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    Remember that YouTube video by a guy who sang a song about United Airlines breaking his guitars? Well, now he’s turned his viral fame into a business — the business of helping other victimized customers get their complaints heard, too.

  • Gold A Broken Trade? Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 5:00 PM ET
    Gold A Broken Trade?

    Gold plunges 5 percent and falls over $80 after traders interpreted Ben Bernanke's comments to mean there won't be additional easing any time soon. Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, weighs in on why the precious metal dropped and how to play it.

  • Israeli Officials to Visit US; Iran Optimistic on Talks Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 6:15 AM ET
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    US-Israeli relations are expected to come under further pressure during a Washington visit by a high-level delegation from the Israeli government, to include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak next Monday. 

  • Stocks that are Out-Performing Apple Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 5:00 PM ET
    Stocks that are Out-Performing Apple

    The Fast Money traders take a look at stocks that have beaten Apple's stellar returns in the past three years and how to trade them.

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    A new survey of chief financial officers finds that confidence in the global economy is on the rise, but there is a discrepancy between European and American CFOs when it comes to individual businesses’ confidence and expectations.

  • Bending the Tax Code and Lifting AIG’s Profit Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 5:03 AM ET
    AIG

    Last week, the American International Group reported a whopping $19.8 billion profit for its fourth quarter. It was a quite a feat for a company that was on its death bed just a little over three years ago, so sick that it needed a huge taxpayer bailout.

  • The HSBC logo is displayed on the exterior of an HSBC bank branch March 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California. After taking a financial hit with sub-prime mortgage-backed securities, HSBC Holdings PLC reported that due to a 70 percent drop in 2008 net profits it plans to slash 6,100 jobs and close its consumer loan business in the U.S.

    HSBC Holdings said on Monday it will likely face criminal or civil charges from an expanding investigation into its ties to allegedly illegal money transactions, including some tied to Iran.

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    It's not too late to be an astronaut — two universities are offering six lucky applicants the chance to be astronauts in ... Hawaii! Just one little catch: How are your cooking skills?

  • Investigators Scrutinize MF Global Wire Transfers Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 4:05 AM ET
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    Federal investigators examining the final days at MF Global and how customer money went missing are poring over scores of wire transfers in and out of the brokerage firm, including the possible movement of $325 million that may have belonged to customers, according to people briefed on the matter the New York Times reports.

  • Don't Look to Miners to Lead Stocks Up: Strategist Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 12:36 AM ET
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    Investors looking for leaders to continue the market rally should stop looking at miners, despite their recent performance, Nick Nelson, European equity strategist at UBS, told CNBC.

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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Sunday that Europe's actions so far to deal with its debt crisis have averted potential financial catastrophe but said it still must put up a sturdier firewall against contagion.

  • G20 Says to Europe 'Show Us the Money' Sunday, 26 Feb 2012 | 6:31 PM ET
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    Leading economies told Europe it must put up extra money to fight its debt crisis if it wants more help from the rest of the world, piling pressure on Germany to drop its opposition to a bigger European bailout.

  • Trying to Kickstart a City ... With Letters Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 2:14 PM ET
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    Chattanooga, which has grappled with pollution and economic decay, is now home to a grassroots movement that hopes to kickstart the city ... with letters.

  • Crude of All Evil? How Oil is Fueling Some Tough Choices Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    Should the U.S. be doing business with countries that are rich in resources — and friendly —but accused of corruption and human rights violations?

  • Baltic Dry Index to Recover From Lows: Expert Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    Significant oversupply in the shipping market has contributed to the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) falling by 71.87 percent over the last two years, but one expert told CNBC he believes market conditions will improve in the next few years.

  • Too Good to Be True: Self-Employment Scams Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 3:47 PM ET
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    If you’ve scoured the classified ads, you’ve seen listings offering big money to the self-employed. Be your own boss and earn a fortune while clad in a bathrobe and flip-flops! Unfortunately, these ads often target people without jobs, and if they take the bait, they become trapped in a self-employment scam.

  • Teambuilding Exercise: Learning to Walk on Fire Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 11:47 AM ET
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    You’ve heard the expression “putting your feet to the fire,” but one Cornell professor is doing that literally. He teaches workshops and corporate training exercises in the art of firewalking.

  • Economic Growth Gives Lift to Obama in Poll Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 6:16 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The New York Times reports that President Obama’s political standing is rising along with voters’ optimism that the economy is getting better, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, a shift that coincides with continued Republican disquiet over the field of candidates seeking to replace him.

  • Cash-Rich Investors Look to Europe for Opportunities Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 1:55 AM ET
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    U.S. investors are looking to Europe for places to park their spare cash, but opportunities may depend on the European debt crisis continuing, according to market participants on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping pose for photographs before meeting in the Oval Office at the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. While in Washington, Vice President Xi will meet with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior Administration officials to discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues.

    President Barack Obama told Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping on Tuesday that Beijing must play fair in international trade and vowed to keep pressing China to clean up its human rights record.