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For the week ending Friday, September 5, 2008, the U.S. markets ended in negative territory for the week after weak employment data and declines in auto and retail sales pointed to weaker consumer spending and a greater economic slowdown. The unemployment rate jumped to a 5-year high, soaring to 6.1%. On Thursday, the three major Indices fell back into bear market territory by dropping 20% from their market peaks set last fall. Both the Dow & Nasdaq Composite had their worst daily closes since July 26, with drops of more than 340 points for the Dow and 75 points for the Nasdaq.
Rapid changes in the commodities market have left some investors badly bruised to say the least. However lower gas prices are good, right? Should you cheer or fear the drop in oil?
Stocks ended mixed Wednesday as economic worries continued to rain down on the market and dampen the post-Gustav rally. All three major indexes had been negative for most of the day, but the Dow tip-toed over the line at the last minute, helped by a 5% gain in GM.
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.
Stocks wobbled Wednesday as economic worries continued to rain down on the market and dampen the post-Gustav rally.
Stocks wobbled Wednesday as economic worries continued to nag the market and rain on the post-Gustav rally.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
After falling 20% from its lofty levels this summer, is crude set to resume its climb higher?
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.
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.