1. Pfizer MiserPfizer ( PFE) CEO Jeffrey Kindler has been taking his happy pills again. The New York-based drug giant unleashed
2. French ToastIt didn't take long for the Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) souffle to fall. The Paris-based telecom-equipment maker, formed last November when France's Alcatel bought struggling U.S. rival Lucent,
3. Overbearing on OvertimeHold the presses. It turns out Wal-Mart ( WMT) has been stiffing its workers. The Bentonville, Ark., retail giant said Thursday it will pay $34 million to settle Labor Department allegations that it systematically underpaid staffers for extra work. The company says it owes some 87,000 hourly employees at least $20 apiece for shortfalls over the last five years. The problems stemmed from Wal-Mart's miscalculation of each worker's so-called regular weekly pay rate -- a benchmark set by federal law as the basis for additional compensation. "We are committed to our associates and we apologize to them for this error," adds Sue Oliver, senior vice president of the People Division at Wal-Mart. "We work very hard to make sure associates are compensated correctly." Wal-Mart, no stranger to criticism of its labor practices, is working equally hard to make sure it's recognized for its supposed generosity. While some workers got ripped off by the miscalculations, the company is quick to note that many others made out. Some 215,000 workers were overpaid by $20 or more over the five-year settlement period, Wal-Mart says. Yet Wal-Mart -- whose revenue is expected to approach $350 billion for fiscal 2007 -- stoutly pledges that it "will not seek to recover any overpayments due to this miscalculation, regardless of the amount." No matter what it does, Wal-Mart ends up looking awfully stingy. Dumb-o-Meter score: 85. Wal-Mart says it "is working toward a settlement" of a parallel case in California that by law "will include the assessment of penalties."
4. Melts in Your Portfolio, Not in Your HandsHershey ( HSY) may have bitten off more than it can chew. This week the Hershey, Pa., chocolate maker posted