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  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at

    From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Click to find out.

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    NBC is paying $950 million a year to extend its rights to Sunday Night Football through the 2022 season. But NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus told “CNBC SportsBiz” that he’s confident the entire NBC Universal family will make a profit off the investment.

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    Goldman Sachs' latest "Conviction List" for the Americas, a roster of "buy"-rated U.S. stocks, highlights 11 consumer companies. TheStreet.com details the profiles, market cap, potential upside and 2011 return of these companies.

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    In a gambit to promote its charitable work — and maybe polish its image, which has suffered since the financial collapse in 2008 — JPMorgan Chase is financing and sponsoring the “American Giving Awards,” which will be televised by NBC on Saturday night.

  • Verizon

    Reports that Verizon is working on a web TV service sent Verizon shares higher and Netflix shares lower. The media has been focused on how this would impact Netflix, but the cable and satellite TV giants should also be in the spotlight.

  • Stocks erased most of their earlier gains to finish near the flatline in thin trading Friday, as investors booked profits ahead of the weekend following a robust rally all week. Still, all three major averages posted an impressive gain of over 7 percent for the week.

  • Futures held their sharp gains Friday following news employment growth picked up momentum in November while the jobless rate fell to its lowest level in more than two years.

  • AT&T

    Rethink possible. That is both AT&T’s marketing slogan and an apt summary of the challenges it faces now that its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA looks increasingly doubtful.  The New York Times reports.

  • Disney and YouTube

    Consumers just got yet another option for entertaining their kids with Disney movies. Disney just agreed to rent its movies on YouTube -- it will offer hundreds of films from Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks Studios on YouTube starting today for between $1.99 and $3.99. The studio controls pricing and will receive the majority of revenue.

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    The "November Sweeps" period -- when ratings set local affiliates ad rates -- ends Wednesday. But this year the buzz on Madison Avenue is about how little sweeps matter. Yes, local affiliates still certainly matter -- they account for north of $20 billion in advertising revenue, with just under $10 billion of that based on sweeps, according to Horizon Media's Brad Adgate. But, with the growth of cable, not to mention the impact of DVRs, logging real-time viewing in a Nielsen diary seems antiquated.

  • Some companies haven't had the luxury to make acquisitions since the financial crisis and instead have been using ventures and business line fire sales to stabilize bleeding operations.

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    NBC announced Monday it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News, the New York Times reports.

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    Walt Disney topped analysts' expectations for its quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday as advertising held strong at its ESPN sports channel and other media networks, sending shares higher after the closing bell.

  • Stocks recovered from their afternoon lows to close higher Wednesday after Ben Bernanke said the Fed may look to reinvest in mortgage backed securities to provide additional support to the weak housing market.

  • Futures were higher Wednesday, following two days of sharp declines, following a pair of better-than-expected jobs news and ahead of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy statement.

  • Comcast CEO on Earnings

    A breakdown of the cable company's Q3 results, with Brian Roberts, Comcast chairman/CEO, who says the numbers are close to analyst expectations. Roberts says the numbers to focus on are cash flow and it was a healthy quarter for the company. He also weighs in on the company's acquisition of NBC Universal.

  • E.U. Flags

    European leaders gathering for an emergency meeting Wednesday in Cannes could get more attention than Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, unless he has a surprise policy move up his sleeve.

  • We're headed into a slew of earnings this week from media giants—on both the content and distribution side. Whether we're talking about content creators like News Corp and Time Warner or kings of distribution like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, there are a couple key themes that will impact the whole industry. Here's what to watch as earnings reports roll out this week and next.

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    Like an unpleasant relative, the European debt crisis came back for a visit Monday and may still be hanging around on Tuesday.

  • Daniel B. Burke

    Daniel Burke, a media industry veteran who helped create Capital Cities/ABC before it was sold to Walt Disney, has died of complications from diabetes. He was 82.