Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides tidbits, insights and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.
The money man
He's one of the most powerful men in finance. He built BlackRock from the ground up, and it's now the 800-pound gorilla on Wall Street.
Larry Fink spent Thursday morning with us, after his firm gave another rock-solid earnings report—beating estimates on earnings and revenues and increasing its dividend. What was his No. 1 message to us?
The long-discussed "great rotation" from bonds to stocks is more likely to be a "great rotation" within the bond market itself.
As a Jets fan I hate writing this but …
Jonathan Kraft, president of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots, stopped by to give us his take on quarterback Tom Brady, and the Pats' playing in their 10th AFC Championship this weekend.
I love my job!
Do you work for a great company? Fortune publishes a list each year of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," and editor of all things Fortune Andy @Serwer stopped by to discuss the highlights and crown the best of the best.
Here's the entire list if you want to find out if your company is on it!
Joe spent Thursday purposely mixing his metaphors (he gets distracted easily). Then he solicited the viewers to send more. This is a great list from one viewer who collected his list over a number of years.
- We could stand here and talk until the cows turn blue.
- You could have knocked me over with a fender.
- He was watching me like I was a hawk.
- I'll get it by hook or ladder.
- He's a wolf in cheap clothing.
- They're diabolically opposed.
- He received a decease-and-desist order.
- I wouldn't eat that with a 10-foot pole.
- Take a flying hike.
- I shot the wind out of his saddle.
- A loose tongue spoils the broth.
- I can read him like the back of my book.
- From now on, I'm watching everything you do with a fine-tuned comb.
- It's as easy as falling off a piece of cake.
- These hemorrhoids are a real pain in the neck.
- It's time to grab the bull by the tail and look him in the eye.
- I wouldn't be caught dead there with a 10-foot pole.
- I hope he gets his curve ball straightened out.
- It's time to step up to the plate and lay your cards on the table.
- He's burning the midnight oil from both ends.
- You can't change the spots on an old dog.
- It sticks out like a sore throat.
- It's like looking for a needle in a hayride.
- People are dying like hotcakes.
- He's a little green behind the ears.
- You can't go in there cold turkey with egg on your face.
- We have to get all our ducks on the same page.
- And ... I'm sweating like a bullet.
Behind the wheel
Our Phil LeBeau knows cars. We here on "Squawk Box" love cars. So when we put "Squawk," Phil, and cars together we get … a TV business news love triangle. Phil brought on GM's new CEO, Mary Barra.
Barra talked about the Chevy Silverado winning "Truck of the Year" on the heels of announcing an embarrassing recall of the very same truck!
Oh ... and about that aforementioned love triangle? It works with Phil, "Squawk," and the new BMW 2 series as well.
We would never be bold enough to toot our own horn—except when one of our anchors lands an exclusive interview with the CEO of Target after the company's massive data breach!
He's an American financier, a philanthropist, CEO of global private equity giant The Carlyle Group, and of course, most importantly, "Squawk Box" guest host. So take note ... Mr. Rubenstein says things are not cheap.
Joe Kernen: "Is leakage different than shrinkage?"
Andrew Ross Sorkin: "Hmmm, I don't know."
Joe: "Well, they both sound horrible to me."
Grilled cheese and tomato soup. It's so simple, it's brilliant (why didn't I think of it)! And #SharkTankTuesdays thought so, too! But we had to taste it for ourselves to truly believe.
Speaking of "Shark Tank," co-host Kevin O'Leary—known as Mr. Wonderful—was back this week to give some entrepreneurial advice for small-business owners.
Shameless plug! Watch "Shark Tank" on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CNBC!
Nasdaq = Biotech?
Earnings on tap
- Monday: Markets closed in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday
- Tuesday: Advanced Micro Devices, Baker Hughes, Delta Air Lines, Halliburton, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, SAP, Travelers, Verizon
- Wednesday: Abbott Labs, eBay, Netflix, Norfolk Southern, SanDisk
- Thursday: Altera, Baxter, eTrade, KeyCorp, KLA-Tencor, Lockheed Martin, McDonald's, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Union Pacific
- Friday: Bristol-Myers, Honeywell, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, Xerox
Steve Forbes and Rahm Emanuel ... on paper they look like oil and water. But maybe even these two polar opposites on the political aisle can find common ground in business. And that's just what they did on "Squawk Box."
Tweets of note
Breaking: Congress still stinks. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/beware-more-congressional-rancor-ahead-102078.html
Great work if you can get it
Yahoo boss Marissa Meyer fired COO Henrique De Castro 15 months after she poached him from Google. Don't shed too many tears—he's walking away with $42 million. (I need a gig like that!)
Word Jumble trash-talking
There was some serious trash-talking this week that spilled over onto the "Squawk" set, as the eight-year Word Jumble contest between Becky and Joe got personal.
In fact, right as Wells Fargo released earnings Tuesday, Becky was reading through the press release live on the air: "I'm looking at it now, commercial and industrial … but it's a jumbled mess at the top of the release."
The Joe got in a dig: "And you're no good at the Jumble."
But Becky didn't miss a beat: "Yeah, well, beat you yesterday!"
Unfortunately, Monday was Becky's only win of the week, while Joe logged three wins in the book.
Here is Joe's bonus jumbled word of the week: SXUEDO.
Becky's bonus jumbled word of the week is EJGNUL.
Find the answers at the end of this blog.
Mark your calendar (or set your DVR)
- Monday: Markets closed in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday
- Tuesday: Kevin O'Leary from "Shark Tank"!
- Wednesday: "Squawk Box" in Davos! (guests include Ray Dalio, James Gorman, David Rubenstein and Mark Bertolini!)
- Thursday: "Squawk Box" in Davos! (guests include CEOs of the NYSE, Dow Chemical, Novartis, KMPG, SAP, Coca-Cola and Blackstone!)
- Friday: "Squawk Box" in Davos! (guests include Lloyd Blankfein, Eric Schmidt, Glenn Hutchins and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto!)
In case you missed it
Last week, we debuted our new "Conquer the Morning, Conquer the Day" ad campaign. We've received a lot of positive response and a few inquiries from people who missed the behind-the- scenes videos with Beck, Joe and Andrews.
So one last time ... Conquer the Morning with Becky Quick:
Conquer the Morning with Joe Kernen:
Conquer the Morning with Andrew Ross Sorkin:
A wildcard for Apple's earnings coming after Monday's closing bell is the mix of iPhone sales, analysts tell CNBC.
Top tech investor Paul Meeks updates his "Squawk Box Platinum Portfolio" with an update on Apple.
AOL is focused on expanding its recent growth, especially in video content and automated advertising, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong tells CNBC.
Comcast's Roberts said Friday the media giant had made good case for its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but now it's "time to move on."
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