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  • Manufacturing Growth Slows, Missing Forecast Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 10:01 AM ET

    The pace of expansion in the U.S. manufacturing sector unexpectedly slowed in March, according to a new industry report released.

  • "Squawk Box" enlisted some Wall Street heavyweights to help answer that question as stocks by any measure begin the second quarter at all-time highs.

  • Immigration Deal at Hand, Focus Turns to Details Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 7:02 AM ET
    An immigrant from Colombia chants during a rally on immigration reform in front of the White House.

    Big business and big labor have settled on a framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers need to resolve the nitty-gritty—and keep their parties' political flanks mollified.

  • Decoding Chinese PMI—Watch Key Thresholds Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:13 AM ET

    To gauge the strength of the recovery in the "workshop of the world," there are three key thresholds investors should monitor, says one economist.

  • Japan Sentiment Improves, but Reading Misses Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 7:54 PM ET
    Shibuya district, Tokyo

    Sentiment among Japanese manufacturers improved for the first time in three quarters, according to the Bank of Japan's key economic indicator, the Tankan survey.

  • Prolonged Winter Puts Retail Sales in Deep Freeze Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 4:39 PM ET

    Abnormally cold weather curbs consumer demand for spring goods and apparel, but some companies, including drug chains and dollar stores, are benefiting from the spring’s delay.

  • US Business, Labor Groups Reach Immigration Deal Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 4:05 PM ET

    Major U.S. business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest-worker program that removes a major hurdle to a broad immigration overhaul and clears the way for Senate legislation to be introduced soon, according to a source.

  • More Signs of Growth: Consumer Spending Rises Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | 9:35 AM ET

    U.S. consumer spending rose in February and income rebounded, further signs economic activity accelerated in the first quarter, even though part of the increase in consumption reflected higher gasoline prices.

  • That New Quarter Smell: Will Good Times Keep Rolling? Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 1:46 PM ET
    2014 Chevy Silverado

    Will the second quarter have automakers smiling? Will the housing recovery rev up? Here's a look at what to expect from some key sectors.

  • Rally Like a Broken Record as S&P Scores New High Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    Sure, it took nearly 66 months, but the Standard & Poor's 500 is finally back to where it peaked in 2007. The next milestone will be its all-time intraday high of 1,576.09, set on October 11, 2007.

  • 'Run for the Hills' Now, I'm Doing It: Jim Rogers Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 11:32 AM ET

    The renowned investor is urging investors and bank account holders to "run for the hills" after the bailout in Cyprus.

  • After April Showers, Market Could Spring Higher Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 10:13 AM ET

    The stock market is likely to see its typical, seasonal pullback in the second quarter, but unlike previous years, more bullish strategists expect a significantly higher end-of-year finale.

  • Not-So-Great News for Jobless Claims and GDP Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 9:58 AM ET
    A job seeker searches for opportunities at an Illinois Employment and Training Center.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000, while GDP growth was light and even worse than expected.

  • Midwest Business Activity Growth Slows: Chicago PMI Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 9:46 AM ET

    The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest slowed in March as the new order rate pulled back, a new report showed.

  • European Default Has to Happen: Mark Mobius Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 2:18 AM ET
    Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management's Emerging Markets Group

    As fears grow that the Cyprus crisis could spread to other parts of the euro zone, renowned investor Mark Mobius says that a default is the only way to solve the single-currency bloc's problems.

  • Bad Sign for Tech: Idle FoxConn Factory Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 12:37 PM ET
    Foxconn

    Orders are slowing down at the FoxConn factory in Shenzen, China, which could mean trouble for the tech industry.

  • It's Back! Dark Clouds From Europe Stall US Bull Run Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 10:31 AM ET

    A wave of gloom from Europe sent buyers fleeing for Treasurys on Wednesday, reversing momentum that was driving US stocks toward a record high.

  • Deep Freeze: Home Sales Barely Budge in Spring Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    The U.S. housing market will see no surge at the start of spring, as fewer buyers signed contracts to purchase existing homes in February.

  • Suicides, Disease: Europe's Sick Economy Costs Lives Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 3:02 AM ET

    Europe's financial crisis is costing lives, with suicides and infectious diseases on the rise, yet politicians are not addressing the problem, health experts say.

  • Bulls Revved Up to Take Out Next Stocks Milestone Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 8:13 PM ET

    Bulls are likely to take another swing at the S&P 500 closing high this week, but the real battle will begin after that.

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