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  • Cramer: GDP Decline Is a 'One-Off Number' Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    After the economy posted an unexpected drop in fourth quarter GDP, CNBC's Jim Cramer called it a "shocker" but also a "one-off number."

  • New Hawks and Doves at Fed Likely Won't Alter Policy Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 9:01 AM ET

    The cast of voting members on the Fed's policy committee is changing, but Ben Bernanke will likely retain a solid majority for his drive to keep interest rates low well into the future despite critics who worry about the risks.

  • Private Sector Adds More Jobs; Services Lead Way Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 8:53 AM ET

    The private sector created 192,000 new jobs in January, better than expectations and reflective of the slowly improving trend in the labor market.

  • GDP Shows Surprise Drop for US in Fourth Quarter Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 8:11 AM ET

    The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • US Mortgage Applications Fall as Refi Demand Drops Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 7:55 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages tumbled last week after three consecutive weeks of gains, with refinance demand slumping as interest rates rose, an industry group said on Wednesday.

  • Investors Throw Spain a Lifeline as Economy Shrinks Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 6:44 AM ET

    With record unemployment figures, a fractious political scene, years of declining retail sales and Wednesday's depressing growth data, Spain appears to be sinking. Yet an improvement in risk appetite and falling borrowing costs continue to prop up the economy.

  • Monetary Policy May Be Already Tightening Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 1:04 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Our survey reveals that expectations about when the Fed will end asset purchases have moved toward sooner.

  • Consumer Confidence Tumbles on Financial Fears Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 10:01 AM ET
    Customer shops at a Kroger supermarket in Peoria, Ill.

    U.S. consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level in more than a year as Americans were more pessimistic about the economic outlook and their financial prospects, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.

  • Housing Prices Climb; Market 'Clearly Recovering' Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 9:58 AM ET

    U.S. single-family home prices rose in November, building on a string of gains that points to a housing market that is on the mend, data from a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.

  • No Wall Street Consensus on When & How QE Ends Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC Fed Survey shows Wall Street pros divided on how and when quantitative easing will end.

  • Wall Street to Washington: Cut Deficit & Spending Now Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 7:30 AM ET

    The new CNBC Fed Survey shows Wall Street pros want to send Washington an unambiguous message to reduce the red ink now, without more revenue increases.

  • Should Investors Care About the Economy?     Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 3:30 AM ET

    Paul Donovan, deputy head of Global Economics at UBS, Andrew Slimmon, managing director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Roger Nightingale, strategist at RDN Associates discuss whether investors should care about the underlying economy.

  • Stuck in Reverse, Detroit Edges Closer to Bankruptcy Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 1:58 AM ET
    Bentley GT Speed Convertible

    At the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, luxury was in the air. Pricey new Bentleys and Maseratis glittered - including a Maserati 2014 Quattroporte with a $132,000 price tag; U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and dignitaries rubbed shoulders; and many of the well-heeled attendees ponied up for a $300-a-ticket black-tie charity ball.

  • Triple-Digit Oil in Sight as Global Economy Heals Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 9:38 PM ET

    U.S. benchmark crude oil prices are expected to resume their march towards triple digits as stock markets respond to improved economic data in the U.S. and China, according to CNBC's latest oil market sentiment survey.

  • Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood in New York City, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy.

    A long-delayed $50.5 billion aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy cleared the Senate on Monday, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • Interest Rates Are Climbing, but May Not Last Long Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 1:13 PM ET

    The sudden rise in interest rates to nine-month highs doesn't yet signal a turn, but that could change if Congress resolves the fiscal crisis hanging over the markets.

  • Durable Goods Orders Rise on Spending Surge Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 8:32 AM ET

    A gauge of planned U.S. business spending rose in December, a sign that business worries over tighter fiscal policy may not have held back investment plans as much as feared at the end of 2012.

  • Economy Feeds on Workers Who Delay Retirement Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 11:46 AM ET

    The share of Americans 65 and older in the labor force went from 12.1 percent in 1990 to 16.1 percent in 2010, according to new analysis of Census data released Thursday, which experts chalk up to a national economy relying increasingly on older Americans — especially women — working part time to bolster their retirement savings.

  • Republican governors are moving to cut income taxes, including proposals that would increase reliance on state sales taxes, setting up ambitious experiments in tax reform that could shape what is possible on a national level.

  • US New Home Sales Fall, but 2012 Finishes Strong Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 10:01 AM ET

    New U.S. single-family home sales fell in December although the median sales price rose and the sector still appears set to be a bright spot in the economic recovery.

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