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For every company predicting in January that earnings that will beat estimates, 2.5 are projecting results that fall short, matching the worst ratio since the stock market rally began in March 2009.
The International Monetary Fund is a little more optimistic about the global and U.S. economies in 2014 than it was three months ago.
A much better year lies in store for most of the world's major developed economies, with the U.S. leading the way, growth quickening in the U.K. and Germany, and Japan looking to disappoint, Reuters polls forecast on Thursday.
Materials companies are leading an early gain on The Street, with Dow Chemical jumping 6 percent after Third Point announced it had taken a large stake in the company.
The world could face years of rising global unemployment that will hit young people especially hard, a report from the International Labor Organization cautions on the eve on the World Economic Forum in Davos.
'Trickle down' is the fundamental building block of supply-side economic theory, but evidence is growing that governments have been pulling at economic levers that are attached to nothing.
Wealthy elites have rigged the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the world's 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population, worldwide development organization Oxfam said in a report published Monday.
President Obama announced new measures with colleges across the country to expand access for low-income students, touting the effort as a successful initiative that didn't rely on congressional action.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced a state of emergency Friday that has been all but official for weeks: California is in a drought.
If women are financially impeded by "systemic" restrictions in the workplace, the entire middle class and American economy are held back too, New York Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand said.
U.S. industrial production rose for a fifth straight month in December, suggesting that factories gave economic growth a strong boost at the end of the year.
U.S. home construction dipped in December but ended the year with the best showing since the housing bubble burst in 2007.
A growing gap between rich and poor poses the biggest single risk to the world in 2014, even as economies in many countries start to recover, the World Economic Forum said on Thursday.
Congress edged Thursday toward final approval of a $1.1 trillion bipartisan compromise spending bill that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.
Applications for unemployment benefits appear to have stabilized near pre-recession levels, a positive sign for hiring going forward.