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We have a bit of a late entry--from today's "Squawk Box." Sun Microsystems Chairman and President Scott McNealy came on to talk about his non-profit organization curriki.org. It's a try at letting kids from K-12 get online in order to have free access to text books and classes.
As we've said--OPEC meets tomorrow (threatening production cuts) and U.S. gas inventories are out (down)--as we've been focusing on the global energy picture. But what does it mean for your stock portfolio? Here are some picks from two energy stock analysts on "Morning Call." Jacques Rousseau is an analyst with FBR. He says it all about being selective right now. James Wicklund is Energy Equity Analyst with Banc of America Securities....
The U.S. oil inventories report (EIA) is out. And the decline for the week is much lower than expected. The numbers show crude supplies down 4.3 million barrels. And the decline in gas supplies are some 100,000 barrels. Oil refinery capacity was at 89.1% last week...
Talks between China and the U.S. are underway--to try and work out some big economic issues between the two countries. The American delegation is led by U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson--and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is along to add to the importance of the mission. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla is in China--and reported on "Squawk Box."
We'll start with a little shame-less plug--as General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt will be on "Squawk Box." He'll talk about GE's (parent company of CNBC) guidance that came out Tuesday. The company says it should see profit growth of about 13% in 2007. That's less than the estimate of about 15% for this year--but still above analyst estimates. You can also see Immelt on cnbc.com.
Two private equity firms--Texas Pacific and Silver Lake Partners--have gobbled up Sabre Holdings in a $5 billion dollar deal. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of next year. It is yet another feather in the cap of Texas Pacific--which has become on the biggest and most active players in the entire private equity world.
We have more opinions on the regulation of hedge funds. Tomorrow (Wednesday) the S.E.C. meets to consider new rules for hedge funds--which S.E.C. Chairman Christopher Cox calls "risky investments that are not for mom and pop." This year's Amaranth meltdown would seem to support that view (Amaranth lost $6.5 billion in one month in 2006.
Citigroup Smith Barney released its latest poll of affluent investors. This time around--they polled investors mostly on their holiday shopping and charitable giving plans. The poll was conducted with investors who have at least $100,000 in financial assets (that's excluding real estate and employer retirement plans).
Goldman Sach's $10 billion dollar Global Alpha Fund--a 40% gainer last year--is down almost 11% this year while the stock market is on a bull run. This year on average--the so-called smart money is underperforming the broad averages. This begs the question--can hedge funds deliver above market returns or is the market simply too efficient?
In an effort to stave off waning consumer confidence in fresh fruits and vegetables--some of the major produce industry groups are calling for more government regulation. Rosa DeLauro is a Democratic Congresswoman from Connecticut and ranking member of the House Appropriations Agriculture Sub-Committee....