Manufacturing activity continued to lag in November amid a lag in inventories and new orders, according to the latest ISM Manufacturing reading released Monday.

Kayla Tausche has a special report as she takes a trip to the Rust Belt part of the country to see what manufactures and workers there feel about their changing industry.

With manufacturing sector representing just about 12 percent of the economy, why are investors and politicians give so much attention to this industry? Joining us on the show to discuss this is Christopher Smart, a Chief Global Strategist at Barings Investment Institute.

A gauge of U.S. manufacturing showed the sector continued to contract in October, the third straight month of slowdown amid global trade uncertainties.

Joining us on the show is David Lefkowitz, a Senior Equity Strategist at UBS Wealth Management Research, to talk more about what’s ahead for the markets in a busy week.

Seema Mody breaks down the earnings miss for Caterpillar, a company seen as a barometer for global growth but faces major uncertainty ahead.

Major industrial companies will be reporting earnings this week which is seen as the barometer of the U.S. economy. Seema Mody has more us.

U.S. retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in September, raising fears that a slowdown in the American manufacturing sector could be starting to bleed into the consumer side of the economy.

Fitbit shares rose briefly Wednesday after the company announced it would shift its manufacturing operations outside of China to avoid tariffs.

The manufacturing sector is facing challenges on finding more skilled workers. Kate Rogers reports from Newberry, South Carolina to see how one manufacturing company there is addressing this problem.

The manufacturing sector is facing a more immediate problem than the ongoing trade war: a growing skills gap.

Steve Liesman reports on how the American people are now shifting their views on the economy.

Chances of a rate cut by the Federal Reserve later this month rose after disappointing services reading fueled fears that the economic slowdown would tip the U.S. into a recession.

The services sector continued its expansion in September but at a considerably slower pace than expected, according to the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index released Thursday.

President Donald Trump again attacked the Federal Reserve on Tuesday after the weakest U.S. manufacturing reading in 10 years.