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  • Latin American Banks Cozy Up to Asia Amid Turmoil Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 11:40 AM ET
    Banco Pine Headquarters, Brazil

    Market turmoil in Europe and the U.S. may have made financial institutions in Asia—particularly China—even more attractive sources of credit for Latin American banks.

  • Some Builders Are Ready for the Wave of Seniors Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 11:36 AM ET
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    A few companies kept their development teams intact in the recession, and are now building new facilities and expanding their operations. And as lending loosens, they say, they are poised to benefit from the housing needs of America’s aging population.

  • Futures Pare Losses After Durable Goods Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 8:35 AM ET

    Futures shaved earlier losses Wednesday after durable goods orders jumped much more than expected in July, but still remained under pressure after Moody’s downgraded Japan’s economy by one notch on concerns over the size of the country’s budget deficit.

  • Dow Soars 300, Logs Biggest Gain in 2 Weeks Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 4:31 PM ET
    Streets of NYC after the earthquake on Auguat

    Stocks closed near session highs Tuesday, with the Dow posting its biggest gain in almost two weeks, despite a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia that shook parts of the U.S. East Coast and after investors shrugged off a handful of disappointing economic news.

  • Futures Gain, Helped by Global Markets Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 9:09 AM ET

    Futures were higher Tuesday, boosted by better-than-expected manufacturing data in Germany and China, and ahead of a handful of reprots in the U.S.

  • Stocks Eke Out a Gain in Choppy Trading Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 4:27 PM ET

    Stocks squeezed out a small gain in thin, choppy trading Monday, erasing most of the session's earlier rally as traders were hesitant to fully jump in without any proper market conviction.

  • Futures Point to Strong Gains at Open Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 9:05 AM ET

    Futures rose on Monday, helped by a gains in the European markets and after all three major averages logged their biggest four-week decline since Mar. 2009 in the previous week.

  • Chicago Fed Activity Index Improves in July Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 8:47 AM ET
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    U.S. economic conditions improved slightly in July, amid a pickup in industrial and manufacturing production, according to report Monday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

  • Stocks Log Worst 4-Week Drop Since Mar. 2009 Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 6:40 PM ET

    Stocks accelerated their selloff to finish near session lows in light, choppy trading Friday as investors were reluctant to remain in the market ahead of a weekend, amid worries over a global recession in addition to the ongoing euro zone jitters.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including how to trade Europe, US financials, HP's sharp drop and the run-up in gold.

  • Futures Point to Weak Open; Gold Jumps Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 9:05 AM ET

    Futures were off their worst levels Friday, but were still lower, pressured by losses in Asia and Europe and many investors concerned the world economy is on the brink of another recession.

  • Dow Ends Down 400, but Off Session Lows Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 4:25 PM ET

    Stocks closed off their worst levels Thursday, but were still down sharply, following a handful of disappointing economic news and over continuing worries over the stability of euro zone banks.

  • Futures Skid Amid Global Growth Worries Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 8:35 AM ET

    Futures extended their sharp losses Thursday after a gloomy forecast on global growth, continuing worries about the European debt crisis and following news that jobless claims rose more than expected last week.

  • SEC Files Were Illegally Destroyed: Lawyer Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 1:26 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    An enforcement lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission says that the agency illegally destroyed files and documents related to thousands of early-stage investigations over the last 20 years, according to information released Wednesday by Congressional investigators, reported the New York Times.

  • Dow, S&P Finish Near Flat, Nasdaq Slides Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 4:29 PM ET

    The Dow and S&P closed near the flat line after toggling between small gains and losses for most of the afternoon in light volume trading Wednesday. The Nasdaq fell, however, as tech stocks dragged on the market.

  • Plenty of Time Left to Regret Rodriguez’s Contract Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 3:50 PM ET
    Alex Rodriguez

    What awaits New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez if his physical decline continues at the rate it has been going?

  • Panama Adding a Wider Shortcut for Shipping Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 10:10 AM ET
    Maintenance work is performed on the bottom of floodgate in Gatun locks of the Panama Canal, Panama.

    The excavation of the Panama Canal is an initial step in the building of a larger set of locks that should double the amount of goods that can pass through it each year. The New York Times reports.

  • Futures Stay Mixed After Producer Price Index Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 8:34 AM ET

    Futures remained mixed Wednesday after news core producer prices rose at their fastest pace in six months in July, but were buoyed by several positive earnings news from big retailers.

  • Stocks Snap 3-Day Rally Amid Euro Zone Fears Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 4:28 PM ET

    Stocks staged a late-day comeback from session lows Tuesday after traders were disappointed by comments from Sarkozy and Merkel, but the gains were not enough for the market to finish in positive territory.

  • Futures Pare Losses After Industrial Production Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 9:19 AM ET

    Futures tumbled Tuesday following a handful of economic reports in addition to news that German GDP growth slowed more than expected.