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  • Will Washington Pony Up to Spur Electric Car Growth? Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 9:38 AM ET

    Today in Washington, a group of lawmakers will roll out their plan to get the Department of Energy to spend billions of dollars nurturing the electric vehicle market.

  • Asian Markets Rebound on Bargain-Hunting Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 3:08 AM ET

    Asian equities were firmly higher on Thursday afteroon, as bargain hunting helped to pull indexes out of early losses. Markets also rebounded after a Chinese government response to a report that China was reviewing its euro zone bond holdings, helped to calm nerves.

  • Macquarie Ups Aluminum Giant Alcoa Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 6:23 PM ET

    Considering Alcoa is largely unloved by the Street why did Macquarie boost the company's rating to outperform?

  • Nissan's Leaf Starts Electric Car Race Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 9:44 AM ET
    Nissan Leaf

    Today in Smyrna, Tennessee, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will be on hand for the start of production for the battery packs that will power the Leaf.

  • Asian Stocks Rebound but Caution Prevails Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 3:13 AM ET

    Asian stock markets staged a rebound on Wednesday, after Wall Street made a comeback from earlier session lows, helping U.S. indices end mostly flat after first falling more than 3 percent on growing questions about the stability of the European banking system.

  • Will Auto Sales Heat Up This Summer? Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 10:14 AM ET

    Ask Ford President of the Americas Mark Fields if he expects strong sales in the month of May, and you get an interesting response. Yes, he expects double-digit industry growth and Ford should have a relatively strong month, but his interest has already shifted to June.

  • Asia Tumbles on Europe, Nikkei Down 3% Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 3:06 AM ET

    Asian stock markets tumbled on Tuesday, as worries that the euro zone's troubles might spread kept investors wary about holding riskier assets.

  • Ford Brings Jobs to Detroit Monday, 24 May 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    It's not every day one of the Big 3 decides to take work it contracted to a foreign supplier and bring it in house back in Detroit.

  • How to Cut Spending – Stick it All on Visa Monday, 24 May 2010 | 10:19 AM ET
    Visa Card

    The Japanese government should do away with bureaucratic form  filling and simply issue its army of administrators Visa cards to buy everything from pens to airplane parts, an executive from the credit card giant told  the Nikkei.

  • Asia Mostly Higher, Led by Shanghai Monday, 24 May 2010 | 3:27 AM ET

    Most Asian indexes rose, as the Chinese market's strong performance offered support to its peers in the region but investors continued to keep a wary eye on the debt problems in the euro zone.

  • Chrysler's Marchionne and the Big Reconstruction Friday, 21 May 2010 | 4:07 PM ET

    As Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled the new Jeep Grand Cherokee he flashed a smile that said just how far the troubled automaker has come in the last year.

  • Tesla Model S

    At first glance, it looks like a win/win situation. The partnership of Tesla and Toyota should, on paper, help both companies.

  • Asian Stocks Slide on Global Woes Friday, 21 May 2010 | 3:17 AM ET

    Asian stock markets suffered losses on Friday, with Tokyo and Taipei slumping 3 percent at one point, as persistent worries over the euro zone debt crisis and its negative impact on global economic growth sent investors heading for the exit.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    Stocks are likely to continue their aggressive decline and shed another 20 percent as the world economy weakens, economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.

  • Toyota on Capitol Hill Provides Little Clarity Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    Once again, Toyota executives are on Capitol Hill getting grilled about unintended acceleration. Once again, the hearing will end without an understanding of what's behind complaints of Toyota's racing suddenly speeding up. Once again, I can hear supporters and critics saying these hearings are a joke. Both are right.

  • Asian Stocks Fall as Euro Worries Linger Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 3:22 AM ET

    Asian markets lost ground  as political divisions in Europe and fears of more market regulation kept investors  nervous and pressured stocks.

  • Amid Volatility, Play Emerging Markets: CIO Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 5:13 PM ET

    As the United States and Europe increasingly exhibit risks typically associated with emerging markets, consider investing in China, India and Brazil, said Richard Kang, chief investment officer at Emerging Global Advisors told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Toyota Tries to Drive Forward While Recalls Keep Coming Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 9:52 AM ET
    2010 Toyota Prius

    They want to move forward. But making sure they don't repeat past mistakes keeps reminding them (and the public) of where they've been. It's the yin and yang of where Toyota executives find themselves this spring and summer.

  • Asian Stocks Fall on Bank Regulation Worry Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 3:25 AM ET

    Asian stocks lost ground on Wednesday, as moves to toughen financial regulation in both the U.S. and Europe rattled markets and reduced the appetite for risk.

  • Asian Stocks Struggle After Monday's Selloff Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 3:17 AM ET

    Most Asian indexes lost ground  on Tuesday in a choppy session. A late turnaround in U.S. markets overnight when the dollar pulled back from a four-year high against the euro, failed to inspire investors as they remained wary of the problems in Europe.