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  • ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, reported a net profit of $2.72 billion for the second quarter as it sold more steel at higher prices to offset higher costs.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Stocks are ready to spring higher on the opening as economic data, earnings and some merger news gets investor attention this morning. GM's better-than-expected earnings report is adding a positive tone.

  • Alcan Profit Slips on Strong Canada Dollar Effect Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 8:23 AM ET

    Alcan, the target of a $38.1 billion takeover by Rio Tinto, said Tuesday its quarterly profit fell 2.5%, largely on costs stemming from a stronger Canadian dollar.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | 8:55 AM ET

    Futures are perking up this morning and are setting stocks up for a firmer opening. Traders are turning their attention to earnings and some percolating merger news, and there's a calm on Wall Street after Friday's late day, mad dash down-hill ride for stocks.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    Credit worries and bad news from home builders trumped any positives from the stream of earnings being reported this morning. Wall Street is set up for a steep drop on the opening and the talk in the market focuses on whether the takeover boom is ending.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 8:45 AM ET

    Strong earnings news is helping push credit market fears back into the shadows this morning, and stocks are poised to spring higher at the opening. Some Asian markets sold off after yesterday's bad day on Wall Street and Europe is mostly lower.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | 8:53 AM ET

    Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.

  • Norsk Hydro Second-Quarter Net Profit 2% Higher Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | 4:30 AM ET

    Norwegian oil and gas company Norsk Hydro on Tuesday reported a 2% rise in second-quarter net profit, boosted mainly by high aluminum and oil prices, and said its merger with oil giant Statoil is on track.

  • Transocean to Buy GlobalSantaFe for $17 Billion Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | 9:53 AM ET

    Transocean, the world's largest offshore driller, said Monday it would buy GlobalSantaFe for about $17 billion in a no-premium deal, adding a fleet of shallow-water drilling rigs to its deepwater equipment.The deal includes stock, as well as pay-out to shareholders of both companies totaling $15 billion.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | 8:47 AM ET

    A swirl of merger activity and blow-away earnings from Dow component Merck are positives for stocks ahead of the opening. European markets are mostly higher and Asia was mixed overnight.

  • BHP Not Interested in Alcoa: Report Friday, 20 Jul 2007 | 4:27 AM ET

    Miner BHP Billiton will not launch a $45 billion bid for U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa, The Australian newspaper reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 9:13 AM ET

    Stocks are setting a positive tone ahead of the opening even as oil continues its move up. Merger news, real and rumored, dominates the Monday morning headlines.

  • South Korea's POSCO reported a 55% jump in second-quarter net profit on Monday on high prices and strong demand for steel.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 8:51 AM ET

    U.S. stocks are ready to rise at the open after equities markets worldwide set records of their own on the back of Wall Street's big rally.

  • Rio Tinto CEO: Alcan Price Not Too High Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 3:45 AM ET

    Rio Tinto's chief executive said Friday the $38.1 billion the mining giant is offering to buy Alcan is not too much, citing skyrocketing demand for metals in China and India.

  • Chemicals maker Huntsman agreed to a $6.5 billion buyout offer from an affiliate of Apollo Management on Thursday, terminating an earlier deal to sell itself at a lower price to a Dutch company.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 8:59 AM ET

    An explosive bid for Canada's Alcan is giving a positive psychological lift to stocks as traders watch a flood of monthly sales reports from retailers.

  • Alcan Nearing Deal With Rival Suitor To Alcoa Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 2:54 PM ET

    Alcan, which is fending off a hostile $28.8 billion bid from U.S. rival Alcoa, is closer to arranging a rival friendly deal and is expected to make an announcement this week, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • Private Equity Ready to Target Big Miners: Report Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 3:18 AM ET

    Private equity corporate raiders who have so far sidestepped the mining sector despite widespread consolidation, could soon reset their sights, global accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young said on Wednesday.

  • The Fourth Horseman of Mining Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 8:16 PM ET

    There used to be the Three Wise Men of the sector - RIO, BHP and RTP - but a new name on the scene caught Cramer's attention.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.

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