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  • German drugs and chemicals group Bayer raised its profit outlook on strong sales of drugs such as multiple sclerosis treatment Betaseron and higher savings from the integration of Schering, sending its shares higher.

  • Britain's Imperial Chemical Industries has rejected a 7.2 billion-pound ($14.2 billion) bid approach from Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel, saying it undervalued the company.

  • If speculation that China will repeal a tax rebate for its soda ash exporters is true, that could mean a profit windfall for American firm FMC.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Shares in BAE Systems fell in response to reports from the British press that Europe's largest defense company paid 1 billion pounds ($2 billion) over a decade to a Saudi prince to seal one of Britain's biggest-ever arms export contracts.

  • Shares in Airbus owner EADS fell 0.9%, as details about the European planemaker's Power8 restructuring program were due to released to its unions Tuesday.

  • Shares in Alliance Boots fell 0.2% on a report from the Financial Times that the retail chain is seeking blocking rights for a takeover from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts valued at about $21.87 billion.

  • Will it be Nancy, or Serge or Steven--or maybe someone else winning a $1,000,000? The Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is winding down today. Trading stops at the closing bell, so what happens will depend on who picked the best stock or stocks--as very little money separates the top three contenders. But as we said, there could be someone back in the pack, that's picked the best stock to leapfrog over the big three.

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    Scott Cole is not exactly a stranger when it comes to trading. That's probably why he's one of the twenty finalists competing for the $1,000,000 prize in our CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. Scott is an investment fund manager with a BA from Northwestern University and has a MBA from Stanford University. He's married with two young children.

  • Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning all. We're starting this last day on the rough side as more than half of our Million Dollar contestants lost ground Thursday in a volatile market. All of our finalists are fully invested, with the exception of #15, Chuck Chow who is all in cash.  Nancy Beaumont holds first place for the 4th straight day on the 9% gain of Gymboree. Nancy may hold onto the top spot with her almost all-in trade on Verigy, a Singapore-based maker of test systems for the semiconductor industry, which beat estimates after the bell Thursday. Verigy was up almost 10% in extended hours.

  • The U.S. securities regulator is probing whether two Dow Chemical executives engaged in unauthorized talks to sell the company, according to a source close to the matter.

  • Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning everyone. Today--Thursday--is a big day for our contestants. The trades they execute prior to 4pm will be the last trades that will impact their total portfolio value based on their performance on Friday. And, the race at the top gets tighter each day. Only $22K separates the top three positions. Nancy Beaumont holds first place for the 3rd straight day on the 9.75% gain of The Men's Wearhouse. Nancy looks like she may maintain her first position with Gymboree up almost 10% in extended hours.

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    We have a pair of Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge finalists to "introduce" to you. Stephen Luchko (pictured) is from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania--and a portfolio accountant for The Haverford Trust Company. And Greyson Masters (interview below) is a market research executive and lives in Winchester, Virginia. He says he trades for pleasure. The pleasure may be ending as both have just two days now to get the winning portfolio value for the $1,000,000 prize!

  • Several of our CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge finalists are "betting" on gaming stocks for a big finish--so they can win a cool $1,000,000. Gamestop is the stock of choice with earnings coming out. Also, The Men's Wearhouse is "wearing" well with the top two contestants. Here's a look at the top standings and current portfolio values. The contest ends this Friday, so the clock is ticking!! (video below with Margaret Brennan wrapping it all up for you)

  • Here's our latest contest "stock report." Mortgage finance company FMT is back in the news--as a best performer, thought it's been gone for a while as one of the most widely held, it's in the most active list. And GIGM turned into a negative play with news the company sees slower growth ahead. Here you go..

  • Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning all. Here's what's happening on our finals leaderboard with three days of trading left. Nancy Beaumont--pictured left--remains in first place--even with losing almost $30K on Pacific Sunwear Tuesday. And Serge Amelyan moves back into 2nd on an almost $5K gain on Vanda Pharma, and helped by Steven Lee's $76K loss on Neurochem.

  • People just don’t believe Cramer when he says he thinks the Dow Jones Industrial Average will see 14,548 by year’s end. That’s why all week he’s breaking down each component of the index to show the nonbelievers from where the next 1,000 points is coming. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • So, who's leading the pack as the CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge heads into its final days (only four left)? Well, we have the up to date standings along with a video clip with the ins and outs. We also have the leaders of the Second Chance Showdown. This is for the contestants who didn't make it into the finals--but can win a Sony Home Theatre Entertainment system. The winner in each category will have to come up with the portfolio with the largest value.

  • Hey everyone, here's a look at the contest stock report. The biggest change appears to be GIGM which appears on the actives list for the first time--as part of the Chinese online gaming play betting on strong earnings before the bell Tuesday. Here you go:

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    Good morning everyone. Here's a look at the current standings on our finalist leaderboard--as we head into the last week of the contest. Steven Lee (pictured) holds onto first place--and he's taking a rather conservative approach by remaining all in cash and hoping that Serge Amelyan's all-in bet on Terra Industries doesn't pan out. Serge moves back into 2nd place from 4th on his Intuit trade up on strong earnings.

  • Here's our contest stock report for both the finals and Second Chance Showdown. Acxiom proved to be a winner for several finalsts--and you can see why. It was up 18%. But those who had ADS did even better as that stock was up 24% on news of a merger. Weak earnings took a toll on the worst performing stocks--while the most active and widely held reamined the same.