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Nascar is facing a steady decline in TV viewership and other troubles. Wrapping up a two-part discussion, Wall Street Journal reporter Tripp Mickle looks at possible fixes.
Can Nascar Survive in the Age of Uber? Part 1 of 2
Once hot, Nascar is cooling off, running into many troubles. In a two-part series, Wall Street Journal reporter Tripp Mickle describes Nascar's demographic and cultural challenges.
11 Straight Record Closes for the Dow
Stocks rallied in late trading Friday; the Dow Jones Industrials rebounded in the final minutes to end up 11 points at its eleventh straight record finish. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch runs down trading for Friday and the week.
New Home Sales Rise, Thanks to Strong Demand
Sales of new homes rose 3.7 percent in January from December, boosted by strong demand. And February consumer sentiment remained high, though off a 13-year high in January. Both are solid reports, says Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors.
Corporate America's Deregulation Wish List
The Business Roundtable, a corporate trade group, delivered a letter to President Trump outlining regulations they want repealed or changed. Manufacturing executives also met with Mr. Trump on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos has details.
The FCC Opens Airwaves for New Wireless Devices
The FCC has opened unlicensed airwaves for new 4G LTE wireless devices. The Wall Street Journal's John McKinnon says it's a part of the spectrum now used largely for Wi-Fi.
Warren Buffett's $1 Million Bet
In 2007, billionaire investor Warren Buffett bet that his index fund would outperform an asset manager's hedge fund over a decade. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman tells us how both investments have fared in this one million dollar bet.
Carmakers Ask EPA for Fuel-Economy Rollback
Automakers have written new EPA chief Scott Pruitt, asking the agency to reverse decisions locking in fuel-economy and emissions standards. An update from Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Spector.
Fed Minutes: Interest Rate Hikes 'Fairly Soon'
Minutes from the latest Fed policy meeting found that the central bank anticipated raising interest rates "fairly soon." Jim Awad of Plimsoll Mark Capital said the minutes boosted chances a rate hike could come in March, but only "slightly."
Used Home Sales Hit a 10-Year High
January existing-home sales rose to their highest level in ten years, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says home demand remains brisk despite tight inventories.
Trump Tightens Rules on Illegal Immigration
The Department of Homeland Security has issued new memos that implement executive orders signed by President Trump on immigration. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler tells us the memos say nearly anybody living in the U.S. is now subject to deportation.
U.S. Organic Farmers Cry Foul Over Imports
Booming U.S. demand for organic food has prompted a big jump in imported grain. The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Bunge says U.S. organic farmers charge their foreign rivals face less strict requirements when certifying their imports as organic.
Sales Rise at Wal-Mart, Home Depot
Both Wal-Mart and Home Depot reported strong fourth quarter sales. Macy's sales fell, though its profit topped estimates. All three retailers are well-positioned against their chief competitors, says Burt Flickinger of Strategic Resource Group.
Imports Surge at U.S. Ports
The Wall Street Journal's Erica Phillips says shipments into U.S. ports surged in January. Reasons include rising consumer confidence and a strong dollar.
Economy This Week: Fed Minutes, Home Sales, Japan
This week we get the latest Fed minutes, manufacturing, the global economy and home sales. The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Mitchell joins us from the Washington newsroom with what to watch.
Major Retailers to Take Earnings Stage This Week
Ken Perkins previews what to watch this week from Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Macy's and TJX. The president of Retail Metrics joins John Wordock.
Nix Nafta? Beware of the 'Chicken Tax'
If President Trump drops the North American Free Trade Agreement, pickup trucks made in Mexico would be subject to the decades-old "chicken tax." The Wall Street Journal's Robbie Whelan tells us about this hefty import duty.
Will Trump's Resume' Lead to Economic Growth?
Wall Street is cheering President Trump's business resume. But will that bolster U.S. economic growth? Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for the Wall Street Journal, takes a closer look.
New Highs For Stocks Thanks to Apple, Kraft Heinz
U.S. stocks rose to new records Friday, with a big week for Apple and news of a Kraft Heinz-Unilever merge driving up the market. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Kuriloff breaks it down.
Trump Assails Critics as Russia Questions Mount
The White House faces a mushrooming number of investigations and inquiries on Capitol Hill, where some Republicans are demanding more information about contacts with Russian officials. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender reports.
Online Market for Recycled Apparel is Booming
Young consumers, many of them teens, are flocking to reselling sites to recycle their clothing. The Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar says this online apparel sector has become a more-than two billion dollar business.
A Harsh Reality for the Housing Market
The Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo says higher interest rates are already impacting the housing market on a number of fronts at the start of the new year. He cites higher mortgage rates and falling housing starts.
Spies Keep Intel From Trump on Leak Concerns
The decision to withhold information underscores the deep mistrust between the intelligence community and the president over his team's contacts with the Russian government. The Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris reports.
GM Looking to Ditch Opel in Profit Drive
General Motors is weighing a sale of its German-based Opel unit. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias says it's part of GM CEO Mary Barra's preference for profitability over size.
Focus on Waistline Boosts PepsiCo's Top Line
The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Maloney says PepsiCo's emphasis on healthier products boosted revenue and earnings. But its guidance for 2017 was weak.
Retail Sales Stronger Than Expected in January
Americans opened up their wallets last month. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose four tenths percent. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf said the gains were across the board except for the auto sector, which had a weak month.
Malls and Their Stores Duke It Out over Revamps
Shopping mall owners are trying to revamp their aging properties. But the Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner says anchor stores often use previously-signed agreements to prevent malls from performing modifications.
March Interest Rate Hike Still on the Table
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testified on the economy and interest rates in front of a Senate panel Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson says Yellen left the door open for a possible rate hike next month.
Apple Stock Hits New High. What Next?
Apple's stock has been on a roll, hitting a new closing high on Monday. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says investors are bullish on Apple ahead of the next iPhone.
The Battle over Prince's Estate
Pop superstar Prince died last April, but the Wall Street Journal's Hannah Karp says two advisors who were close to Prince are battling for control over what happens to his estate.
Trump's Infrastructure Plan Faces Speed Limits
There's really no argument that America's roads, bridges and tunnels are in need of repair. The Wall Street Journal's David Harrison details the roadblocks that President Trump's one trillion dollar infrastructure plan faces.
Trump, Trudeau Talk Trade and Border Issues
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting President Trump to discuss trade, immigration and energy. The Wall Street Journal's Will Mauldin says the meeting will likely provide a glimpse of how Trump would seek to overhaul the NAFTA trade deal.
Economic Preview: Yellen, Consumer, Housing
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addresses Congress, plus we see new retail, consumer and housing data this week. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun joins us with a look at what economists will be watching.
Plowed Under: The Next American Farm Bust
A shrinking role in the global grain market coupled with a strong dollar and higher costs for seeds is driving U.S. farmers out of business. The Wall Street Journal's Jesse Newman reports from Chicago.
Stocks Rise to New Records
Major U.S. stock indexes ended the week at fresh records, buoyed by corporate earnings as well as the prospect of tax cuts and relaxed regulation. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Kuriloff joins us in the studio.
What to Watch at the Grammys
Adele vs. Beyoncé, a tribute to Prince and what will James Corden say about the president? The 59th annual Grammy Awards arrive Sunday in Los Angeles. The Wall Street Journal's Neil Shah joins us in the studio with a look at what to watch.
What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
A federal appeals court ruled unanimously against President Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, saying such a travel ban shouldn't go into effect while courts consider whether it goes too far. WSJ's Brent Kendall has the details.
Uber Riders Climbing Into Random Cars
Owners of some late-model sedans say confused Uber and Lyft customers have been piling into their back seats-prompting some awkward exchanges. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Kirkham reports from Los Angeles.
Even Donald Trump Can't Save Twitter
If Twitter can't materially benefit from a phenomenon like Trump, Wall Street Journal columnist Steven Russolillo thinks it probably won't benefit from anything else either.
Ethics Concerns Over Foreign Visit to Trump Resort
Depending on who pays, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stay at Mar-a-Lago may lead to a violation of a constitutional provision according to ethics experts. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus reports from the White House.
Trump Fixes Flaw in Post-Crisis Regulation
Since the financial crisis began the regulatory pendulum has moved in the direction of tougher restrictions on finance. Trump's order reverses the direction but WSJ's Greg Ip says there's little sign he wants it back where it was in 2007.
Firms Move to Mexico, Despite Trump Pressure
Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs and taxes on companies planning to move operations to Mexico. But the Wall Street Journal's Andrew Tangel says companies are plowing ahead with their planned moves, despite Trump's pressure.
Viacom to Focus on Six Key Cable Channels
Forget the big cable TV bundle. Viacom plans to narrow its focus to six key channel brands including MTV and Comedy Central. The Wall Street Journal's Keach Hagey says it's a bid by Viacom to improve relationships with distribution partners.
Trump's Cabinet Approval Rate Slower Than Normal
Senate confirmation of Donald Trump's cabinet nominees is moving at a snail's pace. We get reasons for why the approval rate has been so slow from the Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau.
College Giving Rises to a Record $41 Billion
Donations to U.S. colleges and universities rose to a record 41 billion dollars in fiscal 2016. But the Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn says the increase was the smallest in six years, held back by lackluster stock returns.
Strong Dollar Boosts Foreign Booze Sales
It's getting crowded on U.S. liquor store shelves. The Wall Street Journal's Chelsey Dulaney says a strong dollar has boosted sales of wines, beers and liquors produced in other countries.
GM's Truck and SUV Sales Offset by Uncertainty
General Motors' fourth quarter operating profit was lifted by strong truck and SUV sales. But Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Colias says there are worries GM won't be able to achieve its bullish guidance for 2017.
Snapchat: A New Kind of Television
Snapchat parent Snap filed for an IPO last week. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims says that Snapchat, a popular messaging app, is in many ways a new kind of TV.
Super Bowl Ads Featured Humor and Serious Topics
Advertisers rolled out their best commercials for the Super Bowl's 100 million-plus audience. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Vranica says the ads were split between the funny and social/political themes.
Trump Will Attend NATO Summit in May
The Wall Street Journal's Julian Barnes says President Trump has committed to attending a NATO summit in Brussels in May. NATO officials had sought the meeting following Trump's criticism of the alliance.
The consumer is back in the spotlight this week, along with trade and the ongoing hunt for clues about interest rates. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath joins us from Washington with what to watch with the economy.
Replica Super Bowl Stadiums Made of Snacks
As the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots square off at Houston's NRG Stadium, builders of 'snackadiums' will watch their party guests devour weeks of culinary architecture. The Wall Street Journal's Jim Carlton has the story.
Stocks Climb on Plans for Regulatory Rollback
The potential for regulatory rollbacks injected new enthusiasm for financial stocks, sending major indexes higher. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio with a look at the week for stocks.
Tax-Refund Delay Threatens Super-Bowl TV Purchases
Television, food and furniture sales typically spike around the Super Bowl as fans host game-day parties. Behind the scenes, there is an additional boost: Americans flush from early tax refunds. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer reports.
Beth Ann Bovino: Wages Disappointing in Jobs Data
The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in January. But wages barely grew. Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P Global Ratings, joins John Wordock with insights on the latest employment data.
Trump Dominates Earnings Calls at Many Firms
From Apple to Exxon, conversations between executives and investors about earnings have made room for questions about the new president. The Wall Street Journal's Theo Francis joins us with the details.
Exception Made to Sanctions on Russia's Spy Agency
The Treasury Department adjusted sanctions against the Russian intelligence service. It's a story that got folks talking, but what does it actually mean? The Wall Street Journal's Risk and Compliance Reporter Samuel Rubenfeld joins us in the studio.
Amazon Earnings: What to Watch
Amazon is scheduled to announce its fourth-quarter earnings after the market closes. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens joins us from San Francisco with a look at what investors expect to see and what you need to know.
Preview: January Jobs Report
Friday morning will bring us the year's first major snapshot of the labor market. The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Mitchell tells us what to watch.
Trump and the Democrats Dig In for Battle
Donald Trump's aggressive behavior during his debut as president is igniting a war with Democrats. The Wall Street Journal's Reid Epstein says Senate Democrats are threatening to fight against legislation and nominees that they find objectionable.
No Fed Rate Hike. No Hints or Clues Either.
The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday and dropped no hints about its next move. LPL chief economic strategist John Canally sketches out where the Fed could go from here.
Is Apple Getting Its Mojo Back Thanks to iPhone 7?
Apple has snapped its revenue losing streak. Wall Street Journal reporter Tripp Mickle joins John Wordock to discuss the ever-important role of the iPhone 7.
Supreme Court Pick is an Admirer of Antonin Scalia
The Wall Street Journal's Brent Kendall talks about Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for Supreme Court justice.
Two Mattress Firms Will Sleep in Separate Beds
Mattress maker Temper Sealy will no longer sell its brands at stores operated by retailer Mattress Firm. This, after contract negotiations broke down. The Wall Street Journal's Austen Hufford has details.
Trump's Travel Ban Gets Corporate Thumbs-Down
The Wall Street Journal's Spencer Jakab says President Trump's travel ban has drawn criticism from companies whose operations and profits could be directly affected.
No Slowdown in Home Price Growth
The growth in home prices shows no signs of slowing down. David Blitzer of S&P Dow Jones Indices says home prices rose a strong 5.6 percent in November.
