As "Harry Potter" fans await the final installment of the popular series, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo sat down with George Jones, chief executive of Borders Group, on “Closing Bell.” “'Harry Potter' is an important part of our business. It’s not that we make a whole lot of money on each of the books we sell, but it draws a lot of people into the stores and gives us a chance to sell other things and maybe in some cases, reintroduce them to Borders,” said Jones.
This week, CNBC is counting down America’s Top States for Business. On Monday, CNBC’s Scott Cohn reported from No. 5: North Carolina, a right-to-work state. On “Power Lunch,” Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, and Marybeth Maxwell, director of American Rights at Work, joined Cohn and CNBC’s Bill Griffeth to debate whether non-union states are better for business.
Blackstone Group shares slid Wednesday, for the third straight day since its debut. Analysts are debating whether it's still worth owning -- and what it might mean for the success of future IPOs. On “Morning Call,” Peter Cohan, president of Peter S. Cohan & Associates, and David Menlow, president of IPOfinancial.com, gave their opposing viewpoints to CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla.
The Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting on interest rates, inflation and the economy started Wednesday. Is the Fed overly concerned with inflation? Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank, and Paul Kasriel, senior vice president and director of economic research at Northern Trust Company, offered their insights on “Morning Call.”
Thirty-seven percent of dads say they would leave their jobs if they could afford it, according to the annual Father’s Day survey from CareerBuilder. Another 38% said they would take a pay cut in order to spend more time with their children.
Lehman Brothers surprised Wall Street with record profits, beating estimates by 33 cents per share. As the largest brokerage firms gear up to report their quarterly financial results, is Lehman’s act too tough to follow? Jeffery Harte, managing director of equity research at Sandler O’Neill, joined CNBC’s Sue Herera on “Power Lunch” with an earnings outlook.
A debate continues in the Senate over the energy bill that could bring massive changes to the current U.S. energy policy. On “Morning Call,” Christopher Horner, author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism,” and David Hamilton, director of the Sierra Club’s Global Warming & Energy program, debated which party has the best policy.
Australia is no longer just a hot tourist destination -- it’s also a great place to invest in, according to Anthony Cragg. On “Squawk on the Street,” the lead manager for the Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Fund spoke about the investment opportunities down under.
On “Morning Call,” Brian Stine, investment strategist at Allegiant Asset Management, and Edgar Peters, chief investment officer at PanAgora Asset Management, discussed the best places for investors’ money during the current volatile market.
Technology rivals Bill Gates and Steve Jobs shared the stage Wednesday night, at the annual tech conference run by The Wall Street Journal. On “Squawk on the Street,” Harry Blount, IT hardware & storage network analyst at Lehman Brothers, discussed how far Apple can go and the future of its relationship with Microsoft.