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Household and Personal Products


  • United Tech To Buy Rentokil Unit For $1.2 Billion Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | 10:08 AM ET

    Rentokil Initial, whose services range from catering to pest control, said on Friday it received a 595 million pounds ($1.2 billion) offer from U.S. conglomerate United Technologies Corporation for its Initial Electronic Security Group.

  • Sometimes Breaking Up Is the Right Thing to Do Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 6:16 PM ET

    Sometimes, a good old-fashioned split-up is just what a company needs. Cramer identifies two big players that he thinks would benefit from cleaning house and selling off some of their undervalued brands. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Beazer Cooperating With Probe; Shares Off Sharply Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 11:11 AM ET

    Beazer Homes USA , the sixth-largest U.S. home builder, on Wednesday confirmed it is cooperating with federal prosecutors in a probe relating to its mortgage business. Beazer's shares  were off 12% in premarket electronic trading after earlier falling 18% to their lowest level since August 2003.

  • LG Electronics said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Google to offer the leading online search engine's products on its mobile phones.

  • Feds Probe Lending Practices at Beazer Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 7:53 PM ET

    U.S. authorities are investigating the lending practices and some other dealings at Beazer Homes USA, one of the largest U.S. home builders. Beazer's stock fell nearly 17% in after-hours trading.

  • Stocks Close Lower As Housing Concerns Sideline Buyers Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 6:49 PM ET

    Stocks closed lower after a new warning from the housing industry kept buyers out of the market. "Even though we may test the lows just because some short-term investors may get out of the way, this market has been really good shape," said Richard Steinberg, president and chief investment officer at Steinberg Global Asset Management. "If we pull back, investors should be reassessing their portfolios and looking to pick up bargains."

  • Subprime Woes Spread, Could Last Two Years Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 3:04 PM ET

    A senior U.S. Federal Reserve staff member warned on Tuesday that subprime mortgage market troubles could last as long as two years, while a leading home builder posting a huge profit plunge blamed subprime lending problems for worsening a soft housing sector.

  • CNBC’s Scott Wapner has a rough life: He’s at the Tavistock Cup in Orlando, Fla. and calling it work.

  • Lennar said first-quarter profit tumbled 73% on continued softness in the housing market, and warned it doesn't expect to meet its 2007 earnings forecast. "While some markets are performing better than others, the typically stronger spring selling season has not yet materialized," President and Chief Executive Stuart Miller said in a statement.

  • Furniture maker and retailer Ethan Allen Interiors  forecast quarterly earnings below analysts' expectations on Monday, citing a challenging economic environment for home furnishings retail.

  • Sanyo President Toshimasa Iue to Resign Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 11:10 PM ET

    The president of struggling electronics maker Sanyo Electric, Toshimasa Iue, will likely step down in April to take responsibility for poor earnings and accounting troubles, Japanese media reported on Tuesday, a week after Sanyo's chairwoman resigned.

  • Consumer products maker Kimberly-Clark  said on Monday that first-quarter earnings should meet or slightly exceed its prior outlook, driven by growth in developing and emerging markets and higher sales of its baby and child-care products in North America

  • U.K. Builders Woodrow, Wimpey to Merge Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 6:05 AM ET

    U.K. housebuilder Taylor Woodrow has agreed to buy rival George Wimpey for 2.5 billion pounds ($4.9 billion) to create a market leader in Britain and combine businesses in a tough U.S. housing market.

  • Avery to Buy Paxar for $1.3 Billion Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

    Office supplies maker Avery Dennison said on Thursday it would buy clothing label maker Paxar for $1.3 billion, in a bid to expand in the fragmented retail information and brand identification market. 1st paragraph of story should go here

  • Kraft Replaces Sabre In S&P 500, Kodak In S&P 100 Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 7:45 AM ET

    Kraft Foods, the largest North American food maker, will join the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index after the close of trading on March 30.

  • Samsung Sees Mixed Outlook for LCD, Memory Steady Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 1:36 AM ET

    Samsung Electronics expects LCD TV panel prices to fall further in the second half of the year and PC panel prices to stabilize before starting to climb, continuing current trends.

  • Altria Sets Ratio For Kraft Spinoff Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 11:25 AM ET

    Altria Group said its shareholders will receive 0.692024 of a Kraft Foods share for each Altria share held as of the close of business on March 16 as it completes its spinoff of the largest North American food maker.

  • Electronic Arts Takes Stake in South Korea's Neowiz Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | 10:54 PM ET

    Electronic Arts, the world's biggest game publisher, said on Tuesday it would buy a stake in South Korea's Neowiz for about $105 million and jointly develop games for Asian markets.

  • But P&G shares. which had been trading at all-time highs, fell as organic sales fell short of expectations and third-quarter earnings were estimated to be a bit weaker than expected

  • Household products company Colgate-Palmolive said net income rose to $401 million, or 73 cents a share, from $361.2 million, or 65 cents a share, a year ago.