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  • A former senior vice president of the company that runs the Monster job search Web site pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and fraud charges.

  • Federal criminal charges are expected to be announced Thursday against one former executive with Monster Worldwide over backdating of options, according to WNBC's Jonathan Dienst, reporting for CNBC.

  • Ryan Brant, the former chief executive of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to backdating of stock options.

  • A payment from animation studio Pixar, thought to have been arranged by Steve Jobs, to the film director John Lasseter, is raising concerns that it included improperly backdated stock options, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

  • Altria

    It's a stock-watcher's cliché to call Altria shares "smoking" -- but don't tell that to Bonnie Herzog. She's a beverage and tobacco analyst at Citigroup, and she says the company formerly known as Philip Morris is, yes, on fire.

  • Apple said it hadreceived informal requests from the U.S. government for documents and additional information on its past stock-options practices, according to a regulatory filing Friday.

  • KB Home  said Friday the Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a formal investigation into the homebuilder's stock-option granting practices.

  • Broadcom, a supplier of semiconductor chips used in communication devices, said Tuesday it would record $2.22 billion in non-cash expenses for the years 1998 through 2005 for stock option accounting flaws - nearly triple what it originally estimated last July.

  • Apple CEO, Steve Jobs

    The meeting Apple's CEO Steve Jobs had last week with SEC and U.S. Justice Department officials over stock backdating--might not turn out to be much at all--according to CNBC's Jim Goldman. The meeting was reported today by Bloomberg. But Goldman says people he talked to --don't expect anything to come from all this. In fact--it seems even the probe by government officials may just end up "going away."

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    The 21st century’s version of the new economy is facing a tech meltdown. Or is it? Two experts weighed in on technology stocks for “Power Lunch.” Joseph Parnes, president of TechnoMart Investment Advisors, sees opportunity in market danger. He told CNBC’s Bill Griffeth that “institutions, pension funds” that took a beating on....

  • Apple's stock fell on Friday after investors learned that Federal Authorities are investigating a backdated grant of stock options to Apple CEO Steve Jobs that had a false October 2001 date.

  • The former general counsel of software maker Comverse Technology has agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle an options backdating case with the SEC.

  • The spotlight in Apple Computer stock options investigation is falling on two former company executives, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

  • Shares of Apple Computer rallied about 5% after the company announced it found no misconduct by current management in its investigations of stock-option grants.

  • Investors still seem to think Apple is worth something. Shares of the computer giant are holding strong so far today--as the company released information saying it found NO misconduct by CEO Steve Jobs in regards to backdating stock options between 1997 and 2001. But--not all is well with Jobs and Apple according to Christopher Whalen. He's senior vice-president at Institutional Risk Analytics.

  • For some, stocks are the be-all and end-all of investing. For others it's gold. We'll have a lively debate on the issue during "Squawk Box" tomorrow with Greg McCoach -- he's president of The Mining Speculator (guess which side he's on) -- and Jeffrey Christian of the CPM Group. Other scheduled topics and guests include a look at HMOs on "Morning Call." Will they grow in 2007 or not? We'll have analysts give them a checkup.

  • Shares of Apple Computer fell after new details of a federal investigation into the company's stock options practices raised questions about the role of its charismatic CEO, Steve Jobs.

  • The Financial Times reported today that Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have taken 7.5 million stock options in 2001 without proper approval. That article has added to the speculation that Jobs may lose his top spot at the company--if he is in fact implicated in the backdating scandal. Roger Kay, president and founder of Endpoint Technologies, was on “Morning Call” to discuss just how important Steve Jobs is to Apple – and its stock.

  • Shares of Apple Computer rebounded from a 6% selloff after a legal publication reported that federal prosecutors are probing whether former company executives forged documents to maximize executives' stock option profits.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is changing the way companies disclose grants of stock option awards to executives, according to a press release on its Web site dated Friday.