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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).
Good morning. We'll start with our quote of the day from author Victor Hugo: "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." And the time has come for us to tell you what's ahead today. Among the scheduled guests and topics are--"Hidden Gems." This is our segment on "Morning Call" that gives you some favorite stock picks. Alex Vallecillo from Allegiant Mid Cap Value Fund will provide the stocks to watch.
There's no keeping a good man down now matter how many times the bell rings--especially when it comes to Sylvester Stallone and his Rocky movie enterprise. The 6th film in the 30 year old franchise opens this weekend--titled "Rocky Balboa"--and it's getting good reviews. CNBC's Julia Boorstin says that means money for Stallone--and those involved in the picture.
It's a day of reckoning for Palm--which is set to release its earnings later today. The hand-held pioneer has seen its market share dwindle to almost nothing--with rivals like Research in Motion (they make the BlackBerry) now dominating the market. So what's ahead for Palm? Can it come back? Jon Fortt is Senior Editor at Business 2.0 magazine....
CEO's are optimistic about the new year--according to the Chief Executive Magazine's CEO confidence index (this is a yearly survey of American CEOs). The magazine's own CEO--Ed Kopko--appeared on "Morning Call" with the details. The CEOs are positive about the U.S. economy in 2007--according to Kopko. He says they feel good that interest rates are low and that company profits are "rolling in" in high numbers.
Yesterday-- we told you about people submitting TV ad ideas for the NFL--but there's even more for the public to do. Microsoft is hoping to discover the next "American Idol" of video games--as it wades through entries in its first game developers contest. Christ Satchell is General Manager of Microsoft's Game Developer Group. He was on "Squawk Box."
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?