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  • As we head into the thick of earnings season some analysts are putting out their preview notes for clients. And a couple of interesting ones about the kings of biotech, Genentech and Amgen, have come into my inbox over the past couple of days. Genentech reports after the bell next Monday, October 15. And Amgen comes out, also after the bell, ten days later on the 25th.

  • US Treasury debt prices were steady early Tuesday as investors looked ahead to the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's policy meeting last month when the central bank cut benchmark interest rates.

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    Facing rising pressure from investors, wireless carrier Sprint Nextel said its chairman and chief executive will leave the company immediately and that 2007 earnings and revenue are likely to be below previous forecasts.

  • This morning, the world's second biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, announced that Andrew Witty will replace JP Garnier as CEO at the end of next May. It's been known for a while that Garnier would be retiring next year, and the question was who would be tapped to succeed him.

  • AK Steel Holding said Monday it would create a $663 million healthcare trust as part of a lawsuit settlement with retirees, sending its shares up more than 10 percent.

  • GlaxoSmithKline has picked Andrew Witty, currently president of its European pharmaceuticals business, to succeed Chief Executive Jean-Pierre Garnier from May 2008, it said on Monday.

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    You might say Constellation Brands (STZ) is a sparkling company, at least currently. The world's largest winemaker (as well as the manufacturer of Corona and more) is trading up 1.5% after it upped guidance and reported earnings that beat Street estimates. Can Constellation sustain growth or is it likely to fizzle?

  • Did you see the report from Sanford Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay this morning, making the case that Yahoo is more valuable broken up than it is as the sum of its pieces? If you're a Yahoo shareholder, you're salivating at the argument. If you're a casual observer, you're wondering whether a plan like this has legs and whether its enough to turn you into a Yahoo shareholder.

  • “Power Lunch” is in booming North Carolina to focus on housing, financial firms, energy -- and burning rubber at the racetrack. Here's what some of the guests on the program are saying.

  • Discussing leadership, motivation and career success with Jack Welch, former General Electric chairman & CEO.

  • General Electric said Thursday it will close a number of lighting plants in Brazil and the U.S., as part of a plan to restructure its consumer and industrial division, potentially cutting more than 1,400 jobs in the process.

  • Close on the heels of announcing the hiring of a Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer this morning named a new head of Global Research and Development to replace John LaMattina who had earlier said he'd be leaving the drug company. It was on LaMattina's watch that Pfizer's next potential breakout blockbuster drug, torcetrapib for cholesterol, failed in a late-stage clinical trial.

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    This is why CNBC makes money. We ask readers and viewers to come up with branding slogans...for free! I've asked you to help me develop a name for my weekly farm reports, and the response has been fantastic.

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    You unlock this door with the key of capitalism. Beyond the hustle of the trading floor, is the fourth dimension. It’s a dimension of anonymity - of size - of price. Welcome to the land of the secret trades

  • Dieter Zetsche, DaimlerChrysler CEO

    Today in Germany, DaimlerChrysler is officially changing its name to Daimler AG. While this is a formality, this change made me realize just how much the German automaker has benefited from selling Chrysler. Yes, I know what you are gonna say: "They paid $38 Billion for Chrysler and sold it for $7 Billion. Where's the benefit?"

  • Activist investor Ralph Whitworth is stepping up pressure on Sprint Nextel's chief executive, Gary Forsee, and other directors of the wireless carrier, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site, citing an interview with Whitworth.

  • Yahoo

    Yahoo, is working with auction leader eBay and its PayPal payments unit to block fake e-mails to users purporting to be from eBay and PayPal, hoping to spur on an industry that has been slow to fight the scourge of so-called phishing attacks.

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    Bain Capital Partners said it will submit for a national security review its proposed $2.2 billion buyout of networking equipment maker 3Com Corp.

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    Hershey named a new chief executive and president on Tuesday, tapping chief operating officer David West, as the world's biggest chocolate maker continues to grapple with rising food prices.

  • Nets guard Vince Carter with the garment bag.

    There is no team in professional sports that works harder to get season ticket holders than the New Jersey Nets. I’ve been to homes where they’ve catered a party for a high net worth season ticket holder to try to convince his friends to buy seats. And I’ve been to a playoff game where Nets general manager Ed Stefanski gave a speech to wavering season ticket holders at halftime to convince them to commit to another season.