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America's 7 Most Profitable Products

Successful companies may become giants, with large catalogs of products, but they frequently rely heavily on just one brand for a major chunk of their sales and profits.

8 Brands That Blew the Most Money on Super Bowl Ads

Between 2002 and 2011, companies spent a whopping $2.5 billion on Super Bowl advertising; this year, a 30-second commercial cost an average of $3.5 million. But what do you get for all that cash. In the case of these eight major advertisers, not as much as they'd hoped.

Why Wendy's Will Never Be Great Again

These should be exciting times for Wendy's: It has revamped its burgers, spun off Arby's, expanded back into Japan, and is going to take another crack at the breakfast game. But despite all that, its share price is around the cost of its value meals, and that's unlikely to change.

10 Billion Reasons to Like Android

It's not paranoia -- you really are surrounded by Androids. Google's mobile OS is now running on 200 million activated gadgets, matching the number running Apple's iOS. And recently, the 10 billionth Android app was downloaded.

Nokia's CEO: Not Much to Toast After First Anniversary

Stephen Elop may be thrilled to have his first year as CEO of Nokia out of the way. After all, in the past 12 months, the struggling mobile-phone maker has seen its share price and market share plummet, and the bad news just keeps coming. But it's too soon to count Elop out.

Hyundai and Kia See Accelerating Sales in September

Hyundai and its stablemate Kia have been taking U.S. auto market share gradually for more than two decades. Lately, though, those chunks have gotten bigger. The South Korean car makers' sales are expected to surge almost 25% in September compared to the same month year ago, according to research firm Truecar.

Toyota Accelerates Toward a Market Share Recovery

Toyota will announce Friday that by September, it expects to have all of its North American plants back to their normal production levels. Then, it can begin attempting to recoup the U.S. market share it lost due to shortages related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, as well as a slew of recalls.

Apple iMessage Takes Aim at RIM's Blackberry Messenger

Apple recently introduced iMessage, a new service that lets users send text messages, photos and videos between all Apple devices. This could challenge Research in Motion's BlackBerry Messenger service, which has been a unique selling point as the company struggles to compete with Google's Android and Apple's iPhone.

Lowe's Incentive Program May Boost Its Market Share

As the competition between home improvement heavyweights Lowe's and Home Depot intensifies, customer service is emerging as one of the key features on which they will need to innovate. Lowe's latest attempt is a new incentive program for customers paying with the store's credit card.

Why P&G Is a Great Stock to Hold Into Retirement

If you're nearing retirement, Procter & Gamble might be a good addition to your stock portfolio. Its personal care focus, its history of creating new products, its near 50% dividend payout and its strong cash flow give it a stable outlook and make it a compelling choice for those looking to buy and hold.

What Bionic, Xoom LTE Delays Mean for Motorola Mobility

In an attempt to reverse the market-share free fall it has been experiencing, Motorola Mobility has recently been trying to ramp up the pace of its product launches. But its rush to get hot new devices on the market has hit a couple of speed bumps with delays on the Droid Bionic and the Xoom LTE.

RIM Takes a Risk with BlackBerry Messenger App

Research In Motion's plans to make its superb BlackBerry Messenger service available as an app on Androids and iPhones will get its signature software in front of a wider audience. But will RIM's initiative win new customers, or cannibalize its already failing market share?

Where You Should Invest in the Latest Tech IPO Wave

A new crop of tech IPOs are en route to the market, among them vacation rental website HomeAway, online radio site Pandora and business networking site LinkedIn. But how can you tell if these startups are worthy of your cash? Here are the four questions to ask before buying into an IPO.

Samsung Goes Thin in Its Laptop War With Apple

Samsung is out to boost its laptop sales by 80% this year, and key to that effort will be its supersvelte 9 Series notebook. Aimed directly at Apple's MacBook Air, the notebook is a move to refocus on high-end gear -- with a high-end price to match.

How Hyundai Turned a Corner in the U.S.

Despite tepid industry sales last year, sister South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia set sales records, thanks to savvy designs and sophisticated engineering. They've come a long way from their early econo-box image. Now, if they could just do as well at home.

Apple Keeps Rising on Bad News: Investors Beware?

Apple is the current standard bearer for innovation, a cultural phenomenon and, now, the biggest tech company in terms of market value. But paradoxically, Apple seems to be succeeding even as it faces an unprecedented series of missteps, snafus, setbacks and just plain bad luck.