Javier E. David, CNBC.com’s Posts

Sales of U.S. made whiskeys — things like Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey — are outpacing other types, including Scotch.

Many Americans are ill-prepared for a sudden expense. In fact, 66 million adults have no money saved for an emergency, according to Bankrate.com.

Chocoholics beware! A chocolate shortage looms: Report Bad news: chocolate, the delicacy of choice for children, chocoholics and depressives everywhere, has become increasingly expensive. Now comes even worse news: global supplies of the brown stuff are becoming increasingly scarce, according to one report. The Washington Post reported on Saturday that due to a host of …

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorize construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. In a vote fraught with politics and overshadowed by the Louisiana Senate runoff, the Republican-led House approved the pipeline by a wide margin, with 31 Democrats joining 221 GOP members to pass the bill. …

The U.S. economy created 214,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department reported Friday, pushing the unemployment rate to its lowest level in six years and suggesting the labor market recovery remained intact. Although October’s nonfarm payroll data fell short of Wall Street’s estimates, which had expected jobs growth at 231,000, the prior two months were …

Google’s platform is designed to “make your life better,” executive chairman Eric Schmidt told CNBC on Wednesday, dismissing claims by Apple’s chief that the search giant sells personal data to advertisers. Apple’s Tim Cook issued a not-so-subtle broadside last week aimed at Google and Facebook, saying: “We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to …

Apple’s iPhone 6 set a new order record, the company announced on Monday, with more than 4 million pre-orders for both iterations of the smartphone pouring in for the shiny new device. “Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply,” Apple said in a release. “While a significant amount will be delivered to customers …

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to have suffered a massive credit card breach, with the company moving to assuage consumers’ fears after a large cache of stolen data reportedly appeared on black market sites. According to information first reported by Krebs on Security on Tuesday, the breach may have extended as far back as the spring of …

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to have suffered a massive credit card breach, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after a website reported that a large cache of stolen data had appeared on black market sites. According to information first reported by Krebs on Security, the breach may have extended as far back as the spring of …

The State of New York is weighing a raft of new rules to regulate bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the state’s financial regulators announced on Thursday, proposing to issue a “BitLicense” that would protect consumers, prevent money laundering and enforce cyber security. All firms who transact in crypto-currencies will be required to hold BitLicenses, New …

Supporters of the Keystone XL Pipeline have found a new talking point: Iraq. Violence exploding in one of the world’s largest oil-producing nations is ricocheting in the debate over U.S. energy policy. Backers of the pipeline, which would run from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, are pointing to the crisis in Iraq as a rationale for pushing the project …

Sectarian violence in Iraq sent oil surging on Thursday, propelling both Brent and West Texas Intermediate up about two percent intraday amid growing concerns about a threat to global supply. After a delayed reaction to turmoil raging in the country, oil prices soared as open warfare between rebel forces—threatening a reconquest of the country barely …

Chicago filed a lawsuit against five major producers of pharmaceutical products on Tuesday, accusing the group of concealing the risks associated with certain painkillers. Alleging that drugmakers “should never place its desire for profits above the health and well-being of its customers,” the city said that the companies knew for years that certain pain-alleviating drugs …

The United States could create nearly a million jobs and lower its domestic energy bills if it ended its crude oil export ban, two reports said on Thursday. Both the American Petroleum Institute—which represents oil producers—and research firm IHS made the case for the U.S. shipping some of its oil supplies abroad, even as consumers …

How does a country cope when nearly 13 billion barrels of oil reserves vanish overnight? A soon to be released government forecast says that California’s Monterey Shale deposit will yield only 4 percent of what was originally hoped. The downgrade immediately raised questions about the sustainability of the still nascent U.S. energy boom, which has sent domestic …