Politics Barack Obama

  • Stocks were flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.

  • Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a sharp jump in new-home sales.

  • How do you write "glut" in Chinese? China stockpiles massive quantities of commodities.

  • Stock index futures extended losses after an initial uptick as data showed June orders for durable goods, excluding transportation, rose less than forecast despite overall orders posting their largest advance since July 2007.

  • There’s been a lot of speculation and chatter, but can Democrats really take a ‘public option’ off the table as they press ahead with health care reform?

  • The Dow rose for a sixth straight session Tuesday as stocks got a boost from an encouraging report on home prices and an unexpected jump in consumer confidence.

  • Home builders, and the markets, are up modestly today. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which showed the second monthly gain for home prices in a 2-city index, was perhaps the most important piece of news today.

  • The trader dilemma: Many stock traders are bearish in their outlook, but they are set up long!  How can that be?

  • President Barack Obama announced Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's reappointment this morning. The following are CNBC video highlights, where experts weigh in on Bernanke's performance, working relationships and impact on the markets.

  • Stocks started the day higher Tuesday after an encouraging report on home prices, then soared even higher following an unexpected jump in consumer confidence.

  • Bernanke trumps China. Mr. Bernanke's reappointment for a second term certainly trumps the 2.6 percent decline in the Shanghai Index. China's drop barely elicited a shrug from traders, since the Shanghai Index had risen 7.5 percent in the prior 3 sessions and other global markets have been on either side of a 1 percent rise or decline this morning.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open Tuesday, following the previous day's session in which the major averages finished with very little change.

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    A weaker dollar and government intervention in the markets are to be expected as President Barack Obama reappointed Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman, analysts said.

  • Ben Bernanke is set to be nominated for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Barack Obama. But as Bernanke squares up for another four years at the helm of the central bank, CNBC asks if he is the right person for the job.

  • It seems the cash for clunkers deal may have hit a sour note. And CNBC’s Phil Lebeau is all over the surprising development.

  • Chinese stocks rallied 4.5 percent overnight; other Asian markets also rebounded, but volume was seasonlly light.

  • The President is nearing a crossroads. Should he give Ben Bernanke a second term or appoint a new Fed chief? The decision could shake markets.

  • Once again, stocks had a great opportunity to put together a down day...but so far have refused to do so.

  • Not having a public option in the Obama healthcare reform bill is good for the the larger managed care group, says health care analyst Thomas Carroll of Stifel Nicoluas.

  • S&P 500 rallies in a thin tape....the S&P 500 and its corresponding ETF popped about 6 points about 11:45 AM ET.  Volume and price moved up just as the index hit 990, which was where it closed yesterday, so technicals are likely a factor.