Money Minute: Pizza Hut Gives Slices a Try; For-Profit Colleges Probed


You can now get a piece of the pie at Pizza Hut.

We're not talking about buying a share of Pizza Hut stock, but for the first time, the nation's largest pizza chain, a unit of Yum Brands (YUM), is experimenting with selling pizza by the slice. It starts today at just two of its 6,400 stores, but could expand quickly. The slices will be thinner than traditional Pizza Hut pies.

The government is expanding its investigation into the student loan policies of for-profit colleges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and some state attorneys general want to know if the companies are engaged in unfair or deceptive lending practices. Corinthian Colleges (COCO) and ITT Educational Services (ESI) had previously said they could be the subjects of a regulatory probe.

Here on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) slid 179 points on Monday, the biggest loss in nearly four months. The Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) lost 23 points and the Nasdaq composite index (^IXIC) tumbled 61.

After months of rumors that Time Warner Cable (TWC) was up for sale,
it's now received a formal bid. Much smaller Charter Communications (CHTR) is offering more than $37 billion in stock and cash for the nation's second-largest cable company. Time Warner Cable immediately rejected the offer as too low. Its stock has jumped almost 40 percent since last summer when reports surfaced that Charter and other potential bidders might be interested in making an offer. There's no word yet on whether Comcast (CMCSA) or others might enter the bidding.

Google (GOOG) is expanding its effort to run your household. The company agreed to buy Nest Labs for more than $3 billion. Nest controls home thermostats, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors through Internet connections.

Finally, the doll war is on again. MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, is suing Mattel (MAT), seeking more than $1 billion. It alleges that Mattel employees stole important information at toy industry trade shows. The two companies have been battling in court for more than a decade. In the first round, MGA Entertainment was awarded $137 million.

-Produced by Drew Trachtenberg.

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Plus the underpaid women at Wal-mart are way nicer than the attitude-filled teenagers at Pizza Hut!

February 13 2014 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I prefer the combo slice at my local Wal-mart for the astounding cost of $1.50! Beat that Pizza Hut!

February 13 2014 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Crappy pizza in smaller quantities is still crap.

January 14 2014 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't they already do the personal pan pizza which is little bigger than a slice anyway?

Facebook not working for them LOL!

People really don't want to pay top dollar and end up becoming obese anymore.

January 14 2014 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

two or three bucks for a slice? i understand they are going after the snak or lunch crowd, BUT this is not the way. why not a small individual pizza.

January 14 2014 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Or you can make a pizza burrito...take an extra large flour tortilla and in the center arrange piping hot meatballs, marinara sauce, and thin slices of room temperature mozzarella cheese. Fold it like a burrito and there you have it - fast, easy, everything stays hot inside the burrito.
When you take a bite you get long strings of mozzarella cheese called telephono.

January 14 2014 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What ought to be disclosed is the horrendous record of publicly funded colleges & universities. IF they were held to the same standard as the privates, attendance would decline OR quality would have to increase.
Their graduation rates plus the debt to first job ratio needs to be disclosed.

January 14 2014 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I graduated from a public college, Florida Eastern. The very first particle tested in the CERN Large Hadron Collider is a particle I discovered. Unlike easy colleges for students with wealthy parents, you actually have to work in the public colleges. This work builds your mind same as lifting weights builds your muscles. If you want to achieve anything, go to Florida Eastern. Don't expect it to be easy.

January 14 2014 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you cannot sell the whole pie. Go slice by slice. With the disclaimer its thinner. To funny.

January 14 2014 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply