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    Everyone and their mother’s favorite industry observer are calling Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs’ status switch to holding companies the end of the large independent investment bank as we know it.

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    Talking to the beer producer at Oktoberfest there is definitely angst, as they say in Germany.

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    Oktoberfest fans may be gathering in Germany for a feast to forget the turmoil in world financial markets, but the traditionally defensive beer sector looks unlikely to offer investors a safe haven this time, analysts told

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    Value investor Whitney Tilson, in a video interview by, rejects the suggestion that Warren Buffett is "losing his touch" as Berkshire's stock continues to underperform the market so far this year.

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    Downsizing slowed in August but was still up from a year ago according to Challenge, Gray & Christmas.  Tomorrow we will get the jobless claims numbers and on Friday we will get the latest non-farm payroll and employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Here is a breakdown of where the jobs are and recent trends.

  • For Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the host cities for the 2008 Republican National Convention, the upcoming assembly is less about politics and more about, well, money. The rewards can be considerable. The same goes for Denver, host city for the Democratic convention.

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    Warren Buffett tells our Becky Quick that he has been adding recently to one of the two stakes Berkshire Hathaway already has in a pair of financial stocks: American Express and Wells Fargo.  But, in keeping his custom of not revealing too much, he won't say which one. Even so, investors are bidding up the price of both stocks this morning.  It's just one of many comments Buffett made during a series of live appearances with CNBC's Becky Quick throughout this morning's three hours of Squawk Box. Here's a summary of the highlights.

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  • Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps showed up to the Bud party here in Beijing last night wearing a Lacoste shirt and a Lacoste hat. How about it, readers -- Take my poll: Should he ONLY wear his sponsors' togs??

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    Warren Buffett will make multiple live appearances throughout the three hours of CNBC's Squawk Box this coming Friday morning, August 22. He'll be sitting down with our own Becky Quick, who is traveling to Omaha for the premiere the night before of a new anti-deficit documentary that includes an appearance by Buffett.

  • InBev

    Belgian brewer InBev said on Monday that U.S. antitrust regulators have asked it for additional information regarding its planned takeover of Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has added a new stake in NRG Energy, according to a just-released portfolio 'snapshot' of its holdings in U.S. publicly-traded stocks as of June 30.  A sharply reduced stake in Anheuser-Busch may have been a bet that InBev's initially unsolicited offer for the U.S. brewer would prove to be unsuccessful.  Conoco-Phillips data is kept "confidential."

  • Belgian brewer InBev reported second-quarter earnings on Thursday in line with expectations despite high commodity costs, and reiterated that it expects a better second-half of 2008.

  • Anheuser Busch

    If there were any questions as to whether Michael Phelps would ever get hurt from a marketability standpoint from his DUI in Nov, 2004, they were put to rest this morning by Tony Ponturo, Anheuser-Busch's vice president of sports marketing.

  • One billion potential guzzlers: Anheuser-Busch, the official international beer sponsor of the Beijing Olympic games, has built stronger partnerships with the Olympics -- and with China.

  • All eyes are on China for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the US beverage giants are jumping at the chance to be in the spotlight.

  • Options trading points toward developments at Hershey -- similar to what swirled around Anheuser-Busch -- according to Interactive Brokers' Rebecca Darst.

  • Watching options activity can point an investor to stock opportunities. So what does Michael McCarty of Meridian Equity Partners have to say?

  • Anheuser Busch

    U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch, which has agreed to be acquired by Belgian rival InBev, reported higher quarterly profit Wednesday, helped by the launch of Bud Light Lime.

  • Oil's trend lower has whipped up buying in stocks and could do the same Wednesday, if a string of major blue chips' earnings don't disappoint before the opening bell.