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  • Dividend stocks are slowly making a comeback, so which ones should investors watch for? Michael Farr, president of Farr, Miller & Washington and CNBC contributor, and Jeffrey Kosnett, senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, shared their best plays.

  • Plus, Cramer makes the call on retail, health care and more.

  • Wii

    The turnaround may finally have arrived for the video game industry. March sales were up 6 percent compared to the 2009 numbers, marking the only positive growth the industry has seen since September 2009—and just the second month in the last 12 to show improvement.

  • Electronic Arts Headquarters, Redwood City, California

    While the level of rhetoric gets high in any corporate battle, it has moved well past that in this fight, with high profile employees being wooed away and gamer loyalties being put to the test. Ultimately, though, it's shareholders that, for better or worse, could be caught in the middle.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    When a game breaks entertainment industry sales records, there's usually not a lot of room to progress. But "Modern Warfare 2" is quickly becoming the gift that keeps giving for Activision.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

    Privately held publisher Codemasters is not a name that has traditionally rung a lot of bells with investors. But when an Indian investment firm announced it had bought a 50 percent stake in the company Monday, Codemasters quickly popped onto the Wall Street radar.

  • There’s big money in the world of online gaming – and not just in the obvious places. While Activision-Blizzard has had a lock on the large-scale multiplayer gaming crown for years, it’s now facing competitors it never counted on. And more are on the way. Here’s a look at some of the most popular online games around today – as well as a few that are expected to make a big splash in the coming years.

    Here’s a look at some of the most popular online games around today – as well as a few that are expected to make a big splash in the coming years.

  • World of Warcraft

    Activision, the video game industry's leader in persistent world gaming, will face new challenges from Electronic Arts and 38 Studios in coming months.

  • God of War III

    To ensure long-term success, a video game company has to continually introduce new intellectual properties. Creating those is expensive, though – and if they don’t click with gamers, it’s essential to have strong existing franchises to cushion the blow.

  • The mood is upbeat and venture capitalists, media and tech giants are out in force, hunting for deals at the seventh annual Montgomery Tech Conference in Santa Monica, California.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    When two top Activison executives responsible for "Modern Warfare 2"—which, with more than $1 billion in revenue, became the biggest entertainment launch of any kind in history—were abruptly fired by the company last Monday, everyone knew a lawsuit would follow.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    The video game world was reeling Tuesday after two top executives and the developer responsible for last year’s biggest game were suddenly and unexpectedly dismissed.

  • Markets opened higher on Wednesday as the jobs reports indicated an encouraging sign on the employment front. What should investors expect going forward? Michael Darda, chief economist at MKM Partners, shared his insights.

  • After underperforming in 2009, video game stocks are poised to improve in 2010, said Arvind Bhatia, video game and entertainment analyst at Sterne, Agee & Leach. He shared his market insights.

  • Mass Effect 2

    After years of standing on the sidelines grumbling about the sale of used video games, publishers are finally starting to take action.

  • FarmVille

    The video game industry has known for a while that social networks represented a threat to the bottom line of traditional publishers – but the depth of that threat was unknown. A new survey of U.S. and U.K. players, though, underscores just how fast this new gaming category has grown.

  • Stocks reversed their losses and traded higher on Thursday, as the dollar gained against the euro amid Europe debt worries. Where are the markets headed from this point? Tommy Williams, president of Williams Financial Advisors, and John Brady, senior vice president at MF Global, shared their outlooks.

  • Stocks rallied off a lower open Thursday as news of a Greek bailout and a sharp drop in jobless claims helped calm jittery investors — and put them in the mood to take some risks. Energy and industrials were the day's best performers; Financials were the worst.

  • Commodity and energy stocks rallied as the euro finally became so oversold that traders began buying it, thus weakening the dollar. There may also be a secondary reflation trade in play: the unusual move in copper (up 4.7 percent) widely noted on trading desks. George Gero at RBC attributes the gold rally to "Relief that Greece will be handled without having to sell gold..."

  • Electronic Arts Headquarters, Redwood City, California

    It hasn’t been a good week to be an Electronic Arts shareholder. The company’s stock fell nearly 10 percent Tuesday after it gave a dire forecast for the coming quarter. Activision, meanwhile, thrilled its shareholders with better-than-expected quarterly numbers.