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  • Stocks closed higher Friday following positive earnings guidance from a handful of big companies, pushing the major indexes up for the week. Bullish quarterly earnings forecasts by both Merck and McDonald's lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which ended up 0.4% for the week. The S&P 500 rose 0.6%, while the Nasdaq climbed 0.8%.

  • As corporate earnings reports begin in earnest next week, merely meeting Wall Street expectations may not be good enough. Companies may have to beat forecasts to compete for investor dollars.

  • General Electric said Friday first-quarter earnings rose, helped by strong demand for heavy equipment, which boosted profit at its infrastructure segment and offset weakness at its plastics and subprime-mortgage businesses.

  • Leaderboard: Top Two Stay The Same- RIM Cuts Profit Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 9:21 AM ET

    Good morning. Parker Robinson and James Kraber remain the dynamic duo at the top of the leaderboard. Parker's portfolio value stands at $2,823,511.09 down $8,592.18 or -0.30% from Wednesday's total with his biggest dollar loss on RIM costing him $6,324.16.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 8:36 AM ET

    Inflation data could play a big role in setting the course for stocks, which so far are looking for direction ahead of the opening. Asia markets were mostly lower, while Europe's stock markets this morning are mostly higher.

  • CBS Radio Cancels Don Imus Show, Effective Immediately Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 5:02 PM ET
    Radio personality Don Imus appears on Rev.Al Sharpton's radio show, in New York Monday April 9, 2007. Imus issued another apology for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his morning show last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    CBS fired Don Imus from his radio show Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation's most prominent broadcasters.  Imus initially was suspended  for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" last week, but outrage continued and advertisers bolted from his programs.

  • MSNBC Drops Don Imus Radio Simulcast Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 9:21 AM ET
    Radio personality Don Imus appears on Rev.Al Sharpton's radio show, in New York Monday April 9, 2007. Imus issued another apology for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his morning show last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    NBC News has decided that its cable news channel, MSNBC will no longer simulcast the Don Imus radio program, effective immediately.  CBS Radio says its two week suspension of the program stands although it is monitoring the situation.  Advertisers have been defecting from the controversial radio host.

  • CNBC's Thompson: CEO Pay Adds Confusion to Proxies Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 11:34 AM ET

    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.

  • Procter & Gamble,  Staples and Bigelow Tea have suspended their advertising spots on Don Imus's radio show in reaction to his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • CNBC's Donny Deutsch, the host of "The Big Idea" and self-described "ad sherpa, says that sponsorship, more than politics, may spell the professional doom of radio host Don Imus.Speaking on "Power Lunch," Deutsch talked about Imus' comments about the Rutgers University womens' basketball team with Sue Herera. Deutsch said "what really matters" is when the advertisers weigh in. "It's about money."

  • Dow Chemical CEO Denies Buyout Speculation to CNBC Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The chief executive of Dow Chemical on Tuesday shot down speculation that the company is in talks with private equity for a leveraged buyout.  “We are not in discussions with anyone in LBO,” Andrew Liveris told CNBC’s David Faber.

  • Time Warner's  AOL division will introduce a paid search service on Monday backed by Google's  technology to help advertisers better target AOL users.

  • Celeb Garson: Likes Top Spot For Yet Another Day! Friday, 6 Apr 2007 | 9:45 AM ET
    Willie Garson

    Here's our update on "Trading With The Stars." Willie proves himself as not another flash in the pan, and maintains the #1 spot two day's in a row.  (and just like Willie--almost- Johnny Bench holds onto 7th place!)  Interesting note: all of our celeb portfolios are above the $1 million benchmark. Congrats to all for that!!

  • Despite a volatile first quarter, stocks aren't much above where they were at the beginning of the year. But even if the major averages aren't showing big gains, smart investors know where to look for growth opportuntities.

  • Celeb Willie G. Makes Move: Now In First!! Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 10:59 AM ET

    Wow--a big move and an exciting day for the celebrities in "Trading With The Stars." In a big upset--really big--actor Willie Garson propels himself from last place to take the top spot on a HUGE gain with his trade on Robbins & Myers. All our celebs showed gains in their portfolio except for Ernie Hudson who lost out on AgioDynamics which he held a day too long, erasing his earlier gains and dropping him into last place..

  • NBC Nightly News #1 And ABC's Of Convergence Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | 3:56 PM ET
    NBC News

    This week NBC's "Nightly News" regained the top spot from ABC's "World' News". Our sister network's program drawing 8.1 million viewers, two hundred thousand more than ABC. While CBS drew only 6.2 million viewers. In terms of the rest of the evenings ratings, it appears that contests capture viewers hearts.

  • What If Iran Goes Awry? Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | 6:42 PM ET

    Iranian mischief is the single most bankable trend in the world, Cramer says. So he’s got a doomsday portfolio for you just in case events take a turn for the worst. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Sumitomo Eyes 5% Stake in Westinghouse Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 11:16 PM ET

    Japanese trading house Sumitomo aims to buy a 5% stake in U.S. nuclear power company Westinghouse from Toshiba by June, company sources said on Friday.

  • Merck, Lundbeck Scrap Insomnia Drug After Trials Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    Merck and H. Lundbeck said Wednesday they were ending studies of experimental insomnia drug gaboxadol due to disappointing effectiveness and worrisome side effects in late-stage trials.

  • Next Gen Content Creation & Music Delivery Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 1:08 PM ET

    There's a rumor going around the web that GE's NBC Universal (GE is the parent company of CNBC) is going to take interactive television to the next level. The idea is that after watching a show like friends you could go onto NBC.com to vote on what should happen in the next show.