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Fiat's net loss narrows in Q1

Recovering from the global economic slowdown, Fiat SpA reported narrower net loss for the first quarter this fiscal year.

A Fool Looks Back

The "decision engine" finally has a decision to make.

Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Bing has been gaining market share since its springtime launch, until now. Web-analytics specialist Hitwise confirms that Bing lost market share to leader Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) last month.

The Fool's Look Ahead

Monday

The new trading week begins with Charles Schwab (Nasdaq: SCHW)
reporting on its latest quarter. Even if you don't follow the discount
brokerage space, Schwab provides a great snapshot of trading activity
in general -- a useful nugget for all investors.

Steer Clear of These Offshore Drillers

In its latest fleet status update, deepwater titan Transocean (NYSE: RIG) revealed some more rot in the shallow end of the drilling pool.

Are You Being Left on the Sidelines?

Are you worried? If so, you're not alone. The folks who run the "Wealth
Hazards Worry Index" have just released their September results, and
they show that the number of people who are afraid of being left behind by the economic recovery has shot up from 31% of respondents to 46% since August.

Take This Trip and Love It

If you're stressed about your tenuous employment situation, Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) wants you to take a load off as you take off.

Alcoa Breaks Its Slump

The economic apocalypse that we've been suffering has, to put it mildly, been unpleasant. But on Wednesday, aluminum producer Alcoa (NYSE: AA),
earnings season's lead-off hitter for Dow components, found all manner
and means to beat the pants off its immediately prior quarter. The
company has set the bar pretty high for those that will follow it.

Can Windows 7 Save Microsoft?

We're now exactly two weeks away from the release of Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT)
highly anticipated -- and, quite frankly, necessary -- successor to its
Vista operating system, and the company's reputation could hinge in
part on its success.

Build Your Fortune With These Winners

The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, turned an initial bankroll
of $10,000 into a multibillion-dollar conglomerate. Shelby Davis began
with $50,000, and he amassed a $900 million fortune. These inspiring
stories give us all hope that we'll be able to achieve our own
financial dreams. But what if you don't have $50,000, or $10,000, or
even $5,000 to get started?

How Google Stopped a Bidding War for YouTube

You think Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) paid too much for YouTube? Well, you're in good company: CEO Eric Schmidt knew all along that he was overpaying -- by a lot.