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Buffett sees economy 'a little softer,' says several Berkshire businesses impacted by coronavirus

56 min 43 sec ago
Buffett said that while the economy looks healthy, it's not as strong as it was six months ago thanks to the trade war and coronavirus.

Economy will be 'strong factor' aiding Trump's re-election despite Boeing hit, Mnuchin says

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:05
The strength of the U.S. economy will prove to be an important factor when voters head to the polls in November, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Sanders' 'very, very different' economic plan no match for Trump's, Mnuchin claims

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 03:30
Bernie Sanders' "very, very different" economic plan is unlikely to triumph over President Donald Trump's if he wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Economic impact of coronavirus will be clearer in 'three or four weeks,' Mnuchin says

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 03:29
U.S. officials will have a better idea of how the coronavirus outbreak will impact the economy in "three or four weeks," U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.

Expectations for a rate cut will fade as coronavirus fear eases, Fed's James Bullard says

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 07:15
Central bank officials have indicated that they are content to keep policy on hold as they watch economic developments play out.

Fed's Bostic says 'we won't have to do anything' on rates, despite market expectations

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:51
Despite market expectations for up to two cuts this year, Bostic said that unless there's a significant shift in economic performance, the Fed should stay put.

Deere rises after tractor-maker reports better-than-expected earnings, says farming stabilizing

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:42
Deere beat earnings and revenue expectations for its fiscal first quarter.

The Federal Reserve thinks low rates have had only a 'modest' impact on stock market prices

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:10
That's contrary to the conventional Street wisdom which ties the low rates and money-printing to a market bull run that is less than a month away from its 11th anniversary

America's manufacturing recession looks like it could be over

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:14
Indicators this week from the key Philadelphia and New York Federal Reserve districts showed a sharp rebound that far exceeded Wall Street expectations.

Minimum wage increases aren't a job killer: Small business survey

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:01
Fears that minimum wage increases for workers would crush small businesses and lead to job losses are overblown, according to the Q1 2020 CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey.

US weekly jobless claims rise slightly, while mid-Atlantic factory activity accelerates

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:26
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose modestly last week, suggesting sustained labor market strength that could help to support the economy amid risks from the coronavirus and weak business investment.

CBO director: Low rates give US time to shrink deficit but spending must eventually be curtailed

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:11
"It can't be done overnight. It has to be done overtime. But with interest rates low, that gives us time," Phillip Swagel said Thursday.

Small business confidence rises, signaling a more positive outlook for the US economy

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:01
The CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Confidence index climbed two points in the first quarter, from 59 to 61, as concerns over trade policy impacts lessened thanks to a trade deal with China and the signing of the USMCA.

White House report takes aim at Obama while boasting about Trump's economic record

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 21:12
The White House issued a vigorous defense of the Trump administration's economic agenda on Thursday, claiming credit for changing the trajectory of the nation's record expansion – while taking aim at the Obama administration's record.

Fed officials feel rates are likely to stay where they are, minutes show

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:21
Minutes from the January Federal Reserve meeting said the "current stance of monetary policy was appropriate."

US producer prices post biggest gain in more than a year

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:43
U.S. producer prices increased by the most in more than a year in January, boosted by rises in the costs of services such as healthcare and hotel accommodation.

US housing starts fall, while building permits near a 13-year high

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:33
U.S. homebuilding fell less than expected in January while permits surged to a near 13-year high, pointing to sustained housing market strength amid lower mortgage rates.

It's never been this hard for companies to find qualified workers

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 03:58
Nearly 7 out of 10 employers reported talent shortages in 2019, a jump of 17 percentage points from just a year ago and more than three times higher than it was a decade ago.

Federal Reserve's Robert Kaplan sees no changes in interest rates this year

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 08:42
The central banker, in an essay released Tuesday morning, backed the wait-and-see approach that his fellow voters on the Federal Open Market Committee have adopted

US oil industry expected to cut spending by 10-15% and restructure, Dallas Fed says

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 08:24
The Dallas Fed, which has the Permian basin in its economic region, expects the oil and gas sector to cut spending by 10% to 15% in 2020.