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  • Unemployment hit 8.9 percent in April and some predict that number could climb over 10 percent in 2009 as major companies further streamline operations to combat the recession.  While some industries are more labor intensive than others, employee productivity is a key measure that managers and investors look at when evaluating performance.  Take a look at which companies are squeezing the most out their shrinking workforces.

  • EA SPORTS Active™

    In today's lean times, more folks are forgoing expensive gym memberships and doing their exercising at home, so it seems like a good time for Electronic Arts to launch EA Sports Active. The product, which is off to strong start on Amazon, is EA Sports first targeted primarily to a female audience.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    As many signs hint at improvement in the U.S. economy, employment continues to be the fly in the ointment. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS, talks up the impact on the stock markets — and what investors can expect.

  • Stocks ended lower Wednesday as banks and techs pulled back and comments from the Fed poured water on the flicker of optimism.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks pared their gains on Wednesday as banks pulled back but investors remained hopeful that the worst may be over for the economy. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told a Senate panel that financial markets are "starting to heal" and that a program to remove toxic assets from bank balance sheets would begin in the next six weeks. Read and listen to what experts had to say...

  • Cramer picked favorites in the emerging markets, made the case for some clean energy plays and comments on some minor upgrades that are having a major impact.

  • Stocks pared their gains Wednesday as banks pulled back but investors remained hopeful that the worst may be over for the economy.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks continue to gently whipsaw Wednesday, but the Vix volatility/fear index is still subsiding. Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, offered CNBC his stock-market insights.

  • Hewlett Packard reported earnings after the bell yesterday, and met analyst expectations.  All 30 Dow stocks have now reported -- here is a summary of how the season stacked up.

  • Stocks shot out of the gate Wednesday as banks rallied after Bank of America moved to boost capital and investors were hopeful that the worst may be over for the economy.

  • ** FILE ** General Electric (GE) Chairman, Jeff Immelt at Isaac Sheppard Elementary School in Philadelphia, in this file photo from April 25, 2006. General Electric Co. expects sales in China to double in the next four to five years, while its Chinese researchers should play a growing role creating products for global markets, Immelt said Monday May 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke,File)

    There are a number of indicators that are showing signs of stabilization in the economy, said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric.

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    The time-tested investment mantra of buy and hold has become so unpopular that even those who advocate the strategy don’t refer to it by that name anymore.

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    Even though Warren Buffett always says he likes stocks more when they're cheaper, he didn't do a lot of buying as Wall Street's major indexes fell to their bear-market lows (so far) in early March.  Berkshire Hathaway's first quarter stock portfolio snapshot shows no blockbuster buys. A few stakes did, however, get bigger during the first three months on the year.

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    Intuitive Surgical is located on the west coast. So, the folks there weren't at work yet when I called earlier today seeking comment on what I thought was product placement in last night's "Grey's Anatomy."

  • Stocks were mixed on Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains. Read and listen to what experts had to say...

  • Name That Stock

    Market Trivia Question: Which four stocks have more than doubled since the market’s current low back in March? As investors debate whether the market rally still "has legs," four Dow components have more than doubled since the Dow hit a multi-year low.

  • Get Rich Cheating

    I was finally going through my mail today, opening up all the boxes and boxes of books waiting for me to read … and one caught my attention and made me laugh out loud - I mean laugh out loud - roar!

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    Warren Buffett always says the cheaper stocks get, the more he likes them. But did he like them enough to do some buying for Berkshire Hathaway as prices plunged to their bear market lows in early March?  We'll have some answers late this afternoon (Friday) when Berkshire reveals its U.S. stock holdings as of March 31, the end of the first quarter.

  • With stocks rallying for over 2 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth.  The average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has fallen nearly 30% since the rally began in early March.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • Crowds panic in the Wall Street district of Manhattan due to the heavy trading on the stock market in New York City on Oct. 24, 1929.

    The stock market's moves after the 1929 crash serve as a scary template that investors hope the current market won't follow.