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U.S. Trade Deficit Declines to Lowest Level in 4 Years

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign for economic growth, as gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.

Markets Off to Poor Start After Highs of 2013

Although the declines for stocks in the New Year have been modest, the S&P 500, the Dow and the Nasdaq composite are settling from monumental peaks in 2013. There are some bright spots, however.

Tough Fight Looms Over Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Monday evening on a 3-month extension of a program providing extra unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans.

Factory Orders Soar on Demand for Airplanes

Factory orders climbed in the U.S. in November, led by a surge in aircraft demand and business spending on machinery, computers and other long-lasting goods, a sign of investment that could fuel economic growth.

2014 Should See Improvements in U.S. Economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in perhaps his final press conference as Fed chairman, predicted a stronger year for the U.S. economy in 2014, saying several factors that have held back growth appear to be abating.

Which Taxpayers Get Best Return on Healthcare Tax Dollar?

Taxpaying residents in states expanding Medicaid coverage to accommodate the sweeping 2010 healthcare reform law could see a return on their investments of as much as $5.11 for every additional dollar in income taxes they'll pay to fund the Affordable Care Act, a report found.

Fed Chair Bernanke Says Recovery Has a Way to Go

Ben S. Bernanke said the U.S. economy has improved considerably since the 2008 financial crisis, but the recovery has a way to go.

Sotomayor Takes Hot Seat on Gay Rights, Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court could act as early as Friday on pending requests for injunctions in two separate, high-profile cases that put Justice Sonia Sotomayor in an unusually pivotal role.

Winning Hispanic Vote Won't Be Enough for GOP in 2016

How many Hispanic voters does the Republican Party need to attract before it can regain the Oval Office?

U.S. Futures, Auto Sales, European Markets Rise

Stock futures are following markets overseas higher in morning trading, with U.S. automakers putting out some strong year-end sales numbers.

Changes in Health Coverage to Watch for in 2014

Millions of previously uninsured Americans now have health coverage -- but experts say we also need to watch how the law will affect elections, what the states will decide about Medicaid expansion and what insurers will do to react to their quickly changing demographics.

U.S. Stock Markets Cap Best Year of the Century

The stock market put in a stellar performance in 2013 -- the best since the 1990s -- and investors are betting that a detente in Washington's fiscal wars will allow the U.S. economy to pick up some steam in 2014.

Weekly Jobless Benefit Claims Fall to 339,000

The number of Americans seeking jobless benefits dipped 2,000 last week, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady. The average was driven up in recent weeks by spikes that reflected seasonal volatility around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

First-Time Jobless Claims Slip Slightly in Week

Weekly jobless claims dropped slightly in the week ending Dec. 28, the the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Cautious Optimism Predicted for 2014

2013 offered up a strong year for stocks, a bumpier ride for bonds and an opportunity for those willing to pursue alternative investments. So what's in store for 2014?

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