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  • Stocks closed lower Wednesday following a handful of weak earnings results in the financial sector and strong results from tech giants IBM and Apple, although the iPad maker's shares slipped in afternoon trading. Bank of America and AmEx fell, while IBM rose.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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    The online auction firm posted quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations and raised its outlook for the fiscal year Wednesday, sending shares higher in late trading.

  • Stocks extended losses Wednesday following a handful of weak earnings results in the financial sector and strong reports from tech giants IBM and Apple, although the iPad maker's shares slipped in afternoon trading.  BofA and AmEx fell, while IBM rose.

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    With bricks, clicks and hardware, find out why Jon Najarian thinks Apple is the best play in tech.

  • Find out what fundamentals, technicals and insights from the options world suggest lie ahead for this stock going into earnings Thursday.

  • OVERCONNECTED: The Promise and Threat of the Internet

    "I cannot imagine Google vanishing but I can easily envision their high profit business model getting broken and there invincible position substantially weakening. The risk is they will become boring, writes the author of "Overconnected."

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    She’s a law school graduate trying to unload her diploma on eBay for $200,000 due to “severe financial distress.”

  • This is a great time for investors to hunt for good value plays, said Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management, and Harvey Neiman, portfolio manager of Neiman Large Cap Value Fund.

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    On Wednesday night, eBay's StubHub pulled off all of its tickets to Monday's BCS National Championship Game.

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    Just days after NetNet published “Getting Schooled in Law Loans,” a law school graduate has turned to eBay due to “severe financial distress.”

  • Throughout the financial crisis, large debt loads weighed on company balance sheets and had serious implications for the firms that let their borrowing get out of control. Other companies, however, have a history of operating with low debt levels, and many choose to issue no debt at all. Instead of debt, these companies hold cash and liquid investments in order to make acquisitions, investments and to run daily operations. Although too much debt can quickly turn into a problem, zero debt does no

    Some companies have a history of operating with low debt levels, and many choose to issue no debt at all. Here are 15 companies with no debt whatsoever!

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    While the media buzzes about Facebook's new $500 million investment from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies and $50 billion valuation, MySpace is at the other end of the spectrum, facing more layoffs and on the auction block.

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    The popular social networking site has raised $500 million from the investment bank and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, the New York Times reports.

  • A long position in eBay looked like a hot trade but all it did was burn. So how does Joe Terranova recommend playing it now?

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    This holiday season, consumers are beginning to shop and make purchases on their mobile phones. The shift from buying presents in front of the computer at home or work to doing it during bus commutes or while standing in line at cafes is small, but, for the first time, noticeable and even significant.  Tthe New York Times reports.

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    The fight over collecting online sales tax is an ongoing issue that is especially heated this holiday season as online retail sales hit new records—and taxes goes uncollected.

  • Here are the two best plays right now on cyber security.

  • Legendary tech fund manager Dan Niles of Alpha One Capital Partners reveals three names on his radar for 2011. Are they on yours?

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    Shares of Google and Apple edged higher in pre-market trading after a federal court judge dismissed a patent lawsuit against the tech giants brought by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.