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    The stock market’s rebound from the financial crisis three years ago has created a potential windfall for hundreds of executives who were granted unusually large packages of stock options shortly after the market collapsed. The New York Times reports.

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    While both professionals and do-it-yourself investors try to prognosticate the new year, we're always dealt our fair share of surprises — good and bad. Here are five stocks that turned in the biggest negative surprises for investors.

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    While 2011 has been a tough year for hedge fund investors, with a new trading year just a few sessions away, investors are looking for a new set of investment ideas for 2012. TheStreet.com analyzes stocks that hedge funds are buying right now.

  • Apple to Memorialize Steve Jobs with iPad3?

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders weigh in on news of Sears planning to close 100-120 Kmart stores due to slowed retail sales this holiday season, Apple's new and improved iPad 3, with Paul Swinand, Morningstar, Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray.

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    It will be "a very complex year across the board" in 2012, with a "slow, painfully but upward, U.S. economy, slowly improving labor markets and 2 percent to 2.5 percent GDP growth, predicted Evercore Partners Chairman Roger Altman.  Overlaying this will be next year's "close and quite fascinating" presidential election.

  • Stand Out - by Marcus Buckingham

    In this guest post the author writes, "We need to capture and share the best practices of top performers, and match those best practices with people best suited to use them. The catch is that you have to individualize."

  • Facebook's IPO Strategy

    Insight on why Facebook's founder/CEO wants the social networking giant to look and act more like a blue chip business, with Shayndi Raice, Wall Street Journal. The goal is to debut not as a young startup, but as a very sophisticated blue chip company, she says.

  • Former U.S. Speaker of the House and Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 16, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    It is the attack-ad technique of choice for 2012: Anything you have said or done on film will be held against you. Its prevalence has helped make the Republican primary campaign a ferociously negative contest.  The New York Times reports.

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    As Europe struggles with its debt crisis, U.S. businesses and financial firms are swooping in amid the distress, making loans and snapping up bank-owned assets. The New York Times reports.

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    The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits, the New York Times reports.

  • NXP Semiconductor has been in a world of hurt, but now the bulls are coming back.

  • The “Mad Money” host says “there’s no room at the inn” for these two groups in 2012.

  • Although one fund manager said he does not think equity prospects look particularly encouraging, he is finding value in an industry he formerly shied away from — technology.

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    Europe's Saxo Bank has released the annual list of its 10 most outrageous predictions for 2012. The predictions include Apple's stock price getting cut in half, a dark-horse candidate getting elected as U.S. president and Australia suddenly falling into a recession.

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    While not unexpected, the resignation of OpenTable’s chairman is hardly good news for the already struggling restaurant reservation website.

  • This Year's Top Tech Gadgets!

    CNBC's Natali Morris shows and discusses the details of hot gadgets selling this holiday season, including the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook, and the LG Nitro android phone.

  • Solar panels at a solar photovoltaic power station under construction in Xining of Qinghai Province, China.

    Online search and advertising giant Google is teaming with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to develop four solar energy farms serving the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California.

  • Salesforce.com and Qualcomm are the technology stocks to buy for 2012, Canaccord Genuity analysts say, while Netflix and Research In Motion are to be avoided.

  • The Apple iPad

    On Christmas morning, millions of people will unwrap new iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches — and immediately start downloading games and other applications for them. It is the biggest day of the year for app sales, which can mean big money for developers.  The New York Times reports.

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    After much hype about the IPO of Zynga, the stock had a disappointing debut as many analysts wonder whether the social media game maker will be able to keep growing — and if Facebook will get in the way.