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  • Gov't Probes: "Knee Jerk React" or Kick in the Pants? Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 11:54 AM ET

    KB Home is joining what's becoming a long list of companies caught up in the stock back dating issue. The home builder announced that it's under formal investigation by the SEC for improper stock option practices. The company CEO Bruce Karatz resigned (or retired) last fall over the backdating issue. Right now--more than two hundred companies are under a similar microscope (including computer giant Apple).

  • Arcelor Mittal Proves Its Metal Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 8:57 PM ET

    The steel industry is going strong, says Arcelor Mittal’s chief financial officer Aditya Mittal. In an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Mittal also declared the merger of steel companies Arcelor and Mittal a success, despite a rocky beginning to the relationship last year. Now the combined steel giant is setting its sights on Asia, especially China and India, and expects a bullish 2007 for the industry.

  • An Energy Run At Davos--And Remember Quattrone? Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    Wall Street is undecided so far on where it will start the day though early earnings news and housing data could help set the tone. For now, eBay's strong profits and big stock move is a bright spot lifting the Nasdaq, which bounced higher on a tech rebound yesterday. The Dow, fresh off its 26th high since October, is flattish.

  • ThyssenKrupp Says First-quarter Sales Rose 12% Friday, 19 Jan 2007 | 7:47 AM ET

    German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp said Friday that sales and orders in its fiscal first quarter rose 12% each and pretax profit more than doubled.

  • Shares in Vinci  soared to a record high Friday after a holding controlled by French billionaire Francois Pinault said he had acquired a 5.1% stake in the world's largest construction company.

  • CNBC's Olick: Housing Building Its Way Back Up? Thursday, 18 Jan 2007 | 2:44 PM ET

    Today's U.S. housing numbers that we've been reporting have some very good news--and some not so good news (seems most economic reports out lately are a double edged sword). First--the housing starts for multi-family homes are up 42% in the month of December (the largest jump since April of 2005.) Great, right? Well hold on. CNBC's Diana Olick reported from a KB Home site in Florida--that the celebration might be premature.

  • Day Ahead: Earnings, OPEC and BP Safety Report Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 8:22 AM ET

    Lots of corporate headlines are already getting attention ahead of the open. Stocks in the U.S. are lining up to open higher at this point, and earnings will be the big focus. After making gains yesterday, European stocks are mixed with a flattish performance, and Japanese stocks were little changed to the downside.

  • Reports: BAE, Carlyle Plan Dockyard Bid Monday, 15 Jan 2007 | 3:01 AM ET

    British defense contractor BAE Systems  and U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group plan a joint bid for the dockyard that maintains Britain's nuclear submarines, two newspapers reported Sunday.

  • Boom or Bust: Wall Street Awaits Quarterly Profits Tuesday, 9 Jan 2007 | 11:20 AM ET

    As we've noted--earnings season officially kicks-off later today, with Alcoa reporting after the bell. So will 4th quarter corporate profits be a boom or a bust, and what role will oil play? (an earlier post had some sector predictions). CNBC’s Mark Haines asked two analysts on today’s “Morning Call.”  Nick Raich, Director of Research at National City Private Client Group says...

  • Earnings Season: Projected Winners and Losers Tuesday, 9 Jan 2007 | 10:04 AM ET

    We've been telling you that earnings season gets underway today--when Alcoa releases its earnings after the closing bell. Wall Street investors are certainly interested in who will meet or beat expectations--and who will NOT do either in Q4.  CNBC's Mary Thompson previewed some numbers on "Squawk on the Street" as to which sectors may come out on top--or the bottom.

  • Keller Says Year Results to Top Expectations Tuesday, 9 Jan 2007 | 5:07 AM ET

    British ground engineering company Keller Group said on Tuesday its year results would be slightly above market expectations as its strong performance continued through to the end of the year.

  • CNBC'S Domm: A Real "News Feast" Next Week Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 9:43 PM ET

    Financial markets will have plenty of news to feast on in the coming week although the markets generated enough headlines on their own in the first days of January with just a few big stories to chew on. The second week of January is quite busy. We're looking forward to some of the most important and newsy industry conferences of the year, plus the start of earnings season, an important Fed speech, and some fresh economic data.

  • As Home Depot Renovates, Should Investors Sell? Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 3:14 PM ET

    As we’ve been telling you all day, CEO Bob Nardelli is out at Home Depot after six stormy years at the helm. How should investors play the company’s stock now? We had two fund managers who watch the company closely on "Street Signs" to find out.

  • Robert Nardelli

    Shares of Home Depot are rallying today on news its Chairman and CEO Bob Nardelli has resigned (see earlier posts). But what’s happening behind the scenes? In an interview first on CNBC we found out from one of Home Depot’s largest shareholders, Leon Cooperman. He’s the Founder and Chairman of Omega Advisors, and Former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Division. He spoke by phone.

  • US. Manufacturing: No Growth Or Growth For 2007? Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    Today's ISM numbers show there are some stable signs for manufacturing in the U.S. But is this just a blip or can the sector keep getting strong in 2007? That question was posed to two guests on "Morning Call." Joel Naroff is chief economist at Commerce Bank. He thinks it won't. Anthony Chan is from JP Morgan Private Client Services. He thinks there are some good days ahead for manufacturing.

  • Data Suggests U.S. Economy Slightly Stronger Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 10:24 AM ET

    With the new year comes new economic data. Today it’s a double dose. The Institute for Supply Management Index released data for December  Also, the government's Construction Spending figures for November are out. CNBC’s Steve Liesman sifted through the numbers and explained what they mean.

  • CRH Expects Full-Year Profit to Rise Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 8:12 AM ET

    CRH, an Irish maker of construction materials, said Wednesday it expects full-year pretax profit to rise about 23% as recent acquisitions contribute for the first time and the company boosted sales at existing businesses.

  • CNBC'S Domm: Our "Crystal Ball" For 2007 Saturday, 30 Dec 2006 | 7:14 AM ET

    Showing up for the first trading day of the New Year is a little like arriving for the first day of school. Good grades from last year no longer count, and the books are no longer relevant. That feeling is especially strong when the old year rang in some very comfortable double digit gains for stocks, and the path to the next year's profits is not so clear. The first week of 2007 is awash in data, including the Friday jobs report, auto sales, retailers'.....

  • U.S. Housing Laying Foundation For A Recession? Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 12:20 PM ET

    After such a strong performance by the markets in 2006, investors are wondering if next year will hold much of the same. But there are concerns that a continuing decline in housing and the weakening U.S. dollar could lead to a recession. Gary Shilling is one such pessimist. He was on “Morning Call” saying there’s a 75% chance the economy will dip in 2007.

  • As Residential Real Estate Slows, Commercial Grows Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | 3:27 PM ET

    Residential real estate may be reeling, but commercial property sales are doing just fine. According to Cushman & Wakefield President and CEO Bruce Mosler, “Commercial real estate is doing nothing but appreciating.” He talked with Erin Burnett on “Street Signs” about what to expect in 2007.