Last Call: More Highs for Shares
"Humans are born with a sweet tooth. True or False?
True: Humans are hardwired to prefer sweet from birth. Sugars are a type of carbohydrate. When we eat carbs, they stimulate the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Most brain cells are influenced in some way by serotonin. This includes brain cells related to mood, sexual function, sleep, memory and learning, and appetite."
Market Musings with CNBC Market Master Robert Hum
Recap: Dow 50.22 ( 0.35%) at 14,447.29, S&P 5.04 ( 0.32%) at 1,556.22, Nasdaq 8.50 ( 0.26%) at 3,252.87
Seventh heaven: Dow, S&P 500 rise to new highs as both indexes rise for 7th straight day
Dow has first 7-day win streak in a year, while S&P 500 has second longest win streak of 2013
More records: Dow Industrials, Dow Trasports, Russell 2000 all close at historic highs again, S&P 500 sits at a 5-year high after ending day with its 5th-highest close ever, Nasdaq closes at a 12-year high
Dow now up 10% this year; Dow has not ended the first quarter with a double-digit percentage gain since 1998
CBOE Volatility Index drops below 12 for first time in almost 6 years, then closes at lowest level since February 26, 2007
The Word on the Street
U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office Is Investigating HP's Autonomy Allegations/All Things D: "Hewlett-Packard just filed its regular form 10Q or quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and it contains some news. In the filing HP discloses that it has been told by the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom that it has opened an investigation into the allegations that HP has leveled at Autonomy, the British software company for which it paid about $11 billion in 2011, only to write down its value by $5.5 billion in 2012. HP had previously said it had reported its findings to the SFO, but this constitutes the first official disclosure that an investigation by that agency is under way."
These Are The Six Groups That Stood Up To Mayor Bloomberg's Soda Ban — And Won/Biz Insider: "…Many of the groups are — or are backed by — huge, national powerhouses: New York Statewide Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce — the state's biggest Hispanic business association, The New York Korean-American Grocers Association — non-profit trade association that serves as an information exchange for Korean-American businesses in New York, Soft Drink and Brewery Workers Union, Local 812, International Brotherhood of Teamsters — Teamsters in the beverage industry in NYC, The National Restaurant Association — America's largest foodservice trade association, The National Association of Theatre Owners of New York State — a trade organization that represents the owners of movie theaters; the largest of its kind in the country, The American Beverage Association — a huge trade organization that represents the non-alcoholic beverage industry
Financial info on celebs, officials leaked online/AP: "Authorities and celebrities were grappling Monday with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials and stars such as Jay-Z and Mel Gibson. Los Angeles police and the FBI said they were aware of the pages but declined to confirm they were investigating the site, which posted purported Social Security numbers and credit reports of the leaders of both agencies. Pages posted on Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information. Social Security numbers posted on Gibson, Jay-Z and others matched records in public databases. The site, which bore an internet suffix originally assigned to the Soviet Union, remained active Monday afternoon. It did not state how the information was obtained or why the 11 people targeted on the site were selected, describing the records only as "secret files." Its existence was first reported Monday by celebrity website TMZ."
Concern over $2.6m paid to Intrade founder/FT: "The founder of Intrade received $2.6m in insufficiently documented payments from the popular prediction markets company in 2010 and 2011, an audit revealed weeks before trading on the site was halted. Auditors for the Dublin-based company – an online hub where people can bet on everything from presidential elections to papal conclaves – highlighted concerns about "significant financial irregularities" and the payments made to John Delaney, according to financial records Intrade recently filed with Ireland's companies registration office. Mr Delaney, who launched Intrade's parent company in 1999, died on Mount Everest in May 2011. The documents also revealed that the company's shareholders in 2011 included hedge fund managers Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller, and a trust connected to Christopher Hehmeyer, the current chairman of the National Futures Association, a US regulatory body. None of the shareholders could be reached for comment on Monday."
Researcher: Zombie fads peak when society unhappy/AP: Zombies seem to be everywhere these days. In the popular TV series "The Walking Dead," humans struggle to escape from a pack of zombies hungry for flesh. Prank alerts have warned of a zombie apocalypse on radio stations in a handful of states. And across the country, zombie wannabes in tattered clothes occasionally fill local parks, gurgling moans of the undead. Are these just unhealthy obsessions with death and decay? To Clemson University professor Sarah Lauro, the phenomenon isn't harmful or a random fad, but part of a historical trend that mirrors a level of cultural dissatisfaction and economic upheaval."