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Retail battle heats up     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 6:45 AM ET

CNBC's Courtney Reagan, and Jan Kniffen, J. Rogers Kniffen Worldwide CEO, take a look at the best retail bets as consumers return to stores.

Jason Pride, Glenmede, and Kevin Giddis, Raymond James, focus in on when the Federal Reserve is likely to hike interest rates soon.

Home Depot names Craig Menear new CEO     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 6:22 AM ET

Craig Menear will succeed Frank Blake as Home Depot's new CEO, reports "Squawk Box's" Becky Quick.

Has President Obama checked out?     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 6:09 AM ET

Politico's Ben White says the president is dragging Democrats down right now and needs to go to Capitol Hill and talk to lawmakers about what's going to happen for the rest of this year.

Reuters reports about 70 trucks from a Russian aid convoy have crossed the Russia-Ukraine border, reports "Squawk Box's" Becky Quick.

Markets have built up a lot of expectation ahead of the speeches from central bankers at Jackson Hole, says Todd Horwitz, author and founder of Averagejoeoptions.com, with all eyes are on Fed Chair Janet Yellen¿s comments on Friday.

The elephant in the room at Jackson Hole is "shrinkflation" - or the size of things getting smaller - says Philippa Malmgren, founder of DRPM Group. She argues it is leading to consumers paying more per ounce, as is masks inflation.

A lot of the films released this summer are squeals, which has led to "franchise fatigue" among some movie-goers, says Georg Szalai, international business editor, at The Hollywood Reporter.

There is a small chance that Janet Yellen will "sound and not act" more hawkish as she acknowledges that the U.S. economy is doing better and jobs figures reflect that, says managing director of BK Asset Management, Boris Schlossberg

Ollie Whitehouse, director of security testing division at NCC Group, discusses cyber security and whether tougher regulations would force businesses to implement better strategies.

Phuong Nguyen, director of advertising for the U.K. at eBay, highlights that consumers start looking for Chritsmas gifts in August and that this represents a "huge opportunities" for retailers.

What next for Indonesia?     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 4:35 AM ET

Douglas Ramage, managing director at Bower group Asia, discusses Indonesia after the country's highest court upheld Widodo's election win and says the new president will focus on reforming bureaucracy.

Gold 'heading south': Analyst     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 4:30 AM ET

John Meyer, analyst at SP Angel, discusses gold ahead of Jackson Hole key speeches and says prices are "heading south for now" but that the metal has had a good year so far.

Can Hong Kong curb house price rises?     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 4:20 AM ET

David Ji, head of research and consultancy for Greater China at Knight Frank, says the fundamental issue with Hong Kong's property market is the lack of supply and discusses the government's measures.

Luis Costa, head of CEEMEA foreign exchange and rates strategy at Citi, discusses the U.S. dollar and says the trend is for a stronger dollar against most emerging markets' currencies.

Lars Kreckel, global equity strategist at Legal & General Investment Management, discusses Jackson Hole and says the Fed is likely to focus on the "conflicting messages" coming out of recent U.S data.

Reefknots designs and markets luxury ties that remind customers of their "life outside of work" says Patrick Dudley-Williams, founder of Reefknots.

Richard Broughton, director of broadband analysis at IHS, says Netflix's European prospects are good as it prepares to launch in new markets and records "rapid growth" in markets it's already in.

Matthew Turner, precious metals analyst at Macquarie Securities, expects more downward pressures to impact gold prices over the next few months.

Alix Stewart, fund manager at Schroders, says that there are opportunities in various parts of the corporate bond market, especially at the "long-end of the dollar market".

Is China over-taxing foreign cars?     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 2:40 AM ET

Philippe Houchois, autos analyst at UBS, says the high Chinese car prices are mainly due to taxation and discusses car sales in the country.

Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries, says Kuwait is going through some "teething pains" at the moment but that the country has a "very stable" political system.

Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries, says that growing up in one of Kuwait's wealthiest families brought home a sense of responsibility to bring about change and engage with youth.

Private family matters "ought to stay within the family", Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries tells CNBC about the feud between his father and his uncle over the division of the business.

Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries discusses the company's performance over the last few years and says annual growth has average 9 to 10 percent over the last five years.

Alghanim Industries' consumer facing businesses are the most exciting aspect of the business, says Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries.

European market opens flat     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 3:00 AM ET

European shares opened flat on Friday as investors await key speeches by central bank heads with the anticipation that monetary policy will remain supportive in the near term.

Nicole Wong, regional head of property research at CLSA Capital Partners, discusses the Hong Kong property market and says it would be "very sensitive" to any interest rate hike.

Iron ore hits two-month low     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 2:15 AM ET

Maurice Mason, mining analyst at Peel Hunt, discusses the outlook for the iron ore market after prices hit a two-month low.

'Lot of growth potential' for LSE: Pro     Fri, 22 Aug '14 | 2:00 AM ET

Simon Maughan, head of research at OTAS Technologies, comments on the LSE earnings and growth potential and discusses whether dark pools are a risk for exchanges

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  • Markets have built up a lot of expectation ahead of the speeches from central bankers at Jackson Hole, says Todd Horwitz, author and founder of Averagejoeoptions.com, with all eyes are on Fed Chair Janet Yellen¿s comments on Friday.

  • The elephant in the room at Jackson Hole is "shrinkflation" - or the size of things getting smaller - says Philippa Malmgren, founder of DRPM Group. She argues it is leading to consumers paying more per ounce, as is masks inflation.

  • A lot of the films released this summer are squeals, which has led to "franchise fatigue" among some movie-goers, says Georg Szalai, international business editor, at The Hollywood Reporter.