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  • SAC & Jana Turn Up the Heat! Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 12:14 PM ET

    Imagine you're a CEO or board member of a publicly traded company and you get this letter, signed by two very powerful, very successful hedge funds: Dearest Sir, We believe you should make a huge acquisition because the company as it stands won't deliver the returns we want (I.E. not BIG enough!). By the way, we own a huge stake in your company, and we WILL make it bigger. (Read between the lines: Do what we say, or else.) XOXO, SAC and Jana.

  • China Investment Data Fill in Picture of Strong Growth Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 1:08 AM ET

    Annual growth in Chinese fixed-asset investment picked up to 25.5% in the first four months of the year, reinforcing expectations of further policy tightening to slow the world's fourth-largest economy.

  • Microsoft Woes 2.0 Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 3:08 PM ET
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    Wow! Talk about a busy earnings season. I haven't had much time to breathe lately, which explains the lack of blogs these past several days. The financial flurry has been non-stop and right now is the first chance I've gotten to catch that long-lost breath. And it gives me an opportunity to focus on Microsoft, which reports after the bell today.The Street is looking for 46 cents on $13.89 billion in revenue.

  • There are few cities that match the beauty of Paris in the Spring. My trip here to cover the first round of the Presidential election has reminded me again of its seductive powers. Even better that one of the highest voter turnouts in French history has been accompanied by glorious sunshine.

  • Google Crushes Estimates Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 1:53 PM ET

    Do you know someone at Google? Make sure they're buying lunch today. Or dinner tonight. A day after the company crushes estimates, pundits and prognosticators are firing up their crystal balls and trying to get a beat on what's coming next from the internet search giant. The numbers from the company are simply staggering. I said on the air last night that Google may have been swinging for the fences, but the ball sailed into the parking lot and smashed a car's windshield.

  • Google Earnings Preview Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 12:15 PM ET

    The big week in Internet earnings reaches a crescendo this afternoon when Google reports earnings. These numbers come at a fascinating time in the company's history.Google has become a kind of financial underdog, compared to other big names in the sector, including Yahoo, which is still licking its wounds, and eBay, which is enjoying its second beat-and-raise quarter in a row. A strange position to be in for a company trading at nearly $500 a share.

  • BlackBerry Blackout! Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 11:08 AM ET
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    If you went to bed and woke up this morning thinking the world was quiet and that today was going to be a light day at the office, you may want to call in, instead of relying on your BlackBerry. Research in Motion confirms a massive, system wide blackout affecting all its 8 million subscribers that began around 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, and while service is being restored, it is still sporadic and may take much of the day to get back on line completely.

  • How to Go About a Retirement Plan Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 8:30 PM ET

    A question that eventually arises when financial planners talk about getting fiscally fit is: how much money do I need so I can retire comfortably. To be frank, I hate that question.Not because the intention is incorrect but because it approaches life in a technical way. Most people I know - and I'm betting plenty you know as well - do not want to think about ageing, much less think about what they want to do when they retire.

  • A China Affair Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | 5:04 AM ET

    The global selloff throughout world stock markets triggered by the brief but sharp fall in the Shanghai Composite Index at the end of February has stirred up even more interest in already hot Chinese markets. This week, "A Fund Affair" features AMP Capital's China Growth Fund, which gives the investor rare access to China 'A' shares.

  • How would you invest a million dollars? Sunday, 25 Mar 2007 | 9:33 PM ET
    Traders and Specialists work the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange on the first trading day in October Monday, Oct.  2,  2006. Stocks closed lower for the second straight session after the Dow Jones industrial average flirted briefly early in the day with its all-time high close. (AP Photo/David Karp)

    Stocks rallied sharply on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled that it was no longer leaning toward raising interest rates. The gains pushed both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 back into positive territory for the year, prompting hopes that the February selloff was finally over. But many market pros think that investors may have gotten ahead of themselves.

  • Investing In Liquid Assets Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 2:16 PM ET
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    Prices of the world's finest wines are up about 50%, outperforming other asset classes such as commodities and stocks. A new class of wealthy investors,  more market transparency  and a renewed zest for fine dining are fueling a boom in wine.

  • Analysts Speak on Today’s Market Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    See what analysts had to say today about the market on CNBC.

  • Five Golden Rules Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:52 PM ET

    If you can believe it, we're just almost done with the first quarter of 2007 and that means two things: the cherry blossoms are coming out and it's time to hunker down for some spring cleaning. As you tackle the clutter in your home, why not clean up your finances as well? This is a great opportunity to start planning for a solid financial future. You've just paid off your taxes (or are about to) and you're well entrenched in your job plans for the year. Don't let that momentum slip. Here are my financial rules for 2007 to help you tackle your finances and start the rest of the year on the right foot.

  • This Friday--CNBC TV Special On How To Win Contest Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 4:45 PM ET

    Tomorrow on CNBC -- a special television presentation. It's The CNBC.com Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge- How To Win! For a whole hour, we've got the experts, the stock pickers and the market shrinks--as well as a live studio audience. But there's still room for you. Just email your questions for our stock pickers to millions@cnbc.com and watch it all happen. That's tomorrow, Friday, March 16th at 7 pm EST--and it's only on CNBC-TV.

  • Analyst: Falling Earnings Will Undercut Stock Valuations Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 10:10 AM ET

    Joe Battipaglia, chief investment officer for Ryan Beck & Co., told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the U.S. economy is about to contract, undercutting stock valuations.

  • United States Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson listens to a question following his speech at the Confederation of British Industries annual conference, in London, Tuesday Nov. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will host a conference in Washington Tuesday looking at how regulation is affecting U.S. capital markets' competitiveness. The the day-long forum will include some of the biggest names in business, including Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, NYSE CEO John Thain and General Electric chairman Jeffrey Immelt (GE owns CNBC).

  • Strategists: Market Pullback Has Created Good Buys Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | 1:16 PM ET

    An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty, said Winston Churchill. Investment strategists Steve Folker and Alan Gayle gave "Morning Call" viewers the same advice.

  • Commodities Analysts: Sugar Looks Sweetest Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | 12:17 PM ET

    In these volatile times, should you be investing in commodities? “Morning Call” took a look at both sides of the issue earlier today, with James Cordier, president and head trader at Liberty Trading Group, and Darin Newsom, senior analyst at DTN.

  • Christopher Walls, of Institutional Direct Inc., watches a monitor on the floor of  the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 27,  2007, in New York. Wall Street fell sharply, joining a global stock decline sparked by growing concerns that the U.S. and Chinese economies are cooling and that U.S. stocks are about to embark on a major correction. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    With the market's recent selloff that began Feb. 27, stocks have been slowly climbing their way back. Some investors see this as an opportunity to buy now with prices lower. If you could invest a million dollars today, what would be your investment strategy?

  • Christopher Walls, of Institutional Direct Inc., watches a monitor on the floor of  the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 27,  2007, in New York. Wall Street fell sharply, joining a global stock decline sparked by growing concerns that the U.S. and Chinese economies are cooling and that U.S. stocks are about to embark on a major correction. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    With the market's recent selloff that began Feb. 27, stocks have been slowly climbing their way back. Some investors see this as an opportunity to buy now with prices lower. If you could invest a million dollars today, what would be your investment strategy?