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  • GM's U.S. Problem Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 2:17 PM ET
    General Motors

    If this sounds like a broken record, forgive me. But if you are looking for a reason why GM's turnaround is only a mild success, it's right here in the U.S. Just check out the company's latest earnings, which show a profitable business around the world, but one that is still in the red in the land of the red, white and blue.

  • Richard Wagoner, chief executive officer at General Motors,  told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he’s confident the company’s North American operations can be profitable.

  • General Motors said its first-quarter earnings slumped and revenue fell from the same quarter last year. The $305 million overall loss at finance arm GMAC "pretty much accounts for any difference in (earnings expectations)," GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner told CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:32 AM ET

    Hey folks, time for the day's trivia questions. The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: General Motor's earnings came in below analyst expectations. What were earnings per share? Your selection of answers is: $0.17 or $0.10 or $0.19 or $0.23. The news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: RIM is rolling out a new smaller and lightweight full keyboard BlackBerry. What is the new smartphone called? Your selection of answers is: The Quartz or Blackberry Curve or Blackberry Qwerty or The Razor.

  • Contest Stocks: Earnings Again Boost Winners Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Here's a look at the stocks making contest "news." Earnings helped the best performers while M&A talks took their toll on the worst performers--as you'll see below. Charter appears on the most widely held list as well as taking its usual spot on the most actives. If there's a lesson here folks--it's earnings--which can boost a stock for big gains--but can also hurt. The guessing "game" as always, is to figure out which way they will go.

  • MAN's First-Quarter Profit Increased by 47% Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 8:45 AM ET

    Truck maker MAN, which failed in its plan to buy Scania, said Thursday its first-quarter profit rose 47% as demand for its trucks and cost-cutting plans bore fruit for the company.

  • BMW Posts 38% Fall in First-Quarter Profit Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 8:31 AM ET

    Luxury car maker BMW said Thursday its first-quarter profit dropped 38% as it spent more money on launching new models and because last year's figure included a one-time gain.

  • A line of Ford trucks sit at a Ford dealership in Castle Shannon, Pa.,  Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. Ford held off Toyota as the No. 2 U.S. vehicle seller in December despite a nearly 13 percent sales drop compared with a year ago.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Chrysler's famous Hemi V-8 engine, known more for power than fuel economy, will become more fuel efficient when the company rolls out a hybrid version early next year. Chrysler Group announced Monday that it will offer a hybrid Hemi in its Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen sport utility vehicles that will improve their fuel economy by nearly 40% in the city and about 25% on the highway.

  • Legislation aimed at preventing retailers and other nonfinancial companies like automakers from operating a bank was approved by the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.

  • Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top automaker, on Wednesday posted a fourth consecutive fall in operating profit, hit by weaker sales amid a labor dispute, higher raw material costs and a firmer won currency.

  • April Sales: the Crossover Keeps Coming Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 4:15 PM ET

    As expected, April auto sales left a lot to be desired. Overall, they were lackluster. But if you look within the numbers, one thing is clear: CUV (crossover utility vehicle) sales continue to grow -- not surprising when you consider that buyers still want the versatility to haul people and stuff. The CUVs hitting the market allow us to do that, while getting slightly better gas mileage and giving a better ride than we get with traditional SUVs.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Dow Jones Story Hits Home Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 4:00 PM ET

    Hitting home: When a big story hits, it’s always very exciting. It’s also a bit nerve-wracking when the story, at least potentially, involves you personally. David Faber’s big scoop today qualified on both counts. During "Morning Call," David broke the story that News Corp. was bidding $60 per share to acquire Dow Jones -- sending quite a wave of excitement throughout our newsroom. It’s not just a potentially huge takeover deal -- it’s one that could change OUR lives tremendously.

  • General Motors, Ford Motor and DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group all reported April sales that beat expectations, defying predictions that the poor housing market and high gas prices would drag automobile sales sharply lower.

  • Chrysler Group announced Monday that it will offer a hybrid Hemi in its Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen sport utility vehicles that will improve their fuel economy by nearly 40% in the city and about 25% on the highway.

  • Five For Five--Stocks Making News This Week Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    CNBC-TV had it's five for five segment today--that's where they look at five stocks making news this week. It's pretty much based on earnings. Jon Hilsenrath, editor at the WSJ was the guest to talk about the stocks. Again, these are not recommendations for the contest (or your personal portfolio) but more along the lines of what stocks could have a jump up or down.

  • Ford Warns On U.S. Industry Sales; GM Offers Rebate Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    U.S. auto industry sales have dropped far below expectations for April, a Ford Motor executive said on Friday, as rival General Motors rolled out an incentive program intended to boost crucial month-end sales.

  • Earnings News Continues To Boost Stocks Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 2:04 PM ET

    Why are earnings so important? Well, this CNBC-TV news report today from Bob O'Brien shows what they can do. Bob focused on Goodyear, which admittedly is not a contest stock that might put you over the top, but with their earnings report out, the stock saw a 6.345 rise at one point today.

  • Steven Landry, who was named on Friday to take over Chrysler's sales efforts in North America, said the automaker plans to reduce fleet sales to 21% of its total sales volume by end 2009.

  • General Motors is offering lower-interest financing to customers with weaker credit ratings through this weekend in an effort to boost sales for April, sources familiar with the sales plan said.

  • Cummins, a diesel engine maker, posted a better-than-expected increase in quarterly profit as strength at its power generation and distribution businesses offset an expected decline in truck engine sales in North America.