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The deaths of two people from a rare brain infection has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning on the drug Rituxan. CNBC's Mike Huckman was on "Squawk Box" with the details. Huckman said the deaths were caused by a rare brain infection (called PML) to patients with lupus--who were taking the drug to combat their disease.
Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from the poet Horace: "As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it." We'll see just how prosperous the U.S. housing market is today--when the housing starts and building permit numbers come out around 8:30 a.m. ET. We'll have guests including President and CEO Ara Hovnanian of Hovnanian Enterprises..
It's estimated that some 99% of businesses in the U.S. are small businesses. A small business is defined as a company that makes under $25 million in revenues a year--and are NOT investment firms. So--what makes a small business work? How do you even get started? CNBC's Danny Deutsch was on "Power Lunch" to discuss tonight's program--"The Big Idea"--which focuses on 5 small companies....
Every king need land to rule--and now Burger King is looking for more territory to help expand its "reign." The fast food company recently announced plans to develop restaurants in Japan. But--with increasing competition-a fight over trans-fats--and health concerns over fast food--is now a good time to expand?
Another twist in the controversy over stock options. A new academic study on backdating suggests many outside directors--who are supposed to safeguard against cozy relationships with management--received manipulated grants themselves. Alan Murray is Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was on "Morning Call" to discuss the issue.
When it's time to make a commercial--companies usually go to Madison Avenue to dream up a catchy ad. But that idea may soon be old school. CNBC's Darren Rovell told the "Squawk Box" team about the new idea for the upcoming Super Bowl--letting the public make up the ad.
Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from poet Emily Dickinson: "Forever is composed of nows." And now seems to be the time for more mergers (it is Monday after all). Some $80 billion in deals are reportedly on the table. We'll have all the details--including the Harrah's offer from Texas Pacific and Apollo.
This coming Monday will leave us just one week to go before Christmas--but there's still plenty of shopping ahead. CNBC-TV will be covering the retail sales picture for this last week. Britt Beemer is Chairman of America's Research Group and he'll be a guest on "Squawk Box" --and give a detailed analysis of the shopping scene....
A homeless father finds hope and help on Wall Street--it's the subject of a new movie starring Will Smith. But what makes this story really interesting-it's true. CNBC's Michele Caruso-Cabrera had the details on "Morning Call." The film is called "The Pursuit of Happyness." It's the early 1980's and Will Smith's character-Chris Gardner--is down on his luck and losing everything. He's made some bad business choices.