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  • Buick Is Now As Good As Lexus--Say What? Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 8:27 AM ET

    Admit it, the headline caught your attention. Admit it, you may have scoffed and said, "yeah right" sarcastically. Admit it, you never imagined Buick and Lexus would be considered "equals."Well, back up your daddy's LeSabre and check out the latest vehicle dependability results from J.D. Power and Associates. For the first time in 12 years, another brand tied Lexus.

  • GM Cuts Outlook for U.S. Car Industry Sales This Year Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 11:19 AM ET

    General Motors  lowered its forecast for industry-wide U.S. sales in 2007 and said it would be "challenging" to achieve its target of selling 3 million vehicles at showrooms.

  • Toyota's 'War Chest' Keeps It Gunning for GM Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | 8:56 AM ET

    Amid the headlines this weekend about Cerberus closing the Chrysler deal and shaking up management at the automaker, one piece of news came out that blew me away. In the second quarter, Toyota posted a record profit of $4.13 billion dollars. Sounds staggering by itself until you look at it this way: every day last quarter Toyota made more than 44 million dollars. Almost 2 million dollars a day!

  • Delphi said Monday it tentatively agreed to contracts with four more unions, including one that recently warned a strike was possible if talks stalled.

  • The Week on Wall Street: More Pain Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | 2:08 PM ET

    Stocks ended a volatile week with a late selloff, erasing any hope for a quick recovery from last week's trouncing.

  • Market factoid nightmare: Not to minimize the effects of extreme market volatility for investors, but Wall Street’s wild ride in recent weeks has also taken its toll on keepers of market factoids, like those of us toiling at the Breaking News desk. We routinely write market factoids for use as dekos, or onscreen data boxes, and we just as routinely monitor them for possible outdating. That part of the job is usually not that difficult. Usually...

  • A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor's quarterly operating profit rose by a better-than-expected 32% as brisk overseas sales combined with a softer yen to make up for chronic weakness in domestic demand.

  • BMW And Buick: One Gains, And The Other's In Pain Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | 9:00 AM ET
    BMW 3 Series

    Call this the tale of two brands going in opposite directions. One knows its core market and continues to roll out hot models that win over fans. The other is drifting with sales slumping and serious questions mounting about its future. When I look at the July sales, I'm struck by the numbers at Buick. How bad was it? Sales dropped 29 % and every single model was down at least 17%. Think that's bad?

  • Deciphering the Dow Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | 7:22 PM ET

    Despite predictions that the Dow would be down big, the index posted a triple-digit gain for the second day in a row. So what's the deal?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.

  • On a regular basis, I hear from bloggers who think I'm pushing Toyota and would like nothing more than to see the Big 3 implode. In fact, I got an e-mail to that effect yesterday after blogging about the possibility of Chevy and Ford being outsold by the Toyota brand. For the record, Toyota has passed Ford, but still trails Chevy by a slight margin.

  • U.S. Auto Sales Tumble in July Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 3:21 PM ET
    Mercedes Benz.

    U.S. auto sales dropped in July as weakness in the housing market sapped demand, increasing pressure on the embattled Detroit-based automakers and hitting Toyota Motor with its first sales decline in almost three years.

  • Will Toyota Finally Become America's Sweetheart? Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 10:55 AM ET
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    When the July auto sales come out later today, the most interesting numbers to watch may be those for Chevrolet and Toyota. Halfway through this year the two were neck and neck in the battle to be America's top selling brand. I know some of you will read this and think, "who cares?". Well, the long list of people who care stretches from Detroit to Tokyo, and for good reason.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 8:58 AM ET

    A selling wave in global stock markets is sweeping futures lower this morning as subprime and credit woes once more rise to the surface. A new disclosure about a third troubled hedge fund at Bear Stearns is rattling investors.

  • Stocks closed broadly lower after a mortgage lender said it is unable to borrow money and crude oil closed above $78 a barrel for the first time. "We think the corrective phase in the financials is not yet over," said John Roque, technical analyst at Natixis Bleichroeder.

  • Pisani's Trader Talk: Mortgage Woes Hit Markets Again Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 4:43 PM ET

    Mortgage issues returned to the markets this afternoon.  July ending on the lows.  Markets weakened right at 1:30 PM ET as indications flashed at the NYSE that American Home Mortgage would reopen after a day and a half, going from roughly $10 to $-1-$2.  It closed at $1.04

  • GM Trounces Wall Street's Estimates, Shares Surge Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 12:32 PM ET

    General Motors on Tuesday said it flipped to a net profit, trouncing Wall Street estimates as it benefited from cost-cutting, a better mix of products and growing sales overseas.

  • GM: Despite Earnings, Is Tougher Road Still Ahead? Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 11:32 AM ET
    Rick Wagoner

    When I sat down to talk with GM CEO Rick Wagoner this morning on "Squawk Box," I was expecting to see a man, beaming over the better than expected second quarter earnings. Instead, I saw the Chairman of a company who looked cautious. Why? Well, maybe it's  because General Motors' glass is half full, and filling it up even more will be a challenge. Certainly the second half of this year will be tougher than the first half.

  • The Doom-and-Gloom Scenario Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 10:03 AM ET

    Cramer likes to say there’s always a bull market somewhere, but tonight he played the role of the ultimate bear.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.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Stocks are ready to spring higher on the opening as economic data, earnings and some merger news gets investor attention this morning. GM's better-than-expected earnings report is adding a positive tone.

  • GMAC, the finance company once controlled by General Motors, posted a 63% decline in second-quarter profit Monday, hurt by subprime mortgage losses at its home lending unit.Results, however, improved from the first quarter's after the company reduced lending risk.