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  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- Activist investors are building bigger stakes in bigger companies and their influence is helping reshape the landscape of corporate USA. They also played a role in Yahoo's announcement to ditch the spinoff of its $32 billion stake in Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba in favor of seeking the sale of its core Internet business.

  • Monsanto open to acquisitions in Brazil - CEO Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 4:02 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, Dec 10- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, is open to acquisitions in Brazil, where assets have become cheaper as the local currency tumbled, its top executive in the country said on Thursday. "If an interesting opportunity emerged in Brazil, Monsanto would certainly consider it, especially if it fits with our vision of what agriculture will be...

  • European shares end near two-month low, Aixtron tumbles Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    *Glencore rises on debt cut plan, lifts miners. LONDON, Dec 10- European shares ended slightly lower on Thursday after touching a two-month low, with retailers and tech firms under pressure even as commodity shares stabilized. Semiconductor stocks took a hit, with Germany's Aixtron, which provides equipment for the semiconductor industry, falling 41 percent...

  • With oil steady, Wall Street sees green Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    U.S. stock futures were higher this morning, after another volatile day for oil knocked Wall Street lower for the fifth session out of the last six.

  • European shares slip, hitting a two-month low Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    *Glencore rises on debt cut plan, lifts miners. LONDON, Dec 10- European shares fell for a third straight session on Thursday, touching a two-month low, with retailers and tech firms under pressure even as commodity shares stabilized. The FTSEurofirst 300 is down around 6 percent in December, falling after the European Central Bank disappointed markets with only...

  • Oil pressure keeps rising on markets Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 7:01 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Markets could again be buffeted by year-end crosscurrents and positioning ahead of the Fed, but oil may have the final say Thursday.

  • Cramer: Yahoo blew it, Dow & DuPont won Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Marissa Mayer

    Jim Cramer says the new cycle in the market is defined by squandered versus seized opportunities — and Yahoo totally bombed it.

  • Dec 9- A potential $130 billion merger of Dow Chemical Co and DuPont could prompt a renewed flurry of takeover bids for European rivals with Switzerland's Syngenta AG the most likely target. Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, fended off a $47 billion offer from U.S. group Monsanto in August and reportedly rejected a $42 billion pursuit by...

  • Your first trade for Thursday Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders deliver their final trades of the day.

  • *Dow Chemical, DuPont jump on merger buzz. Dec 9- U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday in a choppy session as oil resumed its decline, fuelling investor worries about global economic growth and causing the S&P 500 index to track the move in the commodity. Couple that with the fact that we broke support in the S&P 500, "said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at...

  • *Dow Chemical, DuPont jump on merger buzz. Dec 9- U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday in a choppy session as oil resumed its decline and the S&P 500 index fell through a technical support level ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week that is expected to result in an interest rate hike. Computer trading programs kicked in with a wave of selling when the S&P failed...

  • Dec 9- A potential marriage of chemicals titans Dow Chemical and DuPont would draw intense scrutiny from regulators in the United States and other countries, but Wall Street welcomed the reported merger talks, lifting shares of both companies by 12 percent. "I look at it like Pepsi and Coca-Cola merging, then splitting into syrup, bottling, and snacks& sundry...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed lower, shaking off an earlier boost from news of a potential merger, as investors eyed a renewed decline in oil.

  • *Dow Chemical, DuPont jump on reported merger talks. Dec 9- U.S. stocks were down late on Wednesday after reversing course earlier in the day as oil resumed its decline and investors took profits ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week that is expected to result in an interest rate hike. People are growing concerned they're going to raise rates at the worst...

  • Why the US economy is 'fundamentally sound' Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    Traders work below a board displaying the DuPont logo on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York December 9, 2015.

    Despite increased M&A activity and a potential Fed hike looming, one strategist thinks the economy remains neutral.

  • Dow Chemical and DuPont in mega-merger talks: Sources Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    The production plant for high density polyethylene of Dow Chemical in Tessenderlo.

    Dow Chemical and DuPont are expected to announce a merger of equals by Thursday, sources told CNBC.

  • Recapping the big headlines: DOW, DD, YHOO, BABA, LULU Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    The production plant for high density polyethylene of Dow Chemical in Tessenderlo.

    Wednesday's three big stock stories

  • Desperate Dow-DuPont megamerger bad for stocks Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 2:05 PM ET
    Traders work below a board displaying the Dow Chemical logo on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Dec. 9, 2015.

    CNBC Pro asked experts and ran quantitative analysis to find the market implications of a Dow and DuPont merger.

  • The prospect of a merger between chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont boosted those shares. Dow Chemical was last up 11 percent while DuPont was last up 12 percent. "This is just an old-fashioned clean-out in a thin market that's jittery ahead of next week," said Greg Anderson, global head of FX strategy at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • Dec 9- Merger talks between Dow Chemical Co and DuPont to create a chemicals titan with a $130 billion market value lifted Dow shares to a record on Wednesday and put DuPont on track for its biggest daily gain in more than six years. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Tuesday that the companies were in advanced merger talks that would create a chemicals...