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  • Microsoft Points to Lower Open Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 6:16 PM ET

    Microsoft beats expectations but lowers its forecast, Apple surges, the greenback makes a big comeback and more in Thursday's Word on the Street.

  • Ford's Turnaround Picks up Steam Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 10:45 AM ET
    Alan Mulally

    This is getting to be a habit for Ford Motor Chief Executive Alan Mulally. Once again, his company has posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings. This time, the company turned a $100 million profit when Wall Street was forecasting a loss of roughly $300 million.

  • Ford Shares Rally as Automaker Swings to Profit Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 7:35 AM ET
    Ford announced today that it is cutting production by 21% resulting in downtime at the assembly plant in St. Thomas Ontario on Friday Aug. 18, 2006. Ford Motor Co. announces sharp cuts in its North American production that would force it to partially shut down plants in the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Geoff Robins)

    Ford Motor posted a quarterly profit on Thursday led by strong results in Europe and South America and a narrowing loss in North America.

  • Hyundai Posts 28% Rise in Profit, Misses Forecasts Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 1:43 AM ET

    Hyundai Motor on Thursday posted a 28% rise in quarterly net profit but the result missed forecasts by a wide margin as rising raw material prices offset higher sales fueled by a weaker won.

  • On the Line: Copart CEO Willis Johnson Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 6:43 PM ET

    Autopart recycling is a part of a broader secular trend that plays right into this company's business, Cramer says.

  • Europe Preview: Big Names Roll Out Results Thursday Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 12:25 PM ET
    Fiat's 2007 Nuova 500 car.

    Thursday will be a big day for European earnings, with heavyweights like Credit Suisse, Fiat and ABB set to hit the tape.

  • Can Washington Really Push Alternative Cars? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

    Are we finally at the tipping point? You know, the point where people are so fed up with spending $40, $60, or $80 to fill up their car, truck or SUV that they clamor for something to be done? If word of mouth is worth anything, I say we've hit that point.

  • RBS Sends Euro Shares Lower; Miners Rise Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:10 PM ET

    European shares fell for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, led lower by banks after Royal Bank of Scotland unveiled a record rights issue, while gains in mining and oil stocks lent some support.

  • GM's Asian promise Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    There is a fondness and attraction to Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet that is helping GM make headway in China.

  • Beijing Auto Show: Is It Bigger Than Detroit? Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 11:10 AM ET

    Talk about coming of age. The Beijing Auto Show and China's auto market are making a statement this week. It's loud and clear: "We are world players!" In fact, it brings up the question about whether this show and the Chinese market are bigger than the Detroit Show and U.S. Market?

  • Hybrids Find Growing Acceptance on Main Street USA Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 1:52 PM ET
    2005 Toyota Prius.

    Hybrids are finding growing acceptance around the country - including the Midwest, although the West Coast , thanks to California, is still the largest market.

  • Chrysler on Track for 2008 Goals: CEO Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 2:39 AM ET

    Chrysler is on target to meet the goals set by its private equity owner Cerberus Capital Management, despite a weakening U.S. economy, the company's top executive said on Thursday.

  • American Axle, UAW Talks Progressing; No Deal Yet Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings and the United Auto Workers have made progress in talks aimed at ending a seven-week strike at five U.S. plants, but talk of a tentative agreement remains premature, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

  • Toyota's Operating Profit May Fall by Quarter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 10:14 PM ET

    Toyota Motor's 2008/09 operating profit is likely to fall by around a quarter, underscoring tough business conditions for Japanese manufacturers, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday.

  • Chrysler And Nissan Alliance: I Think It's Going To Work Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 9:48 AM ET
    Deal, Handshake

    There are hook-ups that work, and hook-ups that don't. In the car business, there are many that fail to live up to their promise. Which has many people wondering if the partnership formed between Chrysler and Nissan will pay off for both companies. I think it will. In fact, it's a smart move for both companies.

  • Chrysler, Nissan Unveil Production Alliance Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 9:03 PM ET

    Chrysler and Nissan Motor unveiled a production alliance on Monday that gives the U.S. automaker the small car it lacks and allows the Japanese company to stay in the competitive full-size U.S. pickup truck market.

  • Covering Asia And The Beijing Auto Show Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    I'm in Asia for the next two weeks, covering stories. One of them is the Beijing Auto Show and I hope to have some posts about that. Please look for them in the days ahead.

  • When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.

  • Triage Trade – General Motors Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 6:40 PM ET

    General Motors, America’s largest carmaker, looks ready to drive off into the sunset. What’s the treatment for saving this sick Dow component

  • Mid-Size Sedan Safety Performance: Do You Really Care? Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Figuring out how crash tests impact consumers is a tricky thing. Yes, if we see a model perform horribly, we'll talk about it and that model will likely see weaker sales. But when models improve, do we notice? What if they only rate as adequate?