David Harrison Previews This Week's Fed Meeting
Fed policymakers meet Tuesday and Wednesday, and no interest rate hike is expected. The Wall Street Journal's David Harrison is watching the Fed's end-of-meeting statement for updates on economic growth and inflation.
For Apple's iPhone, Extra Features Are a 'Plus'
Apple has faced slowing demand for its iPhone. But the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says consumers like the iPhone 7 Plus for its extra features, and that should give a boost to Apple's quarterly financial report, to be released Tuesday.
Business Travelers: What to Know about Travel Ban
How could the Trump travel ban impact those flying on business? Travel expert Joe Brancatelli from JoeSentMe.com joins John Wordock with tips for road warriors.
Bonuses Surge as Automotive Companies Post Gains
Workers at domestic car factories are reaping the benefits of America's increasing demand for high-margin pickups and sport-utility vehicles. Union employees are expected to take home among the biggest bonus checks ever, says WSJ's Christina Rogers.
Economic Preview: Jobs, Income, Inflation, Fed
We get new data on personal income, the January jobs report and the Federal Reserve has its first policy meeting since raising interest rates. The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Mitchell joins us with a look at what to watch with the economy.
Small Business: Most Create Less Than a Job a Year
Employment growth is slow and unsteady at most small firms, with the median small business adding fewer than one full-time position a year, despite the sector's reputation as the engine of job growth. The Wall Street Journal's Ruth Simon reports.
Republicans Move to Kill Anti-Graft Rule
Should oil, gas and mining companies disclose the payments they make to foreign governments? One side calls it onerous. The other says it prevents bribes and corruption. The Wall Street Journal's Risk and Compliance Reporter Samuel Rubenfeld reports.
Stocks Steady as Investors Parse Policy, Earnings
The Dow and S&P slipped but notched gains for the week on stronger-than-expected earnings and fresh policy signals from the new administration. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna joins us in the studio with some perspective.
Backlash Against Trump's Communication Clamp Down
A chaotic transition has led to confusion over what government websites can display, what employees are allowed to do with publicly funded work and growing social-media activism aimed at rebutting President Donald Trump. WSJ's Amy Harder reports.
Trump and Republicans Strain to Agree on Agenda
President Trump and congressional Republicans fell short of reaching agreement on complex policy issues involving taxes, trade and other pillars of the ambitious legislative agenda they hope to enact this year. WSJ's Kristina Peterson reports.
Stuart Hoffman: U.S. Economy Still in Slow Lane
The U.S. economy grew only 1.9% in the fourth quarter, weighed down by a wider trade deficit. Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services, tells John Wordock that President Trump's goal of 4% growth looks like a real stretch.
Who Will Build Trump's Wall?
President Donald Trump says construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border will start within months, raising questions about who will build it. The Wall Street Journal's Andrew Tangel joins us from Chicago with the latest.
UK's May Faces Tricky Balancing Act Talking Trade
Prime Minister Theresa May seeks further commitments on bilateral trade, but her leeway remains constrained as long as the UK remains a member of the EU. The Wall Street Journal's Jason Douglas joins us from the newsroom in London.
We're Already at Dow 30000. You Just Don't Know It
Is it time to ditch the Dow? The Wall Street Journal's James Mackintosh says the blue-chip index poorly measures what investors are doing. He joins us with the details from the London newsroom.
New Home Sales Drop Sharply
New home sales posted a steep decline in December, an indication that affordability challenges are beginning to cut into demand. Wells Fargo Managing Director and Senior Economist Mark Vitner joins us with some perspective.
More Women Taking Over the Role of CEO
A Challenger, Gray & Christmas study finds women are making more headway in the corporate suite. Almost 19% of new CEOs last year were women. That's the third straight annual rise, says John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Jim Paulsen: More Gains Due to Solid Fundamentals
The Dow Industrials finally topped 20,000 with a strong rally, and the NASDAQ and S&P 500 also rose to fresh new highs. Jim Paulsen of Wells Capital Management thinks more gains lie ahead as the economy continues to strengthen.
Trump Actions Revive Two Pipeline Projects
President Donald Trump has signed executive actions reviving two controversial pipeline projects - the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects. Both had been blocked by the Obama administration. The Wall Street Journal's Amy Harder has details.
Trump Presidency Means Higher Profile for CEOs
The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Feintzeig says corporate chief executives' status is rising in Washington, thanks to the Trump administration. Proof of this lies in Trump's cabinet picks and his reaching out to business leaders.
The Norovirus: Flu-Like and Highly Contagious
The Wall Street Journal's Sumathi Reddy talks about the Norovirus, which is highly contagious with flu-like symptoms. It has sickened many families and shut down schools across the U.S. this winter.
Donald Trump's Fender-Bender with Automakers
U.S. automakers' top preoccupation is with President Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers says Mr. Trump has put carmakers on the defensive about their commitment to U.S. jobs and production.
Realtors: Housing Inventory Lowest Since 1999
Existing-home sales in 2016 were the best in a decade. But total housing inventory slipped to its lowest level in almost two decades. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, shares details with John Wordock.
Trump Puts Outsourcing Companies on Guard
Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted companies for offshoring production and IT operations. The Wall Street Journal's Lauren Weber says companies worried about possible tariffs are weighing U.S.-based alternatives to outsourcing.
Krebs: Auto Industry Sees Trump as Great Unknown
AutoTrader senior analyst Michelle Krebs joins John Wordock to discuss all the pressures on the auto industry, from President Trump to whether 2017 can be another record year for sales.
McDonald's U.S. Sales Fall More Than One Percent.
McDonald's global sales rose 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter. But Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Jargon said U.S. sales fell 1.3 percent as demand for McDonald's all-day breakfast leveled off.
An Early Priority for Trump: Revising Trade Deals
Wall Street Journal reporter Will Mauldin says that on the agenda in President Trump's first week are renegotiation of NAFTA and a bi-lateral trade deal with the UK.
Economic Preview: GDP, Housing, Eurozone
We share our list of the economic data to watch this week, including new GDP numbers plus manufacturing and housing data. The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott joins us from Washington with the details.
Parks Mull Naming Rights as Tax Support Evaporates
Wisconsin's is one of a number of state-park systems looking for new ways to pay for operations as lawmakers reduce funding despite record numbers of visitors. The Wall Street Journal's Will Connors reports from Chicago.
J.C. Penney Blazes a Trail in Real Estate, Again
The Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant reports that J.C. Penney has once again become a real estate trailblazer. With the sale of its headquarters, Penney is sparking the redevelopment of the suburban corporate campus into a more urbanized setting.
Dow Gains Nearly 100 Points in Choppy Trading
President Trump pledges his administration will 'buy American and hire American' in a populist inaugural speech. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebush joins us to unpack market reaction.
Analyzing Trump Factor in Companies' Jobs Pledges
A dozen major companies have touted the creation of about 130,000 U.S. jobs since Donald Trump was elected president, vowing to keep jobs in America. How many of those come from Mr. Trump's pressure? The Wall Street Journal's Theo Francis reports.
Survey: Job Seekers Unsure About Trump's Impact
Trump may have won partly on his promise to revitalize struggling industries, but a survey of job seekers suggests the majority of them are unsure about his ability to do so. Challenger Gray & Christmas's John Challenger joins us with the details.
President Obama's Economic Legacy
President Obama leaves office with stocks near record highs and 75 straight months of job creation but the economy is also plagued by slow wage growth and low productivity. WSJ's Josh Zumbrun joins us with a look at Obama's economic legacy.
Netflix Focuses on Growth, Shares Hit Highs
Netflix shares hit all-time highs after the media company reported fourth-quarter earnings that easily topped Wall Street expectations. The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried joins us in the studio.
Can the Housing Starts Surge Continue in 2017?
Housing starts rose 11.3% in December. But with higher interest rates on the horizon, can this surge continue? Economist Joel Naroff discusses the housing market, Fed rate hikes and housing under a President Trump.
Commerce Nominee Offers Preview of Trade Policy
Donald Trump's pick for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, stresses stricter enforcement of trade rules as way to confront China and other countries. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf has the details.
Bud Light Revamps Ad Approach for Super Bowl
Anheuser-Busch InBev is reworking its Bud Light advertising and will use the Super Bowl to show off its new creative direction. Bud Light has suffered shrinking market share and sales. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Vranica joins us in the studio.
Trump Least Popular New President in a Generation
A growing share of Americans disapprove of how Trump has handled his transition to the White House, with 48% viewing him in a negative light. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner joins us from Washington with the latest WSJ / NBC News poll results.
Homebuilder Sentiment Slips, but Remains High
The National Association of Home Builders sentiment index slipped two points in January. But that followed December's level, which was an 11-year high. The NAHB's Paul Emrath notes builders remain confident, but rising mortgage rates are a concern.
GM confirms $1 Billion U.S. Investment Plan
General Motors has confirmed a plan to invest an extra one billion dollars in U.S. manufacturing. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias says it followed mounting pressure by President-elect Donald Trump.
U.S. Growth Forecast Gets a Trump-Inspired Boost
The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its U.S. economic growth forecasts for this year and next, according to the Wall Street Journal's Ian Talley. The IMF cited President-elect Donald Trump's plan to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending.
Wal-Mart Touts Plan to Create Thousands of Jobs
Wal-Mart announced a plan to create around ten thousand jobs this year. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Nassauer says the jobs will come from previously planned store openings, store expansion and e-commerce.
Fed and Housing: What to Watch With the Economy
It's a holiday shortened week capped by the inauguration of a new president but it's still a busy one for the economy with lots going on with the Federal Reserve, plus consumer prices and housing data. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun reports.
'Drain the Swamp' vs. Let the Lobbying Begin
Wall Street Journal reporter Brody Mullins says lobbyists from a broad swath of industries have launched a push to advance their agendas. They're hoping for a friendly reception from Donald Trump, despite his past vow to "drain the swamp" in Washington.
As Crisis That Vexed Obama Fades, Trump to Benefit
President-elect Donald Trump could preside over longest economic recovery since World War II. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip joins us with his perspective from the Washington newsroom.
Market Wrap: Banks, Drugs, Autos, Trump
Financial stocks rose as the start of banks' earnings season reignited buying in the sector, plus auto stocks come under renewed selling pressure. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio.
Reaction to Earnings at Big Banks
The outlook for top U.S. banks is brightening but Wells Fargo is losing its title as the highest returning big bank and results at Bank of America are just lukewarm. The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Grocer joins us in the studio.
What Republicans Are Doing With the Health Law
Republican leaders say one of their top priorities is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the Republicans are moving forward, and the outcome could bring big changes to the health system. The WSJ's Stephanie Armour reports.
Gus Faucher: Holiday Retail Sales Okay, Not Great
Retail sales in December rose 0.6% mainly due to healthy auto sales. What does this say about consumers and the U.S. economy? Gus Faucher, deputy chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group, sizes up the news.
Probe Into FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Case
The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether the FBI's top leaders followed policies and procedures during the presidential race. The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett has the details from Washington.
Apple's Plans for Original Content
Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says it's a move that could offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.
George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion After Election
Billionaire hedge-fund manager George Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump's surprise presidential election. The Wall Street Journal's Gregory Zuckerman has the details.
Retail Sector Update: More Job Cuts at Wal-Mart
As we learn how the retail sector fared over the holidays the world's largest retailer plans a thousand job cuts. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer has those details, plus a look at Amazon, Jet and how brick and mortar stores are evolving.
What to Know About Rex Tillerson's Ties to Russia
The confirmation process continues for Trump's nominee for secretary of state. Much of the focus is on Rex Tillerson's business ties to Russia and his personal relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WSJ's Bradley Olson reports.
Takeaways From Trump's Press Conference
President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference with reporters in several months covering issues including plans to handle any conflicts of interest, Russian hacking, Obamacare, and the Mexican border. WSJ's Shane Harris has the latest.
Russia Denies Dossier on Donald Trump
Russia has denied that it has compromising material on Donald Trump, calling a dossier of unsubstantiated claims an absolute fabrication. Laura Mills of the Wall Street Journal has the story from Moscow.
Higher Gas Prices Don't Worry Automakers
The Wall Street Journal's Chester Dawson says automakers are playing down concerns about rising gas prices and they're rolling out more profitable SUV's and pickups.
No Honeymoon for Donald Trump
Newly-elected Presidents traditionally enjoyed a honeymoon period, during which even their opponents cut them some slack. But Donald Trump isn't getting one, and the Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook tells why.
The Limited: Latest Victim of a Changing Industry
Limited Stores is closing all of its stores as it looks for a buyer. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner says that like other apparel retailers, Limited struggled to adapt to a changing industry.
Small Business Owners Optimistic About Trump
A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business finds small business owners are the most optimistic they've been in 12 years. Bill Dunkelberg of the NFIB says respondents have high hopes that a Trump presidency will improve their business.
President Obama's Labor Market Record is Mixed
Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Morath says President Obama will leave office with a mixed legacy on the labor market. For example: millions of jobs created but mostly anemic wage growth.
Uber Agrees to Disclose Ridership Data
Uber has battled cities around the globe to keep its ridership data private. Greg Bensinger of the Wall Street Journal says the ride-sharing company has now agreed to make some of that data freely available on the Internet.
