• Jobs And The Stimulus Package Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 9:20 AM ET

    524,000 jobs lost in December is pretty terrible, in line with estimates, but it is well below the whisper numbers of 600-700,000 that many were expecting. Despite the poor numbers, it is doubtful this will dramatically increase the size of the stimulus package.

  • Futures Turn Higher After Jobs Report Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 8:54 AM ET

    The Dow turned higher after the December jobs report came in as expected, that is to say that more than half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 8:43 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 524,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate climbed to 7.2%.  This is the highest unemployment rate since January 1993.  The November payroll numbers were revised to a loss of 584,000.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Charts Predict: S&P's Close Friday Is Critical Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 6:47 AM ET

    The S&P 500 is in danger of setting a negative trend for the whole year if it closes lower for the first full week of the New Year, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep, told CNBC.

  • Your First Move For Friday January 9th Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:52 PM ET

    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • Market’s First Big Test, Friday Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:33 PM ET

    Friday could be D-Day for the markets. The highly anticipated December jobs report comes out and by all accounts it should move the market.

  • Housing Supply Still Needs to Be Lower: Rosenberg Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 5:30 PM ET

    Lowering housing inventory is key to solving the ailing real estate market and broader economy, said David Rosenberg, Merrill Lynch chief North American economist.

  • Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:21 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Helped by Microsoft Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Obama's Stimulus Package: Will It Be Too Big To Work? Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 1:39 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Though most economists agree that bigger is better at this point, they also say size and complexity of the stimulus package could slow its passage at a time when the economy needs a quick-fix.

  • Job Hunting? Have Your "Schtick" Ready Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 12:33 PM ET

    Two million jobs vanished from this country in 2008. The unemployment rate may be headed for 11%. And worst of all, people all over the country are postponing retirement, making it more and more difficult for young job-seekers with little experience to find work.

  • Wal-Mart Hits Stocks; Microsoft Boosts Tech Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Stimulus Must Focus On Financial Institutions: Mishkin Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:23 AM ET

    A government stimulus must ensure that financial institutions are recapitalized and remain “healthy,” said Frederic Mishkin, former Federal Reserve Board governor and Columbia University economics professor.

  • In November 2008, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that the financial crisis could lead to the loss of about 225,000 private sector positions in New York State over the next two years. The good news: many federal agencies are hiring.

  • Weak Wal-Mart Sales Send Futures Lower Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:10 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Web Extra: Fast & Furious Trades For Thursday Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 6:39 PM ET

    In this Web Extra, find out how the traders are gaming the latest retail sales numbers, jobless claims, Obama's economic speech and more!

  • How Big Will Job Losses Get? Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 5:36 PM ET

    As we first told you last week the market could be in for a big test as soon as Friday. Investors are nervously waiting to see how -- or if -- the market shrugs off bad news.

  • More Than Meets The Eye? Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 3:52 PM ET

    Is the market so edgy that a negative ADP report sent it tumbling? Or is there more than meets the eye?

  • Fear Of Life's Big Changes Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 10:19 AM ET

    An interesting article featured a study finding 90% of people would rather die than make big health changes. The article postulated that it is easier to make radical changes rather than small incremental changes. I don’t have a scientific study of my own to confirm or dispute this, but the statistic and the advice give much food for thought.

  • US Could Lose 1 Million Jobs this Month: ING Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 6:44 AM ET

    New Year optimism is likely to be shaken by shocking numbers in the monthly employment report, with a loss of one million jobs coming "sooner than you might think," ING Bank analyst Rob Carnell wrote in a research note.