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  • For the week ending Friday, July 11, 2008, the U.S. markets finished in bear market territory with the Dow dipping below 11,000 during intraday for the first time in 2 years.

  • Despite good news from our parent General Electric we are again being pushed around by oil at a record price, and by Fannie and Freddie. Both are down big (about 50 percent) this morning, largely on a New York Times story that the federal government was considering placing one or both of them in a conservatorship.

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    Belgian beer maker InBev raised its bid for Anheuser-Busch by $5 a share to $70 in an attempt to secure a friendly deal,  the Wall Street Journal reported on its web site.

  • Warren Buffett may be playing a role in turning what had been a bitter and nasty takeover battle for control of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch spacer into a friendly deal, according to this morning's New York Times.  Here's what he's been saying to CNBC about the situation.

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    The Bud maker is in active talks to reach a friendly deal with InBev, people briefed on the matter said.

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    Warren Buffett's reputation as a technophobe may be cracking.  Today he told CNBC he'll "probably" get an Amazon Kindle as he "edges" into the 21st century.  See the video clip and read the transcript of Julia Boorstin's Sun Valley conversation with Buffett about technology, the economy, Berkshire's stock slide, and Barack Obama's chances in November.

  • The twists and turns in the InBev / Anheuser Bush takeover saga are starting to look…. well, familiar. Is BUD behaving like... well a Yahoo?

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    Anheuser-Busch sued InBev in an effort to stop its Belgian-Brazilian suitor from taking any more steps to replace the U.S. brewer's board of directors, which had rejected a $46.3 billion takeover offer from InBev.

  • It was another wild trading day of ups and downs but stocks ran to the finish line and pulled off a decent gain as oil dropped more than $5 a barrel.

  • Stocks wavered in another volatile trading session Tuesday as existing-home sales fell more than expected, oil dropped $5 and Alcoa dragged on the Dow. Comments from Bernanke and a $2 drop in oil prices offered the market some support.

  • Stocks wavered in another volatile trading session Tuesday as existing-home sales fell more than expected, oil dropped $5 and Alcoa dragged on the Dow. Comments from Bernanke and a $2 drop in oil prices offered the market some support.

  • Stocks wobbled Tuesday after a report showed existing-home sales fell more than expected in May. Comments from Bernanke and a $2 drop in oil prices offered the market some support.

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    It was a defining moment for Nadal, but in Monday’s Web Extra the traders reveal whether Wimbledon is also a win for Nike. But first their latest BUD trade.

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    Anheuser-Busch on Monday slammed InBev's efforts to replace the U.S. beer company's board, but said it would be open to any proposal that provided "full and certain value" for shareholders.

  • Dollars and Euro

    The almighty dollar is mighty no more. It has been declining steadily for six years against other major currencies, undercutting its role as the leading international banking currency. The long slide is fanning inflation at home and playing a major role in the run-up of oil and gasoline prices everywhere.

  • Commodities are a bit weaker here as the dollar is stronger, stock futures are flat. Europe and Asia are mostly higher, the Shanghai Composite, however, is up 4.6 percent today, best day in a month on strong earnings forecast from a couple of their banks.

  • InBev upped the pressure on reluctant bid target Anheuser-Busch on Monday with a plan to replace the U.S. rival's board of directors that has rejected its $46.3 billion takeover offer.

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    In Tuesday's Web Extra the traders reveal how to play beer stocks now that InBev looks as if it is going hostile in its attempt to takeover Anheuser-Busch.

  • Stocks coasted to a positive finish, fueled by better-than-expected sales from General Motors, short covering and a pop in a manufacturing gauge, in what was a rollercoaster start to the first half.

  • Constellation Brands posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings Tuesday on price increases and strong sales of higher-profit products such as Clos du Bois wine, sending its shares up more than 5 percent.