI world index. "The lower-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims has made people focus on the improving labor market situation," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist, at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/ 2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction. "The economy is doing better," said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

  • *U.S. stocks edge up along with MSCI world index. "The lower-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims has made people focus on the improving labor market situation," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist, at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • US stocks rise at midday on stronger earnings Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    United Continental Holdings jumped 3 percent. United Airlines profit in the second quarter topped expectations and marked a turnaround from the first quarter, when it was the only major U.S. carrier to report a loss. The Labor Department said weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped to their lowest reading since February 2006.