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  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the private equity firm planning to go public, should yank its IPO from the market, according to analysts, who say declining credit markets make it tough for a leveraged buyout firm to bring an offering to market.

  • Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide  fell 3 percent in their market debut Friday from a lowered initial offering price.

  • While Vodafone itself has debunked a story in FT.com's Alphaville blog that Vodaphone was "mulling" a $160 billion takeover of Verizon, Verizon options have been actively traded.

  • Blackstone Unit to Acquire DJO for $1.3 Billion Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 11:36 AM ET

    The deal will bring together DJO and medical device maker ReAble Therapeutics, formerly known as Encore Medical. The companies make complementary orthopedic and pain-management products, DJO said.

  • The stock market finished the week with the Dow Jones Industrial average and the S&P 500 closing at lifetime highs for a second consecutive day.  The Nasdaq Composite shook off earlier weakness to close in the plus column.

  • Blackstone Ahead in Cadbury Drinks Auction: Sources Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 3:32 PM ET
    Dr. Pepper

    A Blackstone private equity consortium is emerging as the front-runner in the auction for Cadbury Schweppes's North American drinks unit in a deal worth up to 7.5 billion pounds ($15.2 billion), sources close to the situation said on Friday.

  • Sell Block Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Buying stock in private equity companies now is like buying technology in 2000. There’s no point to getting in at the top.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.

  • Partners of private equity firm Blackstone Group may have devised a way to avoid payingtax on $3.7 billion raised largely in the firm's initial public offering last month, the New York Times reported on Friday.

  • Whitbread Climbs on Bid Talk, Tops FTSE Gainers Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 6:06 AM ET

    Shares in Whitbread jumped about 6% to 1,925 pence on Wednesday as traders cited talk that U.S. property investor Starwood Capital Group was about to launch an offer for the U.K. company.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It's Time for the Lightning Round! Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 10:07 AM ET

    Starbucks, CNOOC, ValueClick 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.

  • The Week on Wall Street: Stocks Power Back Up Saturday, 7 Jul 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Stocks ended a holiday-shortened trading week higher as investors shrugged off rising interest rates.  The Dow ended the week up 1.4%, the S&P 500 rose 1.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite closed with a weekly gain of 2.2%.

  • Warm weather and corporate announcements were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Friday.

  • Stocks End Mixed as Rising Treasury Yields Limit Gains Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 6:25 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed as investors were encouraged by a strong batch of merger news but gains were held in check by rising interest rates.  "The key for the market right now is the ability to digest the fact that the 10-year has moved out of that range that we've enjoyed between 4.5% and 5%," said Russ Koesterich, head of investment strategy at Barclays Global Investors.

  • Options Report: Unusual Hilton Options Activity Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 12:42 PM ET
    The Hilton corporate logo is seen at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel.

    While Wall Street coasted into a sleepy pre-holiday finish on Tuesday, options in Hilton Hotels were actively traded as shares of Hilton rose in the abbreviated trading session. 

  • M&A Market Top Too Gradual to See: Analyst Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    David Tice, portfolio manager at the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” the merger and acquisitions market is like a “boiled frog” and near a market top. But Eugene Peroni, senior vice president of equity research at Advisors Asset Management, thinks opportunity still abounds.

  • A Hilton hotel in New York City's Times Square.

    U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group agreed on Tuesday to buy Hilton Hotels for about $20 billion plus debt, the richest in a series of recent private equity offers for hotel companies.

  • European stock markets were slightly higher Wednesday, following a lackluster session in Asia.

  • Stocks End Holiday Session Higher Across the Board Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | 1:37 PM ET

    Stocks ended a holiday-shortened session with modest gains following mixed economic data and crude oil prices that stretched above $71. "The two days before the July 4 holiday are usually good for the market," said Michael Sheldon, chief market strategist at Spencer Clarke. "There are some headwinds, but overall the atmosphere is generally positive for the second half."

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