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  • For the past 40 years, has surveyed research directors and chief investment officers at major U.S. money management firms to get their take on the best equity analysts in each sector. Although many top analysts manage to hold onto their No. 1 spot, this year there are 13 analysts claiming top honors in their sectors for the first time — although all are veterans of the financial industry. They have staked out their top spots by making good calls ahead of the curve, responding to clients in short

    So, who are the newest additions to Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team? Find out!

  • In today’s world of business, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heir-apparent to the family business. From North America to Europe to Asia, there’s a generation of heir apparents with the skills and experience to run some of the world’s most high-profile firms. All of these women could probably make it without help from ‘Daddy.’ They’re smart and savvy, have earned world-class degrees, and are business leaders in their own right. More important, they have a major stake in the family

    In today’s world, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heirs-apparent to the family business. Find out who they are.

  • Employees who call in sick normally get most of the blame for lost productivity, but a phenomenon known as “presenteeism” has been gaining notice, as well. Defined as the act of coming in to work when you’re sick and doing a third-rate job as a result, presenteeism costs businesses billions of dollars a year in lost productivity.If presenteeism is damaging to businesses, then it would stand to reason that the workplace would be better off if sick workers stayed home until they got better. When t

    Coming in to work when you’re sick costs businesses billions a year in lost productivity, but many workplaces can make employees sick. Here are 10 ways that your work may be killing you and your employer.

  • While not everyone believes in ghosts, there are still houses that are generally considered to be haunted—and that’s already been covered here on CNBC in . Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures  starred in scary movies.

    Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures have starred in scary movies.

  • Upon the announcement that Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, public outpouring from individuals, corporations and the media was experienced around the globe. From posts on Twitter and statements by companies to Apple fans congregating outside of the company’s stores to show their respect for the visionary who changed the lives of so many. Click ahead for a variety of tributes to Steve Jobs on the eve of his passing. Posted 5 Oct 2011

    Upon the announcement that Steve Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, the public outpouring from individuals, corporations, and the media resounded around the globe.

  • For companies with high levels of insider ownership — holdings of stock by high level executives and directors within the firm — a message is sent to the market that those most intimate with corporate finances are confident of growth potential, since their personal wealth is directly tied to stock performance. As it turns out, some companies are significant outliers when it comes to insider ownership. Whereas some CEO-founders hold upwards of 20 percent of the outstanding shares, most insider ho

    To get an idea of which S&P 500 index companies have high levels of insider ownership, CNBC’s analyst Giovanny Moreano compiled the numbers with data from Capital IQ and Thomson Reuters.

  • Americans are expected to spend more than $1 billion on costumes for their children and $310 million to dress up their pets, according to the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group. Although many young adults hunt for original looks, when it comes to finding a costume for the kids, traditional themes usually win out. That’s not to say everyone will be dressed alike. More retailers are selling costumes, and this means more choices for consumers. Costumes for kids and pets tend to dra

    Video game characters and monster mash-ups are big for the little set this year. Click to see some of the hottest costumes.

  • Emerging nations around the world are often heralded for their fast growth, but we don’t often hear about the downsides of that rapid development.The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report on air quality in countries around the globe, on which we based a list of the ten most polluted countries. Almost all the worst offenders are either major oil and gas producers, or emerging economies that are growing rapidly.The WHO study looked at air quality in 91 countries, measured by t

    The World Health Organization recently released a report on air quality in countries around the globe, on which we based a list of the ten most polluted countries.

  • On July 30, 2011, the Indianapolis Colts decided not to mess with success. They renewed the contract of star quarterback Peyton Manning who, in a fit of generosity, agreed to five more years of service for a mere . He didn’t need to be the highest paid player in the NFL, he said, and he would make do with the same $18 million a year that Tom Brady squeaked by on.It turned out to be a better deal than anyone realized. On Sept. 7, 2011, after problems recovering from neck surgery that he had under

    What are some of the most notable multimillion-dollar sports injuries? Check out the list.

  • College days have long been associated with ramen diets and budget-minded lifestyles. However, the sketchy, overcrowded housing often found around colleges doesn’t fully represent the communities surrounding many universities. Nonstudents and students alike value college towns and cities for their vibrant arts communities and other cultural amenities, including indie film houses, live theater, concerts, and prominent guest lecturers, or even to live as super-fans of the local winning sports team

    Check out the 10 most expensive college towns, ranked from the least to the most expensive, including two towns from the same state university system.

