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  • Stocks edged higher for the week, closing out a solid first half, but there was little to celebrate going into the July 4th holiday.

  • Terry Frantz prepares the engine compartment of a Cadillac CTS at the GM Lansing Grand River assembly plant Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, Pool)

    The United Auto Workers said that members have ratified a deal that gives Delphi concessions on wages, benefits and plant closings the auto parts maker has said it must have to exit bankruptcy.

  • Transformers

    I attended the "Transformers" premiere Wednesday night--and my first star spotting epitomized the importance of the film for its parent company. It was Sumner Redstone (he qualifies as a star for the CNBC set) and he was slowly retreating from the hubbub of the red carpet and (surrounded by bodyguards) slipping into a black car.

  • Stocks finished little-changed after a roller-coaster session as investors tried to figure out  the Federal Reserve's latest statement on inflation and interest rates. "The Fed's been engaged in a real delicate balancing act," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Robert W. Baird

  • Options volume in Ford Motor swelled today as bulls moved in with force to snap up call options, or bets that Ford's stock will rise further above the 52 week high level that shares reached today.

  • GM Headquarters

    General Motors Thursday said it reached a deal to sell its Allison Transmission unit for $5.6 billion to private-equity firms Carlyle and Onex, sending the automaker's shares to the highest level in 2-1/2 years.

  • Ford  will offer zero-percent financing for three years on all 2007 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models and additional cash on some vehicles as it tries to clear showroom floors at the end of the month.

  • A New Jersey importer has asked the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for help in recalling about 450,000 light-truck tires made in China after a fatal car accident, lawyers said.

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    In Monday’s Sector Trade - the rental car trade. Morgan Stanley is taking down the entire space with downgrades right at the top of the summer driving season. Should you be buying or selling?

  • Stocks ended lower as investors were rattled by concerns regarded leveraged mortgage securities held by two Bear Stearns hedge funds. "We will see a splash near term as some of these funds need to unwind positions in paper that really isn't traded too much," said Jack Ablin of Harris Private Bank.

  • Delphi said it reached a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers and former parent General Motors to complete the bankrupt auto-parts maker's reorganization.

  • Buick scales back on Tiger Woods modeling

    Here’s the number one question I always get: Who’s the best endorser in sports? And the right answer is, there isn’t one. What people have to remember is that endorsements are a partnership and if the product doesn’t make sense with the athlete, then it doesn’t work. There’s also an economic threshold to endorsements that is never talked about. Athletes can affect purchasing decision, but only to a certain extent.

  • Delphi and the United Auto Workers are very close to completing a labor deal the U.S. auto-parts maker needs to complete its reorganization, two UAW sources said on Wednesday.

  • Mercedes C-Class

    The Benz is back,. and if you don't believe me, check out sales (up 4.8%), reliability ratings (top 5 in the latest J.D. Power Survey), and strength across the line-up (The S Class, GL Class, and C Class are all surging). In short, Mercedes has re-asserted itself as a leader in the luxury car market. Now comes the new C Class. The company is showing it off for reporters this week outside of Portland, Oregon.

  • A week ago, while doing a live shot for an unrelated story, a viewer, who's husband worked at Ford for years, came up to me and said, "Tell people all the good things happening at Ford, we need the good news to get out." This is not the first time I have heard this type of message, either in person or via e-mail, from an investor, worker, retiree, or just plain fan of the big 3. Often the message includes a side comment such as, "Quit telling people the public doesn't believe in the quality/reliability of the big 3, because that's not true."

  • UAW

    If you've been reading the headlines this week, you've probably seen stories about the Big 3 planning to push for pay and benefit cuts totaling 30%. Often the headline is accompanied by a sub-headline saying the United Auto Workers and the Big 3 are headed for a collision course. Folks, get ready for a long hot summer of posturing, trial contract offers being floated, and the yes, the very real possibility that we could see a work stoppage.

  • General Motors Corp. and bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp. are near a deal with the United Auto Workers union that would provide a cash payout to Delphi workers in exchange for lower hourly wages, the Detroit News reported.

  • Europe's new car registrations fell for the fourth month in a row in May, but Fiat beat the market and its rivals with a 5.7% rise in sales thanks to tax breaks in Italy, industry data showed.

  • 2007 Honda Fit

    The latest list of hottest selling vehicles (those that spent the fewest number of days in showrooms), which is compiled by J.D. Power's Power Information Network every month includes three vehicles that were red hot in May--for three completely different reasons. And each one is an important model for their company. So let me run down the list and touch on the three models I believe are most important on this list.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    About an hour or so ago, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would go to Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2008 for the next five years. But Budweiser -- which has a personal services agreement with Junior through 2008 and was the primary sponsor of his No. 8 DEI car -- wasn't part of the announcement.