Stocks Aflac Inc

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    He has to consistently win, but these past few weeks have made me realize that Carl Edwards has all the ingredients of being the next big NASCAR marketing star. He speaks well, he's good looking and he's the only guy who has a ridiculous gimmick.

  • While there's lots of important economic and earnings news Wednesday, we all know what matters most to the markets. That is whether the Fed cuts a quarter point or a half point from its target Fed funds rate.

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    After beating their own benchmark index for the last five years, Standard & Poor’s equity research team is betting on the biggest U.S. jam maker and the Magic Kingdom, among 40 companies in this year’s PowerPicks stock portfolio, to outperform again in 2008.

  • Private equity is all the rage -- and while financial services companies typically have been shielded from such deals, that is beginning to change.  KBW, a boutique investment bank specializing in financial services companies, recently penned a report that revealed possible private equity targets.

  • Aflac reported a first-quarter profit of 82 cents a share, topping analysts' forecasts and rising 10 cents a share from the same period last year. Consensus estimates of equity analysts following the stock stood at 79 cents a share.

  • The SEC’s campaign to ensure more disclosure of executive pay seems to be bringing more confusion than clarity this proxy season, CNBC's Mary Thompson reports. The new Compensation, Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) section, which averages about 5,000 words or nine pages, is meant to help shareholders. But experts say sifting through the new data is challenging and investors still don’t get all the information they need.

  • One share, one vote? Not exactly: the fate of millions of shares and the rights of shareholders may be up for grabs, as the U.S. House Financial Services Committee is considering a bill that would give investors final say over CEO compensation. Two experts debated the wisdom of such a bill, on "Morning Call."