Fiat Chrysler Expands U.S. Investments
Ahead of the North American Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler announced plans to invest one billion dollars in two existing U.S. plants. The Wall Street Journal's John Stoll says this comes amid rising political pressure from Donald Trump.
Ford Rolls Out New F-150 Pickup
Ford is unveiling a slew of electric and hybrid vehicles at the North American Auto Show. Seven electrified vehicles will be released by 2020. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of the Americas, says Ford's also unveiling an upgraded F-150 pickup.
Economic Preview: Focus on Consumers and Retail
We get our first look at how the holiday shopping season went with new retail sales and consumer sentiment figures. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf provides context for the week ahead.
The Middle Seat: Expect Change in the Air in 2017
Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says 2017 will offer big changes. He highlights what air travelers should expect.
Dow Flirts With 20,000 But Falls Short
The Dow came within a whisker of 20,000 on Friday, fueled by a solid jobs report showing wage growth. The S&P and Nasdaq notched fresh records. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Kuriloff joins us in studio to look at the week.
Automakers Showcase Cars With Virtual Assistants
First there was connecting the car to the smartphone. Now automakers are rushing to make the car talk back. We look at the race to bring virtual assistants into our daily lives with The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins and Geoffrey Fowler at CES.
Job Growth Slows; Wage Growth Picks Up
December job growth was a slower-than-expected 156 thousand jobs. But wage growth, at 2.9 percent year-over-year, was the strongest since 2009. Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo says the labor market is tightening to the point where wages are being bid up.
Battle With Trump Puts GM in Tough Spot
The president-elect's criticism of the auto maker's Mexican imports, leveled in a tweet, comes as it plans to lay off thousands of workers in two states pivotal to the Republican's November victory, reports The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias.
Pro-Business Stance Doesn't Guarantee Growth
Stock-market rally suggests renewed confidence, but how business acumen is applied is what matters in government says The Wall Street Journal's Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip.
Top Intelligence Officials Testify on Capitol Hill
Top intelligence officials take part in the first public hearing about suspected Moscow interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris has the latest on this and Trump's plans to reorganize the nation's spy agencies.
Five Things to Watch in Friday's Jobs Report
Eric Morath is covering Friday's employment report for the Wall Street Journal. He has five items you need to watch in the December jobs data.
What Are Best And Worst Cities for Finding a Job?
Looking for a job? WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez shares a new survey that weighs such factors as employment growth, job opportunities and starting wages.
Rex Tillerson Gets Big Retirement Package
Exxon Mobil awarded ex-CEO Rex Tillerson a $180 million retirement package, according to the Wall Street Journal's Bradley Olson. Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state.
Macy's Reveals Plans for Job Cuts, Store Closings
Macy's says it plans to close some five-dozen department stores this spring, cutting almost 4,000 jobs. Just how bad is Macy's condition? Retail consultant Burt Flickinger at Strategic Resource Group joins John Wordock.
Fed Minutes: 'Considerable Uncertainty' Over Trump
Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Davidson fills us in on the latest Fed policy minutes. The Fed expressed "considerable uncertainty" about the effect that the incoming Trump administration could have on the economy.
Carmakers On Track for Another Record Sales Year
U.S. automakers rolled out stronger-than-expected sales for December, thanks to big demand for trucks and year-end incentives. Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader thinks it was another record year for auto sales.
Stocks' Best Friend: Earnings
Wall Street Journal reporter Akane Otani says continued earnings growth will provide the biggest boost to U.S. stocks in 2017, regardless of Washington policies.
Trump's New Trade Rep in Line With President-Elect
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative. The Wall Street Journal's William Mauldin says Lighthizer is a veteran trade lawyer who's spent decades fighting for punitive tariffs on U.S. firms' overseas rivals.
A Donald Trump Tweet Targets General Motors
Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Colias talks about General Motors being the target of a Donald Trump tweet. Trump took aim at GM over its small cars being imported to the U.S. from Mexico.
Can Urban 'Experiential' Stores Aid Retail Sector?
The Wall Street Journal's Keiko Morris talks how landlords in urban retail scenes like Times Square are emphasizing the need to rent to "experiential" businesses with flashy offerings -- a move that could boost a retail sector suffering from falling rents.
Jobs, Fed Minutes on Tap for First Week of 2017
Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Leubsdorf previews the economic calendar for the first week of 2017. The week is topped by December job figures and minutes from the last Fed policy meeting.
A Top New Year's Resolution: Finding a New Job
A new CareerBuilder survey finds more than one in five workers are planning to change jobs in the new year. Ladan Nikravan of CareerBuilder says another top New Year's resolution among workers is to save more of their pay.
The Best and Worst Calls for 2016
Wall Street Journal Ahead of the Tape columnist Steve Russolillo on his best and worst calls regarding the year's top corporate, financial and economic stories.
Minimum Wages to Rise in Many States in 2017
The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath says around 4.4 million low-wage workers are set to get a pay hike in 2017.
U.S. Factories Work Now. The Workers? Not So Much.
While U.S. factories have managed to show signs of life again, returning jobs aren't following suit. The Wall Street Journal's Andrew Tangel talks the tough road ahead for employment in the industrial heartland.
Not Everyone Shops on Amazon. Who Knew?
Amazon.com is the world's largest online retailer. But millions of Americans still don't shop on Amazon, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Stevens.
Ford Pitches a Year-End Tax Break
Ford Motor has emailed an ad to small business owners. According to John Stoll of the Wall Street Journal, Ford is urging prospective customers to buy a work vehicle before the end of the year to take advantage of tax breaks.
Retailers on Pace for Best Holiday Season in Years
Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Ziobro says research is pointing to the fastest holiday sales growth for retailers in recent years. He adds that online orders and last-minute shoppers have aided retailers.
A Change in the Makeup of the FOMC
Next year, there will be four new officials on the Fed's policymaking board and, in a departure from the norm, three of them are not economists. The Wall Street Journal's Shayndi Raice on what it might mean for the Fed and interest rates.
Rising Copper Prices Stoke Worries About Theft
Wall Street Journal reporter Stephanie Yang says copper prices are on the rise again, and that's put many businesses on alert for copper theft.
Home-Flipping Makes a Comeback
The number of home-flippers, those investors that buy and sell homes in a short time period, has returned to pre-crisis levels. Kirsten Grind of the Wall Street Journal says home-flipping has been helped by rising home prices and low inventories.
P&G's Millennial Issue Starts With Fabric Softener
As millennials opt out of using fabric softener, Procter & Gamble looks to fix this with a marketing push aimed at reversing a decade-long slide in the category. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Terlep has the latest.
Wells Fargo Tries to Fix a Rogue Account Scandal
The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer talks about Wells Fargo's attempts to fix a scandal; it involves compensating thousands of customers who the bank set up with accounts and credit cards without their knowledge.
The Real Truth Behind Rising Home Prices
The S&P Case-Shiller Index says home prices rose 5.6 percent in October, faster than the 5.4 percent gain in September. But the Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo says these price gains don't take inflation into account.
Detroit Automakers Idle Plants to Clear Inventory
Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Colias says U.S. car companies are idling production at factories for up to three weeks in January. The move is aimed at clearing a backlog of cars on dealer lots.
Peter Morici Gives the Economy a 'C'
Economist Peter Morici of the University of Maryland gives the U.S. economy a "C" grade. He says economic growth has averaged about two percent this year and will do so again next year unless Donald Trump can enact the policies he wants to put in place.
WSJ's Gerard Baker on Fake News
Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker discusses the rise of fake news with Jason Gay and Joanna Stern.
Best Gift Card Exchanges for Buyers and Sellers
If you're looking to unload some unused gift cards or you want to find a good deal on a card, a gift card exchange could be the answer. WalletHub's John Kiernan runs down the best gift card exchanges for buyers and sellers.
Retailers' Eleventh-Hour Holiday Sales Push
Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Nassauer says traditional retailers are making an 11th-hour push to attract holiday shoppers. They're using deeper discounts, same-day delivery and round-the-clock hours in the run-up to Christmas.
How the Internet Can Ruin Christmas
The Internet makes it so easy to shop. But Laura Stevens of the Wall Street Journal says things like cookies, browsing histories and thumbprint passwords increase the chance of ruining the surprise.
Scott McCartney: New Shuttle Price War
Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney talks about a new shuttle price battle brewing between airlines and passenger railroads. He says JetBlue's discounts are really heating up competition in the New York/Boston corridor.
A Link Between Hacks of DNC and Ukraine Military
A computer security firm has determined there's a link between the computer hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Ukraine's military. According to Wall Street Journal reporter Shane Harris, it bolsters charges the Russians were behind the DNC hacks.
Icahn, Navarro Join Trump's Economic Team
Wall Street Journal reporter Nick Timiraos says two new appointments to Donald Trump's economic team could jolt regulation and trade. The two are billionaire investor Carl Icahn and economist Peter Navarro, an ardent critic of trade with China.
Nearly 40% of Young Adults Live with Parents
A study finds nearly 40 percent of young adults live with parents or another family member, the highest percentage in 75 years. It's happening despite a rebounding economy and recent job growth, says Wall Street Journal reporter Chris Kirkham.
A Mild Rise in Holiday Spending
Did holiday shoppers shop? Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics says December spending is seen rising 1.2 percent. He adds that Super Saturday in-store traffic improved but still looked soft, while online spending remained robust.
Investor Caution Amid Higher Global Markets
Wall Street Journal reporter Riva Gold says European markets have generally been higher along with US markets since the presidential election. But she adds that investor caution has been mixed in with optimism over a Trump presidency.
Workers Get Overtime Pay Despite Court Ruling
A Texas judge recently halted an Obama Administration rule that would have made millions of workers eligible for overtime pay. The Wall Street Journal's Ruth Simon says some companies are sticking to promises to give workers pay increases.
The Younger Boss/Older Worker Dynamic
A German study has found that companies in which a younger boss leads older workers could suffer from poor performance. The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Emma Silverman on the reasons why.
Tulip Retail Helps Walk-In Stores Battle Amazon
Amid signs of another blowout holiday sales year for online retailers, Tulip Retail has a technology platform to help store-based retailers better serve customers. Tulip Retail's Mark Steele says the platform is built exclusively for store associates.
College Enrollment Falls Again
A new report says college enrollment fell this fall for the fifth straight year. Melissa Korn of the Wall Street Journal says reasons include fewer high school grads enrolling and more adults going back to work instead of continuing their education.
'Rogue One' Rakes In $155 Million in North America
Walt Disney's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hit blockbuster status with light speed at the box office this weekend, collecting an estimated $155 million in the U.S. and Canada.The Wall Street Journal's Erich Schwartzel reports from Los Angeles.
What Trump's Win Could Mean for Housing
Before the election economists said the housing market would likely continue its steady recovery in 2017. Does the election of Donald Trump change anything? The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto has the story.
Week Ahead: Yellen Speaks, Data Dump
A preview of what economists are watching this week, from Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech to a stack of data releases from the federal government ahead of the holidays. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf joins us from Washington.
NBC Bets Viewers Will Watch Olympics Year-Round
Comcast's NBCUniversal will launch an Olympic television channel next summer with the International and U.S. Olympic Committees. This launch comes during a fraught time for the pay TV market. The WSJ's Matthew Futterman joins us in the studio.
Poinsettias' Popularity Wilts
Poinsettias, the red-leafed plants second only to Christmas trees as floral symbols of the holiday season, saw wilting sales in recent years as growers' profit margins shrank. The Wall Street Journal's Kate King joins us in the studio.
Stocks Largely Steady, Bonds and Dollar Stable
U.S. stocks, bonds and the dollar were relatively calm at the end of a week when the Federal Reserve's latest signals on interest rates rippled around the world. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch has the latest.
RNC Security Foiled Russian Hackers
Russian hackers tried to penetrate the computer networks of the Republican National Committee, using the same techniques that allowed them to infiltrate its Democratic counterpart. The Wall Street Journal's Julian Barnes joins us with the latest.
'Star Wars' Faces New Test with 'Rogue One'
Walt Disney proved with its first "Star Wars" movie that the Force is strong. But is it sustainable? That's the question facing the world's largest entertainment company with the release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" says WSJ's Erich Schwartzel.
Yellen and Trump on Same Page, for Now
A slow rise in Fed rates would be in sync with the president-elect's desire for growth and low unemployment, says The Wall Street Journal's Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip in Washington.
Dow 20000: Where's the Party? Where Are the Hats?
The Dow is flirting with its first close above 20000 on a pace that would represent the fastest 1000-point jump in history. But where is the irrational exuberance? The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch explains.
Another Holiday Discount Dilemma For Retailers?
As shoppers keep holding out for big deals this holiday season, the Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner discusses how retailers across the board are forced to go even deeper into promotions.
Fed Hikes Rates, Signals More Aggressive Stance
As expected, Fed policymakers lifted short-term interest rates a quarter point at their final meeting of 2016. John Canally of LPL Financial said the big news was that the Fed signaled a faster pace of hikes for 2017 than had been previously forecast.
Thank Goldman Sachs for Dow 20,000
Wall Street Journal reporter John Carney says a Dow 20K milestone would have Goldman Sachs to thank. The banking giant has been the Dow Industrials' best performer since the election.
