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  • Stocks pared their gains, but were still higher Monday after China said it would allow its currency to appreciate against the dollar, a move that could provide a boost for U.S. manufacturers, exporters and commodities.

  • Stocks rose sharply Monday following news that China is dropping its informal peg of the yuan to the dollar, a move investors believe will boost Chinese demand for exports as well as commodities.

  • The Shanghai Index rose 2.9 percent, and most European bourses are up 1 to 2 percent as China has allowed the yuan to rise against the dollar for the first time since 2008.

  • Stock index futures pushed higher Monday on news that China intends to end its currency’s fixed rate to the dollar, a move investors believe will boost Chinese demand for exports as well as commodities.

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    Welcome back, Woody and Buzz. After a decade-plus absence from theaters, the animated heroes of "Toy Story 3" sold $153.8 million worth of tickets during their opening weekend at the worldwide box office, according to estimates issued Sunday by distributor Walt Disney.

  • All three major US indexes moved back into positive territory for 2010, closing above their 200-day moving averages to finish the week up nearly 2.3%.  As of last Friday, only the Russell 2,000 was positive year-to-date.

  • Toy Story 3

    "Toy Story 3" opens across the U.S. today on a record-setting number of 3-D screens. Now theater chains, Disney, and even its rival studios are anxiously hoping for a hit to turn around a weak summer box office: U.S. ticket sales are down over 6 percent since early May. Analysts

  • The worst part about E3 is the waiting. After injesting a flood of information for hundreds of titles and watching their excitement levels rise to critical peaks, players now must sit back and be patient. Some of the games won’t be out for months. For others, it could be years. Figuring out which will top this year’s sales charts is always a dangerous exercise. Publishers show carefully controlled demos of small segments of their games, specifically designed to pique interest. It might be fun in

    We’ve compiled a list of games likely to perform well at retail this holiday season. That doesn’t mean they’ll be smashes, but they’re likely to connect with today’s gaming audience.

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    DreamWorks Animation stock tumbled after the animation studio warned 2Q earnings per share will be "meaningfully below" year-ago results. CFO and President Lew Coleman presented at William Blair & Company's Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, warning about second quarter earnings disappointments, and blaming the weakness on "Shrek Forever After," the fourth sequel in the Shrek franchise which was released May 21.

  • Bambi, The Lion King, Finding Nemo — all animated films that have become household names while breaking all sorts of records. Their state-of-the-art technologies and design made them instant classics and some of the top-grossing movies of all time.Here, we've compiled the top 10 highest grossing animated movies, offering a behind-the-scenes view of their groundbreaking technology, from Disney's earliest full-length animated movie to Disney Pixar's newest releases. See why these movies changed th

    See why these movies changed the way animated movies are made, and broke box-office records in the process.

  • Stocks rallied Tuesday as the euro gained against the dollar after a number of successful European debt auctions eased investor concerns about the euro zone's solvency crisis. Techs and industrials led the advance.

  • Stocks rallied Tuesday as the euro gained against the dollar after a number of successful European debt auctions eased investor concerns about the euro-zone's solvency crisis. Techs and industrials led the advance.

  • Wii

    Nintendo kicked off its big E3 event with America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime singing the praises of the Wii and the DS. But the keynote comes amid multiple threats to the Nintendo juggernaut, from the likes of Microsoft and Apple. And how Nintendo responds, and how quickly, will determine whether its best days are behind it, or still ahead.

  • Toy Story 3

    After a disappointing Memorial Day weekend, Hollywood is still waiting for hit movies to energize ticket sales and box office receipts, reports NYT.

  • US stocks rose for the week, led to the upside by the Dow with a gain of 2.81%.  Gold for August delivery hit a nominal record high of $1,254.5 during Tuesday's trading session, as investors sought refuge on the metal due to worries about Europe. 

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    The fact that broadcast networks (and NBC in particular) are investing heavily in expensive content is appealing to advertisers. The networks have introduced 38 new shows, and 36 of those are scripted.

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    Sales of software titles are down 8 percent year to date—a shortfall of more than $200 million, according to the most recent numbers from the NPD Group, which tracks video game purchases.

  • The match ball for the opening World Cup fixture between South Africa and Mexico.

    ESPN 3D's launch Friday with World Cup coverage marks the beginning of a whole new 3D advertising business. The channel announced it's launching with 3D commercials from Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3, (corporate synergy), plus Sony and Gillette.

  • Disney World of Color

    The 400 amusement parks in the U.S. generate some $12 billion in annual revenue from more than 300 million annual visitors. Last year North American parks saw a one percent decline in attendance, but discounting prevented attendance from falling off further.

  • Sources tell me that ABC has finished its final upfront ad deals, and has secured 8 percent to 9 percent ad rates over last year. I don't have any details on the percentage volume increases ABC secured, but Disney's network has certainly sold closer to 80 percent of its inventory than the 65 or 70 percent the networks sold on average last year.