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Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Harwood Interviews Kent Conrad

John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times discusses negotiations over a national health care bill with Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, a member of the "Gang of Six" seeking bipartisan compromise.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine In Modern Times

A hospital in Beijing, China says 75% of swine flu cases use traditional Chinese medicine. (Asia Confidential)

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Japan Elections

A survey by the Nikkei newspaper and TV Tokyo gives the Democratic Party of Japan 43% of the vote and 26% for LDP. (Asia Confidential)

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Clinton On Journalists Return

Katie Couric explains why former Pres. Clinton remained uncharacteristically silent upon his return to after successfully negotiating the return of two imprisoned American journalists in North Korea.

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Swire and China

Analysis and discussion with Swire Pacific Chairman Christopher Pratt. He says there is always a danger of asset bubbles and excess liquidity and they try to stay away from the commodity side of the market. (Asia Confidential)

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Filmmaker Hughes Dies At 59

Katie Couric remembers the legacy of innovative film director John Hughes, who rose to prominence during the 1980s through his string of "Brat Pack" movies.

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The First Hispanic Justice

The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York to the Supreme Court was confirmed in a 68 to 31 vote. Wyatt Andrews reports on the historic confirmation of the first Hispanic justice.

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A Latina Role Model

The confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is leaving Latinos with a collective sense of approval. Sandra Hughes reports on how Sotomayor took Latinos across a new threshold.

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Flu Prevention in Schools

The federal government will release new preparation and response guidelines to prepare the nation's schools for the return of the new H1N1 virus. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

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Rescuing California Sea Lions

The percentage of California sea lions in need of rescue increased possibly due to an overpopulation of these animals, and a weather pattern bringing warmer water to the coast. Ben Tracy reports.

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Unemployment Benefits

Unless Congress extends unemployment benefits, the checks of roughly a half-million Americans will run out by the end of month -- and more by the end of the year. Cynthia Bowers reports.

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Asian Stock Markets

Asian stocks fall on U.S. unemployment earnings concern and DBS profit beats estimates as free income increases. (The Bloomberg Edge)

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Auto Dealer Inventories Down

Auto dealer inventories are down as a result of the government Cash for Clunkers plan, the yearly auto sales spike and decreased number of cares built during the recession. Jeff Glor reports.

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Australian Hedge Funds

Asia-focused hedge funds to outperform peers and Citadel to return $250 million after funds gain 44%. (The Bloomberg Edge)

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Bumpers Flunk Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did collision tests for six mid size cars at speeds as low as 3 or 6 mph and found the damage resulted in pricey repairs. Nancy Cordes reports.

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CCB To Reduce New Lending in 2nd Quarter

China Construction Bank will reduce new lending by 70% in second quarter. (The Trade)

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Japan Airlines' Cost-Cutting Plans

Japan Airlines to end or cut flights on some routes and to reduce passenger business by 10%. (The Trade)

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Airlines Outlook

Boeing's July orders and deliveries drop on lower demand and Cathay Pacific may cut premium seats as demand slows. (The Trade)

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Anti-Coal Campaign By Greenpeace

BHP Coal Berth is blocked by Greenpeace ship as a protest to continue over the impacts of global warming on low lying islands. (The Trade)

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RBA's Forecasts

RBA predicts 0.5% growth forecast and may raise its interest rates at some point if recovery continues. (The Trade)

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Berkshire Posts Blockbuster Results

Berkshire Hathaway reports its best quarter in at least two years and its stock portfolio values at more than $60 billion. (The Trade)

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San Miguel Investor Talks

San Miguel looks for buyers for stakes in their Pure Foods unit which sells processed fruits and for Ginebra San Miguel. (The Trade)

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Australian Stock Market Plunges

Commodity producers drag the market and a jump in insurance claims after the bushfires. (The Trade)

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Japanese Automakers Fall

Toyota is down by 2.2% and it revamps its operation in North America while Nissan is down by 2.28%. (The Trade)

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Notebook- 911 Texts

Katie Couric comments on the technology advancement of police emergency operators of Waterloo, Iowa. They are the first in the nation able to receive and respond to emergency text messages.

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Clinton On Korea Visit

During a Clinton Foundation press conference, former President Bill Clinton spoke about his recent visit to North Korea to bring home two captured U.S. Journalists.

