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  • Stocks retreated as the global rally from the previous session lost momentum and euphoria over Europe's near $1 trillion debt rescue package faded. Gold prices soared.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Tuesday as the global rally from the previous session lost momentum and euphoria over Europe's near $1 trillion debt rescue package faded.

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    The volatility that zapped stock prices in the past week could continue to deliver some jolts in the week ahead.

  • In a wild trading week that prompted major US exchanges to cancel trades amid fears of trader errors and computer system malfunction, the three major equity indices fell 5.7% or greater for the week. 

  • Iron Man 2

    The next three months are without a doubt Hollywood's most important season, generating an average 42 percent of annual box office. And this summer promises to generate the biggest U.S. box office on record — we could see over $4 billion dollars in tickets sold.

  • Stocks opened lower on Wednesday, following a selloff in the prior session, as Moody's put Portugal's debt rating on review. Barry James, president of James Advantage Funds, and Neil Hennessy, portfolio manager and chief investment officer at Hennessy Funds, shared their insights.

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    The networks consider this a crucial month not just for Sweeps, but because it's a crucial time to snag eyeballs and ad dollars as the season wraps up, before TV viewing drops during the summer.

  • Stocks advanced on this first trading day of May after some positive economic reports and details of a European financial rescue package for Greece provided some measure of relief.

  • Iron Man 2

    It's not opening in the U.S. until Friday, but its launch in a number of international markets has already grossed over $100 million in ticket sales. This earlier opening (to avoid competing with the World Cup) yielded results 26 percent stronger than the first film in those markets. The film's expected to generate $120 million to $140 million in U.S. ticket sales this weekend.

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    Better subscriber numbers, higher revenue per subscriber, and higher advertising helped Comcast beat Wall Street expectations.

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    Children are wired up with cell phones, consoles, iPods, and computers as early as grade school these days, but this doesn’t mean all tradition is lost. The goal now is to seamlessly merge the old and the new, keeping kids interested with products that impart traditional play patters with flashes of the digital world.

  • Plastic surgery

    In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood’s attitude toward breast implants, Botox, collagen-injected lips and all manner of plastic surgery. The NYT reports.

  • The NASDAQ Composite and Dow rose for the eighth consecutive week, with the Dow marking its longest winning streak since January 2004. Energy and consumer discretionary stocks led the gains in the S&P 500 this week. 

  • Netflix

    Netflix's stock closed the week just under $100 after topping that landmark for the first time ever on Thursday. The stock has had a phenomenal run: it gained 16 percent Thursday alone, and for the year is up about 80 percent.

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  • Mark Zuckerberg

    With Facebook's new strategy your network and all your friends' updates and preferences will be available not just on Facebook.com but also on any website that integrates the social network's three new products announced today. They will vastly expand Facebook's presence and reach across the web.

  • Stocks have been rallying in the last few trading sessions, but there are concerns that the economic recovery could freeze and affect market gains. Robert Barbera, chief economist at ITG shared his economic insights.

  • While the company is serving up its “Happy Meals” to eager customers, its profits are providing many “Happy Returns” for its shareholders.

  • A cloud of volcanic matter rises from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano, April 16, 2010 in Fimmvorduhals, Iceland.

    The volcanic ash is starting to settle, but Hollywood is still taking stock of the impact of the natural disaster on the entertainment business.

  • Mickey Mouse figurines

    Major League Baseball has forged a new licensing deal with Disney, which first will result in team branded Mickey Mouse figurines hitting retail this week. The deal was thought up as a result of the league’s All-Star Game, which will take place in Anaheim this July. The Angels, of course, used to be owned by Disney.