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  • Options Report: Big Year For Options; Alcoa Calls Slump Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 3:46 PM ET

    One area of trading that has seen explosive growth this year is the options market.  Year over year trading volume in June jumped over 30% and is up 25% for the first half of the year, according to the Options Industry Council.

  • Stop Trading! Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    Cramer talks metals mergers. What with Rio Tinto buy next? Plus, an infrastructure play after yesterday's manhole explosion in Manhattan and more.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • BHP Not Interested In Acquiring Alcoa, Report Says Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    A newspaper in Australia is reporting that BHP Billiton is not interested in acquiring U.S. Aluminum company Alcoa.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 9:13 AM ET

    Stocks are setting a positive tone ahead of the opening even as oil continues its move up. Merger news, real and rumored, dominates the Monday morning headlines.

  • Wall Street Focus: Mergers, Crude and Earnings Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 8:38 AM ET

    Speculation in London newspapers over the weekend about a potential $50 billion offer on the way for Alcoa from BHP Billiton is among the largest of possible deals for traders to focus on today.

  • Rio Tinto CEO: Alcan Price Not Too High Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 3:45 AM ET

    Rio Tinto's chief executive said Friday the $38.1 billion the mining giant is offering to buy Alcan is not too much, citing skyrocketing demand for metals in China and India.

  • Stocks Roar to Record Close as Dow Surges 283 Points Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 6:11 PM ET

    The Dow and S&P catapulted to new highs following strong retail sales data and a major corporate acquisition. "We started out with better than expected retail numbers and it just went from there," said John Massey, portfolio manager with AIG SunAmerica. "M&A deals came through better than expected and people put a lot of the concerns behind them."

  • Market Rally Sparked by Easing Worries, Short Covering Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 6:07 PM ET

    The Wall Street bulls turned up the after burners thanks to a sizzling deal sector and indications that the consumer is holding up in spite of a rash of housing foreclosures. A round of early afternoon short covering further propelled Wall Street.

  • Alcoa Pulls Bid for Alcan in Face of Rio Tinto Offer Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 4:53 PM ET

    Alcoa said after markets closed Thursday that it has withdrawn its $29 billion offer for Alcan in light of Rio Tinto's agreement to purchase the Canadian aluminum company for $38 billion.

  • Merger news and corporate announcements were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Thursday.

  • Rio Tinto Offers $38 Billion for Alcan Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 3:07 PM ET

    Rio Tinto's offer has the support of the Canadian aluminum producer's board and trumps a hostile offer from U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa. The offer is "compelling" and in keeping with Rio Tinto's strategy of focusing on high-quality assets, Rio Tinto Finance Director Guy Elliott told "Worldwide Exchange."

  • Options Report: Alcan, Alcoa, ICE, The 'VIX' Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 1:40 PM ET

    Holders of Alcan call options are happy today, especially those who picked up "out-of-the-money" Alcan calls.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 8:59 AM ET

    An explosive bid for Canada's Alcan is giving a positive psychological lift to stocks as traders watch a flood of monthly sales reports from retailers.

  • Stocks closed higher as investors were encouraged by healthy merger activity and encouraging news for the worrisome subprime mortgage market. "There was concern today that there would be selling follow-through, but the markets are hoping earnings will propel things higher," said Peter Dunay, investment strategist at Leeb Capital Management.

  • Alcan Nearing Deal With Rival Suitor To Alcoa Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 2:54 PM ET

    Alcan, which is fending off a hostile $28.8 billion bid from U.S. rival Alcoa, is closer to arranging a rival friendly deal and is expected to make an announcement this week, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • Private Equity Ready to Target Big Miners: Report Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 3:18 AM ET

    Private equity corporate raiders who have so far sidestepped the mining sector despite widespread consolidation, could soon reset their sights, global accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young said on Wednesday.

  • Dow Closes Down 148 on Earnings Misses, Subprime Fears Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 5:32 PM ET

    Stocks closed with losses of more than 1% after investors were spooked by earnings warnings from two major retailers amid persistent concerns regarding the housing market and subprime mortgages. "Home Depot's cautious comments set the negative tone," said Dan McMahon, head of listed trading at CIBC World Markets.

  • Options Report: Alcoa, Broadcom, eBay Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 3:44 PM ET

    Those who bought Alcoa July call options on Monday managed to catch a break in spite of lackluster quarterly results.  Late Monday the aluminum maker posted revenue figures below analysts' estimates -- the very type of news that can hammer a company's shares and evaporate the value of call options.

  • BHP Billiton Seeks Partner for Alcoa Bid: Report Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 12:04 PM ET

    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, is in talks with private equity firms to team up for a possible $40 billion bid for U.S. aluminum company Alcoa, London's Times newspaper said on Tuesday.

  • Stocks ended higher on Monday, but gains were held in check as investors awaited the start of the second-quarter earnings season. "We're getting into earnings season, and what we've seen so far is good, so we think there is going to be an upward bias," said Joe Ranieri, head of NASDAQ trading at Canaccord Adams. "It's good but scary."