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  • Merck and Wells Fargo are over-owned while Ford is under-owned by mutual funds, according to third-quarter analysis from Citigroup’s Tobias Levkovich.

  • Stocks turned mixed Monday as retailers were among the few sectors to struggle amid a market generally gaining support from M&A activity as well as the lack of an expected interest rate hike in China. Caterpillar and Walt Disney rose, while Intel fell.

  • Groupon.com

    Google is reportedly interested in buying Groupon for $6 billion. That rumored number is huge, to say the least, twice any of Google's other acquisitions. It's also twice the $3 billion valuation at which Groupon's been raising funding. So how does this deal-a-day company with 30 million registered users get to a $6 billion valuation?

  • Stocks traded modestly higher as deal activity lifted investor sentiment, and as the market awaited the expected approval of Bush-era tax cuts. Caterpillar and Disney fell, while HP rose. hr<!-- -->

  • Stocks traded higher Monday ahead of the expected approval of Bush-era tax cuts. How should investors be positioned? Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group and Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial shared their insights.

  • Paul Allen

    Shares of Google and Apple edged higher in pre-market trading after a federal court judge dismissed a patent lawsuit against the tech giants brought by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

  • New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

    In theory, clearinghouses exist to safeguard the integrity of the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market. In practice, they also defend big banks’ dominance, the New York Times reports.

  • Angry Birds iPhone app

    The hit game is one of the unlikeliest pop-culture crazes of the year — and perhaps the first to make the leap from cellphone screens to the mainstream, the New York Times reports.

  • "Technology-driven deflation" via the Internet has compressed margins for all kinds of middlemen, said James Chanos, president and founder of Kynikos Associates. And expect the trend to continue going forward, he warned. 

  • Call it a smartphone smackdown!  Google took a swipe at Apple's Steve Jobs, Thursday, saying it activates 300,000 Android phones a day.

  • Google Android

    It came in a simple 9-word tweet from Google’s Android chief, Andy Rubin: “There are now 300,000 Android phones activated each day.”

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    CNBC Contributor David Pogue reviews Barne's & Noble's new e-book, the Nook Color.

  • Why several stocks in this space are nearing 52-week highs.

  • Stocks closed mixed as the Dow turned negative in the final minutes of trading Tuesday after a report from Reuters that said Federal authorities are ramping up Wall Street insider trading probes. 3M and HP fell, while GE rose.

  • Stocks pared their gains Tuesday after a report from Reuters that said Federal authorities are ramping up Wall Street insider trading probes.

  • Stocks jumped Tuesday as investors bet that a deal to extend tax breaks will prompt increased spending and lift the economy. Craig Callahan, founder and president of ICON Advisors, and Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3live.com, shared their outlooks.

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    The real threat to privacy is on the internet. Hence the move by the Federal Trade Commission to consider instituting a "Do Not Track" policy, a web version of the "Do Not Call" list.

  • Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban is feeling good about the media landscape: I sat down with him in an exclusive interview at the UBS Media & Communications conference and he's optimistic about cable, bullish on Netflix and eager to invest in the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs.

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    TV or not TV? On Madison Avenue next year, leading forecasters say, that is not likely to be the question. The New York Times reports.

  • President Barack Obama

    The proposed extension of Bush era tax cuts is another gift to markets and makes a year-end Santa rally even more likely.