UPS, FedEx Struggle to Keep Up with Holiday Surge
Wall Street Journal reporter Erica Phillips says UPS and FedEx are straining to keep up with the surge in holiday shipping volumes. It's due to the millions of online orders placed since Thanksgiving.
Concerns With Rex Tillerson Nomination
GOP senator Marco Rubio is expressing concern over Rex Tillerson's nomination to be Secretary of State. Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau says there are worries about Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon-Mobil, and his past dealings with Russia.
Redstone Family Won't Pursue Viacom-CBS Merger
After initially supporting a tie-up, Sumner Redstone and daughter Shari Redstone have decided not to pursue a merger of Viacom and CBS. Wall Street Journal reporter Keach Hagey talks about the reasons for the about-face.
PepsiCo: Healthy Snacks Vs. Tasty, High-Fat Chips
PepsiCo is trying to boost its healthy snack business, and it's had some success. But Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Esterl says it's still the high-fat, high-salt standbys like Doritos chips and Cheetos puffs that pull in most of the revenue.
Exxon CEO Faces Dissent as Potential State Pick
Exxon Mobil Chief Rex Tillerson could be Trump's top choice for secretary of state but he faces bipartisan resistance in Congress over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Wall Street Journal's Kristina Peterson reports.
Watching for a Rate Hike and the Dot Plots
Wall Street Journal reporter Harriet Torry says besides the expected rate hike at this week's Fed policy meeting, we should keep an eye on the Fed's "dot plots." Those are Fed projections of where it thinks interest rates will head in the months and years ahead.
Busy Week Ahead: Fed, Retail Sales, Housing
From the Fed to retail sales, housing starts to producer prices, join us for a look at this week's very busy economic calendar. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun joins us from Washington.
Big Food Battles Meal-Kit Startups
Big-food companies are following startups into the meal-kit market, hunting for new ways to wrest back profit on ingredients that they already make. The Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee has the details.
Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to Step Down
After an increasingly rocky eight-year run atop the world's biggest beverage company, Muhtar Kent will resign as chief executive of Coca-Cola and hand the keys to his top lieutenant. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Esterl reports from Atlanta.
Stocks Hit Fresh Records, Dow Edges Toward 20,000
U.S. stocks rose to fresh records, capping their best week since the presidential election with financials leading the way. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch has the latest details.
Aging Population, Productivity Challenge Growth
President-elect Donald Trump and his emerging team are confident tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks will spark a dramatic upswing in economic growth. WSJ's Ben Leubsdorf says an aging population and stagnant productivity will make that tough.
Number of Holiday Fliers Rising
A bit more than 45 million passengers are expected to fly globally on U.S. airlines during the holiday period from December 16th through January 5th. The Wall Street Journal's Susan Carey tells us what we need to know before we head to the airport.
CEOs Optimistic About Trump's Policies But Wary
Donald Trump's presidency raises optimism about the business environment, according to an influential group of chief executives, but the president-elect's approach to taking on individual companies is a concern. WSJ's Eric Morath reports.
Trump Taps EPA Critic As Leader
As the chief legal officer of a major oil and gas producing state Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt led legal fights against some of President Obama's most significant environmental rules. The Wall Street Journal's Amy Harder reports.
Tiny Collectible Toys Spur Repeat Business
Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Ziobro says toy retailers have found a way to win repeat business: selling tiny collectible toys. It helps solve the problem of how to get customers back in stores once the holidays are over.
Stocks Soar to Fresh Record Highs
Stocks soared to new record highs Wednesday, the biggest one-day rally since the election. Brian Battle of Performance Trust Capital Partners says the gains may have been inflated by a massive computer program order in S&P futures during the early afternoon.
The Best and Worst Companies for Brand Loyalty
Fidelum Partners is out with its 2016 ranking of Best and Worst companies for brand loyalty. The company with the best brand loyalty, according to Fidelum's Chris Malone, is Domino's.
Strong Dollar Has U.S. Exporters Worried
The dollar has risen sharply since Election Day. Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis says U.S. companies who sell a lot of goods abroad are worried about the dollar's effect on their bottom lines.
What Will the Fed Signal After It Hikes Rates?
With Fed policymakers expected to raise rates next week, Wall Street Journal reporter Harriet Torry says the Fed will likely have a tougher time debating and signaling what comes afterward.
Starbucks Places a Bet on Luxury Coffee
Starbucks is planning to build up to 30 giant high-end coffee shops. Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Jargon says Starbucks is doing this partly because of a shrinking middle class with less discretionary spending power.
Tech Firms to Remove Terror Content from the Web
After a meeting with European Union officials, four tech giants say they'll use a shared database to speed up the removal of terror content from the Web. Wall Street Journal reporter Natalia Drozdiak says the companies are YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft.
Pop-Ups, the New Darling of Retail
Retailers are testing the waters in the priciest shopping districts with pop-ups, often at discounted rents. Landlords are using the temporary stores to show off the space to prospective long-term tenants, says the Wall Street Journal's Keiko Morris.
U.S. Service-Sector Activity Surges
U.S. service industries boosted production and hiring in November, the latest sign the economy is expanding at a solid pace after a weak first half of the year. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell reports from Washington.
Warren Buffett Is a Big Winner in Election Rally
Warren Buffett was one of Donald Trump's biggest critics during the final months of the presidential campaign. Now he's one of the biggest beneficiaries of a Trump-influenced market rally. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman has the story.
S&P Global's Bovino on What to Watch This Week
After Friday's jobs report, what should you monitor this coming week? Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. economist at S&P Global, sketches out the week ahead.
New at Nike: A $720 Self-Tying Sneaker
Nike has launched a $720 sneaker with self-tying laces. Wall Street Journal reporter Sara Germano says Nike will sell directly to consumers through its Nike+ app and at its new retail store in New York.
Market Headwind: Uncertainty over Trump's Policies
U.S. stocks bounced around to end narrowly mixed Friday. Wall Street Journal reporter Aaron Kuriloff says markets must still grapple with uncertainty over many of President-elect Trump's policies.
Schultz: From Starbucks CEO to High-End Shops
Howard Schultz is stepping down as Starbucks CEO to focus on his next project for the company: building high-end coffee shops. Schultz remains Starbucks chairman. Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Jargon talks about the new venture.
More Millennials Left Out of Jobs Recovery
Millions of jobs have been created in the economic recovery. But the Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo says that millennials have had a tougher time finding work than baby boomers, even though younger adults now outnumber boomers.
Insights from Greg Ip on Jobs Report and the Fed
Unemployment fell to 4.6% in November, the lowest level in nine years. How will this influence the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy? Wall Street Journal chief economic commentator Greg Ip joins John Wordock in Washington.
Vincent Reinhart: November Jobs Report Mixed
Unemployment dropped to 4.6% in November with the economy adding 178,000 jobs. Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Standish Mellon, dissects the report and discusses what this news means for a Fed rate hike this month.
Maine Employers Look to Immigrants
While refugee resettlement and immigration more broadly is a divisive issue in some states and cities, Maine business leaders are sending a different message: Please, take our jobs. The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Levitz reports.
Five Things to Watch in Friday's Jobs Report
Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Sparshott checks off what you should watch in the November jobs report, due out at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Friday.
Krebs: Black Friday Helped November Auto Sales
Black Friday promotions helped automakers move vehicles off the lot in November. But Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, says whether 2016 sets a sales record is "too close to call."
U.S. to Forgive Billions in Student Loan Debt
The federal government is on track to forgive more than $100 billion in student debt. Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Mitchell joins John Wordock with details.
OPEC Agrees to Cut Oil Production
OPEC has agreed to cut oil output by 1.2 million barrels a day. It's a bid to raise the price of oil and drain the oversupply of crude, says John Kilduff of Again Capital. He has doubts about whether non-OPEC countries, especially Russia, will stick to the deal.
Donald Trump's Pick for Treasury Secretary
Donald Trump's choice for Treasury Secretary is Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive. The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Schlesinger says Mnuchin has promised to strip back parts of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law enacted in the wake of the financial crisis.
Millennials Stoke Marlboro Black Cigarette Sales
Sorry Marlboro Man. Millennials are buying Marlboro Black, a cheaper cigarette. Wall Street Journal reporter Tripp Mickle talks to John Wordock.
U.S. Political Divide Reflected in Consumer Habits
In the 2016 election, voters in strongholds for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton differed greatly in their shopping, entertainment and lifestyle preferences. The Wall Street Journal's Dante Chinni has results of a study by Simmons Research.
Big-Name Investors in Theranos Take a Hit
Theranos is the blood-testing startup facing numerous lawsuits from investors and the government. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Weaver says lots of high-profile investors could see their stakes wiped out due to the company's troubles.
Economy Grows at 3.2%, Strongest Pace Since 2014
Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2% pace in the third quarter, the fastest in more than two years. What drove growth? What does this mean for a Fed rate hike next month? LPL Financial chief economic strategist John Canally sizes up the news.
Landlords Offer New Perk for Tenants: Uber
Some property owners are cutting back on parking spaces so they're turning to ride-hailing company Uber as a perk for tenants. Wall Street Journal real estate reporter Esther Fung has details.
Companies Retool Lobbying Efforts Ahead of Trump
Companies are retooling their lobbying as the GOP prepares to take control of the White House, the Senate and the House. Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus says corporations hope to break the partisan logjam that has blocked the passage of legislation for six years.
Castro's Death Energizes Hard-Liners on Cuba
Conservative Cuban-Americans are giddy over Fidel Castro's death. It not only rids Cuba of a reviled dictator, but hard-liners also see a chance to reverse President Obama's diplomatic openings to Cuba. The Wall Street Journal's Arian Campo-Flores has details.
Jobs, GDP, Manufacturing: Economic Data to Watch
With the holiday weekend behind us, there's now plenty to consider on the economic calendar. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun joins us with what to watch.
Nurses Are Again in Demand
After years of relative equilibrium, the job market for nurses is heating up in many markets, driving up wages and sign-on bonuses for the nation's fifth-largest occupation. The Wall Street Journal's Melanie Evans has the story.
Hate All the Noise at Work? One Firm's Fighting It
The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Feintzeig tells us about an enterprise software firm's bid to cut down on all the noise at work and boost productivity.
Retailers Vie for Black Friday Dollars
Retailers compete for black Friday dollars as bargain hunters hit the stores but keep their phones handy in order to comparison shop online. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens joins us with the details.
Stocks End in Record Territory on Black Friday
The Dow, NASDAQ and S&P 500 all closed higher in record territory in a Black Friday half session. Ernie Cecelia of Bryn Mawr Trust says the Senate staying in GOP hands gives President-elect Trump a better chance to enact pro-businesses policies.
It's Ready, Set, Shop Over Holiday Weekend
The National Retail Federation says over 137 million Americans will shop during the Thanksgiving weekend. The NRF's Ana Serafin Smith says Black Friday will remain the weekend's busiest shopping day.
Senator Elizabeth Warren on Trump's Mandate
At the recent Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Sen. Elizabeth Warren talked about President-elect Donald Trump's promise of change. She said his transition team was stacked with lobbyists, and that Americans don't want Wall Street to run the government.
How to Survive Thanksgiving Without a Blowup
The presidential campaign and Donald Trump's election have left Americans more divided than ever. There are also schisms between families. The Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Bernstein on how to survive Thanksgiving with someone whose views you don't share.
Spending Thanksgiving with Your Co-Workers
More employees plan to spend Thanksgiving with co-workers this year, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com. Ladan Nikravan of CareerBuilder has the details.
Navigating Airport Crowds Over the Holidays
Worried about long lines at airports this holiday season? Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney has six tips for air travelers to stay sane and survive the holiday rush.
Eli Lilly Alzheimer's Drug Fails Trial
An experimental Eli Lilly & Co. drug failed to significantly help Alzheimer's disease patients in a closely watched clinical trial. The WSJ's Peter Loftus says it's another blow to the pharmaceutical industry's long quest to find a better treatment.
Trump's Latest Picks for New Administration
The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender joins us from Washington with the latest details on all things transition, plus new questions about possible conflicts of interest as Trump indicates he's unlikely to fully disengage from his businesses.
Americans Are Keeping Cars Longer
The number of vehicles in operation hit a record as the average lifespan of cars and trucks continues to get longer, giving a boost to service providers and parts makers working to keep drivers on the road, says WSJ's Adrienne Roberts.
Dow Closes Above 19000 for First Time
The Dow finished above 19000 for the first time, continuing a streak of milestones for U.S. stock indexes. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch says the Dow is on track to post stronger yearly performance than the S&P for first time since 2011.
New Overtime Pay Rule Could Face Some Hurdles
The government's new overtime pay rule takes effect December 1st. It would make millions more American workers eligible for overtime. But the Wall Street Journal's Melanie Trottman says the rule could run afoul of the courts or the Trump administration.
Election a Wake-Up Call for Advertisers
The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Bruell writes that Donald Trump's election win has made advertisers re-think their marketing strategies. A chief question is how better to reach the rural American voters who formed the core of Trump's support.
Insurance Could Be Banned From Asking Your Job
In most of America, your job can affect how much you pay for car insurance. Now, a state regulator is weighing whether to ban the practice. The Wall Street Journal's Leslie Scism explains.
GOP Tax Overhaul Picks Up Speed
After years of hard work and little progress, Republican efforts to overhaul the tax code now seem poised to pay off. The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin says efforts have picked up speed following the GOP's resounding election victories.
