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    Recent blockbuster patent deals are fed largely by legal considerations, not economic ones, analysts say, the New York Times reports.

  • Does Google's $12.5 billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility signal the beginning of ferocious, no-holds barred, patent wars?

  • Google & the Patent Wars

    Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility gives it access to 17,000 patents. Insight on the deal and Apple's response, with Peter Misek, Jefferies.

  • Standard & Poor's downgraded Google to sell from buy with a $500 price target Tuesday, because of the web company's planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility.

  • In spite of Home Depot's increased earnings-per-share forecast in their quarterly earnings report this morning, depressed consumer spending could stifle the stock, one analyst said.

  • S&P Cuts Google to 'Sell'

    Will the purchase of MMI negatively impact GOOG's growth, margins & balance sheet? Making a case for downgrading the tech giant, with Scott Kessler, Standard & Poor's equity research .

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    They say nice guys finish last and, despite your mom’s protests, that may actually be true. That jerk at work may be getting paid more than you.

  • Placing a 30-percent probability on another recession occurring, one strategist said the most important issues for investors to consider are both U.S. and global economic growth and whether Europe is able to hold its debt situation together.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) is welcomed by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy as she arrives on at the Elysee Palace in Paris in this photo from March, 2011.

    European stock index futures fell in early trade on Tuesday, pointing to a drop in equities, after data showed German gross domestic product growth slowed more than expected in the second quarter. Germany's Angela Merkel meets France's Nicholas Sarkozy later on Tuesday.

  • The “Mad Money” host explains why now may be a good time to take something off the table.

  • Stocks logged their biggest three-day rally since Mar. 2009, fueled by a handful of M&A news and as investors shrugged off some disappointing economic reports. The major indexes wiped out all of last week's losses following S&P's downgrade of U.S.'s credit rating.

  • As the three major U.S. stock indexes continue to rally following last week's stock roller-coaster ride, mergers and acquisitions will continue despite increased volatility, one analyst said.

  • Microsoft might be in the market for a device maker after Google's buy of Motorola Mobility, said Travis McCourt, managing director at Morgan Keegan.

  • On Monday, tech traders were trying to figure out how the game had changed after Google stunned the Street with a massive acquisition.

  • WOTS Now: Google's Big Buy

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on trades to play today. Also, Colin Gillis, BGC Partners, takes a look at why Google is snapping up Motorola Mobility and what it means to the competition.

  • Trio of Monday Morning Deals

    A look at some of the biggest M&A deals so far this year, with Jeff Solomon, Cowen & Company COO/head of investment banking.

  • A "no" to euro bonds—but likely only for the moment. Ahead of the Sarkozy-Merkel meeting Tuesday, the Germans, predictably, are pushing back on the idea of issuing euro bonds (bonds guaranteed by all the euro zone countries)...but don't kid yourself: that's the direction the euro zone is moving.

  • Futures pared gains Monday after a gauge of manufacturing in New York State showed the sector contracted for the third consecutive month in August.

  • Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

    The details on Google acquiring Motorola Mobility for $40 per share and what it means for competitors, with CNBC's Jon Fortt and Tavis McCourt, Morgan Keegan.

  • This market is distinctly different from 2008—and in a positive way. This time around, investors should stick to their guns and resist the urge to panic-sell, according to a report from TheStreet. Here are five confident stocks for an insecure market.