Patti Domm, CNBC.com’s Posts

February’s job growth slowed to a crawl, but it is temporarily sluggish growth and not a sign of recession.

Investors everywhere are watching the 2,800 level on the S&P 500 to see if the stock rally will fizzle there, or break through, signaling the potential for new highs.

The unemployment rate has been a perfect forecaster of recession, and it appears to be edging closer to triggering that signal.

The sudden and unexpected plunge in December’s retail sales data raised new concerns about recession, but economists also say the biggest drop in nine years clashes with other data and may be suspect.

Morgan Stanley equity strategists believe the stock market priced in an earnings recession when it plunged to December’s low, and it is very likely to retest that level.

Crude prices jumped on Tuesday after the U.S. State Department ordered companies to cut all of their oil imports coming from Iran to zero by November. West Texas Intermediate futures for August delivery traded 3 percent higher at $70.19 per barrel, erasing earlier losses and breaking above $70 for the first time since May 25. …

Prices at the pump are expected to top $3 a gallon for unleaded gasoline in many parts of the country in coming weeks, as summer driving season approaches.

A cold winter in China could be signaling a hotter market for a new wave of US natural gas exports sooner than expected.

The electric vehicle market is tiny, but it’s created some very big questions about the future of gasoline demand. Morgan Stanley analysts Wednesday issued a forecast for global miles driven rising to 32 trillion by 2030, up from 11 trillion currently, with emerging markets a big driver of the growth. They say that forecast is …

The stock market’s biggest enemy this week has been rising interest rates, and there are three big events coming up that could push rates higher.

Pre-game and post-game, Wall Street will be handicapping outcomes of what has been the most contentious presidential election in recent history.

An agreement by OPEC to work toward a production cut could put a floor under oil and points to the strain low crude prices have had on producers.

Now that the Fed’s meeting is over, market focus could swing to Monday night’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.