For Sale: The Remains of Johnny Cash's Home
Love Johnny Cash? The owner of the Tennessee property where a fire destroyed the singer's home in 2007 hopes a huge fan will make an offer. The Wall Street Journal's Candace Taylor joins us in the studio.
Prepaid Cards Play Bigger Role for 'Unbanked'
More households that don't have bank accounts are using prepaid cards for basic financial services, such as making purchases, receiving deposits and saving for the future, a government survey found. The Wall Street Journal's Yuka Hayashi reports.
Ford Won't Move Lincoln Production Out of Kentucky
Ford Chairman Bill Ford called Donald Trump to tell the president-elect the auto maker won't move production of Lincolns out of Kentucky, a sign the car company aims to work with a new administration, says The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers.
Dollar Hits New High; Stocks Retreat, End Week Up
The election-fueled stock rally moderated with major U.S. indexes retreating from near records Friday. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio with a look at stocks, the dollar, and the holiday week ahead.
Volkswagen Set to Slash Up to 30,000 Jobs
Volkswagen announced a sweeping restructuring of its VW passenger-car brand as part of efforts to boost profits in the wake of the damaging emissions-cheating scandal. The Wall Street Journal's William Boston reports from Berlin.
Which TSA Will Show Up This Holiday Season?
After a chaotic spring at big airports, the Transportation Security Administration says it's better prepared to handle a projected record number of passengers over Thanksgiving. The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney says a new TSA command center will help.
Fed Nears First Rate Hike in Nearly a Year
Amid new signs of economic strength, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers Thursday an interest rate hike could come "relatively soon." It's widely believed a rate hike will come next month. An update from the Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson.
AT&T a Test Case of How Businesses Do Under Trump
Last month, Donald Trump pledged to block AT&T's planned merger with Time Warner. But he's also promised an era of deregulation. Tom Gryta of the Wall Street Journal says businesses are watching AT&T to see how they might fare under President Trump.
Self-Driving Car Proliferation is Decades Away
America's top federal highway safety regulator says it'll be decades before self-driving cars dominate U.S. roadways. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Spector points out that there are hundreds of millions of older vehicles on the road that need to be retired.
Car Designers Take Cues from Movie Special Effects
In a bid to enhance the driver experience, carmakers are working to put futuristic computer displays in vehicles. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins says auto companies are getting their inspiration from movie special effects.
Facebook Finds More Miscalculated Metrics
Ad agencies count on Facebook to tell them how well their ads reach consumers. Facebook says it's uncovered several more miscalculated metrics tied to how consumers interact with publishers and marketers. Wall Street Journal senior editor Mike Shields provides an update.
Businesses See Two Different Donald Trumps
Is Donald Trump a populist railing against global trade and elites or a traditional Republican promising to overhaul regulation and taxes? He's made conflicting statements, and the Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos says businesses wonder which Donald Trump will govern.
Lack of Workers Leads to More Pre-Fab Homes
Because of a persistent shortage of workers, homebuilders are turning to pre-fab or modular construction. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Kirkham says companies like KB Home are building high-tech components off-site and trucking them on-site for assembly.
Fed Governor Tarullo on the Economy and Rate Hikes
At the WSJ CEO Council in Washington Wednesday, Federal Reserve Governer Daniel Tarullo talked about the economy's slow but steady growth. Tarullo also discussed Fed policy, both presently and under a Donald Trump administration.
WSJ Survey: Inflation, GDP, Rates Rise Under Trump
Economists think inflation, economic growth and interest rates could all rise under a President Trump. So finds a new survey. WSJ national economics correspondent Josh Zumbrun has details.
Trump Donors: Little-Known with Little Experience
Donald Trump's fundraisers are little known with no government experience. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus they could all still be in line for top administration posts or an ambassadorship.
Major Retailers Post Earnings This Week
Did consumers spend during the latest quarter? Burt Flickinger of Strategic Resource Group previews this week's earnings reports from big retailers, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot.
Economist Diane Swonk on What to Watch This Week
We ask Economist Diane Swonk about trade and inflation in a Donald Trump presidency, as well as what economists expect to see with interest rates, retail sales and housing starts. Join us for a look at the economic calendar and more.
Optimistic Retailers Ahead of Holiday Season
Executives at Macy's and Kohl's say shopping trends are improving and they're giving upbeat outlooks for the upcoming holiday shopping season amid rising wages and tighter inventory. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner has the latest.
Wall Street Frets About Government Cybersecurity
Federal regulators are asking for more and more private data to help them better monitor markets, but can they keep it secure? The Wall Street Journal's Andrew Ackerman has the latest details, including what may change under a Trump administration.
Dow Hits Fresh Record in Best Week Since 2011
The blue-chip index extends its rally with the biggest weekly gain in nearly five years. Investors poured money into stocks they believe benefit from the election result. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio.
What Trump's Nafta Plans Mean for Auto Industry
Tens of thousands of parts that make up a vehicle often come from multiple producers in different countries and travel back and forth across borders several times. The Wall Street Journal's Dudley Althaus looks at the globalized auto industry.
Congressional Spending Deal Now Less Likely
Wall Street Journal reporter Kristina Peterson says it's looking more unlikely Congress will reach a government spending deal by the December 9th deadline. GOP lawmakers now have more incentive to wait until Donald Trump takes office.
Dow Surges to Record as Investors Scoop Up Shares
The Dow added more than 200 points to its election-week rally as investors scooped up shares of large banks and industrials. Exencial Wealth Advisors CIO Tim Courtney offers his perspective on the volatility and likelihood of eased regulation.
GOP Leaders Eye Sweeping Changes After Victories
Dismantling Obamacare. Overhauling tax policy. The Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Hughes says Republican leaders are targeting sweeping changes following their Election Day triumphs.
Donald Trump Transition Team Planning First Months
President-elect Trump is meeting with President Obama to discuss the transfer of power between their two administrations. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender joins us with details on what we do and don't know about the next administration.
Uncertain Business Climate Following Trump Win
Donald Trump's upset victory has left global businesses unsettled, says Wall Street Journal special writer Theo Francis. That's because Trump has criticized global trade and trade agreements such as NAFTA.
Donald Trump's Win Upends U.S. Economic Forecasts
President-elect Donald Trump's surprise win is set to force U.S. economists to rip up their forecasts as the world's largest economy sails into uncharted waters. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf reports from Washington.
What Donald Trump's Win Means for the Fed
Donald Trump's electoral victory, by roiling global financial markets, could upend Federal Reserve officials' plans for raising short-term interest rates at their meeting next month. The Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson reports from Washington.
How Will a Trump Presidency Affect Global Markets?
Paul Christopher of Wells Fargo Investment Institute says global markets are watching to see whether President-elect Trump follows through with tough positions on trade and immigration. He also says the new administration should pursue corporate tax reform.
Economic Policy Under President Trump
Donald Trump's refusal to flesh out his economic proposals created mass uncertainty, but Mark Hamrick of Bankrate.com thinks uncertainty will fade as President Trump's policies take shape.
Will Retailers Enjoy Post-Election Sales Bounce?
With the negative campaigning over, consumers should feel better and that should boost retail sales. So says Ken Perkins. The president of Retail Metrics sizes up the post-election landscape as we head toward the holiday shopping season.
Stocks, Bond Yields Climb Ahead of Election Result
Stocks continued to climb as traders jumped on live polling data. Stocks have a history of sharp moves though in the trading day following presidential elections. The Wall Street Journal's Steven Russolillo joins us in the studio with some conte
Senate Control Goes Down to the Wire
Democrats stand on the brink of narrowly recapturing the Senate majority they lost two years ago, depending on the outcome of a handful of fierce races in battleground states. The Wall Street Journal's Kristina Peterson joins us from Washington.
Election Day 2016: Here's What You Should Watch
What states should you watch? What early signs should you look for? Wall Street Journal national politics editor Aaron Zitner sets the scene as America votes.
Major Stock Averages Rally on Election Eve
The S&P 500 snapped its nine-day skid Monday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq and the S&P all rallied more than 2%. Chris Zaccarelli, Cornerstone Wealth's chief investment officer, sizes up the election's impact on Monday's trading.
Trump's Path to Victory is Narrower Than Clinton's
The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler says Donald Trump's path to the White House is narrower than Hillary Clinton's. Trump must all but sweep the tightly-contested battleground states, and probably needs at least one Democratic-leaning state, too.
Million-Dollar Donors Bankroll the Election
Nine of the ten largest donors this election cycle support Hillary Clinton. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus joins us from the Washington newsroom with a look at the million-dollar plus donations bankrolling the 2016 race.
Should Investors Root for Gridlock in Washington?
Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management Group, has looked at market performance and elections for the last century. He says stocks tend to perform better when Washington is divided.
Heading Off Tensions at Election-Night Parties
The 2016 presidential election has been one of the most divisive in history. The Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy talks about what some hosts of election-night gatherings are doing to keep things civil and head off tensions between Clinton and Trump supporters.
Wall Street a Favorite Villain in Political Ads
Wall Street Journal reporter Donna Borak says bank-bashing remains a staple of TV political campaign ads. In dozens of races this year, Democrats and Republicans alike are running ads linking their opponents to the financial industry.
S&P's Longest Losing Streak Since 1980
It's the longest string of losses for the S&P 500 in 36 years as uncertainty looms large in the presidential race. Brian Battle is the director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. He joins us with some perspective.
GOP Groups Boost Election Spending
A month ago, Republican fundraising groups found themselves strapped for cash. Now, as the Wall Street Journal's Michelle Hackman reports, a fresh infusion of funds has enabled these groups to spend money on key Senate races.
Unemployment Falls to 4.9% as Economy Adds Jobs
Bob Brusca, chief economist at Fact and Opinion Economics, says the October jobs report does little to derail a Fed rate hike in December. He also sizes up whether this report will help either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on Election Day.
Ford Motor Gets Early Jump on 'Black Friday'
Ford Motor is rolling out a new promotion for the holidays, looking to reverse recent sluggish sales. Wall Street Journal auto reporter Adrienne Roberts has details from Detroit.
Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe
Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and prosecutors who viewed the statements as hearsay, reports The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett.
U.K. Lawmakers Must Vote on Brexit, Pound Surges
A court ruling means the U.K. can't kick off the process of leaving the European Union without a vote from Parliament. It's a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May. The Wall Street Journal's Alexis Flynn joins us with the story from our London newsroom.
The October Jobs Report: What to Watch
Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Leubsdorf has five things we should watch for in the government's October employment report, which will be released Friday morning.
New Study Ranks Best and Worst U.S. Airports
ThePointsGuy.com has ranked which airports really stand out for timeliness, access and amenities. Editorial director James Cury reveals the travel website's inaugural study, looking at the best and worst airports in the nation.
Trump, Clinton Shift Tactics as Race Tightens
With polls showing a tighter presidential race, there's been a shift in tactics. Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus says Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are moving ad dollars to new states and fine-tuning their arguments.
McBride: Fed Nicely Teeing up December Rate Hike
The Federal Reserve says "some further evidence" is needed before raising interest rates. Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride says the Fed is "almost there" and he sees a hike if nothing dramatic happens by mid-December.
U.S. Airlines See 2.5% Rise in Thanksgiving Travel
More than 27 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines this Thanksgiving. John Heimlich, chief economist for trade group Airlines for America, says that's likely an all-time high. He explains what changes travelers should see this Thanksgiving.
Faucher Previews the Fed Rate Decision Wednesday
Gus Faucher, deputy chief economist at PNC Financial Services, lays out what the Federal Reserve could say Wednesday about the U.S. economy and raising interest rates.
Retailers Repeat Deals Every Black Friday
If you missed out on a Black Friday deal last year, you may be in luck this year. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner says that every Black Friday, major retailers repeat the same products for the same prices in their circulars.
The Fed Policy Meeting: Five Things to Watch
The Federal Reserve will likely hold interest rates steady at this week's policy meeting. Still, Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Davidson says there are five things we should monitor.
Will Trump Get Boost From Undecided Voters?
Will undecided voters go for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Aaron Zitner, national politics editor for the Wall Street Journal, takes a closer look at voters who are still on the fence with Election Day almost here.
GE's CEO Revamps Strategy With Oil Acquisition
General Electric will combine its oil-and-gas business with Baker Hughes to form a separate publicly traded company. The Wall Street Journal's Ted Mann has the latest details on what the move means for the industrial giant.
How Apple Became Goldman Sachs' Role Model
Goldman Sachs is trying new ways to make money as low interest rates and tough regulation stifle profits. The Wall Street Journal's Telis Demos discusses why Goldman is taking a page from Apple's playbook.
FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe
The surprise disclosure that FBI agents are taking a new look at Hillary Clinton's email use lays bare the tensions inside the bureau and at the Justice Department. The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett joins us with details from Washington.
Canally: What to Watch With Fed, Jobs This Week
A Fed rate decision and the October employment report highlight this week's calendar. John Canally, chief economic strategist at LPL Financial, joins us to set the scene.
S&P's Bovino: Trump vs. Clinton on Economic Plans
Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist for S&P Global Ratings, takes a closer look at what presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would do on taxes, trade, immigration and the minimum wage.
