Rick Newman


May 2008


5 Upsides of $4 Gas

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Nobody wants to hear this, but like oat bran or the Stairmaster, $4 gas may actually be good for you.

Not today, necessarily. There's no doubt that skyrocketing gas prices are crimping family budgets across America and putting consumers in a foul mood about the economy. People are curtailing ...

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gas prices
driving
oil

Why Small Cars Are a Smart Buy

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I spent a week recently driving the new GMC Yukon hybrid—and couldn't wait to get out of it. Not because there's anything wrong with the strapping, eight-passenger SUV. In fact, it's polished and comfortable, and the hybrid system seems to work great. It's just too darn big.

So are lots of other ...

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cars

What's Going Right With the Economy

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If you follow the news, then surely you're aware that we're in the midst of an epic financial crisis. Perhaps the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Or maybe the Panic of 1819 or even the Tulip Mania of 1637.

How bad is it? Well, never mind that the unemployment rate is a relatively ...

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economy
consumers

Yahoo's Next 5 Headaches

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Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang probably feels he dodged a missile by rebuffing Microsoft's takeover attempt and retaining control of his company. But the incoming rounds are only likely to intensify. With the collapse of Microsoft's $48 billion bid for Yahoo, here's what the struggling online giant will have ...

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TAGS:
Yahoo
internet
Microsoft
stocks
Google

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