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  • CAT CEO: Revenue Outlook Weaker     Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar chairman & CEO, discusses his company's third quarter earnings and how uncertainty in China and the U.S. elections is slowing growth.

  • The chapter isn't yet closed on this year's surge in food crop prices following the worst drought in the U.S. in over 50 years.

  • A fruit grower carries a bucket of freshly harvested strawberries on a farm in Gouso.

    India, a major player in global agriculture, has struggled to attract foreign investment. But that may change.

  • A fruit grower carries a bucket of freshly harvested strawberries on a farm in Gouso.

    India, a major player in global agriculture, has struggled to attract foreign investment. But that may change.

  • September's ISM Manufacturing Index 51.5     Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest data on manufacturing and construction spending, and discusses its impact on the markets, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Caterpillar

    Although Caterpillar, a construction giant and mining equipment maker, cut its 2015 earnings forecast due to lower capital expenditures by commodity producers, one analyst said there is still a good trade on mining stocks.

  • Russian Farm, Chinese Farmer Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | 7:35 PM ET
    A farmer plants rice in Baishixi, Yunnan province, China.

    When a Chinese investor bought a farm outside this village a few years back, he was pleased enough to name it Golden Land. The soil was rich, the sunshine and rain bountiful. The NYT Reports.

  • Sugar prices may soften over the course of this year, breaking ranks with the rest of the commodity market's  "Breakfast Club"  of corn, wheat, soybeans and cocoa, which surged to multi-month and all-time highs as dry weather ravaged crops.

  • Caterpillar CEO Sees Global Economy Improving Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 11:16 AM ET
    **FILE** Rows of heavy Caterpillar equipment sits ready for shipment at the Caterpillar plant in Decatur, Ill.,in this April 20, 2007 file photo. For American companies with operations that stretch overseas, the slumping dollar has become a fiscal life preserver amid slower domestic economic growth and waning sales. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

    Caterpillar chief executive officer Doug Oberhelman told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday he’s optimistic the global economy is improving long term despite mixed signals currently.

  • Shaun White featured on a box of Wheaties

    From breakfast cereal to chips to Coca-Cola, the price of corn has an impact on a wide range of food products at the grocery store, but commodities investor Dennis Gartman says it’s the cost of packaging that tends to impact consumer’s wallet more.

  • China’s Job Market Under Stress Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 9:42 PM ET
    A couple look at recruitment information on the disply at a labor market in Yiwu, China.

    China’s job market has started to show signs of stress, putting pressure on the government to intensify fiscal spending to prevent the economy from weakening further. The FT reports.

  • Farmer Brian Pilotte holds an ear of immature corn while looking over a drought stricken field in Idaville, Indiana, U.S.

    After a multi-week rally, grain prices slumped Tuesday, as traders caught a whiff of summer rain in the forecast, ahead of a major government crop report Wednesday.

  • Will CAT Bounce Back?     Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Shares of Caterpillar are down 20 percent in the second quarter amid a lackluster U.S. economy and growing worries about Europe and China. Will CAT land off its feet next quarter? Eli Lustgarten, Longbow Research senior research analyst, offers his outlook on the company.

  • Harvested cocoa beans

    Cocoa — the main ingredient for Kit Kats, Hershey’s bars and Snickers — may rally into the second-half of this year as low rainfall and drier weather forecast for Ivory Coast, the world’s leading cocoa supplier, threaten to reduce yields and deplete global stockpiles.

  • Auto Sales Could Help Drive Market Sentiment Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 8:11 PM ET
    Customer at an auto dealership.

    The auto industry has been one of the positives in this shaky economy but will it last? Traders will be watching June auto sales on Tuesday—especially after a weak ISM reading.

  • NYSE trader

    The beach may be beckoning this Fourth of July week but traders are going to want to be at their desks for the start of the third quarter, with the jobs report, an ECB rate decision—and more.

  • How Record Heat Wave Is Threatening a Key US Crop Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
    Sun shines on seed corn plants in a field in Tiskilwa, Illinois. Corn supplies in the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter, are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 just as a Midwest heat wave damages the world’s largest harvest for a third consecutive year.

    Farmers have planted the most corn since 1937, but record-setting heat is threatening the crop yield, causing futures prices to jump.

  • Why You Should Watch Corn Prices for Next Two Weeks Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    Corn is facing the worst crop conditions in two decades, pushing up prices that could affect everything from cereal to the ethanol in gasoline.

  • How Low Can Joy Global Go? Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 7:27 PM ET

    To find out, Jim Cramer interviews the company’s CEO.

  • Industries Hit Hardest by the Recession Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 11:14 AM ET
    Most economists now agree that the worst part of the recession is over, and we’re officially in sluggish recovery mode. No one can say for sure when things will finally return to normal, but enough time has passed that an analysis of the data from the downturn’s lowest point is possible.For many industries, that point took place in 2009 and 2010. It was a brutal period for most businesses, and many struggled simply to tread water. But others were hit hard, and they offer a unique view into what

    Using data provided by the financial information firm Sageworks, CNBC.com shows which industries took the worst beating in 2009 and 2010.

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