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  • Hot Gasoline Linked to $2.3 Billion 'Rip-Off' Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 4:04 PM ET

    Some consumer advocates fear that consumers may get less bang for their buck at the pump, as scorching heat physically expands the volume of gasoline -- while gasoline prices remain the same. Judy Dugan, research director at the Foundation For Taxpayer & Consumer Rights, told "Morning Call" that the heat expansion -- and ostensible dilution -- of gasoline affects consumers negatively.

  • Major Retailers Post Modest Sales Gains for May Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 3:29 PM ET

    Americans shopped hesitantly during May, giving retailers modest relief from a dismal showing in April but still raising questions about how strong consumer spending will be in the months ahead.

  • European Stocks to Watch: BAE Systems Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 1:52 PM ET

    Shares in BAE Systems fell in response to reports from the British press that Europe's largest defense company paid 1 billion pounds ($2 billion) over a decade to a Saudi prince to seal one of Britain's biggest-ever arms export contracts.

  • Bon-Ton, Warnaco & Retail Sales Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 1:39 PM ET
    Bon-Ton Department Store

    Sales warmed along with the weather in May but the improvement will be a relative one. May saw a rebound from the low levels of same store sales that we saw back in April (worst since 2001.) Still it isn't hard for apparel companies to improve from a weak the baseline. However, year over year, retailers are expected to report the weakest sales gain in four years. Given that we are now entering the summer season, the months ahead are heavy on markdowns and light when it comes to shopping activity.

  • Youth-Apparel Stores Showed Strength in May Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 10:38 AM ET

    With May same-store sales out today, one analyst said that youth apparel retailers performed well last month, though he expects the next two months will be better tests for consumer sales.Strong sales at Pacific Sunwear and Zumiez represent "their strength in the West Coast lifestyle," Piper Jaffray retail analyst Jeff Klinefelter said on "Squawk Box." He added that small cap vendor Phillip Van Heusen performed well also.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    Stocks are struggling ahead of the opening as a selloff in the Treasury market pushed the yield on the 10-year above the key 5% level for the first time since last July. May sales results from chain stores are rolling in and merger activity continues to make headlines.

  • Elvis: Still "Taking Care Of Business" Monday, 4 Jun 2007 | 2:12 PM ET
    Elvis Presley

    Dateline---Charlestown, Indiana. He was larger than life (in more ways that one)--and even now, 30 years after his death, Elvis Presley is still making money--for his heirs and for a lot of other people who loved him. Butch and Kim Polston of Charlestown Indiana are two of them. Theirs is a story of their love for 'The King', and their love for each other. In a basement workroom of a retired Army munitions factory in this small southern Indiana town....

  • J.Lo, Lee and Wal-Mart Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 8:08 PM ET

    It started off as a rainy, muddy day here in Northwest Arkansas -- a fitting backdrop for the Wal-Mart annual meeting, given Wall Street's dampened expectations. By the end of day, it was a scorcher and Wal-Mart's stock price closed up 4% on the day. Here are the nuggets I found interesting and overlooked by many: Russia and India were specifically referenced as potential international markets.

  • Can Allen Questrom Save Wal-Mart? Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 6:58 PM ET
    Allen Questrom

    Wal-Mart's board is trying to reverse course from its well-documented high-profile fashion faux pas and they're bringing in a big gun to do that. One of the topics up for vote at the Wal-Mart annual investor meeting in Arkansas this week will be whether to add Allen Questrom to its board of directors. Within the retail industry, Allen Questrom is viewed as a master of merchandising and retail.

  • The Week Ahead: The Bulls of May Run On Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 6:35 PM ET

    May's rally is already running into June, and the momentum could keep going as markets next week focus on the promise of new mergers, Fed-speak, a modest batch of economic data and corporate conferences.

  • Macy’s CEO Says Gasoline Prices No Problem Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    As the Macy’s name replaced Federated Department Stores on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, heralded by the new ticker symbol, “M,” Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren shared insights with CNBC’s Erin Burnett on “Squawk on the Street.”

  • A Ford Motor  official predicts that his company's overall U.S. sales will drop in May, but its retail sales to individual buyers will show a year-over-year monthly increase for the first time since October of 2006.

  • The Week Ahead: Economy In Focus Friday, 25 May 2007 | 6:08 PM ET

    The shortened post-holiday week promises to be anything but quiet, as a wave of economic news could turn investor focus away from the now normal diet of merger activity and onto a feast of economic data that could show the U.S. economy may indeed be more resilient than expected.

  • Million Dollar Challenge: Who Will Win Contest? Friday, 25 May 2007 | 3:10 PM ET

    Will it be Nancy, or Serge or Steven--or maybe someone else winning a $1,000,000? The Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is winding down today. Trading stops at the closing bell, so what happens will depend on who picked the best stock or stocks--as very little money separates the top three contenders. But as we said, there could be someone back in the pack, that's picked the best stock to leapfrog over the big three.

  • The record high price of gasoline won't seriously hurt the U.S. economy, predicts CNBC's Senior Economic Correspondent Steve Liesman.  In this Reporter's Notebook discussion with Managing Editor Tyler Mathisen, Liesman says the economy may suffer a mild case of "tennis elbow" but won't be hit by a more serious "hamstring injury."

  • Contest Finalist Nancy B. Can She Stay #1? Friday, 25 May 2007 | 11:45 AM ET
    Nancy Beaumont

    Nancy Beaumont already has some firsts in the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. She was our first weekly winner--and that qualified her for the finals. And she's currently in first place as the contest enters its last day.  Nancy is a Director of Counseling at Touro University in Vallejo, California. Her strategy was "to buy small stocks."  We'll see how that plays out by the end of trading today

  • Contest Stocks: Last Looks At What You Traded Friday, 25 May 2007 | 11:25 AM ET

    Here's one of our last looks at the contest stocks. The most active and widely held remained pretty much the same throughout the contest and the finals--for both the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge and Second Chance Showdown. Most best and worst performers were affected by earnings and M&A's over the weeks as well. Here you go:

  • Second Chance: New Leader On Final Day! Friday, 25 May 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

    Well, it's the final day of trading for the Second Chance contestants--who are competing for the Sony Home Theatre Entertainment System. You "second chancers" continue to outpace the Million Dollar Portfolio contestants by over $300K in total portfolio value--but the Million $ contestants have narrowed the gap again. So here's the latest on Second Chance. Ronald Rose jumps from sixth place into first place. Ronald only gained a modest $2K, but with losses by Wednesday's top 5 contestants he was able to take the lead.

  • Contest Finals: Nancy B. Leads On Last Day Friday, 25 May 2007 | 9:31 AM ET
    Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning all. We're starting this last day on the rough side as more than half of our Million Dollar contestants lost ground Thursday in a volatile market. All of our finalists are fully invested, with the exception of #15, Chuck Chow who is all in cash.  Nancy Beaumont holds first place for the 4th straight day on the 9% gain of Gymboree. Nancy may hold onto the top spot with her almost all-in trade on Verigy, a Singapore-based maker of test systems for the semiconductor industry, which beat estimates after the bell Thursday. Verigy was up almost 10% in extended hours.

  • Beverage Companies Catch A Wave With Water's Success Friday, 25 May 2007 | 9:19 AM ET

    As the mercury climbs this summer, more and more consumers will be turning to an ice-cold bottle of water to quench their thirst.