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  • Japan Pushing the Mob Out of Businesses Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 11:30 AM ET
    Tokyo Sky tree building underconstruction

    When the toasts are raised here next year at the opening of the world’s tallest communications tower, yakuza gangsters will not be celebrating. The New York Times explains.

  • Japan: From Laggard to Outperformer Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 2:15 AM ET

    With the reversal in the dollar-yen downtrend, Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors, says it’s a good time for investors to put some money back into the Japanese equity market.

  • Big Day for GM, but How Long Can It Last? Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 1:07 PM ET

    I've heard the same question time and again here on the floor of the NYSE. Can GM keep it going?

  • Consumers Attitudes Changing Toward GM Cars Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 10:44 AM ET
    In this handout image provided by General Motors, The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt is on the assembly line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan.

    Here are the opinions of four drivers all living in America's heartland and one Chevy dealer in Indiana. They gave their views on what was once considered the country's greatest brand.

  • GM's IPO Ushers in Big 3 Renaissance Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
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    Yes, these are great days for the Big 3. And what's even more encouraging for those who work for the Big 3 or are invested in those automakers is that this renaissance for Detroit is just beginning.

  • Why the GM IPO is Not About the US Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 12:15 PM ET
    Chevy Camaro

    It's time to wake up and see the world through the eyes of GM. And those eyes see the future through a global lens, and not a U.S. one.

  • Which GM Will Investors See? Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 11:46 AM ET
    New Chevy Volt

    The challenge for General Motors is to win the perception battle with investors. The large mutual funds and pension plans will buy it. But will the little guy?

  • The IPO Mess Obscures the Real Question About GM Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 11:24 AM ET
    Auto worker works on assembly line at GM Lansing Grand River plant.

    Why are so many people ambivalent about the GM IPO? Because it's a mess. It's been rushed, poorly handled by the folks in Washington, and in general leaves a lot of people asking themselves, "What is the new GM all about?"

  • Car Keys

    Mitsui & Co, a Japanese conglomerate with interests in a range of industries from logistics to finance, on Monday took a 58 percent stake in Singapore-based Car Club, Asia's pioneer car co-operative.  Mitsui, which declined to say what it paid for the stake, plans to use Singapore as a springboard to expand its car sharing business around Asia.

  • Can Ford Stay On a Roll? Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 9:53 AM ET

    Every time this company gets on a roll, it loses focus and ultimately loses a lot of money. To his credit, even Ford Chairman Bill Ford told me his company has a troubling tendency to lose its way.

  • Chrysler Charging Toward Profitability? Monday, 8 Nov 2010 | 9:52 AM ET
    Chrysler grille

    When a company has just come through bankruptcy (and some legitimate debate about whether it should stay in business) and it's not even back in the black, it may sound ludicrous to say it's charging to profitability.

  • Playing Asia? Beware of Near-Term Risks: Expert Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 11:02 PM ET

    Investors looking to ride on Asia's recent stock rally face a more dangerous entry point in the near term, said Ajay Kapur, head of equity strategy, Asia at Deutsche Bank on CNBC Friday.

  • Why It's Right to Trade This Fed-Led Rally Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 6:47 PM ET

    If you have the chance to profit, Cramer said, take it.

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    Spurred by fears of the eventual demise of gasoline engines, Japan's car manufacturers and parts makers are joining forces to prepare for the future. The NYT reports.

  • Auto Sales & Ford Shares Break Out Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 3:36 PM ET
    Car dealership

    The monthly sales reported for the major auto makers (the smaller companies reported their numbers Tuesday) show stronger than expected sales, and the best month for the industry since Cash for Clunkers in the summer of '09.

  • Ford's Magic Man of Marketing Finds Less is More Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 11:49 AM ET

    Whenever neighbors, friends, and those outside the auto industry ask me about the turnaround at Ford, I'm struck by how many say something along the lines of, "I know what Ford is all about." That may sound like a trite comment, but to me it says a lot about Ford's marketing.

  • October Auto Sales Could Hit 12 Million: Ford Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 5:22 PM ET

    October auto sales are projected to hit a pace of 12 million vehicles, a new monthly high for 2010, according to George Pipas sales analyst with the Ford Motor Company.

  • Cadillac Escalade

    As GM prepares for its IPO road show, I consistently hear people asking the question, should individual investors buy this stock?

  • Luxury Products Surge in Emerging Markets: PPR CEO Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 4:55 PM ET

    The emerging market consumers will buy some 65 percent of luxury goods in the next decade, the PPR CEO Francois-Henri Pinault told CNBC Monday.

  • Cramer: How a Weak Dollar Is Good for US Companies Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 3:37 PM ET

    The "Mad Money" host explains how a lower dollar could help the US out of a weak economy.