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  • How the Gold Business Operates Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:42 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    Straight from the mines, rough gold goes through a highly complex process, and often travels around the world before it ever makes it to the consumer.

  • Mother Lode Of ETFs Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    Cash and gold

    The SPDR Gold Trust, with over $60 billion in assets, is far and away the largest gold fund.

  • Profits Falling, Banks Confront a Leaner Future Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 11:09 AM ET
    Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    Battered by a weak economy, the nation’s biggest banks are cutting jobs, consolidating businesses and scrambling for new sources of income in anticipation of a fundamentally altered financial landscape requiring leaner operations, the New York Times reports.

  • Private Sector Waits for Libya's Next Revival Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 9:09 AM ET
    Lybian rebels deploy for a second day on several kilometres from the key city of Ajdabiya to try to attack government forces that have encircled the town on March 22, 2011.

    Oil companies are understood to be preparing to move back into the North African country, which used to pump 1.6 million barrels per day before the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's government began six months ago.

  • Stocks Log Worst 4-Week Drop Since Mar. 2009 Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 6:40 PM ET

    Stocks accelerated their selloff to finish near session lows in light, choppy trading Friday as investors were reluctant to remain in the market ahead of a weekend, amid worries over a global recession in addition to the ongoing euro zone jitters.

  • The World's Safest Banks 2011 Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 11:39 AM ET
    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?" These rankings are being published first on CNBC.com. For the past 20 years, has compiled a list of the World’s 50 Safest Banks, and in the current environment of increased regulation and oversight, long-term safety of banks is of key interest. According to

    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?"

  • Futures Point to Weak Open; Gold Jumps Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 9:05 AM ET

    Futures were off their worst levels Friday, but were still lower, pressured by losses in Asia and Europe and many investors concerned the world economy is on the brink of another recession.

  • Stocks Drop 4%, Dow Skids 500, Led by Banks Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks finished near session lows in choppy trading Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P wiping out all of the previous session's gains led by financials, as investors continued to cautiously monitor developments in the European banks.

  • Futures Tumble Amid Ongoing Economic Fears Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

    Futures continued to decline Wednesday after the previous session's sharp rally as investors remained cautious over the prospects for the U.S. economy and the ongoing euro zone crisis.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Farr: Markets Behaving Badly Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 11:18 AM ET

    Most of the pundits had expected a relief rally in stocks following a resolution to the debt ceiling crisis. That did not happen. So what gives? Why is the market behaving so poorly despite the hard-fought compromise by lawmakers?

  • Out of Work

    Private sector payrolls rose at a faster pace than expected in July, but a surprising increase in layoffs helped push the number of announced  jobs cuts to a 16-month high, separate reports showed.

  • A new wave of corporate layoffs could pick up momentum if the economy does not kick into a higher gear soon — and that has traders thinking Friday's US jobs report may be a huge disappointment.

  • Dow Logs 8-Day Loss, S&P Negative for Year Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 4:20 PM ET

    Stocks sold off sharply to end at session lows Tuesday with the Dow down for an eighth day amid economic worries and even after President Obama signed a bill to avoid a debt default.

  • Dow Tumbles 100 Ahead of Senate Vote Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 11:23 AM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday amid worries over economic growth and as a last-minute congressional deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling failed to ease worries about a possible U.S. credit downgrade.

  • Futures Slide Amid Credit Downgrade Fears Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 8:36 AM ET

    Futures were lower Tuesday after news personal spending in June declined for the first time since September 2009 and as a last-minute congressional deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling failed to ease worries about a possible U.S. credit downgrade.

  • Corporate Layoffs Increase as Economy Sputters Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 7:01 PM ET

    A new wave of corporate layoffs could pick up momentum if the economy does not kick into a higher gear soon.

  • Dow Ends Lower for 7th Session Ahead of Vote Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 4:35 PM ET

    Stocks clawed back from session lows ahead of a crucial vote in Washington on the debt deal, but still ended lower Monday following a dismal manufacturing report in addition to renewed worries over some euro zone countries.

  • The Key to Trading Today Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:29 AM ET

    The key to trading today is July ISM, which comes at 10am ET. With the exception of May, it has been above 55 for a year. Unfortunately, the whisper numbers are fairly weak...with some estimates as lows as 52. Still expanding, but not very vigorously.

  • Futures Climb Over 1% on Debt Limit Deal Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 8:46 AM ET

    Futures surged Monday, after top U.S. lawmakers sealed a deal to raise the debt ceiling one day ahead of a deadline for a potential default.