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  • Markets Don't Want a Strong Economy: Bob Doll Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 11:22 AM ET

    Stock markets don't want a strong economy, but want a "decent" one said Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management.

  • Claims at Five-Year Low; Trade Gap Falls, Too Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 9:59 AM ET
    Hundreds line up to attend a job fair in New York in April.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring.

  • Draghi: Easy Monetary Stance as Long as Needed Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 8:55 AM ET
    Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

    The ECB on Thursday cut its main refinancing rate by 25 basis points to 0.5 percent, the first rate cut since July 2012, a move Mario Draghi said should help the economy.

  • Corporate Climate Aids Earnings, Not Jobs: Perelman Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 8:29 AM ET
    Ron Perelman, chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes.

    Financier Ronald Perelman told CNBC that earnings are growing at the companies he holds stakes in, but top-line growth has been difficult, much like the rest of Corporate America.

  • Slowdown in Layoff Plans Provides Some Jobs Hope Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 7:40 AM ET
    Job seekers meet meet potential employers at a career fair on April 18, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Midtown in New York City.

    The number of planned layoffs fell to their lowest level of the year, suggesting slowing economic growth has not translated into significant job losses, a report showed.

  • Possible US Budget Fix: Sell Our Strategic Oil Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 7:06 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is awash in fossil fuel production, raising a tantalizing prospect of whether the U.S. should liquidate its Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help close the deficit.

  • The Euro Crisis Is Actually Saving Germany Money Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 4:19 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  walks past flags of the European Union and Germany.

    Throughout Europe's debt crisis, northern European leaders have often said they will not stand for taxpayers having to fork out for other countries' problems, and the notion of "taxpayer-funded bailouts" has taken root.

  • Euro Zone Factory Downturn Deepens in April Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 4:02 AM ET

    The rot spreading through euro zone manufacturers persisted through April, a business survey showed, bolstering expectations for an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank later on Thursday.

  • Roubini: Fed Risking Sequel to 2008 Financial Crisis Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 3:33 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The Fed's commitment to loose monetary policy is likely to lead to asset and equity bubbles in the next two years which could be worse than the previous crisis, renowned economist Nouriel Roubini said in an opinion piece for Project Syndicate.

  • Reinhart, Rogoff: Austerity Is Not the Only Answer Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 2:32 AM ET
    Carmen Reinhart

    The Harvard economists have responded once again to the ongoing contentious debate over whether tough austerity measures are helpful or harmful.

  • Pentagon to Ask US Congress for Break From 'Sequester' Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 2:27 AM ET
    The Pentagon

    The Pentagon is preparing to ask Congress soon for more authority to shift funds to cope with automatic spending cuts, confronting lawmakers with another exception to the "sequester."

  • Ford Hiring More Than 1,000 on F-Series Demand Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 12:01 AM ET

    Ford, facing greater demand for its F-Series trucks, is adding a third shift and hiring more than a thousand new workers at its final assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

  • China Recovery at Risk as Factory Growth Eases Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 9:49 PM ET

    China's factory-sector growth eased in April as new export orders fell for the first time this year, a private survey showed on Thursday, suggesting the euro zone recession and sluggish U.S. demand may be reining in China's recovery.

  • ECB Seen Joining Central Banks With Rate Cuts Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 8:46 PM ET

    With reassurances that the Fed will keep on easing, markets turn their attention to the European Central Bank Thursday, hoping for a rate cut.

  • Fed Keeps Pedal to the Metal as Economy Wobbles Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 2:21 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve held fast to its ultra-accommodative monetary policy, solidified by what board members described as an economy weakened by fiscal policy.

  • Adding the Costs of the Boston Bombings Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 11:37 AM ET

    In a matter of moments, the Boston Marathon bombings inflicted as much as $333 million in damage to the local economy. Here's a breakdown.

  • Businesses Cut Jobs as Sequester Impact Hits Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 11:01 AM ET
    Federal employees take part in a rally in front of Department of Labor protesting budget cuts.

    Looking to Friday's jobs report, more job cuts are on the way as the river of government spending flowing through the U.S. economy continues to slow as a result of sequestration.

  • Should the ECB Cut Rates? Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 10:55 AM ET

    Speculation is mounting that the European Central Bank will cut its interest rate of 0.75 percent to 0.5 percent on Thursday to boost growth. Do you think it should?

  • US Manufacturing Growth Slows in April: ISM Index Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 10:01 AM ET

    The pace of US manufacturing growth slowed in April, an industry report showed on Wednesday. A separate report showed that construction spending fell in March.

  • Cut Smart, Replace 'Stupid Stuff': Debt Hawk Bowles Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 9:17 AM ET
    Erskine Bowles

    Erskine Bowles, former co-chair of the president's debt commission, told CNBC that a "Grand Bargain" on deficit reduction is "on life-support," with the chances reaching it "north of zero" percent.

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