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  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks closed narrowly mixed with the major indices ending above key thresholds as investors focused on troubles in Egypt, shrugged off good job news, and took a breather after the market posted new multi-year highs on Tuesday. Disney rose, while Home Depot fell.

  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks were narrowly mixed ahead of the close, but still remained within a narrow trading range, as investors focused on unrest in Egypt and took a breather after the market posted new multi-year highs on Tuesday. Disney rose, while Home Depot fell.

  • Carnival Cruise ship

    Arguably, the United States now has a corporate tax code that’s the worst of all worlds. The official rate is higher than in almost any other country, which forces companies to devote enormous time and effort to finding loopholes. Yet the government raises less money in corporate taxes than it once did, because of all the loopholes that have been added in recent decades. The New York Times reports.

  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks struggled for direction on Wednesday as clashes between government supporters and protesters in Egypt weighed on the market amid news of a better-than-expected gain in private-sector hiring last month. Merck and BofA fell, while Disney rose.

  • Rob Neyer

    The baseball columnist known for his in-depth analysis loved by baseball’s stat lovers told CNBC.com he is headed to SB Nation, a network of 295 sports blogs with more than 500 contributors that has raised nearly $24 million in funding since it was started by Tyler Bleszinski and his AthleticsNation blog in 2003.

  • A new stat on copyright infringement released today is shocking: 23.8 percent of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft with BitTorrent accounting for 11.4 percent.

  • Davos 2011 - See Complete Coverage

    Stocks closed modestly higher, but the Dow lost ground in the final minutes of trading to close below 12,000 after rising above and below that level much of the session. DuPont and Alcoa rose, while Boeing fell.

  • Netflix

    Netflix has had a dizzying run in the past year - its stock is up over 270 percent. The big question on investors minds: will it maintain its growth and justify its valuation? Netflix reports fourth quarter earnings after the bell and will give its guidance for EPS and revenue for Q1 and the full year 2011.

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    Today the DOW hit that crucial 12,000 benchmark, and it's worth taking stock of how the index's three media and telecom stocks have fared since the last time we saw 12,000.

  • Stocks trimmed losses in the final hour of trading to end flat amid mixed earnings and economic news, and ahead of the President's State of the Union speech tonight.  AmEx and Bank of America fell, while Wal-Mart rose.

  • Stocks trimmed losses but remained down as technology stocks turned around following a handful of weak earnings reports from major Dow components and on the heels of mixed economic news, and ahead of the President's State of the Union speech tonight.

  • Screenshot of Disney's "Epic Mickey"

    Walt Disney has laid off a significant portion of its gaming studio employees, the company confirmed Tuesday.

  • Actor Colin Firth poses with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for 'The King's Speech'.

    The big winner of the morning is "The King's Speech," from The Weinstein Co. — grabbing the lead with a whopping 12 nominations including Best Picture, Actor and Director.

  • As the Dow approaches the 12,000-mark, here is a look at the winners and losers since the index last hit this level back in June 19, 2008.

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    Positive words can be just as memorable and powerful as negative ones. But the biggest lesson for me was this: why don't I give the same kind of encouragement to others?

  • Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, also said that developing countries have underperformed in the last few weeks amid concerns over inflation—but are still a “buy.”

  • Stocks closed mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and AmEx rose, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks continued to trade mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and Disney rose, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks turned mixed as losses in technology stocks dragged down the Nasdaq, although the broader market remained higher folllowing two days of losses after a handful of companies reported better-than-expected earnings.

  • Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez of American Idol

    I've watched every episode of American Idol from day 1. That makes me an expert. I tuned in last night with trepidation, as Season 10 will lack the most consistently watchable element of the hit reality contest: Simon Cowell. Would the program be worth my time? Only if it gets mean.