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  • Asian Stocks Mixed, Eye US Payrolls Data Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 3:44 AM ET

    Major Asian indexes traded mix on Friday, with some markets turning around after several consecutive sessions of downward trading. But the mood was cautious after weak U.S. economic data and signs of a slowdown in China fanned fears about the global recovery.

  • June Sales Show Just How Slow the Summer Could Be Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 12:39 PM ET

    First of all, let's be clear about June auto sales. Yes, everyone will be up compared to June of last year. Big deal. June of last year the economy was even further in the tank, GM and Chrysler were in bankruptcy, and the auto industry was gasping.

  • Asian Markets Slide; Nikkei at 7-Month Low Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 7:17 AM ET

    Asian markets opened lower Thursday, following yet another daily decline on Wall Street, with Japan's Nikkei hitting a seven-month low.

  • Kaminsky's Call: 8 Stock Opportunities Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 9:01 AM ET

    At the end of the quarter, many portfolio managers look to wash their hands of losers and start anew. This is an opportunity for you. In spite of all our economic troubles, all of those stocks resting at 52-week lows are not as bad as their stock prices would suggest.

  • Asia Slides on Global Growth Worries Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 3:15 AM ET

    Asian stocks  tumbled after renewed jitters about the global economic outlook sparked a selloff on Wall Street, sending U.S. stocks to their lowest levels for the year.

  • What are Tesla Fans and Investors Thinking? Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 9:36 AM ET

    Tesla is going public today under the symbol TSLA. To say this IPO has gone better than expected would be an understatement. It's pricing at $17 a share, above the range originally set out, and with the number of shares being offered expanding to 13.3 million, this IPO will raise more than $225 million dollars for Tesla.

  • Asian Stocks Slide, Shanghai at 14-Month Low Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 6:58 AM ET

    Asian markets reversed early gains to trade lower Tuesday in lackluster trading, on course for their worst quarterly performance since the end of 2008. This mirrored a weak performance in the U.S. where Wall Street ended the session lower as investors digested mixed consumer data.

  • Tesla Model S

    Tesla, the high-end electric carmaker has expanded the number of shares it will offer when its stock starts trading this week. The company will now issue 20 % more stock at a price of $14-16 a share. All part of the Tesla plan to raise about $200 million.

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed; Nikkei Extends Fall Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | 8:20 AM ET

    Asian stock markets ended mixed in cautious trade Monday, as investors awaited June jobs data due out Friday for clues on how the U.S. economy is faring following recent setbacks including a sharp decline in new home sales last week.

  • Tesla, GM, and Two Very Different IPO Expectations Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 8:17 AM ET
    Tesla Model S

    Next week the country's largest automaker and one its smallest will both be scrutinized by Wall Street and investors.

  • Asian Stocks Struggle on Recovery Concerns Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 2:56 AM ET

    Asian stocks struggled on Friday, after fresh signs of consumer weakness and worries about stringent financial regulation sent Wall Street lower.

  • Getting Divorced? Let’s Throw a Party! Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 1:48 PM ET

    There's a new trend coming out of Japan that's sure to make its way to U.S. shores — divorce ceremonies! "Do you, [state your name], promise to neither love nor cherish this woman, so long as you live?"

  • Asian Stocks End Mostly Lower, Australia Dips Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 7:25 AM ET

    Asian stock markets ended mostly lower Thursday after paring earlier gains on the back of leadership changes in Australia.

  • Auto Strikes in China, Signs of a Maturing Market Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    China is going through the labor unrest and growing pains that you would expect in a country that pass up the U.S. in auto sales last year. In the last two months there have been strikes and labor unrest at different auto plants in China. Compared to some of the doozies in the past here in the U.S., these are mild. But I suspect this is just the beginning.

  • Asia Falls as US Housing Data Spark Recovery Fears Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 4:03 AM ET

    Asian stocks slid on Wednesday after Wall Street closed lower as an unexpected fall in poor U.S. housing data added to worries about the fragility of the global economic recovery and optimism over China's promise to make the yuan more flexible faded further.

  • Chick Car? Not So Easy To Tell Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 10:35 AM ET
    woman in new car

    For years people have derisively said, "oh that's a chick car" when describing a certain model supposedly favored by women. Whenever I would hear people in the auto industry use this term, I'd think to myself, "Talk about making a broad, often incorrect generalization."

  • Skeptics Voice Doubt About Domestic Quality Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 11:05 AM ET

    It's ok to admit it. It's ok to say that you are skeptical of the J.D. Power report that the Big 3 have passed up foreign automakers when it comes to quality. There are more than a few of you out there who e-mailed me last week to say that you aren't buying it.

  • A Bold Move by Toyota to Keep Up With Competitors? Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 1:55 PM ET
    Toyota Dealership

    There are reports out of Japan that Toyota is setting a target of cutting prices 30% by 2013 in a strategy shift designed to keep up with hard charging competitors Volkswagen and Hyundai.

  • Moratorium Could Help BP: Oil Researcher Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 11:56 AM ET

    The Obama administration's six-month moratorium on oil drilling could benefit BP, John Kingston, director of oil at Platts, a provider of energy information, told CNBC.

  • Asia Drifts, Shanghai Drops on Growth Worries Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:15 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed in directionless trade on Friday, after Wall Street closed with slight gains.