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  • Pros Say: Oil Price Plunge = Huge Tax Cut Friday, 5 Dec 2008 | 12:49 PM ET

    Blacker Friday? Job losses in November were the worst since 1974, as U.S. employers cut payrolls by 533,000. Mortgage loan delinquencies and foreclosures hit record highs in the third quarter — though one economist likes falling mortgage rates. Merrill Lynch cut its oil forecast, saying a temporary downspike of $25 is even possible. But one analyst praised the oil plunge as the equivalent of a "huge tax cut."

  • Pros Say: Bear Market Rallies = New Reality Thursday, 4 Dec 2008 | 1:47 PM ET

    Lousy sales, weak earnings and more layoffs reigned over Thursday, with glum news from Nokia, Viacom, Merck, AT&T, DuPont, Credit Suisse and retailers across the board. European central banks enacted big rate cuts. And  Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke urged more government efforts to stanch soaring home foreclosures. But CNBC heard from experts who say that while the news will get worse through 2009, markets will periodically rally — and one strategist sees the Dow at 12,000 in 2010.

  • Pros Say: Fed Moves Can Kill Recession (UPDATED) Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | 4:46 PM ET

    President-elect Barack Obama nominated Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) for commerce secretary Wednesday, the same day that United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger announced the UAW would make huge concessions in order to help the Big 3 automakers nail government bailout funds. CNBC heard from experts who said the drop in gasoline prices bodes well for the first quarter and Ben Bernanke just may save us from a severe recession. (UPDATED)

  • Pros Say: Equities Have Bottomed, Market is Schizoid Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | 2:18 PM ET

    Home builder D.R. Horton reported a wider quarterly loss Tuesday — yet its shares jumped on U.S. government moves to buoy the financial sector. But home prices and mortgage rates dropped further with no floor in sight. Experts told CNBC the problem is market schizophrenia: equity markets have bottomed but credit markets are still spiralling downward.

  • Pros Say: Banks Will Boom — Beware Hyperinflation! Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 4:03 PM ET

    The U.S. government's plan to inject $20 billion into Citigroup seemed to drive a stock market rally Monday — but failed to reassure analysts overall. CNBC canvassed the experts for their outlooks: Despite the uncertainty, one strategist says financials will lead the recovery — and another sees hyperinflation as the real danger ahead.

  • Market Pros: Pharma M&A, Recession Cure Ahead Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | 3:36 PM ET

    As recession fears continue to spread globally, investment banks like Goldman Sachs scramble to survive — and investment gurus alter their tactics and strategies to roll with the damage. CNBC's expert advisors gave their outlooks on what's coming and what to do about it.

  • A New Kind of "May" Day for Apple Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 7:49 PM ET
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    Monday morning started off with a bang for Apple investors, courtesy of FBR's chip analyst Craig Berger making a strange call on Apple and what seemed like a dramatic slowdown in iPhone sales. 

  • Apple Stock Buyback: Is Time Finally Here? Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 1:59 PM ET
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    A buyback made sense back in March. With Apple's cash generation since, and the non-GAAP megabucks iPhone's generating now, a buyback makes exponentially more sense today.

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    Tired of being spooked by the economy? Well, you’re not alone and that could be good news for retailers.

  • Vodafone to Launch $2 Billion Share Buyback Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 6:16 AM ET

    Vodafone announced a surprise 1 billion-pound ($2 billion) share buyback program on Wednesday, saying a big share price fall in the wake of Tuesday's trading update left the stock undervalued.

  • CME Sets $1.1 Billion Buyback, $5 Per Share Dividend Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 10:14 AM ET
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    CME Group, parent company of the world's largest derivatives exchange, said its board has authorized a $1.1 billion share buyback and a special dividend of $5 per share.

  • Stock Buybacks Surged in '07, but Pace to Slow Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 12:41 PM ET
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    Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index bought a record $589 billion of their own stock in 2007 as they looked for ways to spend their cash hoards, S&P said Monday.

  • Investors lined up 2 hours before the Apple shareholder meeting began here in Cupertino, California. It's a little unusual for them to be here so early, and I thought it might be related to the company's 40 percent plunge since the beginning of the year.

  • Should Apple Buy Back Shares? Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 11:57 AM ET
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    Apple shares are down close to 40% from its high last year.  As Jim Goldman discussed on The Call today, is now the time for a buyback?

  • Mr. Jobs--Buy Back Apple's Stock Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 11:57 AM ET
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    When it comes to Apple and the company's sagging stock price--and increasingly frustrated shareholders--it seems to me a solution is getting clearer by the day. Stock buyback.

  • As you might expect, my earlier post calling on Steve Jobs to announce a shareholder buyback at tomorrow's Apple spacer annual shareholder meeting, generated quite a bit of reader reaction. As we prepare to cover the meeting, I'm curious how many of you plan to attend...

  • Stocks Hit Reverse, Rise on Ambac News Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    Stocks reversed what had been a down session Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising on a CNBC report that progress is being made on a recapitalization plan that could save troubled bond insurer Ambac Financial's triple-A rating.

  • Financial Shares Hobble Markets Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    U.S. stocks tumbled Friday as downgrades on the two biggest home-funding companies dragged on the financial sector. 

  • Amazon Approves $1 Billion Buyback Plan Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 10:29 AM ET

    Online retailer Amazon.com Friday said its board authorized the repurchase of up to $1 billion of the company's common stock over the next two years.

  • Novartis Boosts Shareholder Return as Profit Sinks Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 12:11 PM ET
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    Swiss drug maker Novartis said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit fell sharply, mainly due to restructuring costs, but that it would increase returns to shareholders with a new buyback program and an increase to its dividend.