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Under 40- Jen Psaki

CBS' Kaylee Hartung spoke with WH Deputy Press Secretary Jen Psaki on this weeks' 'Unplugged Under 40.'

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Unplugged- Senate Recess

Deadlines loom for the Senate, as they race towards their summer recess. Nancy Cordes spoke with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon). Plus, Unplugged Under 40 with WH Deputy Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

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Inside Look - Rod Woodson Joins Hall of Fame

Interview with Rod Woodson, Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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Inside Look - How to Fix Healthcare

Interview with Arthur Laffer (Bloomberg News)

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Commodities Check - Golden Volatility

A Golden Opportunity - Buying Options in Gold May Benefit Investors if Dollar Continues to Weaken (Bloomberg News)

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'No Cook' Meals

Andrew Knowlton from Bon Apetit magazine shows Harry Smith some tasty meals that can be prepared without turning on the heat in the kitchen.

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Market Close 8.6

S&P and Dow Each Fall Less Than 1%, Nasdaq Falls 1%; CBS Reports 2Q EPS - Act. $0.08 vs. Est. $0.07; Murphy Oil Profits Fall 74%; Sunoco Posts 2Q Loss (Bloomberg News)

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Blowing Up Your Company - An Art Form?

A Special In-Depth Look at Huron Consulting Group (Bloomberg News)

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Obama Comments on Sotomayor Confirmation

Live! From White House: President Barack Obama Holds News Conference

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Sectors to Watch - Retail, Telecom

According to ICSC, Same Store Sales Fell 5% in July; Retail Stocks Rally; MetroPCS Slumps; (Bloomberg News)

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Old Toy Gets A New Spin

Champions from around the world, including a man who gave up his job on Wall Street, demonstrate their amazing yo-yo skills on "The Early Show" plaza.

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Sector to Watch - Hotels

Hyatt May Raise $1.15 Billion in IPO; Possible Hotel Recovery in 2010? (Bloomberg News)

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Morgan Stanley Buys Back Warrants for $950 Million

Goldman Paid $1.1 Billion to Buy Back Warrants, CEO Lloyd Blankfein Under Pressure from Washington on Compensation (Bloomberg News)

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Update - H1N1 Pandemic

Lingering Effects - Swine Flu & the Global Economy (Bloomberg News)

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More Perspective - Healthcare Debate Continues

Interview with Arthur Henderson of Jefferies & Co. (Bloomberg News)

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New Evidence In Maddie Search

An investigator working for the parents of Madeline McCann reveals what he calls a breakthrough in the search for the missing girl, reports Elizabeth Palmer.

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Today in Washington - Romer on the Economy

White House Economic Adviser Christina Romer Spoke at Economic Club Meeting Today (Bloomberg News)

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Earnings Preview - Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Reports 2Q Earnings Tomorrow (Bloomberg News)

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Camp- Losing is for Winners

Kids at Camp Shane, a weight loss camp in upstate N.Y., are dropping pounds with balanced meals and exercise. But, as Dr. Jon LaPook reports, this camp has a lot more to offer.

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Inside Look - Evolution of High-Frequency Trading

Flash Trading vs. Algorithmic Trading - Interview with David Leinweber, Author of "Nerds on Wall Street" (Bloomberg News)

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Commodity to Watch - Nickel

Nickel Buyers in a Pickle (Bloomberg News)

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In-Depth Look - Former AIG CEO Sued by SEC

Former AIG Chief Hank Greenberg to Pay $15 Million to Settle SEC Suit; Greenberg Was Head of AIG for Thirty-Eight Years, Forced Out in 2005 (Bloomberg News)

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Zoo Welcomes Panda Cub

A panda at the San Diego Zoo welcomed her fifth panda cub after 130 day pregnancy. Russ Mitchell reports.

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Killer on Tape

Self posted online videos of "gym gunman" George Sodini reveal some of his desire to impress women as friends mourn the deaths of their loved ones, reports Susan Koeppen.

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Bumps Cost Big Bucks

Current car models did not far so well in low-speed bump testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Nancy Cordes reports.

