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This past Saturday night--Pfizer announced it's stopping production of its new anti-cholesterol drug torcetrapib. Unfortunately--clinical test results showed more deaths than were expected from taking the experimental drug. Catherine Arnold is a pharmaceutical analyst from Credit Suisse..
Hugo Chavez easily won re-election as president of Venezuela on Sunday. Chavez called his re-election--a defeat for U.S. President George Bush. Chavez said he will continue to use Venezuela's oil to expand social welfare programs--and continue to challenge the U.S. in Latin America. It's no secret the two men don't like each other.
Good morning. We're ready to begin what we trust will be a daily visit for all of you. In Play by Play--you'll find the latest interviews as well as breaking news and great stories from CNBC-TV. Even if you caught it on TV--you'll get that much more right here. Let's start with our quote of the day...
Give me an F! Give me an O!--give me another O! Wait--let's stop there--it'll take too long to spell football this way--but we gave it the old college try. Speaking of college football--as we now are--some pretty important decisions are coming up this Sunday on just who will play in the 5 major bowl games.
cnbc.com will have an exclusive live online interview with Michael Moskow--the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. That's Monday--December 4th--at 9 am ET. You don't want to miss it. Moskow has hinted the Fed may raise interest rates some more. CNBC's Steve Liesman will sit down--one on one with Moskow--to get his take on what's ahead for the Fed.
Ruth's Chris Steak House became Ruth's Chris Steak House--after Ruth Fertal bought Chris Steak House in New Orleans, Louisiana. That was in 1965 and she paid $22,000 for the restaurant (she combined the names). Now--the high end eatery has 100 locations around the world. And it seems the steak business is sizzling. The stock was up about 2 percent today.
We're going to have the ISM numbers just as soon as they are released. The report-- from The Institute for Supply Management will probably show its manufacturing index for November was at 51.8. That compares with October's reading of 51.2-- which was the lowest since June 2003.
Good morning--it's December 1, 2006--24 days until Christmas--and counting. We're having a busy day so far. U.S. Representative Harold Ford Jr. from Tennessee is guest host on "Squawk Box." He lost that closeU.S. Senate seat race last month to Repbublican Bob Corker.
Here are some of the scheduled guests for tomorrow on CNBC and cnbc.com: "Squawk Box" has U.S. Representative Harold Ford from Tennessee--as a guest host. And "Squawk Box" also has Bob Langert--he's Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for McDonald's.