Sputtering Startups Drag Down U.S. Economy
Tech startups used to help power employment growth and innovation. But no more. The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott reports a slowdown in entrepreneurship since then is being felt on the U.S. economy.
Rockland Trust's Smith Recaps Wall Street's Week
Stocks ended the week lower as the FBI recommends reopening the probe into Hillary Clinton's email. Rockland Trust CIO David Smith joins us with insights on the week, earnings and a surprising GDP report.
Economy Roars Back As GDP Grows 2.9% Last Quarter
U.S. economic growth accelerated last quarter at the fastest pace in two years, easing fears of a near-term slowdown. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath joins us in the studio.
Bad Behavior Is Rising on Airplanes
The thin air and high stress, plus attitudes toward airlines and their employees, seem to foment rude, even violent behavior. The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat Columnist Scott McCartney says about thirty incidents are reported on planes each day.
Tesla Turns a Profit
The quarter's profit-a record and only the second time ever-was driven higher by improved sales, a reduction in spending and a boost from selling pollution tax credits to other auto makers. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the details.
The divisiveness of this year's presidential campaign has seeped into American workplaces, raising tensions among co-workers and forcing bosses to mediate disputes. The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Feintzeig joins us in the studio with the details.
Sleepy IPO Market Shows Signs of Awakening
Maureen Farrell of the Wall Street Journal says the market for initial public offerings appears to be pulling out of a slump, thanks to a handful of tech companies.
Rob Enderle on Apple: Not Looking Good
Apple reported declining revenue and earnings, but also a bullish outlook. But Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group says Apple's best days will remain in the past unless it comes up with a new blockbuster product.
Trump Moves Away from Big-Bucks Fundraising
Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is shifting away from high-dollar fundraising events in the final two weeks of the campaign.
Gearing Up for Election Day Legal Battles
Amid charges from Donald Trump that the election will be rigged against him, the Democratic and Republican parties are gearing up for possible legal battles on Election Day. Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau on both parties' preparations.
CEO Satya Nadella Talks Changing Microsoft's Image
During an appearance at the Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discusses the latest challenges the company faces, and how he seeks to change its image.
The Fed's Task at Next Week's Policy Meeting
With an election looming, no rate hike is expected at next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting. Kate Davidson of the Wall Street Journal says the Fed's task will be deciding how strongly to signal their expectation of a move at the December gathering.
Retailers Hiring Seasonal Staff as Early as August
Wall Street Journal economics reporter Eric Morath says retailers are hiring holiday-season workers as early as August. It's an indication of intense competition for temporary help in a tight labor market.
Potential Hurdles for AT&T/Time Warner Merger
AT&T's planned 85 billion dollar purchase of Time Warner could reshape the media landscape. But the Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta says the companies must first navigate regulatory and political hurdles.
AT&T Faces Risks in Buying Time Warner
AT&T plans to buy Time Warner for 85 billion dollars. Miriam Gottfried, host of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street podcast, says the deal poses risks for AT&T because of the changing video-watching habits of consumers.
Economic Look Ahead With RDM's Ron Weiner
We have a very busy week ahead for economic news with new GDP, consumer, jobless and housing data all on tap. We ask RDM's Managing Director Ron Weiner what he's watching with the economy and the stock market.
Taser Explores Concept of Arming Police Drones
The day when police zap suspects from the sky with drones carrying stun guns may be nearing. The Wall Street Journal's Zusha Elinson has the latest details from a police conference in California.
Produce Is Grocers Best Weapon Against E-tailers
Retailers are sprucing up their fruit and vegetable offerings in order to drive traffic and keep online services at bay. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer says consumers choose where to shop based on the produce and still like to pick it out.
Kestra CEO on Stocks, Dollar, and Interest Rates
The dollar rallies. Stocks end mostly flat. Reports of fresh tension at the Fed over interest rates. We turn to Kestra Private Wealth Services CEO Rob Bartenstein for some perspective on the stock market and the economy.
Snoopy Fired by MetLife
MetLife decided earlier this year to part with most of its U.S. life-insurance business. Now it is cutting ties with Snoopy. The Wall Street Journal's Leslie Scism has the latest on the company's transformation.
AT&T Seeks to Shake Up Pay TV
After spending nearly $50 billion to acquire DirecTV, AT&T is preparing to roll out an internet video service that could upend that business along with the rest of the pay-TV industry. The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta joins us in the studio.
Existing-Home Sales Rebound
The rise ends a two-month slide as the housing sector shows signs of stabilizing. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf joins us from Washington with more on what the latest data really says about the economy.
Takeaways From Final U.S. Presidential Debate
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded barbs over character, effectiveness, and even the election outcome. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner joins us from Washington with takeaways from the final presidential debate.
Complacent Millennials a Worry for Hillary Clinton
Millennials aren't as fired up by the 2016 election as they were in 2008 and 2012, when Barack Obama generated a lot of enthusiasm. That's a concern for Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to Dante Chinni of the Wall Street Journal.
Obamacare Hurdle: Big Hikes in Insurance Premiums
Market leaders selling insurance under the Affordable Care Act have been granted big premium hikes in a handful of states. The Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky writes that this poses a big test for President Obama's signature law.
Big Oil to Re-Open the Spending Spigot
The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Baxter reports that major oil companies are resuming plans for new investments thanks to a recovery in oil prices.
The CEO in Ads: A Bid to Boost the Company's Image
Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Nassauer writes that CEOs appear in ads to burnish a company's image. A prominent example of this is Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon appearing in a TV and social media ad campaign.
Home Builders Report a Dip in Confidence
A new poll finds U.S. home builders remained confident in October, but at a slightly lower level than the previous month. Builders are still worried about a tight housing supply, according to Rob Dietz of the National Association of Home Builders.
Ford Motor's Dual Mission
The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers says Ford is transforming itself into "Two Fords," one focusing on sales, the other on services like self-driving vehicles and ride-sharing.
How Trade Protectionism May Hurt Stocks, Profits
Global trade has slowed and opposition to trade agreements is on the rise. What risks do these factors pose for stocks and profits? Some answers from Wall Street Journal global markets editor Riva Gold.
How Greenspan Transformed the Fed, U.S. Economy
Sebastian Mallaby, author of "The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan," joins the Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip for an in depth look at the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, what he knew about the housing crisis, and how history will judge his economic legacy.
Will Trump Produce a Down-Ballot Backlash?
Donald Trump's poll numbers have been weak, but a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests voters may support GOP candidates for Congress. WSJ's Aaron Zitner explains this apparent preference for ticket-splitting.
Commonwealth's Brad McMillan Previews This Week
We've got a busy week planned from corporate earnings to economic data on homes and housing. We ask Commonwealth Financial Network's Chief Investment Officer Brad McMillan to share his thoughts on the stock market, earnings and other data.
Does Black Friday Need Saving?
It turns out that opening stores on Thanksgiving Day wasn't just bad for family dinners. It was bad for business, too. The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner joins us in the studio with the details.
PNC's Bill Stone on Earnings to Watch
Earnings season is in full swing. We take a look at what we know so far, and what market observers are watching for in the days ahead, with PNC's Chief Investment Strategist Bill Stone.
Cabot Wealth's CIO on Stocks, Economy and Earnings
Stocks end the week lower after some positive news about earnings and retail sales weren't strong enough to offset concerns about the economy. Cabot Wealth Management President and Chief Investment Officer Rob Lutts joins us with some perspective.
Retail Sales Point to Confident Consumers
Retail sales rebounded in September, a sign that consumers will continue to support economic growth during the second half of the year. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath puts the latest numbers in context and previews the holiday shopping season.
Artists Draw the Line with Graffiti at McDonald's
When McDonald's introduced a graffiti-themed décor to some restaurants, the company hailed the new design as "exciting and fresh." Graffiti artists have a different description for the faux-graffiti plastered walls: copyright infringement.
Wells Fargo Names New CEO; Troubles Far From Over
Wells Fargo replaced embattled CEO John Stumpf with longtime employee Timothy Sloan amid its sales scandal and federal investigations, but troubles at the banking giant are far from over. The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer has the story.
Trump Broadens Attack Over Emails Amid Accusations
Several news organizations report incidents in which women say Donald Trump groped, touched or acted inappropriately toward them. The Republican presidential nominee denies the accusations and focuses on Clinton's emails.
Unused Vacation Time Totals $272 Billion
A study from Project: Time Off reveals U.S. businesses have racked up $272 billion in accumulated vacation time. Study author Katie Denis says most managers say they encourage time off, but the reality is different.
What Samsung Must Do To Win Back Trust
Samsung killed its flagship Galaxy Note 7 following a botched recall. The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler says Samsung should now take a number of steps, including taking the lead on improved safety standards.
Uncertainty Hits 42-Year High on Main Street
The Uncertainty Index has hit a record high. Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist at the National Federation of Independent Business, lists the factors creating this anxiety on Main Street.
Tyson Foods Buys a Stake in Beyond Meat
Meat producing giant Tyson Foods is expanding into the veggie burger space, buying a five percent stake in Beyond Meat. The Wall Street Journal's Patrick McGroarty on what it means for both companies.
Stocks Sell Off on Earnings Miss
The major U.S. averages each lost more than one percent Tuesday. Ben Eisen of the Wall Street Journal says disappointing earnings keyed the selloff, with Alcoa's quarterly results missing the target.
Samsung Takes a Hit From Cancelled Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Electronics is ending production and sales of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Nina Trentmann of the Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal talks about the cancellation's hit to Samsung's brand and bottom line.
Two Top GOP Lawmakers Handle Trump Differently
Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib explains the two different approaches toward Donald Trump being taken by GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
Diane Swonk: What to Watch With the Economy Now
It's earnings season. We've also got Fed minutes mid-week and retail sales due on Friday. Economist Diane Swonk joins us with a preview and shares her thoughts on what to watch.
NBC Plays Defense After Trump Recording Surfaces
NBC faces questions about its handling of the story about tape containing lewd comments by Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint has the latest details from Los Angeles.
2016 Race: Debate Takeaways Plus New Poll Numbers
Sunday's face off between the party nominees was unlike anything we've seen before, from the reaction to lewd comments to threats of jail time. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner provides perspective on the debate and unpacks the latest poll.
Stocks, Bonds, Oil and Gold All Rise Together
It hasn't happened since 2010. Stock, bond, oil and gold prices are all on track to finish the year higher. Aaron Kuriloff of the Wall Street Journal says there are worries that they could all fall together, too.
McDonald's Knows It's Losing the Burger Battle
'Better burger' chains are pulling in customers with gourmet, made-to-order hamburgers, a tactic McDonald's is struggling to mimic. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon has the latest details on the chains plans for a comeback.
The NFL has been sacked for a loss. Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the television industry, ratings for the National Football League have slipped through the first four weeks of the season. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint explains.
In Which 'Bed Bath' Moves Beyond the Coupon
Bed Bath & Beyond is testing a paid membership model program, Beyond+, that offers a 20% discount on purchases and free shipping. The Wall Street Journal's Imani Moise talks whether the home goods retailer is ready to move past its famed big paper coupons.
Foodies Can Order Meats From a Single Animal
In grocery store cases stuffed with exotic grass-fed and organic meats, new "single-origin" cuts are taking the local food craze to new heights. The Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee joins us from Chicago.
Mark Luschini: Stocks Break Winning Streak
Stocks fell Friday after the latest jobs report left investors thinking once again about interest rates. Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott, joins us with some perspective on the week.
Senate's Balance of Power Could Hinge on Virginia
A Democratic victory this November could spark a much tighter race in the battleground state of Virginia next year. The Wall Street Journal's Kristina Peterson covers Congress and joins us from the newsroom in Washington with the latest.
Stovall: Jobs News Additional Support for Fed Hike
Unemployment rose to 5% in September with the economy adding 156,000 jobs. Is the Federal Reserve still on track to hike interest rates? CFRA chief investment strategist Sam Stovall joins John Wordock with insights.
Election Says Only So Much About Stocks
Election forecasts and politically focused investment portfolios are saying different things about who will become the next U.S. president. The Wall Street Journal's Steven Russolillo joins us in the studio with the details.
Jobs Report Preview: Jeffrey Sparshott
The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott tells us what to watch in the September jobs report, which is due out Friday morning, as well as puts the rest of the latest employment data into perspective.
Hurricane Matthew Strengthens to Category 4
Matthew strengthened to a category 4 hurricane Thursday as Florida's Atlantic coast braced for pounding rain, fierce winds, and flooding, forecasters said. The Wall Street Journal's Arian Campo-Flores reports from Miami.
Scott McCartney: Wyndham Wins Hotel Loyalty Prize
Wyndham Hotel Group comes out on top in a study of six major hotel chains' loyalty rewards programs. We talk about this with Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney.
Polls Show Hillary Clinton Reclaims Lead
Hillary Clinton has reclaimed the lead in the presidential race, according to surveys conducted nationally and in key swing states. Wall Street Journal reporter Colleen McCain Nelson says the big question is whether Clinton can hold onto the lead.
Survey: Investor Optimism Hits a Nine-Year High
A Wells Fargo/Gallup survey found investor optimism hit a 9-year high in the third quarter. But George Rusnak of Wells Fargo Investment Institute said investors were worried about stock market volatility, and that influenced how they invested their money.
