Predictions 2012


  • The Fab Five on the Big Picture Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:38 PM ET

    CNBC anchors, reporters, editors and bloggers are often as opinionated as they are knowledgeable. Maria Bartiromo, Jim Cramer, Larry Kudlow, Joe Kernen and Pete Najarian  weigh in on five big issues in the coming year.


  • Phil LeBeau on Autos Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:36 PM ET

    Look for solid auto sales, with Ford, Jeep, Hyundai/Kia and Tesla in the spotlight.

  • Energy: Flack Over Fracking Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    Scrutiny over oil and gas fracking, a hard landing for rare earth stocks, and a surprising jobs engine.

  • Media: Social Media Goes Public Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    Consumers embrace cloud computing, a new battle over digital content, TV and the Intranet merge, and traditional publishing makes a comeback.

  • Retail: New Name, New Image Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:37 PM ET

    Two big retail players restructure, hard times for other brand names and ETFS become a scapegoat for market volatility.

  • Sports: NBA Rejected! Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    Basketball's  labor-management battle costs dearly, Nike puts its stamp on the NFL merchandizing and a sponsorship goes to a new level.

  • Technology: Assault on Android Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:39 PM ET

    Amazon expands it touchscreen business, there's consolidation in the cloud computing space, and  big changes in the Android market.

  • Wall Street: Running of the Bulls Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:35 PM ET

    Two big CEOs step down, a political crisis emerges in China and the euro survives.


  • Gary Kaminsky on Companies Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:37 PM ET

    Look for a huge corporate spin-off, a major apparel merger, rock bottom bond yields,  hedge fund failures and an election defeat for President Obama.

  • Sharon Epperson on Commodities Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:39 PM ET

    Look for another bullish year in the futures  pits with gold hitting a new high and gasoline coming close to one.

  • Currencies: Euros Galore Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    The euro plunges against the U.S. currency, gold prices slump, and the Euro debt crisis  bailout costs $2 trillion.

  • Suze Orman: Wild Swings Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    2012 will be a tough year economically across much of the globe, but the US economy, while it won’t be thriving, will look good compared to Europe, China and Japan. Here are the rest of my predictions.

  • Real Estate: Foreclosure Exposure Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    Look for most of 2011's trends to continue; home prices will fall while foreclosures, delinquencies and rental prices will rise.

  • Stocks: Taxing Problem Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    Quantitative easing picks up, US stocks outperform global indices  and the Chinese economy slows down for real.

  • Warren Buffett: Still Got Game Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:37 PM ET

    Warren Buffett will still be running Berkshire Hathaway one year from now, Buffett will bag another ‘elephant’ in 2012, and Buffett won’t lie low.


  • Deepanshu Bagchee on Asia-Pacific Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    Housing slumps but stocks jump in China, a reversal for Japanese bond yields and deficit problems dog India.

  • Consumers: New Year's Resolution Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:36 PM ET

    Shoppers will pick through the after-holiday sales, and then put their wallets away for the rest of the year.

  • Scott Cohn on Crime Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:36 PM ET

    Add health care fraud to ponzi schemes and insider trading at the top of the list of wrongdoing in the financial world.

  • Economics: That's More Like It Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    Home sales rise and prices stabilize, growth is better than expected, Obama beats Romney and the euro survives and prospers.

  • Patrick Allen on Europe Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:32 PM ET

    Euro Zone debt crisis will get a lot worse, weak banks will fail, the EU will act at the last minute, US debt will dominate.

  • Slightly less dovish Fed sends ripple through markets Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 4:23 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The Fed will continue with $85 billion monthly securities purchases but spooked markets by not mentioning its financial concerns cited in September.

  • Politics: November to Remember Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:38 PM ET

    Romney squeaks to victory, the GOP takes Congress, Obama raises taxes and the Fed keeps rates on hold.

Slideshow: Boldest Predictions

  • CNBC's Boldest Predictions 2012 Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET
    What's a prediction without a little courage, bravado or risk-taking? Oh yeah, good instincts and analytics also helps. We've culled some 15 brilliant predictions from the dozens offered by our anchors, reporters, editors and bloggers at CNBC. Enjoy and let us us know what you think.

    These predictions are bold all right. Some may even be outrageous. The financial world, however, is full of big surprises. Remember, you heard it first here.