The U.S. and China restarted their trade talks, but signs are showing a comprehensive deal could be a long way off, if it happens at all.Marketsread more
The speech comes as market participants are strongly anticipating a rate cut at the July 30-31 Federal Open Market Committee policy meeting.The Fedread more
The Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner said on Tuesday it had not yet been contacted by Facebook about overseeing privacy protections for the Libra...Technologyread more
Stone, 66, a notorious Republican political operative who has described himself as a "dirty trickster," had previously been dressed down by the judge for his public remarks...Politicsread more
The Dow slipped from a record high set earlier in the day after President Trump cast doubt on the trade progress between China and the U.S.US Marketsread more
Oil prices turned lower on Tuesday, falling by about $2 a barrel as U.S. President Donald Trump said progress has been made with Iran, signaling tensions could ease in the...Energy Commoditiesread more
Spotify stock plunged over 1% on a report that Apple is spending money to create its own original podcasts.Technologyread more
There's a new opportunity emerging due to the divergence between "value" stocks and "defensive" stocks, a top J.P. Morgan strategists saysInvestingread more
Dimon is making his own bet on a digital coin that could transform the global payments landscape: JPM Coin.Financeread more
Facebook's David Marcus said at a Senate hearing Tuesday that U.S. sanctions could be at risk without financial services innovation.Technologyread more
Instagram users took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about service disruption issues with the photo-sharing app.Technologyread more
It's scarier than a witch or gremlin: an extended government shutdown that has frightened consumers and markets alike.
As the shutdown and looming debt ceiling remain top of mind for many, the buzz is inspiring the hunt for a clever Halloween costume.
At Halloween Express, sales of political costumes and masks—especially those of Uncle Sam and President Barack Obama—have risen. The company's chief operating officer, Holly Bowling, attributed the increase to a not-so-great economy that's making buyers more emotional.
"In election years, they're very strong and then they taper off as things settle and people get back to their normal lives," Bowling said. "But then when you have a current event like this, it causes a spike."
(Read more: It's alive! Halloween industry scares up big money)
Although there has been an increase in political costume sales, it's too early to gauge the ultimate outcome since most Halloween sales happen closer to the event, she said. Even though 2012 was an election year, Bowling estimates that political costume sales will rise this year from a year ago.
"It used to be that it would just be popular during election years," she said. "Now, it's just a staple."
Bowling said she has seen more sustained interest in political costumes since Obama's first election in 2008.
On Twitter, consumers have already begun brainstorming the best way to illustrate the shutdown.
User @Gliomach wrote, "For Halloween I'll wear a suit and demand candy while doing nothing. This year I'll be 'The Government Shutdown' #halloweencostume."
Another, @Chelsey_Arline, also tried to capture government inertia through silence, posting, "Thinking of going as the government shutdown for Halloween. I'll tape a donkey & an elephant to myself & if someone says hi I'll say NOTHING."
BuySeasons, the owner of the Buycostumes.com and CostumeExpress.com websites, has also seen political costume sales increase from 2011. Since the shutdown started Oct. 1, sales of political masks have shot up 140 percent and sales of costumes have gone up 43 percent.
Compared to last year, the overall sales mix is trending more toward full outfits rather than just political masks.
"This year...it's the full look," said Dana Palzkill, the company's vice president of merchandising. "I think the shutdown is less about the people than the pop-culture pieces coming with it."
Due to the media attention surrounding the shutdown, the company adjusted its merchandise, adding Uncle Sam and Abraham Lincoln looks and two more based on a "Saturday Night Live" skit featuring Miley Cyrus as Rep. Michele Bachmann and Taran Killam as House Speaker John Boehner, Palzkill said. The company now has more than 30 costume and accessory options playing off the government shutdown.
(Read more: Macy's CEO: US default would be brutal for retailers)
"Monday morning, the buzz was already going," Palzkill said about the SNL skit. "So we started looking at our product to see what we could make into an outfit."
By Thursday morning, the company had assembled two outfits using items already in stock based on the characters, photographed them and made them available for sale—illustrating the quick turnaround time the Halloween business thrives on.
"Pop culture plays a big part of our selections during Halloween, " Palzkill said. "It's not as strong as the superheroes or classics like princesses, but it's important that our customer knows they can come to us for the latest and greatest."
To gauge what's top of mind, BuySeasons employees analyze Google search trends, watch YouTube videos, and monitor the news and late-night TV. A separate skit from "The Daily Show with John Stewart" featuring Smokey Bear also inspired a newly released outfit.
(Read more: Heroes, villains unite for Comic Con)
This political costume bump comes amid what one key retail group is forecasting to be a Halloween season with spooked spending. The National Retail Federation estimates total spending to drop to $6.9 billion, from its year-ago forecast of $8 billion.
The NRF published its estimate for slower sales even before the shutdown ground many government services to a halt and put many consumers on edge, resulting in sales softness at some stores, such as Wal-Mart Stores unit and warehouse giant Sam's Club.
—By CNBC's Katie Little. Follow her on Twitter