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  • Kerkorian Cashes In Ford Chips With Losing Hand Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | 10:24 AM ET
    Kirk Kerkorian

    The billionaire investor who said he bought Ford stock as a long term investment is pulling out of the automaker after a short, money losing ride. Kirk Kerkorian still owns more than 6% of Ford's outstanding common shares.

  • Want Some Stock With Your New Car? Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 6:46 PM ET

    We found a Texas car dealer offering 50 shares of GM stock with any new GM car.

  • If GM Wants Chrysler, Little Can Stop It Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    As discussions between GM and Chrysler heat up, there's a steady flow of questions about road blocks that could stop this merger of American auto giants. Any other time, I'd agree with some of the points being raised. But given the economy and the weakened state of the auto industry, I think few of these are going to stop GM from acquiring Chrysler- IF the country's largest automaker decides it wants this deal.

  • GM Buying Chrysler: Why It Could Make Some Sense Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | 9:15 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    After a week of stating in this blog and on the air that I don't see the logic behind a combination of GM and Chrysler, I took the last two days to ask people familiar with the talks and inside the auto industry if I'm missing the boat.

  • GM, Chrysler Merger Talks Accelerating Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | 4:24 AM ET

    Merger talks between General Motors and privately held Chrysler are moving at a faster pace as potential lenders have thrown their support behind a deal between the two U.S.-based automakers, CNBC has learned.

  • Tesla Stalls--Layoffs And CEO Change Coming (Update) Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Tesla Motors, the up-and-coming, high-end electric sports car maker, is suffering through yet another massive reorganization that will cost nearly a hundred workers their jobs, including the company's CEO Ze'ev Drori.

  • Toyota's Finance Deals Land Another Blow Against Big 3 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | 9:21 AM ET

    Like a python squeezing the air out of its victim, Toyota is in the midst of a move that will further hurt the Big 3.

  • Buy Food, Eye Care; Steer Clear of Autos Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | 6:59 AM ET

    Food and farming plays like Monsanto, Potash, Yara and Syngenta are good buys, along with health-care stocks such as Essilor, Stephen Pope, chief global market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, told CNBC.

  • Cramer: This Market Can’t Be Trusted Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 7:22 PM ET

    Don’t let a near 1,000-point Dow jump go to your head. We’re not out of this mess yet.

  • GM, Chrysler, Ford: What Is It They Really Want? Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 9:20 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    After a few days of tracking the latest talks between GM and Chrysler, I'm more convinced than ever before that these two companies will not merge. It's an idea that ultimately creates more headaches than solutions for GM.

  • GM Held Talks With Ford Before Turning to Chrysler Saturday, 11 Oct 2008 | 7:10 PM ET
    General Motors world headquarters, Detroit, Michigan

    Before General Motors began exploring a possible merger with Chrysler — talks that first came to light on Friday — G.M. proposed a similar deal with its other cross-town rival, the Ford Motor Company, two people with knowledge of the talks said Saturday.

  • GM: Why It WON'T Have Its Day In Bankruptcy Court Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 1:59 PM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    If you think GM is just a short drive from steering into bankruptcy, think again. This morning, while everyone says this company is on the verge of collapsing, a GM spokeswoman emphatically said "NO!"

  • Ford: Not Mulling Bankruptcy; CFO Retires Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 1:36 PM ET
    Ford

    Ford Motor is not considering bankruptcy protection as an option, CNBC reported Friday, citing company executives. The unidentified Ford executives said bankruptcy is not even under discussion, and that the company has sufficient liquidity.

  • GM Hit By Ratings Warning, European Sales Drop Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 3:58 PM ET

    General Motors' shares hit their lowest level in almost 60 years as the U.S. automaker said its year-to-date sales in Europe slid almost 2 percent.

  • GM's Wagoner Makes Case On YouTube Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 9:23 AM ET
    Rick Wagoner

    If you are GM CEO Rick Wagoner, what do you do? The man in the top job at the struggling automaker is pulling every move possible to keep his company from collapsing. And by all accounts, he's done a hell of a job.

  • With Credit Drying Up, Car Buyers Bring Cash Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 10:13 AM ET
    Car dealership in Miami
  • Can't Pay Car Loan? Bank May Not Even Want It Back! Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:27 AM ET
    Auto Loans

    Want a sign of just how screwed up this economy has become? Auto repo companies are finding business has slowed down because banks and lenders are reluctant to take back cars and trucks people can no longer pay for.

  • Deals of the Day: $9 Car Rentals, Free Gas and More Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 4:26 PM ET

    Enter to win a $250 gas card, find books for a buck and rent a car for cheap. Spot a deal on your own? Tell us!

  • GM & Ford: Should Investors Give Up On Them? Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 9:12 AM ET
    Ford

    These are gut check times for Ford & GM investors. Shares of the two automakers slid to lows not seen since the early 80's for Ford and mid 50's for GM. As one Wall Street veteran told me, "These are dire times for Ford & GM."

  • Markets Tank Amid Efforts To Contain Global Crisis Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 6:38 PM ET
    Financial Crisis

    Governments around the world tried to contain the fast-spreading credit crisis, but stock, bond and commodity markets saw investors bet on a sharp downturn.