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  • Rio Tinto Says Alcan Bid Talk is Speculation Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 4:46 AM ET

    Rio Tinto, the world's second-largest mining group, dismissed talk that it was lining up a bid for Canadian aluminum maker Alcan as speculation, but did not todeny the rumor outright.

  • Rio Tinto Eyeing Bid for Canada's Alcan: Report Sunday, 27 May 2007 | 7:43 PM ET

    Rio Tinto has hired Deutsche Bank to advise it on a possible bid for Canadian aluminum producer Alcan, the Sydney Morning Herald paper reported on Monday.

  • Stocks closed lower as comments from former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and worries about upcoming economic data deflated a rally fed by takeover news.  "The market's been held up by all of this M&A activity, not by fundamentals," said Ed Peters, chief investment officer at PanAgora Asset Management.

  • Alcan has entered early-stage discussions with global mining giant BHP Billiton as it looks to fend off an unwanted takeover attempt by US rival Alcoa, Canada's Global and Mail newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • It's Time for the Lightning Round! Friday, 11 May 2007 | 6:36 PM ET

    Blockbuster, Activision, Trump 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.

  • Stocks sold off across the board, and the Dow fell almost 150 points, after mixed economic data prompted investors to book gains.  "A day like today was inevitable," said Michael Cuggino of Permanent Portfolio Funds. "I would caution investors not to get overly concerned based on today's (economic) statistics."

  • Rio Tinto Shares Slip Back After Record Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 12:34 AM ET

    Shares in Rio Tinto retreated as much as 4% on Thursday, a day after surging to a record onspeculation BHP Billiton may make a $100 billion-plus takeover bid.

  • Dow Closes At Record High As Fed Holds Rates Steady Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 4:34 PM ET

    Stocks ended higher and the Dow closed at a new record after the Federal Reserve voted to keep interest rates unchanged. "You're seeing a lot of money that was put on the sidelines earlier in the day … that money was safe to come into the market," said Jeff Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial Services.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 9:20 AM ET

    Stocks are searching for direction at lower levels ahead of the Fed's meeting today. The Fed is not expected to move on rates but its comment will be watched carefully.

  • Shares in mining group Rio Tinto surged on Wednesday on talk that bigger rival BHP Billiton was planning a bid which would create the world's fifth biggest company, although Rio denied it had been approached.

  • Nickel Is Money, Baby Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 7:53 PM ET

    These days the metal is worth it's weight in gold, Cramer says. Here's his strategy for making some coin in this latest bull market.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.

  • Alcan: Closer Look At Best Performer Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 11:05 AM ET

    As we posted earlier, Alcan is one of the best performing stocks in the contest from the latest stats we've collected. CNBC's David Faber had a video report today on the hostile takeover deal for Alcan that Alcoa is trying to engineer. Evidently, this has been a two year "courtship" between the two companies. But any possible friendly deal was stopped last December by Alcan. And Faber says it's possible there could be more "suitors" for Alcan. Here's his report with some info on Alcan.

  • Dow Reaches New High on Alcoa But Stocks End Mixed Monday, 7 May 2007 | 5:07 PM ET

    The Dow ended at another new high after Alcoa announced a takeover bid for rival Alcan, but the overall indexes closed mixed as Wall Street awaits Wednesday's Fed meeting. "The liquidity and M&A is continuing to drive the market," said Robert Pavlik, chief investment officer at Oaktree Asset Management.

  • Stocks wrapped up another record week as potential merger deals pushed the major markets higher. "The market responded very well this week to the raft of mergers and acquisitions announcements and private equity deals," said Quincy Krosby, chief investment strategist at The Hartford.

  • Mad Mail Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 10:35 AM ET

    Cramer meticulously responds to viewer e-mails.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.

  • Fast Money Madness: BHP Billiton vs. Deere Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | 5:18 PM ET
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    Tonight, the final match up in the commodities and industrial region

  • Stocks Rally to Sharply Higher Close on Softer Fed Tone Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 5:03 PM ET

    Stocks erased nearly all of their losses for the year after investors interpreted comments from the Federal Reserve to mean that an interest rate hike is less likely.The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq turned positive for the year, erasing all of last month's selloff, while Dow Jones Industrials is still down slightly for the year.

  • Cyclone Hits Australia's West Coast Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 12:21 AM ET

    Communities on Australia's north-west coast were battered on Friday by a severe tropical cyclone which reportedly killed one and tore roofs from homes with destructive winds and heavy flooding.

  • Cyclones Slash Australia Oil Output; Ore Port Is Shut Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | 1:14 AM ET

    Cyclones off the coast of Western Australia forced the shut down on Thursday of almost half the country's oil production as well as a major iron ore export terminal, with more closures seen as two storms approach oil fields.

  • BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, and Rio Tinto, the world's second largest iron ore producer, are said to be considering separate $40 billion offers for Alcoa. But some analysts question the likelihood of such a deal.