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  • Options Market Foretold Family Dollar Buyout Bid Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 10:27 AM ET
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    While Nelson Peltz's bid for Family Dollar Stores caught equity traders by surprise, options players were well ahead of the deal, selling puts before it was announced.

  • A J. Crew logo is seen on a glass door of one of its retail clothing stores in Chicago, Illinois.

    With its extended go-shop period having expired and with no other bidders showing up, shares of J Crew are still hovering at or above the price of $43.50 that its private equity buyers have agreed to pay.

  • Futures Fall Slightly After Inflation News Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 9:19 AM ET

    Stock index futures moved slightly lower after the government reported a slightly higher-than-expected gain in consumer prices before the opening bell Thursday.

  • Futures Slip a Couple Points Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

    Futures dropped a couple points just before 9 AM ET...there are reports that an Iranian naval official has said they will send two warships through the Suez Canal...this was noted yesterday, then discounted, and is appearing AGAIN this morning...apparently this is coming from Iran's Press TV station...gold has also ticked up on this.

  • Netflix 'Priced to Perfection': Hedge Fund Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 8:49 AM ET

    With the risk of Netflix missing analysts’ earnings estimates on the horizon, now is a good time for bearish bets against the movie-rental company’s stock, hedge fund Noster Capital said on Thursday.

  • Traders Look for a Higher Level 3 Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 7:59 AM ET

    Level 3 Communications has been enhancing its services, and traders are looking for the tech stock to rise a few levels.

  • SEC Escalates Probe into Freddie Mac Disclosures Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 5:12 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

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    As the players here remake the nation’s vast regulatory system, they have been grappling with a subject that is more the province of poets and philosophers than bureaucrats: what is the value of a human life? The answer determines how much spending the government should require to prevent a single death, the New York Times reports.

  • The continued run-up in the stock market since their 2009 lows has got a number of fund managers very bullish.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: Markets on Inflation Watch Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 11:58 PM ET
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    But investors' obsession with inflation puts the spotlight on CPI ahead of the opening bell on Thursday.

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    Investors looking for a pull back are wondering if Tuesday's stock market weakness is the start of a quick sell off, but it may not be.

  • Stocks End Up; S&P 500 Doubles 2009 Low Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 4:31 PM ET

    Stocks ended higher, once again hitting multi-year highs as the S&P finished at double its lowest level during the financial crisis. JPMorgan and HP rose, while Verizon fell.

  • Flash Crash Redux: The Commitee Is in Session! Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 4:29 PM ET

    Flash Crash Redux: will we ever find out what happened in the Flash Crash?

  • Stocks Hold Gains; S&P Doubles 2009 Low Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks continued to rise on strong earnings and economic news after the Federal Reserve reported its policy setting committee disagreed over whether the stimulus should continue, but felt making changes in the program would be inappropriate. JPMorgan and HP rose, while Verizon fell.

  • CBS 'To Beat Estimates Handily', Analyst Says Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:56 PM ET

    "Closing Bell" will be ready yet again for earnings after the close today. CBS is set to report fourth quarter numbers. Analysts expect the broadcasting company to earn $0.43 per share, excluding one-time items, on revenue of $3.85 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

  • Why Stocks Don't Go Down: A Primer Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:54 PM ET

    Why doesn't the market go down any more? That is the most common question I am asked.

  • Why Severe Winter Could Boost Owens Corning Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:47 PM ET
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    The upside of this winter’s snowstorm after snowstorm could be more roofing jobs for contractors and more revenue for Owens Corning, which makes shingles, the company’s chairman and CEO, Michael Thaman, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Cramer: JPMorgan's Dividend Move is Worth Watching Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:13 PM ET

    Plus, get Cramer's take on the Airgas buyback announcement.

  • Dollar Zigs Instead of Zags Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
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    News reports quoting Israel's foreign minister's claim that two Iranian warships would soon pass through the Suez Canal sent markets into a "fear trade."

  • 2011 Mutual Fund Flows: Hey, I Think We Have a Trend! Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 1:42 PM ET

    Cynics who saw inflows into U.S. equity mutual funds in January dismissed it as a fluke, convinced that...just like last year...February would once again see outflows.