Ouch! Jobs, Face-Phone, MMMBop, Bang with Friends: Talking Squawk
Data Check: 'Money Madness'
We have made it through our Favored Four and to the stock championship game: This week's results include Apple taking out General Electric and Bank of America, while BlackBerry upset IBM, and then Facebook.
Our final matchup: BlackBerry (BBRY) vs. Apple (AAPL)—grab our bracket!
Remember, vote on which stock you think will do better from the start of the second quarter until the end of the year.
(Vote now on our Facebook page: Apple vs. BlackBerry)
We will reveal the winner Monday morning.
As we approach the actual Final Four this weekend, here are the latest standings in the TVNewser March Madness pool.
Joe and Becky both appear to be heading for Skid Row. (And I would NEVER mention my potential top 5 finish.)
Too bad the Final Four is something my team isn't thinking about right now, or anytime in the near future—Rutgers class of '92—ugh!
Word Jumble Score
Words we (and by "we" I mean Becky) stumbled on when jumbled?
Becky: GAADEN (Agenda), MERVEO (Remove), TUMEAT (Mutate), FERSUE (Refuse)
Joe: He didn't stumble all week, so let's give him a bonus question: AELETUCNLF
*Note: Answer at the end.
Monday, 11:30 a.m. ET: 3- and 6-Month Bill Auctions (I admit, BORING! But I had to list something.)
Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. ET: NFIB Small Business Optimism Index
Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET: FOMC Minutes
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ET: Chain Store Sales (March) and Weekly Jobless Claims
Friday, 8:30 a.m. ET: Producer Price Index (March) and Retail Sales (March)
Where is Andrew Ross Sorkin?
He took off on vacation this week to a top-secret locale.
Joe tried to break him down and we got a few hints:
- The flight was more than four hours
- He's not in Amsterdam
- Patriotic music playing with the sounds of helicopters
- The Dead Kennedys
- Iced tea is free in most restaurants
Feel free to send any pics of possible "Sorkin Sightings" via twitter to @SquawkCNBC.
Facebook and Your Phone
The social network is now more in your face on your device, really?
I hear a bidding war for the rights to a "Squawk Box" phone could be heating up in the next few weeks.
While we're still talking Facebook, let's plug our New "Squawk Box" Facebook page! "Hey, Dude, we have a Facebook page." Feel free to "Like" us while you are there.
Our resident tech nerd @Matt_SquawkCNBC says it helps us somehow.
We regret that Facebook's potentially buying "Bang with Friends" wasn't really as true as we wanted it to be.
(Personal regret) We have not studied up on Slovenia yet (see Cyprus post from last week). If that domino falls, our newsroom will plunge into chaos and the graphics department will be scrambling for days. And it will all be my fault!
Maybe it's not too late. How about this for an idea for a new animation? "Crisis in Slovenia" (Yep, pure genius! That's why I'm the senior EP. "News Team Assemble!" (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy clip)
Check out @jimcramer on "Squawk" with his take on how crazy this market really is and why he wants to trade in his latest tablet device for a Sony Walkman.
Nuclear 'Nut Job'
Now to that Looney Tune over in North Korea threatening a thermo nuclear holocaust this week. (Proof the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!)
Like the jobs report wasn't bad enough, I seriously have to worry about this joker over the weekend?
Nobody on Wall Street seriously worried about it early in the week, and the newsroom laughed it off. (Besides, we live on the East Coast; those nukes couldn't reach here, anyway.)
It took until Wednesday for Wall Street to decide that maybe people living on the West Coast—and even Guam—count, too.
But that notion was equally short-lived.
Thursday came, and the weekly jobless claims data seemed to rank higher on Wall Street's radar than nuking of the West Coast.
And, of course, Friday's jobs sealed the deal for blowing it off as a true market concern.
Besides, explain to me how you factor in a nuclear "nut job" who hangs out with Dennis Rodman (pix) into your investment risk model?