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  • Stocks Decline as Retailers Sink; Dollar Gains Friday, 20 May 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    The Dow fell at the open amid poor earnings outlooks delivered by retailers and in the absence of major economic news.

  • 6 Stocks to Own Into Next Week: Pros Friday, 20 May 2011 | 11:53 AM ET

    These are some stocks that investors should consider owning ahead of next week, according to Zahid Siddique, associate portfolio manager at Gabelli Equity Trust, and Frederic Dickson, senior vice president and chief investment strategist at D.A. Davidson & Co.

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    With new subpoenas expected for top executives at Goldman Sachs, legal troubles on Wall Street keep mounting—that’s sad but not bad. More than a decade ago, sharp practices starting making financiers multi-millionaires and the stock market a sucker’s bet for the average guy. For the good of the country, that simply has to change.

  • Barnes and Nobles

    The $17 a share bid from Liberty Media for Barnes and Noble may not be enough for a market that has sent shares of the bookseller well above it, but it is the only bid that’s emerged for the company since it put itself up for sale nine months ago and perhaps most importantly it includes the participation of Barnes and Noble’s founder and chairman Len Riggio.

  • The Stocks to Buy Today   Friday, 20 May 2011 | 9:35 AM ET
    The Stocks to Buy Today

    A look at the laggards in the markets and where the opportunities lie, with Zahid Siddique, Gabelli Equity Trust and Frederic Dickson, D.A. Davidson & Co.

  • Retailers Hit on Gap, Aeropostale Lower Guidance Friday, 20 May 2011 | 9:29 AM ET
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    Simply put: the lower end retailers are getting hit because many lowered prices to drive sales. But sales have not increased much, and costs have gone up due to inflation. Boom, a triple whammy.

  • Futures Fall After LinkedIn-Fueled Rise Friday, 20 May 2011 | 9:18 AM ET

    Stock futures fell ahead of the open Friday after Thursday's LinkedIn-fueled rise, with no major earnings or data releases on the horizon.

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal called on US lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling, while also warning that steps must be taken to control government spending.

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed: Markets Stabilizing   Friday, 20 May 2011 | 8:00 AM ET
    Saudi Prince Alwaleed: Markets Stabilizing

    The budget deficit and debt ceiling are weighing more on the global economy, not QE2, says Saudi Arabia Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal al Saud, Kingdom Holding Company chairman.

  • LinkedIn Insanity: How to Avoid a Bubble Friday, 20 May 2011 | 7:20 AM ET

    With LinkedIn’s IPO feeling every bit like a bubble (and, for the stock, it was!) the obvious question for those of us who were around in 1999 and 2000: How do you avoid this becoming a broader market bubble?

  • Britain's Inflation Nightmare Becomes Worse Friday, 20 May 2011 | 1:23 AM ET
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    If the monetary policy committee of the Bank of England were paid a performance bonus, its members would deserve nothing. The UK’s inflation outcome has been far from target over a long period. So should the MPC raise rates now to make up for its past failures? No. But its position is becoming very uncomfortable, according to the FT.

  • Are Diamonds the New Gold for China? Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 8:22 PM ET
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    The World Gold Council’s first quarter report shows demand from China for gold jewelry jumped 21 percent year on year to 142.9 tons, but some fund managers are betting on diamond and gem set jewelry to give higher returns.

  • Five Things We're Watching: May 20, 2011 Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 7:23 PM ET
    Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner (C) walks to the trading post after the ringing of the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange May 19, 2011 during the initial public offering of the company.

    Gap down big, LinkedIn up bigger. The Prince in our house and Strauss-Kahn out of the big house. Here's what we're watching…

  • Look Ahead: LinkedIn Hype Does Not End Market Worries Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 6:45 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading.

    The love-in over the social networking site has charged up expectations for more hot IPOs but didn't manage to shake the broader market out of its doldrums.

  • Lightning Round   Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 6:40 PM ET
    Lightning Round

    You say the name of a stock, and Mad Money's Jim Cramer tells you whether to buy or sell.

  • Retail Market Splitting High End, Low End Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 5:04 PM ET
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    Gap, Aeroposatle lowers guidance ... the retail market is splitting into high end and lower end. The bifurcation of the retail market continues. I have noted that high end department stores have been doing fine... big gains in comparable store sales.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Friday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Stocks End Higher as LinkedIn Soars on Debut Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 4:22 PM ET

    Stocks ended higher despite mostly weak economic news and falling oil prices as LinkedIn became the first major U.S. social networking company to go public in a soaring debut.

  • LinkedIn's IPO and the Value of Waiting Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
    Linkedin founder Reid Garrett Hoffman (C) and CEO Jeff Weiner (2nd R) at the ringing of the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange May 19, 2011 during the initial public offering of the company.

    Wall Street hasn't seen an IPO like LinkedIn's in years. Huge demand for social media — and the kind of growth LinkedIn has reported — it more than doubled after its open at $45, soaring as high as nearly $123.

  • Herb On the Street: LinkedIn IPO Insanity?   Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
    Herb On the Street: LinkedIn IPO Insanity?

    CNBC's Herb Greenberg weighs in on whether LinkedIn's meteoric rise makes sense.