Too Many Hogs Are Eating Away at Meat Prices
Meatpackers have produced a record amount of beef and poultry, sending meat prices tumbling. Wall Street Journal reporter Kelsey Gee talks about what this could mean for consumers, as well as what lies ahead for the livestock industry.
NRF's Kleinhenz: Strong Holiday Spending in 2016
The National Retail Federation is forecasting a 3.6% increase in holiday sales for this year. NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz joins John Wordock to break down the numbers and look at what factors could derail this forecast.
Aaron Zitner Previews the Vice-Presidential Debate
VP nominees Mike Pence and Tim Kaine hold their only debate tonight at 9 Eastern. Wall Street Journal national politics editor Aaron Zitner says this debate's focus will mostly be on their running mates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
American Airlines Tech Shift: So Far, So Good
American Airlines conducted an information technology switch, merging pilots and planes with those of US Airways into one flight operating system. American reported no flight delays or cancellations. But the Wall Street Journal's Susan Carey says there were other issues.
Trump's Big Loss Puts Him Under More Pressure
Donald Trump reportedly could have avoided federal taxes for nearly two decades because of a reported 916 million dollar loss in 1995. The Wall Street Journal's Neil King says this just puts Trump's business record under even greater scrutiny.
Michelle Krebs: Auto Sales Dip But Remain Strong
Carmakers including Ford and GM reported sales declines in September, even as dealers ramped up incentives. But Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader.com says September was still a strong month, even with the slower sales pace.
Can CBS and Viacom Merge?
Can CBS and Viacom Merge? It Depends on the Redstone-Moonves Dance. The Wall Street Journal's Keach Hagey says the boards of Viacom and CBS are moving quickly to explore the merger recommended by their controlling shareholder.
PwC: Bringing Financial Literacy to Schools
Less than half of college students receive information about financial aid before starting school and signing up for student loans. Shannon Schuyler is Chief Corporate Responsibility and Purpose Officer with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Market Wrap: Bryn Mawr Trust CIO Ernie Cecilia
Financial shares led stocks higher Friday, reversing previous declines. The swings come at the end of a quarter that was relatively calm in the US. Bryn Mawr Trust CIO Ernie Cecilia joins us with a closer look at what's happening with the markets.
Deutsche Bank's Clients Take Steps to Cut Exposure
Some Deutsche Bank clients, among them several big and influential hedge funds, have moved to pull billions of dollars from the bank amid concerns about its stability and their exposure. The Wall Street Journal's Rob Copeland joins us with the details.
Restaurant Chain Cosi Files for Chapter 11
Cash-strapped soup and sandwich chain Cosi Inc. has filed for chapter 11 protection with plans of selling itself to lenders. The Wall Street Journal's Lillian Rizzo joins us in the studio with the story.
Lawmakers Take More Swings at Wells Fargo Chief
Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf has been on the hot seat since the bank paid a settlement over its sales tactics. The Wall Street Journal's John Carney says it's far from over and he joins us with the latest details.
Second-Quarter GDP Revised Up to 1.4% Gain
The economy grew at a modestly faster pace in the second quarter than previously estimated, but the latest data confirms the expansion decelerated in the first half of the year. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf put it into context.
Amazon to Compete Directly With UPS, FedEx
Amazon.com has relied for years on UPS and FedEx to help complete its deliveries. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger says the online giant is going up against them by building its own delivery operation.
Stocks Rise, Pumped Up by OPEC News
Stocks swung higher Wednesday, with the Dow adding around two-thirds percent. Corrie Driebusch of the Wall Street Journal says energy shares were the standouts on word OPEC has struck a deal to freeze output.
Wells Fargo Claws Back $41 Million From CEO
Wells Fargo's board is clawing back 41 million dollars of unvested equity awards from CEO John Stumpf, who will also forgo pay. Wall Street Journal reporter Emily Glazer has the update on the fallout from Wells Fargo's sales scandal.
Regional Banks to Get a Break on Stress Tests
Some good news for the nation's regional banks. According to the Wall Street Journal's Ryan Tracy, the Fed has proposed easing stress-test requirements for banks with less than 250 billion dollars in assets.
Who Did Undecided Voters Prefer in the Debate?
Millions of Americans are undecided about whether to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as president. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler said many undecided voters watching Monday's debate between the nominees were turned off by Trump's behavior.
Five Takeaways From Last Night's Debate
The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner has five highlights from last night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Cashing In On Yeti's Multi-Billion Dollar IPO
Yeti, the maker of those wildly popular coolers, could go public as soon as next month. The Wall Street Journal's Matt Jarzemsky tells how a small private-equity firm could make more than three billion dollars on Yeti's IPO.
Did Mylan Understate Its Profit on the EpiPen?
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch told lawmakers the company made only a 100-dollar profit on each two-pack of EpiPens. But the Wall Street Journal's Mark Maremont says Mylan's profit was a lot higher than that, and he tells us why.
Debate Advice for Both Trump and Clinton
Tonight is the first of three debates between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Nicholas has three pieces of debate advice for each candidate.
Presidential Debate Preview With Gerald Seib
Perhaps 100 million people will tune-in tonight to see the presidential candidates face off on stage for the first time. What do they hope to see? How does it match up with what the candidates hope to accomplish?
Market Recap: CIO Tim Courtney of Exencial Wealth
U.S. stocks fell Friday along with crude, but notched weekly gains as central banks eased investors' fears about interest rates. A look at bonds, manufacturing numbers and tech stocks with Exencial Wealth Advisors CIO Tim Courtney.
Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric for Years
Big ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook after learning the tech giant overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald joins us in the studio.
Protect Your Frequent-Flier Miles From Theft
You track your bank account regularly and make sure there are no unauthorized charges on your credit cards. But when did you last check your frequent-flier accounts? Middle Seat Columnist Scott McCartney brings us up to speed on the problem.
Central Bank Tools Are Losing Their Edge
Central banks have shown the will to hit their growth and inflation targets. But do they have the way? The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip joins us from the Washington newsroom with a deeper look at troubles facing the world's central banks.
Clinton Leads Trump by Six in Latest WSJ/NBC Poll
Both candidates are viewed negatively by the majority of voters as the race for the White House enters the final stretch. The Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook offers some perspective on the new numbers and the overall state of the race.
Presidential Ad Spending Falls, Hurts Broadcasters
The Wall Street Journal's Austen Hufford says Donald Trump has run so few TV campaign ads that it's upended broadcasters' political spending forecasts.
John Canally: Case Strengthened, but Fed Cautious
As expected, the Federal Reserve kept short-term interest rates steady at its policy meeting. John Canally of LPL Financial said the Fed believes the case had strengthened for a rate hike, but that the Fed stood pat out of an abundance of caution.
Chipotle's New Food Safety Ad Campaign
Chipotle Mexican Grill is still trying to reassure customers that its burritos are safe, nearly a year after two E.coli outbreaks sickened dozens of people. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon talks about Chipotle's latest ad campaign regarding its food safety practices.
Presidential Debate Versus ESPN: No Contest
Ad buyers predict that next Monday's Presidential debate will throw ESPN "Monday Night Football" ratings for a loss. Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Bruell explains how much of a loss that might be.
Wells Fargo CEO Gets a Grilling From Congress
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday, apologizing for for a sales scandal. Stumpf was heavily criticized for employees' misconduct and one senator called on him to resign. The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer has details.
Labor, Technology, and a New Industrial Revolution
Economist editor Ryan Avent talks about his latest book, "The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century," which examines how new technological changes have jolted the socioeconomic landscape of the modern world.
Housing Starts and Permits Fell in August
Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics tells the Wall Street Journal that much of the 5.8 percent drop in housing starts was due to bad weather in the South. He adds that while single-family home construction is improving, the housing inventory remains tight.
Fed Debate Over Employment and Inflation Heats Up
Fed policymakers will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss whether to raise interest rates. The Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson says a key debate will be how much further the unemployment rate can fall without risking runaway inflation.
FAA Set to Be Traffic Cop in Space
The Pentagon is set to give up the task of warning commercial satellite operators about the collision dangers of objects circling the earth. Who's the new traffic cop? The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor says it's likely to be the Federal Aviation Administration.
Did Emergency Alert Help Capture NYC Bomb Suspect?
Authorities sent out a special notification Monday morning to help with the capture of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the chief suspect in this weekend's New York City bombing in Chelsea. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald has more on how these mobile alerts work in times of emergency.
New Data on Cost of Caregiving for Families
As anyone who has taken care of a sick or aging family member already knows, caregiving can be very expensive. A new report by Caring.com finds about 4 in 10 family caregivers spend $5,000 or more a year on related expenses.
What the Wells Fargo Mess Means for Banks
Selling customers multiple products is the Holy Grail of banking. But it's tough to pull off in practice. The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Louise Ensign joins us with some perspective.
Millennials Cool on Hillary Clinton, Forcing Reset
Polls show young voters have turned toward third-party candidates, particularly Gary Johnson. The Wall Street Journal's Dante Chinni explains the latest numbers and offers a broader look at the 2016 race.
Exxon's Accounting Practices Are Investigated
New York attorney general's probe focuses on why Exxon is the only oil firm not to write down value of assets amid price rout. The Wall Street Journal's Bradley Olson explains the latest details from the newsroom in Houston.
Holiday Hiring To Grow in Distribution Sector
So, where are the jobs going to be this holiday season? John Challenger of Challenger Gray and Christmas says holiday hiring will likely be flat compared to last year in retail, but will expand in warehousing and transportation, as more people shop online.
Trump: Shooting for Four Percent Economic Growth
GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out his plan for the economy Thursday at the Economic Club of New York. It included a goal of four percent economic growth and a vastly simplified tax structure.
Retail Sales Fall for the First Time Since March
The government says U.S. retail sales fell three tenths percent in August, the first drop in five months. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath says it's a sign consumers are turning cautious, hurting prospects for a pickup in economic growth.
Battleground States Lag Behind in Income Growth
Some key swing states in the Presidential race are way behind the rest of the country when it comes to growth in income since 2008. The Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy has some analysis of state-by-state income data from the Census Bureau.
Employer Health Coverage Costs Top $18 Thousand
A survey says the average cost of employer health coverage topped 18 thousand dollars for a family this year. But Anna Mathews of the Wall Street Journal says premium growth was slowed by more people shifting to higher-deductible plans.
Regulators To Study Bayer Monsanto Tie-Up
Bayer Wednesday agreed to buy Monsanto for 57 billion dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Bunge says that, amid a wave of consolidation in the seeds and chemicals sector, a planned Bayer/Monsanto tie-up will face heavy regulatory scrutiny.
Good News for Clinton, After a Rough Patch
Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib says Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got some good news after a rough couple of days.
Wells Fargo Bans Sales Goals, Defends Culture
Wells Fargo said it would ban product sales goals, amid word of a big cross-selling scam. But Wells CEO John Stumpf told Wall Street Journal reporter Emily Glazer that the problem was not a bad corporate culture, but bad employees.
Hugh Johnson: Stocks Were Due for a Pullback
Hugh Johnson, chairman of Hugh Johnson Investment Advisors, thinks the Fed won't raise interest rates until December. But he stresses that stocks were ripe for a decline from lofty levels anyway, given additional concerns such as international conflicts and the U.S. election.
Federal Reserve Inclined to Stand Pat
The Wall Street Journal's Jon Hilsenrath says that due to a lack of consensus on a possible rate hike, Fed policymakers are now leaning toward holding interest rates steady at next week's meeting.
Survey: White House Race Biggest Threat to Economy
A Bankrate.com survey finds three in five Americans think the uncertainty tied to the presidential election is the biggest risk to the U.S. economy. Bankrate's Greg McBride joins John Wordock with details.
Will Categorizing Coach Fly For Airline Consumers?
In an effort to keep up with the ever growing competition from discounters, U.S. airlines plan to expand its cattle-class categories. Can a "branded fares" initiative from a leading company like Delta do the trick? The Wall Street Journal's Susan Carey has the latest.
Global Investors Anxiously Wait for Fed Meeting
It's not just Wall Street that's waiting for the Fed meeting next week. So too are global investors. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Riva Gold joins John Wordock from London.
Fed Credibility Remains On the Line
Anticipation toward this month's Fed policy meeting builds after some Fed officials signaled support for higher interest rates. Liz Miller of Summit Place Financial Advisors says the Fed could lose what little integrity it has left if it doesn't raise rates this month.
Retail Sales, Inflation on This Week's Calendar
This week, we'll see reports on August retail sales, inflation and industrial production. Also due are some regional manufacturing surveys. Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo says the economy is plenty strong enough to withstand higher interest rates.
Why Few Economists Will Say Recession Odds Fading
By many key measures, the economy has looked fine in recent months but historically, recessions have disproportionately struck near elections. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun provides context.
Eyes on the Road? Soon Cars Will Be Watching
Future buyers of cars with GM's semiautonomous driving system called Super Cruise will have to be comfortable with Big Brother sitting in the passenger seat. The feature will read a driver's face to make sure eyes don't wander off the road.
U.S. Stocks Plunge More Than 2 Percent
Stocks suffered their biggest tumbles since right after the Brexit vote in June. Jim Awad of Plimsoll Mark Capital said the news that Fed officials spoke in support of higher interest rates rattled investors.
