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  • float: left;display: inline; font-size:11px; font-face:Arial; border: 1px solid #CCC; line-height:12px; margin-right: 15px; width:100px;/CNBC/Sections/News_And_Analysis/_Blogs/Guest_Blog/__COVER/maslansky_m_100.jpg110010000truehttp://msnbcmedia.msn.comfalse1Pfalsefalsefalsefalse left/CNBC/Components/Images/spacer.gif1108500lefttruehttp://icnbc.msnbc.msn.comfalsePfalsefalsefalsefalse Michael Maslansky CEO of Luntz, Maslansky Strategic ResearchI wish the folks at Tropicana had recognized that their recent packaging “crisis” wasn’t even a crisis at all. It was a tremendous opportunity...in a new, sleeker carton.

  • Barbie Turns 50 Fashion Show Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 11:56 AM ET
    17 Feb 2009Barbie turns 50 this March but the classic doll was still turning heads recently at New York's Fashion Week, where models styled as Mattel's fashion icon took to the catwalk in designer outfits.Over 50 world-renowned fashion designers, such as Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Tommy Hilfilger and Calvin Klein came together for the first time ever in New York and showcased real-size, Barbie-inspired looks.

    Over 50 world-renowned fashion designers came together for the first time ever in New York and showcased real-size, Barbie-inspired looks. Check out the photos!

  • Toy Makers Get Nostalgic Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    At this year's Toy Fair in New York City, companies unveiled plans to revive classic brands for a new generation. Many of them, like Barbie, G.I. Joe and Transformers are reaching a milestone anniversary this year. Take a look at some comeback kids.

    At this year's Toy Fair in New York City, companies unveiled plans to revive classic brands for a new generation. Take a look at some comeback kids.

  • Toy Makers Relaunching Classic Brands Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 9:59 AM ET
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    Looking to cash in on nostalgia, many companies are updating hit dolls and games of the past to appeal to a new generation of kids.

  • Day One Of A Critical Week Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 9:37 AM ET

    I said last week that a small but persistent group was starting to believe that the "stew" of TARP, TALF, stimulus and other Treasury action would help create a bottom in the economy, and that if that was the case shorting of banks and consumer discretionary would be riskier in the near future.

  • Dissecting S&P 500 Dividends Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 9:58 AM ET

    As market participants anticipate possible stagnant growth in the coming quarters, investors might be more apt to get back to "old fashioned" investing with higher-yielding stocks.

  • Pops & Drops: Mattel, NYSE... Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 6:23 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Mariner Energy and Humana popped while Mattel and Hitachi dropped.

  • Dow Slides Into February; Techs Gain Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 5:16 PM ET

    Stocks started off February mixed as banks took a hit from worries about the so-called "bad bank" plan, while techs got a boost from anticipation that they will benefit from government spending on tech and telecom infrastructure.

  • Stocks Falter Amid Worries About Stimulus Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 2:28 PM ET

    Stocks started February in the red amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan and the economy but pared their losses after a better-than-expected reading on the manufacturing sector.

  • Stocks Falter Amid Worries About Stimulus Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 12:10 PM ET

    Stocks started February in the red amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan and the economy but pared their losses after a better-than-expected reading on the manufacturing sector.

  • New Headaches For The Dollar Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 11:51 AM ET

    The dollar's strength is creating problems for U.S. companies with big earnings overseas.

  • The Weakest Link Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 9:28 AM ET

    With European bourses down 2 to 3 percent on the first day of February, it's little wonder that European banks are again the weak link, with ING, UBS, HSBC and Barclays down 5 to 8 percent pre-open.

  • Futures Fall as Economic Fears Mount Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 8:33 AM ET

    US stock index futures pointed to a further slump at the open Monday as investors braced for another round of dire economic indicators along with the next batch of corporate earnings. 

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • A Smaller CES, But Big Tech News Still Expected Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 11:30 AM ET
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    Here's the thing about technology and the technology industry: pioneers and visionaries like Microsoft, Intel, Sony and so many others didn't make their fortunes focused on today and tomorrow. They're all about the future, which is particularly important in today's current economic climate.

  • What Recession? Moms Will Still Brawl for These Hot Toys Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 1:18 PM ET
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    There may be a recession going on but don't look for signs of it in the toy aisle: There may still be mom-to-mom combat for the hottest toys — that is, if you can even find them. Click here to find out what the hottest —and most elusive — toys are this year.

  • Layoffs Continue to Grow—Is Your Firm on the List? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:01 PM ET
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    Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb became the latest big company to announce layoffs, saying it will eliminate another 10 percent of its work force through 2010.

  • Layoffs Continue to Grow—Is Your Firm on the List? Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 12:04 PM ET

    This week brought a slew of layoffs, including Dow component Bank of America, which said its planned job cuts may grow to 35,000 over three years after it completes its purchase of Merrill Lynch.

  • KB Toys Files for Bankruptcy Protection Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:08 PM ET
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    In another sign of the grim holiday season, KB Toys filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in four years on Thursday, joining fellow retailers Linens 'n Things and Steve & Barry's in seeking Chapter 11 protection amid the recession.

  • Where the Layoffs Are—Is Your Firm on the List? Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 1:49 PM ET

    Sony became one of the latest companies to announce layoffs in attempt to rein in costs and weather the weak economy.