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Americans are spending big on items like cars, while giving retailers fits over their reluctance to open up wallets for minor items.
Car makers had double-digit sales gains in August, but September will show if American consumers are really feeling confident enough to buy new wheels.
See, the US manufacturing renaissance is real: manufacturing turns in its best August growth in two years in August.
All sorts of bad news—from tapering talk to crisis in Egypt and Syria, and panic in emerging nation stocks—led to a flat summer for the markets, but that's a victory of sorts.
New research from a left-leaning think tank shows top CEOs face a high probability of getting fired or running into other troubles. Are too many earning more than they’re worth?
With a potential bombing campaign in Syria looming, economists are focusing on likely economic impacts, from a spike in oil prices to a rippling economic slowdown.
Stocks swoon as an attack by Allies on Syria looms, raising fears of higher oil prices and a hit to the global economy.
A bigger-than-expected drop in durable goods orders sparked new worries about manufacturing, causing speculation the Fed may reduce its tapering plan.
Now that Steve Ballmer is out, there's a ton of speculation about who will take the helm at Microsoft. The company's next CEO is probably not anyone you would expect.
The Nasdaq shutdown is one more reason for investors to lose confidence in the markets, and another black eye for the exchange.
Fedspeak: The latest message from the Federal Reserve is that it's comfortable with its previous messages. How much does that help the market?
JC Penney and Best Buy have big holes to climb out of, but they may be good proxies for the hopes and fears tied up in the US economic recovery narrative.
Wal-Mart and other big business interests argue that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs and raise prices. The truth may be different.
Worry about the start for Fed tapering is constant, but hand wringers keep focusing on new issues. The topic du jour is the fast-rising yield of the 10-year Treasury note.
Unemployment claims hit a six-year low in July, while inflation was benign. But stocks plunged anyway as investors focused on some disappointing results from big retailers.
Inflation hawks always have something to worry about. Some question the latest evidence of low inflation and wonder how that will influence the Fed’s tapering timing.
The Justice Department and several states filed suit today to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines, citing worries about higher fares.
It’s hard to enjoy the lazy days of summer when there’s so much to worry about: debt ceiling, the next Fed chairman and the bad portents of the “Hindenburg Omen.”
J.C. Penney’s problems keep on getting worse, with the latest spat between the board and one of its own directors.
As the Fed tapers, bond yields will rise and prices will be more volatile. Little money, if any, will be earned from rising bond prices, but Pimco's Bill Gross has a plan.