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Hollywood is still reeling from the news that Disney is acquiring Marvel Entertainment and all the other media giants are trying to figure out what this means for their businesses and what other acquisitions it will prompt. One Hollywood insider who works for a rival said with a shudder: "Disney's always been an 800 pound gorilla, but now its power with retailers like Wal-Mart is going to be out of control."
You've probably heard that Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, but did you hear it was for a premiuim of nearly 30%? Did the Mouse House overpay?
Three major M&A deals rocked the Street on Monday. How should you trade in the aftermath?
Stocks pulled back Monday as a major selloff in China sent oil prices lower and dragged on the US market.
Stocks rallied for the month of August but fell on Monday as concerns about the global economy weighed on Wall Street. What must you know about this market?
Mickey, meet Iron Man. Today Disney announced it's buying Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stock. I've reported on the fact that Disney has plenty of cash on hand for an acquisition, but the announcement still came as a surprise. But upon closer inspection The Hulk and Goofy have more in common that you might think.
Stocks pulled back Monday as a major selloff in China set the stage for a rough day on the US markets. In the day's only economic news, business activity in the Midwest picked up at a faster pace than economists had expected. It was the highest reading since September 2008. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...
How is this last trading day of August going to setup the markets for a traditionally weak September? Alan Valdes, vice president at Hilliard Lyons and John Lynch, chief market analyst at Evergreen Investments shared their insights.
Despite the weaker open, the Dow and S&P are set to end the month with their best August since 2000. So far, the Dow and S&P are up 3.5 percent this month, while the Nasdaq has trailed with just a 1.8 percent rise.
Stocks pulled back Monday as a major selloff in China set the stage for a rough day on the US markets.
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The S&P 500 and Dow index broke 8 days of consecutive gains on Friday, after an economic report showed consumer sentiment in August dipped to a 4-month low. Despite of Friday's slight pull-back, all major US indexes are on track to close up 2.5% or greater for the month.
Late last night, the popular blog SportsByBrooks published this headline:"Danica To Bare It All For ESPN Mag's "Nude" IssueThe headline and the story got our attention because it was the first name that had surfaced after the announcement of The Body Issue was made in June. We put forth our top top 10 men and women at the time who we thought might decide to take it all off, even though ESPN The Magazine editors were clear that this was not a condition of appearing in the publication.
Viacom's, Paramount just announced a partnership with DVD-rental company Redbox, becoming the third studio to make a deal with Coinstar's company that rents $1 DVDs through 17,000 kiosks around the country. This is far more than a simple DVD distribution deal, this is Paramount taking sides in what's become a pitched battle in Hollywood. The question now is which side Disney comes down on, it's one of the last players who hasn't picked sides.
Since the news broke that Paramount is delaying the release of its Martin Scorsese thriller "Shutter Island" from October until February, I've talked to a lot of Hollywood insiders about what this says about Paramount's weakness. I've also heard plenty of rants about how this delay speaks to exactly what's wrong with the hundreds of millions of dollars spent every year on movie marketing.
As the stock market continues to gain steam, with all major US indices higher by 46% or more since the market rebound began, companies in the S&P 500 have outperformed the average gains of the Dow and Nasdaq 100 components.
Dividend yields in the Dow index are down about a quarter of a point since early June and 165 basis points since early March, as equity markets continue to trend higher, pushing yields lower. Here is a look at the dividend yields of all 30 Dow components:
Stocks ended sharply higher on Friday with the Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq all closing at a new highs for 2009.
On a volatile week that ended with Fed Chairman Bernanke stating that the US economy is nearing recovery, positive housing data, and oil hitting 10 month highs; the Dow, S&P and NASDAQ once again close at new highs for 2009, and end up about 1.8% or better for the week.
Just days after the high-profile conviction of former Brocade CEO Greg Reyes completely imploded, we get word that a stock options backdating investigation into former Pixar CFO Ann Mather has been closed with no charges.