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A Hot Solar Stock: SunPower's Sales Have Far to Rise

SunPower boasts of being able to manufacture the most efficient large-scale solar modules in the industry, and shipments of its residential and commercial components have been growing rapidly. Trefis predicts they'll keep growing, especially if federal policy shifts further in favor of solar.

Toyota to Offer Rebates on Lexus Models to Boost Sales

Seeking to boost sales of Lexus brand vehicles, Toyota plans to offer rebates of up to $3,000, as well as subsidized financing on certain models, company executives told a gathering of Lexus dealers from across the country this week.

Flawed Incentives Were the Rot Behind the Mortgage Crisis

The mortgage-backed securities meltdown whose effects still haunt our economy sprang from a simple cause: The rules of the game gave big incentives to every player involved to ignore the problems and keep collecting their fees. And despite financial reform, those rules haven't changed much.

Romer Resigns: A Chance to Reset Economic Policy?

The departure of Christina Romer as chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers ought to prompt a rethink of U.S. economic policy -- but it won't, even though Friday's jobs numbers showed tepid progress on creating jobs for the millions put out of work by the recession.

U.S. Auto Sales May Have Revved Up in July

Analysts' expectations are that sales rose to the highest levels of the year last month, reaching an annualized rate of 11.9 million units. Eager to make room for 2011 models on dealers' lots, automakers have hiked incentives, drawing summertime bargain-hunters.

California Freezes Popular Solar Incentives

Just a few days before an expected 20,000 solar devotees gathered in San Francisco for Intersolar, a large industry conference and expo, California regulators suspended its popular solar incentive for large projects, as well as government and nonprofit projects, while it rejiggers part of its program.

Fewer New Car Buyers Are Switching to Toyota

After a series of recalls, Toyota is attracting fewer car owners who drive other brands, despite generous incentives and a massive media campaign to address concerns about quality. Nearly half of all new cars sold at Toyota dealerships this year included a Toyota trade-in, up from 42% in 2009.

Chrysler Expands Risk-Free Car Return Program

In an effort to boost sales, Chrysler said Thursday it is expanding a program that allows customers to return new vehicles within 60 days if they aren't happy with their purchase. In addition, the automaker is also offering zero-interest financing on most 2010 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles.

Toyota extends incentives

Good news if you're planning to buy a Toyota.

The Japanese carmaker says it is extending its U.S. sales incentives in April to try and keep sales...

Don't Forget the 'Health' in Health Care Reform

It's assumed that expanding health coverage is the same thing as improving Americans' health. Not true. If Congress were serious about improving health, then some of the $1 trillion for health reform could go toward fitness programs including rebates for being fit.