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China's manufacturing sector picks up steam in September
A key gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity ticked slightly higher in September, easing concerns factory growth in the world's No. 2 economy stalled.
Alibaba climbed to the top of IPO record books in ......
An obscure-sounding tool Alibaba's underwriters used to sell extra shares -- and make the e-commerce giant's IPO the biggest ever -- actually dates back to the 1960s.
Asia stocks swing higher on China data
Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday in relatively quiet trade with Japanese markets shut for Autumnal Equinox Day.
Gen X finds itself behind the financial eight ball
A new report shows only 36 percent of Generation Xers have surpassed their parents net worth. CNBC's Sharon Epperson provides perspective into the reduction of wealth.
Fossil fuels may never go extinct
As long as clean energy is more expensive than higher-emission sources, much of the world won't be able to afford it.
Treasury moves to fend off corporate tax inversions
Treasury Monday took actions aimed at halting controversial inversions, in which companies legally move their headquarters abroad in a bid to lower tax rates.
The next Chipotle? It may be Pizza Hut
When you think of the craft food genre, Pizza Hut probably doesn't come to mind. But that might change.
First-time homebuyer? Time to take your checkbook out
Individual investors accounted for 12 percent of sales of existing homes in August, down from 16 percent the month before and 17 percent a year earlier. “This means that investors bought 26.3 percent fewer homes last month,” IHS Global Insight economist Stephanie Karol pointed out in an email to clients. Investors scooping up properties in all cash deals, including lots of homes in foreclosure, have been boosting the home price recovery, but the National Association of Relators said a pullback by investors could actually be good for the housing market.
Baggage fees: Nuisance for you, big money for airlines
Fares were up more than 8% in the Q2, checked-bag fees continued to climb, and airlines collected $753 million in fees for reservation changes and cancellations.
Tax heist: Thieves scam taxpayers out of $5.2 billion
Scam artists conned the federal government out of at least $5.2 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year—and though that estimate is shocking enough—the amount is likely much higher, auditors warned on Monday. Identity tax refund fraud has ballooned in recent years as electronic filing gives thieves an easy way to use stolen social security numbers and simply file phony tax returns. Though the electronic filing has made the tedious process more bearable and user-friendly for taxpayers, it has also made it much easier for criminals to scam the system. Thanks to electronic filing, fraudsters armed only with laptops or smart phones can steal millions of dollars from taxpayers—all from the comfort of their own homes.
Obamacare checkup: One year later
With the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's Healthcare.gov nearing, Americans tell us how they've been faring.
Wall Street takes biggest hit since August 5
The Dow and broader S&P 500 skidded by the widest margin since early August as traders fretted over a bout of weak housing data.
Detroit tells judge: We can't give away free water
Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line. The water department would be violating Michigan law and breaking agreements with bond holders if forced to supply water and ignore overdue bills.
Climate change protests meet fossil fuel realities
This weeks UN climate summit is raising hopes for a new treaty in Paris next year. Meanwhile, global greenhouse emissions hit a record in 2013 and fossil fuel usage is expected to rise 38% by 2040.
Protestors in bid to shut down the Big Board
A group of protesters attempts to flood Wall Street with sit-ins to disrupt the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, one day after the People’s Climate Change march.
Small-cap selloff leaves fewer stocks shouldering rally
The biggest tumble for smaller companies in seven weeks underscored weakening breadth in the American bull market.
Financial elite's offspring start their own hedge funds
For the young man who has everything: a hedge fund of his very own. The scions of a number of wealthy families, including the sons of prominent Wall Street figures Howard Marks and Ken Moelis, have either recently launched hedge funds or plan to do so soon, according to people familiar with the matter. Andrew Marks, the 28-year old son of billionaire Howard Marks, has told potential investors and industry executives he expects as much as $200 million in funding from his father along with other "friends and family" money. The elder Mr. Marks founded Oaktree Capital Group LLC, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with more than $90 billion under management.
3 steps to a more Fed-proof portfolio
“Committee participants want to make sure that we have the flexibility — that the committee has the flexibility to respond to unfolding developments,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said primly at her press conference this past Wednesday. Above all, Yellen argued, the Fed doesn’t want to be “locked into” any kind of forward guidance outlook. No shocker there — this is the stock market, where if you’re not being greedy, you’re cowering in fear — but the amount of greed in riskier parts of the market, like fledgling biotech and technology companies, has risen to new highs. Well, if the Fed wants flexibility, you should too.
Asia braces for the worst from China factory survey
Asian shares slipped on Tuesday as a periodic bout of angst over China combined with the U.S. Brent oil was near lows last seen in mid-2012, while gold came off a nine-month trough and copper a three-month low on fears a survey out on Tuesday could show stalling factory growth in China. "The pace of momentum is slowing in China, with August industrial production growth at its lowest level since the global financial crisis, with the weak property market weighing on fixed asset investment," they said in a note. Among regional markets, Australia's main index (.AXJO) eased 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.16 percent.
China September factory activity edges up on stronger...
Activity in China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5-1/2-year low, a survey showed on Tuesday, a potential source of worry for Communist leaders who prize social stability above all else. The HSBC/Markit Flash China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 50.5 in September from August's final reading of 50.2. A hefty drop in employment could raise alarm bells for the Chinese government, which has indicated it will tolerate slower economic growth as long as employment is not affected. Meanwhile, the employment index declined further and disinflationary pressure intensified," said Qu Hongbin, an economist at HSBC.
Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first...
Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened. Apple's shares were little changed at $100.98 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq on Monday. The company's first-quarter revenue is likely to be 9 percent higher than Wall Street estimates, based on reported sales and projected demand for the new iPhones, Piper Jaffray & Co analyst Gene Munster wrote in a note.
G20 finance ministers add to fears of a stock-market bubble
Finance ministers from the Group of 20, which includes the United States, the U.K, the European Union and China, warned at their latest meeting that financial markets may be headed for a slump.
Argentina's Fernandez to meet with investor George Soros
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday will meet bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, whose portfolio includes a 3.5 percent stake in Argentina's state-controlled energy. Argentina has frequently cited the Hungarian-born magnate's investments in the country as a signal of investor confidence in the $490 billion economy.