New Year Hurdles: Top 10 Challenges for CEOs in 2011

With the recession over -- in a sense, anyway -- some CEOs are just happy to still be standing. After three years of turmoil, there's even cautious optimism about the year ahead. But for those whose job is to steer a company to profits and growth, there are plenty of worries ahead. Here's our list of top CEO challenges for 2011.

ING Forecasts Market Growth of 8% to 12% in 2011

ING Investment Management forecasts that stock markets will rise between 8% and 12% in 2011, thanks to a low-inflation, low-interest environment supported by the Fed, despite weak GDP growth. And for those looking for to increase their investment yields, they have a few suggestions.

Semiconductor Sales Growth Slower Than Expected

Global semiconductor revenue growth this year will be slower than previously expected, as weaker-than-expected demand for personal computers and other consumer-electronic devices will cause inventory to pile up, iSuppli said in a statement today.

Nintendo Slashes Forecast, Says 3-D Game Delayed

Nintendo slashed its forecast for the year ending March 31, 2011, as the videogame maker cited weak sales and stronger-than-expected appreciation of the Japanese yen. It also announced its new handheld 3-D video game console won't be released until after the holiday season.

Very Few Laid-Off Californians Have Found New Jobs

Increased temp hiring and in industries such as retail and tourism have barely made a dent in a state hit by far larger job cuts in print media and telecommunications, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

Economists Cut U.S. Growth Forecast for Third Straight Month

A panel of economists cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth for the rest of 2010 for the third month in a row. The latest Blue Chip Economic Indicators report said that lower-than-expected consumer spending, business investment and private construction would dampen economic growth, Reuters said.

Bed, Bath & Beyond Earnings: Shares Slide Despite Strong Quarter

Bed Bath & Beyond shares skidded more than 5% in premarket trading after the home furnishings retailer reported its first-quarter earnings late Wednesday. While the quarterly results were strong, the company issued a disappointing forecast for the second quarter.

Growth May Be Too Tepid to Spark a Full Recovery

Even though the overall economy continues to show strength, many economists believe the Fed%u2019s projection of 3.5% growth may not be enough to satisfy the financial markets' hopes for a faster, more far-reaching rebound from the Great Recession.

Beware of Wall Street Analysts' Rosy Views

Analysts eagerly paint rosy pictures of the companies they cover, and their current crop of earnings estimates are no exception. Predictions are for a record 2011 for the S&P 500. But smart investors should brace themselves for market mayhem when that optimistic scenario falls short.

Macy's Marks Up 2010 Sales and Earnings Forecasts

Macy's didn't waste a good economic crisis last year -- it restructured, refreshed its stores and products and rebounded with what looks to be a strong first quarter, prompting management to raise performance forecasts for the year. In the works: a fashion line from superstar Madonna.

Picture of a post-bubble economy

President Obama spoke this week about creating a post-bubble economy. I was thrilled to hear him use the phrase because it's a concept I posted about...