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Caution Over Back Surgery

New studies show some procedures used to relieve back pain for spinal compression fractures may offer no benefit, Dr. Jennifer Ashton tells Harry Smith.

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Inside Look - Making Money in Music

Investing in Music Publishing - Interview with John Frankenheimer of Loeb & Loeb (Bloomberg News)

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In-Depth Look - Consumer Concerns

Retail Recap - Analysis and Discussion with Joseph Feldman of Telsey Advisory Group (Bloomberg News)

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G.I. Joe Hits the Big Screen

Maggie Rodriguez spoke with actors Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum about their new blockbuster film, G.I. Joe.

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Lee and Ling Home at Last

Euna Lee and Laura Ling return home, reports Bill Whitaker. Euna Lee's in-laws recount their ordeal to Harry Smith.

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Staying Young at Heart

Harry Smith spoke with author Pamela Redmond Satran about how to stay feeling young by acting young.

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Nature Deficit Disorder

Backpacker magazine's Jonathan Dorn spoke with Harry Smith about Nature Deficit Disorder which is a lack of connection with nature in children, which results in obesity.

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Wartime Pen Pals Reunited

During the first Gulf War, a soldier found a letter from a then 13-year-old girl and the two became pen pals. Two decades later, they were reunited. Maggie Rodriguez spoke with the couple.

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Economic Expectations - Turning Toward a Recovery?

Unemployment Peaking Now? - Analysis and Discussion with Michelle Girard of RBS Securities (Bloomberg News)

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Inside Look - Extending Cash-for-Clunkers

Interview with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) of Michigan (Bloomberg News)

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Analyzing Gym Shooting

Maggie Rodriguez spoke with forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner about the mindset of the man who opened fire on a women's gym class.

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Trichet Comments on Economy

An Excerpt of Exclusive Interview with ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet (Bloomberg News)

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The Currency Report - Euro

According to IMF, Euro Zone Economy to Lag in Next Year; Lingering Questions About European Banks (Bloomberg News)

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Shooter's Neighbor Speaks

Gym gunman George Sodini made salacious comments in his journal about a college-age girl living across the street. Maggie Rodriguez talks to Patricia Cowen, the mother of the girl.

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Caught Hiring a Hitman

A Fla. woman hired a hitman to kill her husband but her hired gun was actually an undercover police officer. Kelly Cobiella reports.

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In-Depth Look - Gilt-y Pleasures

Interview and discussion with Gilt Groupre C.E.O., Susan Lyne. She talks about their companies earnings and she says invitation-only model is great way to market company. (Bloomberg News)

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Inside Look - Changing Customer Demographic

interview and discussion with Aaron's C.E.O., Robin Loudermilk. He says customers are looking for increased flexibility. (Bloomberg News)

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Congress Buys Luxury Jets

Congress buys three luxury jets to serve as transportation for government officials. (Bloomberg News)

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Inside Look - Cisco Beats The Street

Interview and discussion with Cisco System Chairman & C.E.O., John Chambers. He talks about their company stocks that beat expectations. He says numbers are very good around the world, only weak spot is Europe. (Bloomberg News)

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Market Open 8.6

We are having an overbought market right now. The fourth quarter will be the real test for the market. (Bloomberg News)

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Allstate CEO Warns About Stock

Allstate C.E.O. says if investors do not like credit risk they should avoid Allstate stocks. (Bloomberg News)

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SEC Chief Calls For Self-Funding

SEC Chief says they should start funding itself from the industry fees. (Bloomberg News)

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In-Depth Look - Sony Plays Catch-Up

Interview and discussion with Nicholas Thompson of the Wired Magazine. He talks about Sony's new E-Readert to compete with Amazon's Kindle. (Bloomberg News)

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In-Depth Look - Convertible Bonds

Interview and discussion with John Calamos of the Calamos Convertible Fund. He says convertible bonds can be use as defensive strategy. (Bloomberg News)

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AIG Searches For New Chairman

A.I.G. still search for its new chairman. Harvey Golub is the top candidate. (Bloomberg News)

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Berkshire Hathaway's 'Blockbuster' Results

Berkshire Hathaway is expected to have a blockbuster earnings tomorrow. (Bloomberg News)

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BofA Executives Forecasted Higher ML Losses

Bank of America says that Merrill Lynch did not become apparent until after the takeover. (Bloomberg News)

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Hot And Heavy In Houston

According to a survey, Houston turns out to be the steamiest city. (Bloomberg News)

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In-Depth Look - SEC To Sue Greenberg

Interview and discussion with Roel Campos, Former SEC Commissioner. He says SEC case re A.I.G. is going to be quite complicated. (Bloomberg News)

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In-Depth Look - Is The Bailout A Success?

