• Morning Market Buzz     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:20 AM ET

    Looking for a resolution in Europe's bailout situation and a stabilizing of the economic situation in the U.S.Peter Kenny, Managing Director, Knight Equities, talks about the headwinds being digested into the markets.

  • The European Blues     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

    The sentiment that there will always be another bailout in Europe is rapidly coming to an end, reports CNBC's Guy Johnson.

  • Playing Budget Chicken     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:01 AM ET

    Democrats say they've agreed on spending, while Republicans say they haven't. Meanwhile, the shutdown apparatus is beginning to move in Washington. President Obama has said he wants to announce a deal this morning, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • Sperling: Master of the Markets     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:43 AM ET

    Private equity power player Scott Sperling, co-president, Thomas H. Lee Partners, says the threat of a double-dip recession has lessened significantly, and that his portfolio is doing quite nicely, thank you. And it's all happening, he adds, despite significant headwinds in the economy, although, he adds, it's too early for the Fed to put on the brakes.

  • Conrad Says Social Issues Holdup     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:32 AM ET

    Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) discusses what's holding up the budget agreement, and says using Federal funds for abortion is illegal, so there's no reason to keep this spending bill from moving through Congress and the Senate.

  • Santelli on Budget Showdown     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:18 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the budget showdown and how it's impacting the investor thought process.

  • Corker: Giant Game of Powder Puff     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:01 AM ET

    Even though both sides have reportedly agreed on the size of spending cuts, social issues are apparently holding up a budget agreement. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discusses the progress of the spending bill.

  • "The outlandish scenario of a US debt downgrade is no longer the stuff of finance fiction," says the head researcher at at SocGen.

  • CNBC Fed Survey     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 7:32 AM ET

    A third of economists and money managers believe the Fed will hike rates this year. Half believe the Fed has been too accommodative. And Wall Street believes the Fed will be more aggressive in selling assets, particularly in 2012, reports CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Fed Credibility     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:50 AM ET

    Discussing whether the Fed is losing its credibility vs. other central banks around the world, with Yra Harris, Praxis Trading.

  • Faber: Masters of the Market     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:36 AM ET

    Marc Faber, editor and publisher of "The Gloom Boom & Doom Report," discusses the world economy and the amount of paper being printed by central banks. His preference, as a result, is gold. Faber adds that in the current environment, cash and bonds are dangerous. Everything is going up, he says. Only at the Federal Reserve is there no inflation.

  • Euro Zone Debt Crisis, Travel Forecast     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:20 AM ET

    CNBC's Guy Johnson reports from Budapest as European finance ministers meet to discuss the EU's debt crisis. And the country's travel forecast and a look at Augusta.

  • Top of the Morning     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:00 AM ET

    Discussing the budget showdown, who benefits, and the reasons why it's taking so long to pass a spending agreement. The EU financial watchdog will unveil bank stress tests today and back position limits on commodity trades. And Sony suspends production at two plants after yesterday's aftershock, as the Nikkei hits its highest level since the March earthquake and tsunami.

  • Spain's Biggest Export, Young People Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 4:47 AM ET

    Spain has avoided a costly run on its debt even as its closest neighbor, Portugal, has been forced to ask the European Union for help to help fund its debt burden. But one analyst remains skeptical the Spanish are out of the woods just yet.

  • Misery Index Points to Trouble, Just Not For Obama Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 2:52 AM ET
    The 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter

    The Misery Index is a simple calculation that became a political hot potato in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By adding the unemployment rate and inflation together, the index gave policy makers a tool by which to measure economic misery.  As President Barack Obama prepares for his re-election run, the index stands at just 11 percent, some 10 percent lower than Carter faced 31 years ago.

  • Commentary: The Nice Years Are Over Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    What Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, called the Nice (“non-inflationary, consistently expansionary”) decade has vanished. In its place, we see what I would now call the Nasty (“nightmare of austere and stagflationary years”), the Financial Times reports.

  • Fast Alert: Sotheby's, Call the Close     Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 12:58 PM ET

    Rumors of a failed Asian art auction drive down shares of Sotheby's, and the Fast Money traders call the close. Hint: Avoid the Euro.

  • ECB Rate Hike     Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:27 AM ET

    ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet announces a rate hike of a quarter point, which he attributes to rising oil prices. CNBC's Steve Liesman discusses the impact the hike is likely to have. Also, is Bernanke falling behind the curve, with Steven Ricchiuto, Mizuho Securities USA, and Zane Brown, Lord Abbett.

  • Budget Board Game     Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:14 AM ET

    Democrats and Republicans in Washington trade barbs in the budget battle. CNBC's John Harwood discusses the excuses behind the lack of an agreement as well as the American public's response.

  • Busch: Government Shutdown Will Happen Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:09 AM ET

    The US government is careening towards a shutdown as Democrats and Republicans can't agree on a 2011 budget plan. I believe a shutdown will occur.