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Fed Survey Shows Economy Ended 2011 with Strength

The final weeks of 2011 were among the economy's strongest as Americans shopped and traveled more, ending the year with a shot of optimism for 2012. That's the bright picture the Federal Reserve sketched in a survey released Wednesday.

Week in Preview: First Earnings Reports and Economic Readings

Alcoa, Intel and JPMorgan Chase will kick off a new earnings season this week when they report their results for the fourth quarter of 2010. Here's a quick look at what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect to see, followed by a glance at what's coming up on the economic calendar.

Week in Preview: Unemployment, Home Prices and the Fed

Black Friday has come and gone and the holiday shopping season is off and running. In addition to keeping on eye on how retailers are doing, there will be plenty of economic data for analysts and investors to peruse on this week. Highlights include new numbers on manufacturing, employment and new vehicle sales.

The Fed: Economy Grew at a 'Modest Pace' in September

The Fed's latest Beige Book report confirms what earlier economic data has indicated. Eight of the 12 regional Fed banks, including San Francisco and Chicago, reported some form of growth in the September/October period. But nothing to write home about.

Week in Preview: The Earnings Crunch Is Back

Third-quarter reports are due from tech, financial, airline and pharmaceutical companies, amont others. Here's a day-by-day rundown of the coming earnings highlights, with a closer look at Apple, Harley-Davidson, Netflix and Southwest Airlines.

Jobless Numbers Deliver Mixed Messages

It was a mixed-progress week on the labor front as initial jobless claims fell a better-than-expected 11,000 to 457,000, but continuing claims rose 81,000 to 4.57 million, the Labor Department reported.

Beige Book Report: Economy Has Slowed Down

The latest Beige Book report from the U.S. Federal Reserve confirms what other recent economic reports have suggested: The U.S. economic recovery slowed somewhat in the second quarter, with some regions reporting stalled conditions.

The Fed Sees Recovery Building -- Except in Jobs

The U.S. economy grew modestly in April and May, the Fed said in its latest Beige Book report, with auto demand displaying unexpected strength. The labor market, however, showed only the slightest improvement.

The Latest Fed Beige Book Report: Just a Little Better Than Bad

Economist looking for unambiguous signs of a national economic recovery won't it in the Federal Reserve's latest edition of the Beige Book that was released on March 3. Though nine of 12 Fed regions showed improvements, "in most cases the increases were modest."