Economy & the markets

Two pros discuss the health of the economy amid geopolitical concerns and changing monetary policies in Europe.

ECB weighs options

Banking officials in Europe are considering a U.S. style monetary easing program, but will it work in Europe and what are the risks?

Tug-of-war on Wall Street

The conflict in Ukraine flared up again, pressuring stocks and overshadowing economic data here at home.

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Tonight: Why renewed tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border are overshadowing better economic data here at home.

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Tonight on Nightly Business Report, why renewed tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border are overshadowing better economic data here at home. And, worried about the hack attack on JP Morgan? We have some steps you can take to protect yourself and your small business.

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Today’s stock stories: ANF, DG, COTY, AAPL.

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Dorms are filling up, classes are starting, and Frisbees are flying above quads at colleges and universities across the country. But these familiar seasonal patterns don’t reflect how a growing number of students are starting the year. More and more older Americans are heading back to school, often part time or in the evenings, and …

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tries out Babolat’s Play smart racket on the court with CNBC’s Robert Frank.

Technology has radically changed the game of tennis—from the rackets and strings to the data used to analyze opponents. Now, a new “smart racket” may take the tennis tech battle to a whole new level. Babolat recently introduced a $399 racket called Play that has built-in sensors and software to connect it to an Apple iPhone or …

This story is developing. Please check back for further updates. Apple announced in an email to guests that it is hosting a special event on September 9, 2014. With only the words “Wish we could say more,” the invitation confirms an announcement of what is widely expected to be the launch of the iPhone 6. Read …

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Florida condominium owners in danger of losing their homes are making a final desperate plea, hoping that Gov. Rick Scott will intervene. These owners are not in foreclosure, nor are they behind on their mortgages. Instead they are being threatened by a group of developers, Madison Oaks Partners, who are using a Florida state law …

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Samsung Gear S

Samsung has launched its latest smartwatch, the Gear S, just days ahead of Apple’s expected iWatch launch, as the wearable tech market continues to heat up. The Samsung device has a 2-inch curved screen and runs on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, unlike its previous Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which ran on Google’s Android system. The Gear S has …

Taco Bell

A lifetime of Taco Bell could be hiding in your wallet. This week, Yum Brands’ Taco Bell announced it has released 11 dollar bills across the U.S. that will award the lucky finders a lifetime of eating at its restaurants. The promotion is in celebration of its newly launched Dollars Cravings menu that contains 11 items that …

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Online deal site Groupon has enlisted an unlikely ally in its new marketing efforts: Snapchat. The Snapchat texting app, which lets users send messages to friends that disappear within 10 seconds, has been a consumer phenomenon. In less than two years, the app has climbed near the top of the Android and Apple app stores and lured more than 100 …

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Wells Fargo ATM machines, New York City

There’s a certain irony to the upcoming IPO of Lending Club, the nonbank lender that’s used algorithms, software and a Web-based platform to take on the traditional banking system. The biggest winner in the deal is likely to be none other than Wells Fargo, the largest U.S. bank by stock market capitalization. It’s an indirect relationship. Lending …

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Atlanta

Much like in Phoenix, the Atlanta housing market was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. And like Phoenix, it saw huge interest from investors looking to buy distressed properties and turn them around as rentals. Home sales in July were 2.5 percent lower than June, and 4.9 percent lower than July 2013, according to the Atlanta Board …