Happy Thursday, or July-in-September as we like to call it out here on the East Coast. Enjoy some cool morning reads:
Six words: Vladimir Putin New York Times Byline.
Tiger Woods may never break Jack Nicklaus' record for major championships, and the reason is he's too much like Apple. Or is it that Apple will never be what it once was because it's too much like Tiger Woods? Yahoo Finance's Jeff Macke clears it all up.
Now that Carl Icahn has waved the white flag, Dell is about to leave the building—the trading building that is. About all that's left is tying a big ribbon on the deal after the computer maker's shareholders vote Thursday whether to go private. There's a bigger picture, though, about activist investing in general.
Employment in America is changing, and not for the better. The ugly truth, in three graphs and a chart.
Whither the correction? Unless we're terribly wrong, it looks like the stock market just whiffed on another chance to take a meaningful pause from the inexorable 2013 march higher.
—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him
@JeffCoxCNBCcom on Twitter.