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  • Virtual Worlds Expo: Real Investments In Virtual Space Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 4:19 PM ET
    Virtual Worlds Expo

    In the first half of this year more than 300 million in venture capital financing poured into virtual world startups, with over 250 new virtual worlds popping up, and generating $700 million plus in business.

  • Economic Worries Weigh Heavily on Market Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 3:45 PM ET

    Stocks wobbled Wednesday as economic worries continued to rain down on the market and dampen the post-Gustav rally.

  • Economic Worries Drag on Market Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    Stocks wobbled Wednesday as economic worries continued to nag the market and rain on the post-Gustav rally.

  • Gasoline is Dropping; Are SUVs Ready to Roll? Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 6:48 PM ET

    Filled up the tank lately? I have, and it's nice to see the cost of gas has come down a bit. I wouldn't call it a huge drop, but enough that it's noticeable.

  • Carmakers Deserve Loan Guarantees, GM Official Says Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 11:26 AM ET
    General Motors logo

    A top General Motors executive said Thursday that automakers were “deserving” of as much as $50 billion in government-backed loans so that they can build more fuel-efficient cars, the New York Times says.

  • SUV Market Bottomed? Nope! Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    There's an interesting theory when it comes to the SUV market. It goes like this: now is the best time to buy an SUV because the used market has bottomed out and prices will soon start going up. The more I've heard this, the more I've talked with dealers. And you know what their reaction is? A good laugh.

  • Web Extra: Toyota Hits The Brakes Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 6:58 PM ET

    Toyota cut its 2009 vehicle sales forecast by nearly 7 percent as high fuel prices hammered demand. In this Web Extra find out how to play autos on the news!

  • Toyota Prius

    See, even mighty Toyota Motor is shifting into a slower gear. This morning in Tokyo, the company gave its business outlook for 2009 and beyond. It was mixed -- which is not surprising, given the economy. Here's Toyota's plan to stay ahead.

  • Futures Get a Lift From GDP Report Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 9:23 AM ET

    U.S. stock-index futures rebounded Thursday after the second reading on second-quarter GDP showed growth was more robust than first thought.  Tropical Storm Gustav, which is readying to move back to hurricane status and heading toward the Gulf Coast, continued to hover over the market and bump up oil prices.

  • Hell No! Hell Yes! Bailout Plan Fires Up Emotions Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 11:08 AM ET
    Federal Loans

    Since I've started this blog I've have had people react strongly to some of the things I've said. But NOTHING compares to the e-mails I've read after advocating the need for Federal loans to help the Big 3 automakers re-tool and rebuild their operations.

  • Honda's Fit: Can It Crush Chrysler? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:54 PM ET
    2007 Honda Fit

    They say timing is everything. For Honda nothing could be truer. In the next couple of weeks an updated version of the company's red-hot subcompact, The Fit, will start rolling into showrooms. Talk about having the right model in place at the right time.

  • The Big 3 DO Need Federal Help Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 2:04 PM ET
    The Big Three

    Let's get some things straight. As I write this blog, I'm fully aware some of you will scoff at the idea of the Federal government offering billions of dollars to the Big 3 in restructuring loans. I know some of you will say, "Don't give them a bail out. Let'em go under."

  • $10,000 Discounts -- But No Buyers Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

    Don't look now, but something is coming back: deals. Not just little ones. Pretty decent deals. GM, Toyota and Mazda are currently running some of the more prominent marketing campaigns. But make no mistake, almost all the automakers are throwing more money and more generous financing terms behind their new models.

  • 'Smart' Cars: Ford's Employee Test Drive Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:32 AM ET
    Ford

    Here's a novel idea. Let's take the people who actually work at a car company and put them behind the wheel of the models crucial to that company's future. Ford Motor is starting to do that, and it's probably one of the smartest moves this company has ever made.

  • Crude’s Summer Vacation Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 9:22 PM ET

    After falling 20% from its lofty levels this summer, is crude set to resume its climb higher?

  • Big 3 Rides: Do You Love'em or Hate'em? Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 9:43 AM ET
    The Big Three

    The latest U. of Michigan survey on customer satisfaction with automakers are a bit perplexing. On one hand, they show there's a wider gap between the Big 3 and their foreign rivals. On the other, these results fly in the face of numerous other studies that show the Big 3 edging closer to competitors when it comes to quality and reliability. Who's right? Both, actually.

  • Can Honda Beat the Prius? Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:32 AM ET
    Honda

    When a Honda executive said last week that his company plans to roll out a "Prius Fighter" hybrid next spring, it marked the latest proclamation from an automaker that it had a model to beat the king of the hybrids. And once again I'm curious if this challenge will truly be a challenge to Toyota.

  • Electric Bikes Selling Briskly as Gas Prices Climb Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 10:34 AM ET

    When Honora Wolfe and her husband moved to the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, she wanted an environmentally friendly way to commute to her job as a bookshop owner in the city.

  • Fast Money Now: Mid-Day Trades For Thursday Aug. 14 Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 1:48 PM ET

    Fast Money now – the plays you need while the market is still open

  • Toyota Sees Mild Recovery in US Auto Market Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 2:39 PM ET

    Toyota Motor sees an opportunity to increase sales through vehicle leasing as U.S. automakers pull back, Toyota U.S. sales chief said on Wednesday.