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    Apple merits a home in any portfolio, even if buying it is anathema to all your instincts as an investor. But for those who are transfixed by nominal stock prices and don't want to shell out the cash (classic retail mistake), there are derivative plays off Apple that are less capital-intensive.

  • Mergers and acquisitions activity is pretty flat these days and for good reason. But one expert says that will likely change next year.

  • Cell phone tower, telcom, telecom

    It may seem like a slow period in investment banking these days, but that's not really the case according to Michael Price, senior managing director for Evercore Partners.

  • Steve Jobs talking about iPhone4 customer satisfaction at news conference on July 16, 2010.

    The enthusiasm of those faithful to Apple’s products is the envy of many. It was a company that many thought could do no wrong, but it is now one on the defense and for good reason. Looks like innovation sometimes runs into bumps like inadequately tested products. And now Apple is paying the price for a phone with issues.

  • Steve Jobs talking about iPhone4 customer satisfaction at news conference on July 16, 2010.

    It's clear that the company stands behind the product, as is, and Jobs alludes to the sales numbers thus far: their more immediate problem—meeting the demand.

  • SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system

    Smart Technologies has been around for 23 years, but after quietly growing its business, it's about to become a household name with the third biggest global IPO of 2010—and the largest in the US.

  • Tyco

    Tyco's acquisition is to further its broadband connectivity exposure. In addition, the company released its preliminary earnings report.

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft should look at spinning off its consumer businesses—an $11 billion-a-year, red-ink-stained amalgam—and refocusing on its real core: internal software and the apps that run on it.

  • Apple iPhone 4

    When it comes to Apple and the iPhone launch, and even AT&T , it turns out you really can argue with success.

  • Shares of this software company are trading at levels not seen since 2000.

  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is in Silicon Valley this morning, meeting with the founders of Twitter before heading to Cisco Systems where he's scheduled to see CEO John Chambers, the company's president of emerging markets Peter Mountford, and others.

  • Apple will sell one million iPhone 4 smartphones tomorrow, according to BGC Partners, hitting a sales milestone that took the first iPhone 74 days to reach and the iPhone 3G three months.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Wednesday.

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    Jeff Bezos should give away the Kindle free of charge, to spur more sales of higher-profit online books.

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    During a recent American Beacon Advisors investment forum in New York, asset managers explained how they are reacting to market volatility and euro zone risks, as they look for new investment opportunities.

  • Apple Store

    Apple shares hit an all-time high Thursday, making it the second-largest company in the country by market cap. But is it a buy?

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Friday.

  • With its products tethered to the popular iPad, this company posted a new 52-week high.

  • And here is Cramer’s plan for surviving it.

  • AT&T Communications corporate offices at 175 East Houston St. in San Antonio.

    Investors of AT&T are best served receiving dividends—a practice that does not hinder the company’s ability to re-invest in the business or commit to M&A—Randall Stephenson, chairman, president and CEO of the giant telecom, told CNBC Tuesday.