  • Counterfeit prescription pharmaceuticals are widely recognized as a growing public health risk and a serious concern to public health officials, private companies, and consumers. This slideshow presents a shortened overview of the longer report,  In some countries around the world, counterfeit prescription drugs comprise as much as 70% of the drug supply and have been responsible for thousands of deaths in some of the world’s most impoverished nations, according to the World Health Organization

    Counterfeit prescription pharmaceuticals are widely recognized as a growing public health risk and a serious concern to public health officials, private companies, and consumers. Learn more.

  • Protestors of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement have occupied Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for several weeks now, but who exactly these people are what they are protesting still remains somewhat of a mystery.The movements website, , states that “Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions...The one thing we all have in common is that we are the that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.” Alt

    The common goal of fighting corporate greed and corruption has attracted an array of people from all backgrounds, including business owners, retirees, and union workers.

  • For most investors, August and September in 2011 were the most miserable – and memorable — months in nearly three years. The stock market’s volatile swings stunned investors, sending many into Treasurys. The market has not seen consistent volatility this extreme since the financial crisis in 2008. Even more interesting, the majority of the most volatile days of the year occurred in these two months — right down to the last day of September, when the S&P 500 fell 2.5 percent and a key volatility

    See the eleven most momentous market days — based on percentage price change, trading volume and VIX level — and the events that made these days so extreme.

  • The American people have had a long love affair with cars. Whether it’s a teenager’s new found independence or a grown man’s show of status and power, cars represent much more to people than just a way to get from one place to another. Cars make a statement about their owners--or at least how their owners wish to be perceived.That being the case, there are likely no car owners who want to be perceived as hideously ugly, poorly engineered, or hazardous to life and limb. For that reason and many o

    The reasons for their failures are varied, and while some of the companies that manufactured them recovered, many didn’t.

  • Each Halloween there are many classic themes people use to inspire their costume choice, but every year there are some that stand out from the rest. This year Halloween spending is projected to rise 9 percent to $6.86 billion, according to a survey conducted by BIGResearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation trade group. Much of the increase will come from two factors: More Americans are celebrating the holiday, and more American adults are dressing up in costumes as part of the fun. Bas

    Each Halloween there are many classic themes people use to inspire their costume choice, but every year there are some that stand out from the rest.

  • Most kids are creative—they color and make up games—but some kids get  creative and use their imagination to invent new products.“Kids are natural innovators,” said Jon Dudas, who used to work for the but is now the president of an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology.Dudas said Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, got his first patent for an insulin pump when he was 17 years old. “His mom had to sign

    Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? Here are 10 cool and inspiring inventions by kids — and how they did it!

  • To homebuyers who have a strong vision and the means to see it through, an abandoned utilitarian structure can become a stunning antidote to the common McMansion.Changes in technology, industry, and occupations have resulted in a decrease of barns, stables, and carriage houses being used for their intended purposes. Church attendance is not what it used to be and consequently many beautiful houses of worship have fallen vacant. Happily, many obsolete structures can be reclaimed, as with  seen in

    Because of home conversions, what could be the sad gradual loss of a well-built historic structure is really a boon to an enterprising homebuyer. Click to see inspiring examples of repurposed structures.

  • The annual survey of what investment bankers think of our leading banks is out.

    The Vault Banking 50 ranks banks using a weighted formula that reflects the issues bankers care most about. Check out some of the best places to work on Wall Street.

  • The world economy may be stagnating, but London Fashion Week, coming hot on the heels of New York’s show, provided further reason for investors to feel upbeat about high-end retail. Speaking at Burberry’s show in Kensington Gardens, London, CEO Angela Ahrendts told CNBC: "(Fashion is) relatively sheltered from the global slowdown. Over 60 percent of the luxury business – not just Burberry – is down to tourism, so most of the big flagship markets are somewhat sheltered in Europe, and in America."

    The world economy may be stagnating, but London Fashion Week, coming hot on the heels of New York’s show, provided further reason for investors to feel upbeat about high-end retail.

  • As lavish birthday gifts go, it’s hard to top this one: Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, according to numerous online  It’s shaped like the Egyptian Eye of Horus on a location known as Cleopatra Island in Turkey’s Gulf of Gökova. Spanish Architect Luis de Garrido, who specializes in sustainable building, designed Eco-House Horus to be completely energy, water, and food self-sufficient. As with his othe

    Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. Click to see the photos.

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