M. Night Shyamalan's 'Sixth Sense' on education
Greg Maffei is America's hidden media mogul. His resume is insane and the billionaire business icons he's worked for is literally off the charts. He's the CEO of Liberty Media (John Malone). He was the CFO of Microsoft (Bill Gates). He was the president of Oracle (Larry Ellison). He's also currently chairman of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Trip-Advisor, and 360Networks. He serves as a director at Zillow, CORT Business Services, Ragen Mackenzie, Barnes & Noble, and Charter Communications. OK, he's officially a work-a-holic.
Maffei came to the studio on Tuesday to guest host and offered his thoughts on where the cable industry is headed and why he supports a level of à la carte pricing.
He also brought three of his business friends along, including James Meyer, the CEO of Sirius XM, who talked about his strategies to keep all his music stations ad free forever and to try to put a satellite radio in every new and used car.
Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge told us why a bid for Time Warner Cable might make sense but isn't necessary for the company's success.
And Andrea Wong, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television, discussed how women can improve decision-making in the board room.
'Stella Blues Band'
Steve Liesman is Squawk's official "econo-nerd." He knows this and publicly claims he has no problem being labeled this way. But I've known Steve for way too long now. Hiding deep down in all of that data-driven-mud-of-a-brain is just a kid with a guitar who dreams of playing Madison Square Garden in front of thousands of screaming fans; a larger than life rock star who gets to pick the groupies who get back stage passes that night by just pointing them out of the crowd to the security guys who stand with their arms folded while holding back the masses.
This is your chance to be one of his "groupies" for a mere $10. That's the cost of a ticket to see Steve Liesman and his "Stella Blues Band" play their last gig of the year at DROM on Avenue A in the East Village of New York City. If you're really serious about being a Steve groupie, you need to start engaging him socially. So check out "The Stella Blues" Facebook page; follow them on Twitter at @stellabluesband; or at stellabluesband.net.
'Squawkward Moments' (with Ross Westgate in London about what men wear under their kilts)
Joe Kernen: "If I wear a kilt, I'm gonna wear Spanx just so my tush looks."
Becky Quick: "You don't have much of a …"
Joe: "Yes! I don't have much of a tush. Good, so you don't think I need Spanx! So you say I should just go ... freeballing?'"
Becky: "I was gonna say commando, but OK ... "
Inquiring minds ...
Joe wondered: Can he order a drone and get it delivered by drone?
Steve Liesman wondered: Would Rogaine make any difference?
Becky wondered: Why do I put up with this?
Joe wondered: Where Davos is on a map?
I wondered why Andrew would admit to reading BusinessWeek while sitting on a beach on vacation?
Joe wondered: Why European hotel beds are so small?
Joe wondered: Why must they light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree the day before he has to travel to New York City?
Becky Wondered: Why is Joe is such a Scrooge?
Check out why Cramer thinks Nike is the most exciting growth stock in the Dow right now!
Mustang Turns 50
Many of us still have our dream Mustang from years gone by fresh in our minds. Mine is a Dark Forest Green Pure-Stock 1993 LX 5.0L with the 5 spoke Pony Wheels.
But now there's a new generation for the muscle car's 50th anniversary. Check out our Phil LeBeau's big debut of the new Mustang and Ford boss Alan Mulally, courtesy of our friends on "Squawk on the Street."
I was a Bubble Yum guy. It's the best! However, Bubblicious and Big League Chew guys might take issue with that. But all of us would agree on one thing. Please Mom don't buy me Trident Sugarfree Bubble in those little brick packets! So uncool.
I bring this up because each week we are getting into bigger and bigger discussions (and some arguments) about bubbles in the stock market. And despite what Bubble gum you like, nobody likes when the bubble pops and sticks to your face (or your portfolio). But one market watcher this week told us that she sees no stock bubble in her sights.
Earnings on tap
- Monday: Pep Boys, Vail Resorts
- Tuesday: AutoZone, H & R Block, Smith & Wesson, Toll Brothers
- Wednesday: Costco Wholesale, Vera Bradley
- Thursday: Adobe Systems, Learning Tree, Lululemon
- Friday: All quiet
Tweets of note
@TonyFratto wrote: "CYBER MONDAY DEAL!!: Today only all my tweets are FREE*! [* Normal RT and Favorites rates apply.]"
(As a retail obsessed society, we invented Black Friday, Pre-Black Friday Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. That leaves only Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday for anybody interested in coining a new sales gimmick.)
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What could be better than Ron Burgundy selling Dodge Durangos? How about Joe Kernen selling Dodge Durangos.