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  • Shadow Inventory Dwarfs Loan Mods Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 2:22 PM ET
    Foreclosure Sign

    I'm back on the foreclosure bandwagon again, especially after getting the Treasury's Home Affordable Modification Program status report this morning, and its glaring omission of any information as to how many borrowers are actually keeping up with the payments on their trial modifications.

  • Jobless Rate to Hit 10.5%, Keeping Fed in Box: Poll Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 8:48 AM ET

    Unemployment will shoot to 10.5 percent by the middle of next year, constraining the Federal Reserve's ability to raise interest rates, according to a Reuters poll.

  • Asia Risks Bubble of 'Mind-Boggling Size': Economist Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 5:45 AM ET

    If Asia's loose monetary policy is left unaddressed it will ultimately blow a bubble of "mind-boggling size" that could become uncontrollable without fiscal tightening, Frederic Neumann, economist at HSBC, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • The Battered Businesses Behind Housing Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | 2:47 PM ET

    While we all worry so much about the auto industry, I find it astounding that we don't pay all that much attention to the battered industries behind the battered housing market.

  • The U.S. economy could face a double-dip recession next year, in the absence of stimulus measures and extended incentive programs, Kirby Daley, senior strategist at Newedge Group, said Monday.

  • Watch Foreclosures, Seriously Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 1:52 PM ET

    While the Realtors and Home Builders and Mortgage Bankers all bask in the glow of the home buyer tax credit extension/expansion, we all need to turn our attention to the real drag on a housing recovery: Foreclosures.

  • Friday's Labor Department report showed that unemployment rate unexpectedly jumped to 10.2 percent in October, even though the pace of job losses slowed. How do the numbers affect the markets? David Joy, chief market strategist at RiverSource Investments, and Keith Goddard, president of Capital Advisors, shared their insights.

  • Unemployment

    A new report, released by employment Web site CareerBuilder.com, ranked the top metro areas with the most job postings on the site between January and October 2009.

  • Risk Is More 'Enticing' Now: Chief Economist Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 11:29 AM ET

    Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve kept its federal funds rate unchanged in a range of zero to 0.25 percent, and said the economy "continued to pick up" since its last meeting. Robert Barbera, chief economist at ITG shared his insights on how this impacts the financials and the economy.

  • Global Jobless Stats: How Does US Compare? Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 8:36 AM ET

    The U.S. unemployment rate blasted past the psychologically important 10-percent mark Friday as nonfarm payrolls fell by 190,000 last month. It's the first time the unemployment rate -- now at 10.2 percent -- was in double digits since June 1983.

  • Dollar Could Fall to All-Time Low vs Euro Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 6:47 AM ET

    Euro strength is far from over and the dollar could fall to an all-time low against the bullish currency, Phil Roberts, technical analyst from Barclays Capital, told CNBC.

  • S&P to Finish Above 1,100 by Year-End: Market Analyst Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 6:08 PM ET

    Stocks gained on Thursday as a strong reading on productivity and an easing in jobless claims helped cheer investors. Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales at Stuart Frankel and CNBC market analyst, and Alan Valdes, vice president at Kabrik Trading, shared their market insights.

  • Home Buyer Tax Credit Expansion Heads to Obama Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 3:33 PM ET
    Reduced Price

    In landslide votes, the extension/expansion of the first time home buyer tax credit passed both houses of Congress and is now on its way to the President's desk for signing tomorrow.

  • Congratulations America, We're All Landlords Now Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:32 PM ET

    Yep, thanks to a new program announced by the nation's largest owner of home loans, Fannie Mae, troubled borrowers can sign over the deed of their homes and rent back for the current market rate.

  • BlackRock's Doll: Market Outlook and Stock Picks Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 10:09 AM ET

    The Fed expressed confidence that a recovery is building—but said it will keep borrowing costs near zero for "an extended period." Is this good news for investors and the markets? Robert Doll, vice chairman and global CIO of equities at BlackRock, shared his insights.

  • Bank of England Faces Tough Decision on Stimulus Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:07 AM ET

    The Bank of England's injection of 175 billion pounds ($289 billion) into the economy hasn't yet pulled Britain out of recession, and the central bank now faces a difficult decision on whether to raise the stakes.

  • Cisco To Save Rally On Thursday? Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 5:19 PM ET

    In extended trade shares of Cisco popped as much as 4% after the company beat Street estimates. But is it enough to spark a rally?

  • Wells Fargo Bets on Housing Recovery Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 2:17 PM ET

    An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about Wells Fargo & Co. modifying some of its worst loans into interest-only loans got me thinking about the housing recovery in a new light.

  • Halftime Report: Fed To Confirm Or Deny Rally? Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 1:12 PM ET

    Stocks jumped on Wednesday on positive economic data. Now, investors are waiting to hear from the Fed at 2:15pm. Will they confirm or deny the rally?

  • What Markets Should Expect From the Fed: Top Economist Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 12:45 PM ET

    As the Fed concludes its two-day meeting, most on Wall Street expect interest rates to remain low for the immediate future. But will that cause asset bubbles in stocks, real estate and currency markets? Beth Ann Bovino, senior economist at Standard & Poor’s, shared her outlook.