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    Question #1: Brent from New York has a question about the grocers. Grocery stocks like Safeway (SWY) and Kroger (KR) have been on a tear the last year with gains of 50% or more. Is there further upside potential in this sector?

  • Talk about partners in crime. In a bizarre turn of events, three married couples have been accused this week in separate insider trading cases. Although the cases involve different stocks and different circumstances, all involved couples allegedly using non-public information to trade in stocks. And in two of the cases, the wife allegedly passed inside information on to the husband.

  • Randi Collotta, 30, a former employee of Morgan Stanley in Manhattan, and her husband, Christopher Collotta, 34, who worked in private practice, were among 13 people criminally charged in the case.

  • Jeff Harte, analyst at Sandler O’Neill, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that many internationally focused financial stocks are undervalued. “My thesis has been that it’s been a tough environment if you’re a domestic-centered bank,” Harte said Tuesday. “The yield curve is flat and credit is probably not going to get a lot better. But from a cyclical standpoint, there’s still a lot of upside revenue-wise from global investment banks.”

  • Meanwhile, the heads of Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase all have favored Democrats in their political giving patterns over the past few years, according to contribution tracker PoliticalMoneyLine.

  • Morgan Stanley said it has settled a class-action lawsuit accusing it of gender bias against current and former women financial advisers and trainees, and has set aside $46 million to pay claims.

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    Web advertising leader Google  said on Friday it has agreed to acquire DoubleClick , a top online advertising network, for $3.1 billion, beating out other major Internet players with its bid. The deal represents the largest acquisition in Google's history and comes just six months after Google paid $1.65 billion to acquire video-sharing site YouTube.

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    Morgan Stanley  will buy 13 hotels from Japanese airline All Nippon Airways for an estimated $2.4 billion, financial sources said on Friday.

  • At Morgan Stanley, which held its annual meeting in Purchase, N.Y., 37% of shares were voted in favor of "say on pay." The proposal fared better at Bank of New York, where 47.3% supported the measure.

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    Ronald Peteka, 41, and co-conspirators accessed Morgan Stanley's computers and obtained confidential information on the firm's prime brokerage business, including its client rate lists, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan alleged in a complaint.

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    Stocks are geared up to open higher this morning after yesterday's sluggish activity. Auto sales and pending home sales data are features today.

  • New Century Financial on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it would cut 3,200 jobs, or 54% of its work force,  in the biggest collapse of a mortgage lender in the U.S. housing downturn.

  • Stocks are searching for a starting point this morning with futures mixed on the first trading day of the second quarter. Merger headlines and weaker oil could be positives. A big focus for the markets today will be ISM manufacturing data, due at 10 a.m. EDT.

  • Stocks are searching for a starting point this morning with futures mixed on the first trading day of the second quarter. Merger headlines and weaker oil could be positives. A big focus for the markets today will be ISM manufacturing data, due at 10 a.m. EDT.

  • Friday March 30th is the final day of trading before money managers must close the books on a tumultuous first quarter - billions of dollars will exchange hands. With the sub-prime slime and surging oil prices dragging stocks lower – will there be more negative news, or more positive trends, going forward?

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    New Century Financial, the troubled subprime mortgage lender, said on Wednesday it voluntarily ended its relationship with mortgage financier Freddie Mac, and that "several" of its own lenders plan to sell loans that had backed $17.4 billion of credit lines.

  • Goldman Sachs Group Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said the firm expects to raise $19 billion to $20 billion for its next private equity fund.

  • Morgan Stanley is in the process of holding an auction for $2.48 billion in mortgages from subprime lender New Century Financial, The New York Post reported Monday.

  • Morgan Stanley  announced Friday its long-expected plans to spin off its Discover credit card operations in an initial public offering.

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    The winner of tonight's match-up will move on to battle financial giant Goldman Sachs (GS) in the Elite 8.