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  • Apple Earnings Good -- but Good Enough? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:17 PM ET

    Let me just say from the very outset: any other publicly traded company would kill for growth like this, products like these, customers like those who can't seem to snap up Apple gear fast enough. But Apple is hardly just "any other publicly traded company," and, like it or not, the company is different -- so investors "think different" when it comes to Apple.

  • Amazon Sees Lower Margins, Higher Sales in 2008 Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 4:53 PM ET

    Amazon.com posted a higher profit that beat analysts' estimates and raised its 2008 sales outlook, but said operating income and profit margins, would be lower than previously expected.

  • Hillary's Breakup; $10,160 to Fly Northwest?! Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 3:06 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton won in Pennsylvania, but not everyone wants to stick with her: Here's a funny Web site from naysayers. Also: gripes from a Northwest Airlines captain. And of course: American Idol.

  • Microsoft Willing to Walk Away from Yahoo Bid Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 2:16 PM ET
    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft is prepared to walk away from its $43.6 billion bid for Yahoo if the two sides can't agree on a price, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Wednesday.

  • Amazon's Tall Order: Pleasing Investors Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 11:27 AM ET

    Amazon shares started last quarter right at $100 a share, and since then, it's been all downhill from there. Frustrated investors will be looking for guidance from the company later today that the slide is over, and that the company is poised for a strong, back half of 2008. But that's a tall order for Amazon's executives.

  • Apple Investors Talk Back: 'On Target' or 'Garbage'? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    Hours away from Apple's earnings, as you might expect, investors are a little nervous -- with a stock going from $119 to just short of $170, and then back to $160 in a matter of weeks. Some of you have written in with your thoughts ahead of earnings. Here's a sampling...

  • Calif. Vineyard Crisis; Free Speech in the South Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 6:06 PM ET

    Farming can be a funny business -- not in a ha-ha way -- as so much depends on the whims of Mother Nature. As I prepare to head to Iowa this week to talk to corn and soybean farmers getting ready to plant, here in California, some farmers who grow wine grapes fear 2008 may not be a good year... Also: Louisiana 'Hearts' Baggy Trousers!

  • Yahoo's Earnings Unlikely to Boost Microsoft Bid Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:34 PM ET

    Yahoo posted quarterly profit at the top end of Wall Street's lowered forecasts, but analysts questioned whether the results would force Microsoft to increase its takeover bid for the company.

  • Yahoo Seems Strong -- But Outlook Remains the Same Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:23 PM ET

    Looking at Yahoo's first quarter earnings, you gotta wonder why this company can report so strongly, and what magic bullet it employed during the quarter that apparently eluded management over the past two years.

  • Yum Tops Forecasts, Raises Full-Year Profit Outlook Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:02 PM ET

    Yum Brands shares jumped Tuesday as the fast-food company beat earnings forecasts by two cents a share and slightly raised its profit outlook for the full year.

  • Can Content Save the NY Times Co.? Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    Today the New York Times Company held its annual shareholder meeting. With shareholders concerned about the company's earnings miss, company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. tried to convince shareholders that the company is becoming as sleek and modern as the wood, steel, glass and tangerine-colored walls they'd passed through to hear his remarks...

  • Whipsawed Apple Investors Prep for Earnings Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 1:31 PM ET

    Normally, I'll put together a formal earnings preview the day the company is set to announce, but in the case of Apple, there has been so much interest so far ahead of these numbers that I thought I'd do it today instead, and run some of your emails about all this tomorrow.

  • Fake Jane is Greened Out! Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 11:58 AM ET
    Fake Jane

    Sorry, but this whole green thing is making me, Fake Jane... green. As in nauseous. FJ is all for coming up with more sustainable ways of living -- it saves money and energy, and probably even helps the Earth, though, believe me, the Earth will be fine. We may kill ourselves, but not the Earth. Some asteroid may do that...

  • Turn Old Tech Into Cash With SecondRotation Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    What are you doing with that drawerful of old cell phones? And those early digital cameras? Wish you could get a little cash for them without the hassle of starting up your own business? Now you can. Rousseau Aurelien, CEO of SecondRotation explains.

  • M&A Game: Yahoo, Show Your Cards Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 11:06 AM ET
    Yahoo!'s headquarters in California.

    There's about $41 billion in chips on the table, all the cards have been dealt in the Yahoo vs. Microsoft poker match -- and today is the day Microsoft and investors get to "call." (Google and News Corp. look on...)

  • TI Steady After Disappointment? Here's Why Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 5:58 PM ET
    Texas Instruments

    You'd think with the 3-plus percent rally in Texas Instruments' shares headed into tonight's earnings, this company would be plunging now, after missing numbers across the board. But that's the joy of the markets right now...

  • Shhhhh, Whisper Number Volume Getting Loud Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 2:13 PM ET

    Whisper numbers are a weird animal on Wall Street, especially when you're talking high profile earnings reports like Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Intel and so many others.

  • Would You Like a Tee Shirt with that Headline? Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 1:30 PM ET

    The news super-site CNN.com is now selling tee shirts with its headlines. Oh me, oh my.

  • Skype Offers New Service to Cell Phones, Landlines Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 11:37 AM ET

    Internet calling company Skype said it would offer an unlimited long-distance calling for customers who want to reach friends and family without computers or Internet access.

  • Google's comScore Conundrum Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 2:20 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Sell first and ask questions later -- this has characterized trading in Google stock since January, and the biggest problem for Google and its investors has been coming from market research firm comScore. But how reliable is comScore research, anyway?