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  • Continental Airlines

    Continental Airlines., the world's fifth-largest airline, said Thursday its fourth-quarter loss narrowed by 40%, as strong fare pricing helped offset increased fuel and labor costs.

  • Financials and techs, two groups that pulled in the money last week, will be out in front of the news this week when earnings season is in full swing. Markets will also be watching key economic data, a parade of Fed speakers and whatever side show goes on when oil markets reopen, after last week's near six percent slide in crude.

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    U.S. airlines, including American Airlines and United Airlines, said they raised domestic air fares by as much as $5, in the first effort at a broad price rise this year.

  • The Dow climbed to a new record and the Nasdaq finished at a six year high as falling oil prices drove buyers into consumer, health care and technology stocks.

  • United Airlines won tentative approval from the federal government to operate the first-ever nonstop daily flight between the U.S. and China--a route potentially worth $200 million a year.

  • The resurgent airline industry is poised for its first profitable year since before the 2001 terrorist attacks, and analysts are expecting even healthier earnings next year.

  • A flurry of consolidation talk has fueled airline stocks the last few weeks. But what's it all mean for the airlines as we head into 2007? On "Morning Call"  Roger King--airline analyst at Credit Sights and Ray Neidl of Calyon Securities gave their take--and gave their favorite stock recommendations.

  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

    So the Red Sox look like they’re going to sign Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. is reporting it’s a six-year deal worth $52 million. That’s pretty close to where I had it. With the posting fee that they will give the Seibu Lions, Matsuzaka’s Japanese team, that would bring the total investment to $103.1 million. That makes Matsuzaka’s total contract the third richest total contract for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history behind what the Colorado Rockies signed Mike Hampton for in 2001...

  • Industry sources say the two airlines have held on-again, off-again discussions. But recent merger activity in the industry could create pressure to accelerate the exploratory talks.

  • The U.S. market indexes closed relatively unchanged after a bumpy day of trading. Bob Pisani was CNBC’s “Eye on the Floor,” and he wondered if this recent stall in the markets was a sign of “buyer exhaustion.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average did rally in early trading – enough to take it to a new intraday high. But it spent most of the day in the red before finishing up two points.

  • Stocks closed slightly higher after giving back big gains from an early session surge.

  • Industry sources say the two airlines have held on-again, off-again discussions. But recent merger activity in the industry could create pressure to accelerate the exploratory talks.

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    The airline industry has seen a wave of potential M&A activity of late. Reports say UAL, the parent of United Airlines, and Continental Airlines are talking merger – though analysts speculate a deal is still far off. Also, AirTran Holdings has made a hostile bid for Midwest Air Group worth $290 million, or $11.25 a share. All this comes just a month after US Airways Group made a hostile bid of its own for Delta Air Lines.

  • U.S. stocks are taxiing towards a slightly higher opening today as airline takeover activity is set to give the transports a lift. Retail sales data for November could also give the market some direction and provide further clues to the consumer this holiday season. MERGERS AT THE GATE: Our Phil Lebeau is reporting on takeover talks...

  • AirTran Holdings also said it offered to buy rival Midwest Air Group  for $290 million in cash and tock.  AirTran would pay $11.25 per share for Midwest.