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  • Lafarge Sells Roofing Business for $3.16 billon Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 7:41 AM ET

    French cement giant Lafarge SA said Monday it will sell its roofing business to private equity firm PAI Partners for $3.16 billion.

  • U.S. Manufacturing Data Down: Should The Fed Act? Friday, 1 Dec 2006 | 11:18 AM ET

    ISM Manufacturing Data was released this morning. The index fell to 49.5 for November--down from 51.2 in October and signifying a contraction in U.S. manufacturing. Construction spending dropped by the most in five years in October--sliding 1 percent. Now eyes turn back to the Fed and how they'll react.

  • "Morning Call" Preview on ISM Numbers Friday, 1 Dec 2006 | 8:34 AM ET

    We're going to have the ISM numbers just as soon as they are released. The report-- from The Institute for Supply Management will probably show its manufacturing index for November was at 51.8. That compares with October's reading of 51.2-- which was the lowest since June 2003.

  • CNBC's Liesman: Putting The Numbers In Perspective Wednesday, 29 Nov 2006 | 11:22 AM ET

    U.S. economic growth turns out to have been better in the third quarter than originally expected. But new home sales in October turned out to be a lot worse than expected. On  Morning Call--CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman put the data in perspective.

  • Rinker Rejects Cemex Bid Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006 | 10:24 PM ET

    Australian building materials maker Rinker Group formally rejected a $12 billion takeover bid by Mexico's Cemex on Wednesday as opportunistic, and said the company was worth nearly 40% more.