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  • Market Tips: Gold to $1,300; Bullish on Commodities Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 4:45 AM ET

    Global stocks gained on Friday, although investors were cautious ahead of the U.S. jobs data out later in the day. Some investors have begun to pull back from equities, expecting a correction after such a long rally.

  • Big Machinery Firm Faces 'Muted Recovery': Analyst Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 12:02 PM ET

    There’s been too much hype around Caterpillar versus the expected reality of a muted recovery in construction activity, said Eli Lustgarten, analyst at Longbow Research.

  • Tesco, British Grocer, Uses Weather to Predict Sales Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 4:05 AM ET

    Britain often conjures images of unpredictable weather. Such randomness has prompted Tesco, the country’s largest grocery chain, to create its own weather team in hopes of better forecasting temperatures and how consumer demand changes with them, the New York Times reported.

  • Latin America — A Two-Speed Region Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 6:27 AM ET
    Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    South America, which boasts a range of basic resources and agriculture, is showing signs of rebounding from the global recession. But political uncertainty continues to plague the continent.

  • Funny Business Product of the Week Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 3:23 PM ET

    The Washington Post this week pulled the curtain back on a new product, Doc Bottoms Aspray, the first "all over" deodorant that "goes where other deodorants can't". The following YouTube video proceed to show us just exactly what that means. It's gotten over 300,000 hits in a month.

  • Vote For Best Stock Market Crash-Er Squirrel Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 1:15 PM ET
    Crasher Squirrel

    And it begins. Here are my six picks for best (or weirdest) financially-themed use of the now-famous "Crasher Squirrel" of Banff, the critter that's been popping up in every piece of pop culture.

  • Awwww...That's So Cute I May Be Sick Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    Monday got you down? Here's a website guaranteed to make you smile. CuteOverload.com. It's so cute! Then it just keeps getting... cuter. Finally, you feel kind of sick.

  • Now Lenny Dykstra Takes On Insurance Industry Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 2:12 PM ET

    The Lenny Dykstra bankruptcy saga is like a reality TV show, which is exactly what he says he's working on ("Tough as Nails"? "Nailed"? "Biting Nails"? "Hang Nails"?). There will be no lack of drama.

  • More "Crasher Squirrel" Photos Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 12:00 PM ET
    Chief Brody and squirrel

    Please submit your "Crasher Squirrel" photo with a financial theme to the blog email at the bottom for the latest "Funny Business Contest With a Pathetic Prize."

  • Author Goes Naked, But Not In Times Square Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 3:37 PM ET
    David Seaman

    He didn't do it. I mean, he didn't do it in Times Square.

  • The Crasher Squirrel Contest Begins! Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    Crasher Squirrel with Erin Burnett

    Veteran Funny Business reader Jeff Jacobs has taken "The Stock Market Crasher Squirrel Contest" to heart and already submitted several entries. Keep them coming!

  • Crasher Squirrel Boosts Banff Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 3:49 PM ET
    Crasher Squirrel with Warren Buffett

    The couple who took the photo of "Crasher Squirrel" may not be cashing in yet (see my previous post), but I've learned via Twitter that the Canadian tourist mecca of Banff is!

  • Can "Crasher Squirrel" Make Money? Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 11:56 AM ET
    Crasher Squirrel

    If there was ever an opportunity to cash in on nonsense, it's the squirrel who forced its way into a self-timed photo by Melissa and Jackson Brandts while they vacationed in Banff. Who wants to worry about healthcare and the national debt when we can all look at THIS?

  • India Needs 'Infrastructure Binge' to Get More Cash Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 10:09 AM ET
    Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    India could become an investment magnet among emerging markets if economic reforms are put into effect and if the new coalition government finds way to fix the country's crumbling infrastructure, experts interviewed by CNBC said.

  • Even Romance Is Bad For You Now Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 4:10 PM ET

    The funny business of justifying research dollars.

  • Author Goes Naked For Buzz Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 9:48 AM ET

    Generating "buzz" is all the rage!! To succeed these days, you need good word-of-blog. Going "viral" is about infecting people with your particular strain of hype. Exclamation points help!!!

  • What's A Diplomat Like You Doing In A State Like This? Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | 2:33 PM ET
    Iowa map

    They held up signs bearing the names of countries like Nepal, Moldova, Japan. They were farm families mostly, in the Iowa town of Carroll, and this week they are hosting dozens of foreign ambassadors and diplomats in their homes.

  • Banks, Commodities: 'Boy, Do They Move!' Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | 4:36 AM ET

    Banks and commodities stocks, which are now stock market bellwethers, were trading higher in London Tuesday morning, as stocks reversed Monday's selloff, with investors hoping better times were ahead.

  • Cramer fears that Washington may take notice.

  • India Gets Caught Short as Sugar Prices Soar Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 12:39 PM ET
    Stack of sugar cane sticks

    While all commodities move in cycles, sugar in India is a case study in feast-to-famine swings in which bountiful crops are followed by anemic harvests every two or three years.