Mark Koba is a senior editor at CNBC.com. Topics for his feature story writing include the business of politics, health care, employment and the economy.
Before working at CNBC.com, he spent 11 years at Bloomberg LP, where among various duties, he was program producer for the award-winning "Bloomberg Small Business" television show.
Koba's background includes a decade of news writing and show producing at CNN, E! Entertainment Television, ABC's "World News Now," "Good Morning America" and CBS' "This Morning."
Follow Mark Koba on Twitter @MarkKobaCNBC.
It's been a pretty good year for Wall Street--from a bumper crop of buyouts to record-breaking gains. But there were some stumbling blocks--most notably in the commodities markets. The folks at Trader Monthly Magazine have compiled a list of the biggest--most brazen--and jaw dropping trades of the past 12 months. Randall Lane is Editor-in-Chief of Trader Monthly. He was on "Power Lunch" with the list.
It's been a pretty good year for tech stocks--but even a good 2006 doesn't hide the fact that the sector has underperformed the market for the last three years. So--there should be plenty of growth ahead in 2007, right? Scott Kessler is the S&P's Senior Director of Technology Sector Equity Research. Peter Misek is Senior Tech Analyst at Canaccord Adams. On "Morning Call" the pair give their sector outlook and stock "picks."
In our Big Money '07 series we're looking to energize your portfolio-- literally-- as we look at the best ways for investors to make money in the energy sector. On "Morning Call" two guests give their stock "picks." Fadel Gheit is Senior Energy Analyst with Oppenheimer & Company and Bob Morris is oil and gas analyst with Bank of American Securities.
Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from the stage and film actress Ruth Gordon (of "Harold and Maude" fame): "To be somebody you must last." The lasting memory of Gerald Ford is being honored. Funeral arrangements announced Wednesday include placing the former president's casket for repose outside the U.S. House chamber--and then placing it for repose outside the Senate chamber.
The U.S. housing market has certainly gone through a rough patch lately--but there is some good news on stronger home sales--as we've reported. The Commerce Department says new U.S. home sales rose 3.4% in November. Analysts were looking for a gain of 1-2%. But new home sales are still down from a year ago by 15.3%. So--are there any good stock recommendations out there?
A flurry of consolidation talk has fueled airline stocks the last few weeks. But what's it all mean for the airlines as we head into 2007? On "Morning Call" Roger King--airline analyst at Credit Sights and Ray Neidl of Calyon Securities gave their take--and gave their favorite stock recommendations.
Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from Gerald Ford: "Our long national nightmare is over." That of course was the former president referring to the end of Watergate. As you probably know-- Ford died last night in California. He was 93. Ford was the only U.S. president to serve--without having been elected to the office.
There a little bit different take on today's "Stock Screener" segment--with a look at the ADR market. It had a banner year abroad--but not quite as stellar in the U.S. and that's casing more doubt on whether New York is still the world's financial hub. Contributor Ian McDonald from The Wall Street Journal sorted through the ADR market on "Power Lunch."
Emmitt Smith was a three time Super Bowl champ with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also a surprise winner on the "Dancing With The Stars" TV show. But did you know that long before he retired as a running back--he was "playing" another game--real estate.
Alex Vallecillo is co-manager of the Allegiant Mid Cap Value Fund and on "Morning Call" he gave his picks for our "Hidden Gems" segment (he's a five-star fund manager). Vallecillo listed these stocks as his picks and the reasons why he likes them (two of them are exclusives for cnbc.com readers).