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Power Lunch

Power Lunch is a television business news program on CNBC, airing between noon and 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It is presented by Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera (Griffeth's co-host on the program since 2003-12-08; Michelle Caruso-Cabrera joined Griffeth as his original co-host from 2002-02-04 to 2003-12-05). Caruso-Cabrera and Dennis Kneale appear on the show regularly in an analyst capacity.

About the show

This program examines the businesses, people, and trends that influence Wall Street, in addition to real-time market coverage at roughly the midway point of the U.S. trading day.



  • Halftime Report: In this segment, a winning or losing sector of the trading day is highlighted.
  • CNBC 101: Bob Pisani presents the "CNBC 101" segment on Thursdays.
  • MSNBC News Update: News headlines from outside the world of business.
  • Econo Smackdown: Seen during the first hour with Steve Liesman (in studio) and Rick Santelli (in Chicago).
  • Trader Triple Play: Seen on Fridays during the second hour as three Wall Street traders join the program (either via satellite or in studio) to talk about the three key economic diaries in which investors and viewers need to know for the coming week.
  • Markets Minute By Minute: A guest (or two guests) join the program to tell viewers and the show's anchors what is moving the markets.
  • Around the Watercooler: This is a segment in which the anchors talk about the day's biggest topics (inside and outside the business world) from behind their respective desks.


  • Dow Jones Halftime Report: Presented by Bob O'Brien and Ray Hennessey (both Dow Jones Newswires employees at the time), highlighting winning or losing sectors of the trading day. Replaced by the "Halftime Report" as seen above.
  • Making Money Now: Seen during the second hour of the program from April to August 2005, ending with the "Lightning Round" (which was unrelated to the most popular segment on Mad Money) in which the stock pickers had 15 seconds to decide if the stock given by the anchors are a buy, sell, or a hold. This segment was discontinued as of September 2005.
  • Power Poll: Moved to the Closing Bell in April 2005, and was renamed the Closing Bell Poll. This segment was discontinued on Closing Bell at the end of 2005.
  • Power Topic
  • Power Lesson
  • Stock Specials: This segment, which was discontinued as of September 2005, featured Joe Kernen highlighting the day's stocks.
  • By Request

Special editions of Power Lunch

Power Brunch

In the week of 1999-10-04, "Power Lunch" once transformed into "Power Brunch," because they broadcast the show live from Silicon Valley all that week.

The Big Road Show

In May 2005, Power Lunch went on the road for its week-long "Big Road Show". Bill Griffeth hosted these week-long special editions from Miami, Phoenix, Dallas, and Los Angeles (Sue Herera was on maternity leave when these editions aired).

Making Money Across America

On 2007-09-07, Power Lunch began airing an eight-week series titled, "Making Money Across America." , which concluded on 2007-10-26. These special road shows were aired on Fridays as this program visited eight U.S. cities over as many weeks. The dates and cities were:

Worldwide Power Lunch

Around CNBC's global branches, there are many counterparts of Power Lunch in the world:
Channel Program Still Run? Presenter Replacement
CNBC Asia Power Lunch Asia (1999-11-012003-03-28) Rico Hizon US Business Center
Nikkei CNBC Power Lunch Tokyo
CNBC Europe Power Lunch Europe (1999-11-08—present) Louisa Bojesen N/A
CNBC-TV18 Business Lunch (1999—present) Mitali Mukherjee N/A
CNBC Pakistan Power Lunch (?—present) N/A
CNBC-e Finans Cafe (2000—present) N/A
Class-CNBC Linea Mercati Giorno (?—present) N/A
CNBC Africa Power Lunch Africa (2007-06-01—present) Alec Hogg N/A
CNBC Arabiya Borsat Al Alam (?—present) N/A

See also


External links

  1. Power Lunch official website on
  2. Power Lunch official blog on Lunch Money (since 2006-12-04)

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