Steepest Market Drop Since Brexit
Stocks and bonds are falling sharply Friday, after Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said he saw a reasonable case for gradual rate hikes. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch on the markets.
Asia Reacts to North Korea's Fifth Nuclear Test
North Korea has carried out yet another nuclear test, just hours after President Obama finished touring Asia. Wall Street Journal Korea bureau chief Alastair Gale joins John Wordock with reaction from Seoul.
Americans Drive to a New Record in Gas Consumption
After nearly a decade total fuel use has surpassed its prerecession peak, with Americans buying more than 400-million gallons of gas per day in June according to government data. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath puts the numbers in perspective.
Wells Fargo Sanctioned Over Fake Accounts
Millions of fake accounts cost 5,300 Wells Fargo employees their jobs. It's an absolutely shocking story of customers paying fees for accounts they didn't ask for - or perhaps even now, know they have.
Wages to Rise Amid Scramble for Holiday Workers
Competition for warehouse workers is already heating up among companies such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, even though Christmas is still months away.The Wall Street Journal's Loretta Chao says hourly wages are expected to rise 4% to 8%.
Coldwell Banker CEO: Tech Pushing up Home Prices
A new survey finds the Silicon Valley is home to six of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S. Coldwell Banker Real Estate CEO Charlie Young joins John Wordock to run down the most expensive and most affordable cities for buying a home.
Percentage of Uninsured Historically Low
Some 8.6% of people in the U.S. said they lack health insurance in a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky breaks down the data and tells us what to watch for in the months ahead.
Apple Unveils iPhone 7, Skips Headphone Jack
The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remove the traditional headphone jack but include additional battery life, more storage and a new two-camera system. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald joins us in the studio with the latest details.
Gas Glut Threatens Crude-Oil Rally Fueled by Cars
Surging demand from drivers in the richest countries helped power a big rally in crude this year but as the summer driving season comes to a close there's a gasoline glut. Reporter Josh Zumbrun tells us why, and what it means for crude prices.
Apple's New iPhones Arrive, as Glow Fades
Apple's plan to eliminate headphone jacks faces criticism, as iPhone sales slow and competition heats up. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan joins us from the San Francisco newsroom with the latest on this and a look to the future.
More Records Releases Loom for Hillary Clinton
Lawsuits are being heard in federal courts as the presidential campaign hits its final stretch. Wall Street Journal Reporter Byron Tau joins us with the latest on what this might mean for the race for the White House.
Lego Profit Slips as Toy Maker Ramps Up Investment
After closing in recently on Mattel as the world's biggest toy maker, Lego hit an unexpected stumbling block, reporting flat sales in the U.S. that cut first-half profits. Wall Street Journal Reporter Matthias Verbergt joins us from Stockholm.
Economic Preview: Job Openings, Fed Beige Book
Gus Faucher of PNC Financial Services previews this week's economic calendar, which includes reports on job openings and the Federal Reserve's Beige Book of regional economic activity.
Back From the Holiday, Back to Volatility
Jeffrey Kleintop of Charles Schwab doesn't see the stock market ending the year far from where it is now. But he tells the Wall Street Journal that he sees increased volatility after a quiet summer.
Fantasy Football's Effect on Productivity
The pro football season is upon us, and that means Americans will participate in fantasy football leagues at work. Andrew Challenger of Challenger Gray and Christmas says that will mean billions of dollars in lost worker productivity, but he adds that it's worth it.
Inside the Watergate With Bob and Elizabeth Dole
Watergate residents Bob and Elizabeth Dole dish on a scandalous past with Wall Street Journal reporter Gabrielle Paluch. Among their reminiscences: a famous next-door neighbor.
More Shopping Malls Double As Amusement Parks
Go-cart racing, laser tag. More shopping malls are offering fun-type activities generally associated with amusement parks. Wall Street Journal reporter Esther Fung says it's a bid to lure more traffic, in hopes that customers will also do some shopping.
A Roller Coaster Ride Into Virtual Reality
Riders, strap on your headsets and get ready to battle the aliens! The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Michaels talks about how amusement parks are incorporating virtual reality into their roller coaster rides.
Stocks Rise After Weaker-Than-Expected Jobs Report
Stocks ended higher Friday with the Dow rising 72 points. Loren Danielson of RBC Wealth Management said tamer-than-forecast August jobs data boosted stocks because investors viewed the report as slowing down the timetable for a Fed rate hike.
A Slowdown in Job Growth During August
The government said the economy added 151 thousand jobs last month. That was weaker than expected, but a slowdown had been anticipated from the previous two months. Diane Swonk of DS Economics says this puts the Fed on hold for a rate hike until the end of the year.
Wal-Mart to Cut Thousands of Back-Office Jobs
Wal-Mart is planning to cut around seven thousand back office jobs across the U.S. over the next several months. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Nassauer says the jobs are held by mostly long-term employees, often some of the highest-paid hourly workers at Wal-Mart.
More Moderate Job Growth During August?
Bankrate.com senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick tells the Wall Street Journal that August job expansion probably pulled back from torrid levels earlier in the summer. He also says economists surveyed by Bankrate think the next rate hike will come in December.
Auto Sales Starting to Hit the Brakes
U.S. auto sales were still brisk in August, but they fell from last year's record pace. Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader.com says vehicle prices are rising, making affordability a problem for buyers.
Gerald Seib on Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico
Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib says Donald Trump's surprise meeting with Mexico's president was probably on balance a win for the GOP presidential candidate.
Is Home Affordability a Problem for Millennials?
The housing market is strong, with home values on the verge of surpassing levels not seen since before the housing bubble burst. But that's a problem with millennials who are concerned they can't afford a home, according to the Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo.
Dow Slumps in August, Snapping 6-Month Win Streak
The blue chips slipped in August, ending the Dow's positive run the last six months. John Manley, chief equity strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management, joins John Wordock with what to expect in September.
Yeti Coolers Prove Really Popular -- With Thieves
Did someone steal your Yeti cooler? If so, you belong to a growing trend as bandits pursue the popular ice chests. John Clarke joins John Wordock.
Zandi Previews Friday's Jobs Report and the Fed
A survey for ADP finds the private sector added 177,000 jobs in August. What does this mean for Friday's jobs report? And what about a Federal Reserve rate hike in September? Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi joins John Wordock.
Falling Food Prices: Good for You But Not Everyone
The U.S. could see its longest period of falling food prices in more than 50 years. While great for consumers, this trend is hurting parts of the economy. Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Haddon joins John Wordock from Chicago.
U.S. Home Prices Rose in June But Northeast "Cold"
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller report finds home prices still rising in many major cities. But the Northeast is showing weakness, according to David Blitzer at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He talks with John Wordock.
Apple Ordered by European Union to Repay Taxes
EU regulators have ordered Apple to repay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes. Wall Street Journal reporter Natalia Drozdiak joins John Wordock from Brussels.
Are Americans Over Orange Juice?
Demand for frozen concentrated orange juice is on the decline as environmental factors take their toll and consumers shift to healthier lifestyles. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Wernau has the latest.
Report: Job Market Helping Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate should remain on solid ground as we head toward 2017. Danielle Hale from the National Association of Realtors joins John Wordock to discuss a new forecast from the trade group.
Flynn: Oil Prices Slip Amid Fed Rate Hike Fears
Oil prices declined Monday as traders worried about rising interest rates. Phil Flynn, senior energy analyst at Price Futures Group, joins John Wordock from Chicago to discuss the Fed, rates, Russia and a production freeze.
Naroff: Strong Jobs Data Will Force the Fed's Hand
The August jobs report is the highlight of a busy week for economic reports. Economist Joel Naroff tells the Wall Street Journal that strong jobs data will push the Fed to raise interest rates at the September policy meeting.
Airlines Fight Lost Luggage, Turning to Technology
Delta and other major carriers are spending millions to keep better tabs on your bags. Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney joins John Wordock with details.
Craft Beer Sales Slow. But Will Big Beer Gain?
Sales growth in the booming craft-beer industry is slowing. But the makers of big beers like Budweiser don't stand to benefit much, according to Wall Street Journal Heard On the Street writer Stephen Wilmot.
Stocks Mostly Slide After Janet Yellen's Speech
Stocks fell Friday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech that the case for a September interest rate hike has strengthened. Tony Dwyer of Canaccord Genuity says Yellen is acknowledging what everyone already knows - that the economy has gotten better.
S&P's Bovino on When Next Fed Hike Could Happen
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen told a central bank conference Friday that it's getting easier to make the case for raising interest rates. Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P Global Ratings, joins John Wordock with analysis.
Why No Living White House Economist Supports Trump
A new Wall Street Journal survey of former members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that not one openly supports GOP nominee Donald Trump. The Journal's Ben Leubsdorf has the breakdown.
Is the End Near for Sears?
Sears posted another quarterly loss amid plunging sales, and has just accepted another $300 million of help from its CEO's hedge fund. Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics, discusses where the the company goes from here.
What Do Global Investors Want to Hear From Yellen?
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen appears before a conference in Jackson Hole Friday, and global markets are waiting for news. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Riva Gold joins John Wordock from London.
Interstates in Better Shape Than Local Urban Roads
Many of the nation's major urban roads are in poor condition. In contrast, most U.S. interstate highways are found to be in good shape. The Wall Street Journal's David Harrison says it all comes down to how federal dollars are allotted.
Soda Consumption Falls After Tax Is Enacted
A study finds consumption of soda and other sugary drinks fell sharply in parts of Berkeley California after the city enacted a tax on the beverages. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Esterl talks about the tax and the study.
Existing Home Sales Fell Sharply in July
The National Association of Realtors says used home sales fell more than three percent in July. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says a limited supply of housing is boosting prices and turning off would-be buyers.
Trump's Narrowing Path to White House Victory
Donald Trump faces an increasingly narrow path to winning the White House. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Meckler says Trump would likely have to sweep four battleground states seen as the key to victory over rival Hillary Clinton.
The Lowest-Paid U.S. Workers Are Getting Raises
The Labor Department says weekly wages for U.S. workers at the bottom income rung rose more than three percent from a year earlier. That's the fastest rate since the recession, according to the Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath.
New Home Sales Hit a Nearly-Eight Year High
The Commerce Department says July new home sales rose more than 12 percent to the highest level in almost eight years. Gus Faucher of PNC Financial Services Group says the results were a surprise since sales were expected to dip.
Can Silicon Valley Play a Role in Election 2016?
As of late, tech donors in Silicon Valley have been keeping their distance from Donald Trump. Can the GOP presidential nominee afford to keep them to the sidelines? The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus has the latest.
Epic Fail? 'Ben-Hur' Latest Big Movie to Stumble
The remake of 'Ben-Hur' slumped at the box office this weekend. Why are many big-budget films having trouble this year? Wall Street Journal reporter Erich Schwartzel joins John Wordock from Los Angeles.
Fixing Up Your Home? You May Help Set New Record
Spending on repairs and remodeling could exceed $300 billion this year. Wall Street Journal reporter Chris Kirkham talks to John Wordock about what factors could make this a record year.
A Record Year for Videogame Dealmaking
2016 is nowhere near being over, and already a record 25 billion dollars has been spent on videogame acquisitions. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah E. Needleman says acquirers are looking for mobile game developers that make hot apps.
What to Watch With the Global Economy
Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech at the Jackson Hole, Wyoming symposium is this week's economic highlight, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Will Mauldin.
Stocks Dip Friday, End Little Changed For The Week
U.S. stocks edged lower Friday, with the Dow Industrials losing 45 points. All three major averages were little changed in a quiet August trading week. Wall Street Journal reporter Corrie Driebusch says the focus is shifting from earnings to a possible Fed rate hike.
Oil Companies: $50 A Barrel Is Not High Enough
Oil prices have rebounded to 50 dollars a barrel. But, according to the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Kent, energy companies say they need to price to keep climbing to kick-start an industry that's been in a two-year slump.
Pay Gap for Public-School Teachers Wider Than Ever
Public-school teachers made 17% less a week than similarly educated and experienced workers last year, compared with 4% less in 1996. Wall Street Journal Reporter Melanie Trottman provides some context.
Wal-Mart Lifts Profit Outlook as Sales Grow
While many retailers are struggling for foot traffic, Wal-Mart stores attracted slightly more shoppers last quarter. Reporter Sarah Nassauer says the retail giant is pouring billions of dollars into making its stores more pleasant and efficient.
GE Wants to Bring More Life to Coal
After years of downplaying the future of coal, General Electric is chasing rising demand in India and Southeast Asia. Wall Street Journal Reporter Ted Mann explains why the company that brought us "Ecomagination" is suddenly bullish again on coal.
Labor Day Air Travel Seen Rising From Last Year
Airports will be a bit more crowded during this year's Labor Day holiday. The Wall Street Journal's Susan Carey says the airlines are looking for a four percent rise in air travel compared with last year.
Ford Plans to Develop A Fully Driverless Car
The road to self-driving technology is becoming jammed with automakers developing fully-automated vehicles. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers on Ford's plan to release a driverless car.
Training College Students To Get Needed Job Skills
The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell on a government program to provide loans and grants for college students. The students will undergo job skills training at eight entities that aren't traditional colleges.
Home Depot Nails It With Strong Sales and Earnings
Home Depot reported stronger sales and earnings for its second quarter. Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics says the housing industry helped power Home Depot's results.