• Service Sector, Factory Orders Beat Estimates Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    The pace of growth in the U.S. services sector increased slightly in November while U.S. factory orders expectantly rose in October.

  • Productivity Gets Big Boost; Labor Costs Plunge Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    Nonfarm productivity increased at a much faster clip than initially thought as businesses held the line on hiring even as output surged, with unit labor costs falling at their fastest pace in almost a year.

  • Private Sector Gains 118,000 New Jobs in November Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    The private sector created 118,000 jobs in November, primarily thanks to service-related jobs, a number that missed expectations ahead of Friday's closely watched government report.

  • Osborne Tries to Sweeten Pill for Austerity Britain Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    The British economy has performed less strongly than expected and a crisis in the euro zone will constrain growth for several years, finance minister George Osborne said in a budget update to parliament on Wednesday.

  • Investors watch the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    Chinese stocks, which have had a forgettable year so far, climbed 3 percent on Wednesday, after the country's new leadership promised further reforms. But is the rally that has fizzled out many times in the past here to stay?

  • The Most and Least Corrupt Countries Globally Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    The United States may have the world's largest economy, but it does not even crack the top ten percent when it comes to a perceived lack of corruption, according to Transparency International.

  • Obama Says Tax Rate Cut for Wealthy Possible Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 2:11 PM ET
    President Obama (R) meets with members of the bipartisan Governors Association Executive Committee, including Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D)

    President Obama says that while tax rates must go up for a "fiscal cliff" deal, it may be possible to lower rates at the top end of the scale late next year as part of tax reforms.

  • The Most Dangerous Idea in Washington: Economist Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 12:37 PM ET
    Scene from Groundhog Day

    "What some people are calling a 'bungee jump' could cause an economic heart attack," says BofA economist Ethan Harris.

  • 'Fiscal Cliff' Impact Could Go Into 2014: BofA CEO Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 7:10 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama.

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said "fiscal cliff" uncertainty has already hurt 2013 business spending and said the failure to reach a resolution presents not only a near-term recession risk, but also the possibility of longer negative effects.

  • Japan’s Warning Signal to the West Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 4:50 AM ET
    Tokyo, Japan

    Governments and economists from elsewhere in the developed world are looking East for a clue to the long-term consequences of loose monetary policy.

  • Spain's Jobless Number Nears 5 Million Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 3:57 AM ET
    People wait in line at a government employment office in the center of Madrid, Spain.

    Spain's number of jobless rose by 1.5 percent in November from a month earlier, or by 74,296 people, leaving 4.9 million people out of work.

  • Fiscal Struggle Puts Detroit Under Credit Cloud Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 3:39 AM ET

    Detroit's fiscal clock is ticking down again as the city faces running out of money by the end of the year unless a political squabble between the mayor and city council can be resolved.

  • What Will the Aussie Central Bank Do Next? Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 1:37 AM ET

    In line with expectations, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) delivered a 25 basis point rate cut on Tuesday, taking the benchmark interest rate to 3 percent - its lowest level since 2009. However, analysts remain divided on whether the central bank will push rates even lower next year.

  • Greece Is on the Road to Recovery: France’s Noyer Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Christian Noyer, governor of the Bank of France and a member of the European Central Bank governing council.

    Greece's economy is in recession but there are reasons to be upbeat and the debt-laden nation will be able to rebound strongly as it works its way through reforms, European Central Bank governing council member Christian Noyer told CNBC.

  • Republicans Reject Tax Hike in 'Fiscal Cliff' Offer Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 10:17 PM ET

    Republicans proposed steep spending cuts on Monday but gave no ground on President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the wealthiest in their first formal proposal to avert a "fiscal cliff" that could push the U.S. economy into recession.

  • Obama Hosts 'Fiscal Cliff' Twitter Chat Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    Have a 'fiscal cliff' question? Ask Obama.

  • US Taxpayers Have Had it Easy for Decades Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Scene from James Bond Dr. No

    Americans hate paying taxes. They also want Congress and the White House to balance the budget. That decades-long conflict seems to be approaching a Moment of Truth.

  • Obama 'Poorly Schooled' on Economics: Dick Armey Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    President Obama and Democrats have "a mantra, but they don't have a plan," said former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

  • Morici: Soaking the Rich Won’t Solve Much Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    President Obama may get Republican cooperation in soaking the rich, but the deal that emerges could put the nation in dire straits by the end of the decade.

  • US Manufacturing Declines in November: ISM Index Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in November, falling to its lowest in over three years in a sign the sector may be struggling to gain traction.

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