Interview and discussion with Viral Acharya of the NYU Stern School of Business. He talks about bank bailout success. He says we might start to see efficient markets some time soon. (Bloomberg News)

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Murdoch To Charge For Web Content - FT

Rupert Murdoch starts charging for online content of all the newspapers and tv channels he controls. (Bloomberg News)

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Regulators Eye Energy Trades

Investors in commodities face more regulation. All energy traders should face portfolio limits to avoid a run- up in prices. (Bloomberg News)

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Shopping For Retail Stocks

Retail stocks being push higher on hopes of economic recovery. (Bloomberg News)

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Stimulus Success?

Finance committee members meet with Obama today. (Bloomberg News)

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Inside Look - Deutsche Telekom 2Q Up 32%

Interview and discussion with Rene Obermann, Deutsche Telekom C.E.O. He says European mobile industry increasingly affected by regulation. (Bloomberg News)

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Sony Vs. Amazon

Sony is in a showdown with Kindle maker, Amazon. (Bloomberg News)

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Stiglitz On The Economy

Stiglitz says U.S. face a very slow recovery from recession. (Bloomberg News)

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PGA Tour Set To Make A New Stop

Greenbrier in West Virginia will host the PGA Tour. (Bloomberg News)

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Manning Signs 6 Yr/$100M Contract

Manning agrees on a six year $100 million contract extension that will keep him in the New York Giants till 2015. (Bloomberg News)

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Clock Is Ticking On 'Cash For Clunkers'

The house approves the bill of adding additional two billion dollars for the clunkers program. (Bloomberg News)

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Sotomayor Confirmation Vote Today

Sotomayor expected to be confirmed today. (Bloomberg News)

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Hyatt Hotels Files For $1B IPO

Hyatt Hotels plan a $1 billion IPO, they offer the largest in U.S. this year. (Bloomberg News)

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Washington Targets Insurance

Obama administration settles on one thing, targeting the insurance industry. (Bloomberg News)

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Obama Warns Republicans

President Obama warns the Republicans that he will push through a bill without them. (Bloomberg News)

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AIG, Fannie, Freddie - Stock Surge

A.I.G. rise more than 50%; Freddie and Fannie rallies $5.2 billion. (Bloomberg News)

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Freddie Quits After Three Years

Fannie's top regulator Freddie quits after three years. (Bloomberg News)

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ECB's Exit Strategy

E.C.B. widely expects to keep the interest rate at a record low of 1%. (Bloomberg News)

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Bank Of England Rate Decision

Investors wait to see interest-rate decisions from European central bank. (Bloomberg News)

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Asian Market Check

Asian stocks swings between gains and losses. (Bloomberg News)

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SEC Sues Greenberg

SEC may sue former A.I.G. Chief Hank Greenberg. (Bloomberg News)

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John Harwood Interviews Charles Schumer

John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times talks to Sen. Charles E. Schumer (NY) about ongoing negotiations over the timing, financing and insurance provisions of national health care legislation.

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John Harwood Interviews Kent Conrad

John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times discusses negotiations over a national health care bill with Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, a member of the "Gang of Six" seeking bipartisan compromise.

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Glasgow- a tale of two cities

Adjacent to the affluent city centre of Glasgow lies the impoverished suburb of Calton, blighted by drug and alcohol addiction, and with an average male life expectancy of just 54.

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Paris swelters under ozone air pollution

As central France is bathed in 30-degree sunshine, climate authorities warn that increased UV rays combined with high concentrations of ozone could pose a health risk. The "high alert" air pollution level is expected to be reached Thursday afternoon.

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Paris - a moveable feast for movie-goers

Paris's nighttime film festival, "Cinema by Moonlight", started for its ninth year Wednesday night. The festival offers free open-air screenings of movies in some of the most iconic locations of the capital.

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