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  • Daimler's Stock May Rise Without Chrysler: Barron's Monday, 21 May 2007 | 4:21 AM ET

    The stock of DaimlerChrysler may continue the rise that began last year, freed from the burden of Chrysler, Barron's reported in its May 21 edition.

  • Singing Crow Friday, 18 May 2007 | 2:18 PM ET

    The Sierra Club is asking U.S. automakers to build cars with something called an integrated starter-generator. Why? Well, to lower the idling time in cars of course. It would save gasoline, cut down on greenhouse emissions and help combat global warming. The lovely and talented Sheryl Crow recently called for a ban on excessive toilet paper use. I'm not sure about the calculus on this one -- but somehow that's supposed to combat global warming too.

  • Contest Finals: Leaderboard "Shuffle" In Top Spots Friday, 18 May 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    Good morning all. Big changes on the leaderboard for the contest finals. Steven Lee (that's his picture) jumps from 12th place on Wednesday to take the lead by gaining $182K with Acxiom Corp. which was up 18.08% Thursday. And Mary Williams continues her climb from 4th place Wednesday to take 2nd place--with another big gain on Ctrip.com that added $87K to her portfolio. Serge Amelyan falls into 4th place from first and Stephen Luchko is down in 6th place from 2nd.

  • DaimlerChrysler to Reduce Debt Sharply: Report Friday, 18 May 2007 | 3:59 AM ET

    DaimlerChrysler will use the repayment of intercompany loans to reduce its debt sharply once the sale of its U.S. arm Chrysler closes, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber told a newspaper.

  • General Motors' Rick Wagoner said he expected more consolidation in the U.S. auto industry and indicated a merger of GM's former financial arm GMAC was possible.

  • Toyota: Moving Forward to Dominate the U.S. Market Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    If history is any indication, Cerberus Capital will be slashing Chrysler down in size, making this Japanese automaker the last large car company left in America. He thinks it’s the only play worth considering in the sector. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Daimler To Go It Alone After Chrysler Deal: WSJ Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 7:33 AM ET

    The rump of DaimlerChrysler will do its best to stay independent once the sale of U.S. arm Chrysler goes through, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.

  • Quanex Shares Soar on Spin-off Comments Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

    Quanex said it was exploring alternatives for its building products group, including a tax-free spin-off, sale or joint venture, sending shares to an all-time high.

  • Ford "Flex"es its Appeal Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 11:21 AM ET
    Funkmaster Flex

    Ford has signed Funkmaster Flex -- a popular hip-hop DJ and personality on New York City's Hot 97 radio station -- as a company pitchman for its Ford Flex Expedition, and as host of a new TV show where regular Joes compete in customizing one of the company's SUVs. This is a smart move by Ford for a couple reasons. First, Flex's popularity with younger car buyers can help the company gain some much needed buzz on the new Flex CUV. Second, it's another case of Ford trying to break out with a new approach.

  • FirstGroup Profit Up 11%, Laidlaw Deal on Track Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 4:53 AM ET

    Britain's biggest bus service company, FirstGroup, reported an 11% increase in underlying yearly profit on Wednesday, and said the new financial year had started well.

  • After its sale to Cerberus Capital Management, Chrysler will focus more aggressively on product development and pursuing joint ventures and partnerships with automakers overseas, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Diversified manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand  is reviewing a sale or spinoff of Bobcat as it shifts away from capital-intense heavy machinery.

  • LaSorda's Turnaround: Now Comes The Test Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

    Talk about a sign of the times. Monday, DaimlerChrysler essentially pays money to unload the Chrysler division. Tuesday, Chrysler posts a first quarter loss of $1.98 Billion. Good thing Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda has such an upbeat outlook on things, otherwise he'd really be depressed at how far his company has fallen.

  • DaimlerChrysler First Quarter Shines Despite Chrysler Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    DaimlerChrysler on Tuesday posted a 73% rise in first-quarter profit as one-off gains and a profit rebound at Mercedes helped overcome ballooning losses at Chrysler, the U.S. arm it is selling.

  • Family control of a publicly traded company is increasingly coming under attack. But the dual classes of stock that allow a family to maintain control without holding a majority stake probably won't disappear anytime soon, financial experts say.

  • Ford Motor's founding family said on Monday it was not discussing the sale of its controlling stake in the No. 2 U.S. automaker, even though they met last month with a Wall Street advisory firm.

  • Chrysler

    Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management will buy the majority of  DaimlerChrysler's struggling Chrysler Group for $7.4 billion, a fraction of the $36 billion deal that created the transatlantic car union nine years ago.

  • Chrysler

    Bradley Rubin, an auto trading specialist at BNP Paribas, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that he’s surprised the United Auto Workers Union supports Cerberus Capital Management’s deal for Chrysler.

  • U.S. Equities Still 'Great,' Says Investment Chief Monday, 14 May 2007 | 12:13 PM ET

    Ajay Kapur says "10% of the U.S. economy...is slowing down." So why is the chief investment officer of First Horse Capital still so bullish on American equities? He explained his optimism to CNBC's Mark Haines, on "Squawk on the Street."

  • Cerberus Capital Management, which agreed to buy a majority stake in Chrysler for $7.4 billion, has been loading up on auto assets and industry experts recently but still faces major challenges in turning the struggling auto maker around, CNBC's Melissa Lee reports.