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Another day - another merger! On Thursday, Wachovia (WB) -- which is the nation's fourth largest bank -- scooped up regional broker AG Edwards & Sons (AGE) for nearly $7 billion . Yes, that AG Edwards, the venerable 120-year old St. Louis-based brokerage house. What does that mean for the future of regional brokers?
Wachovia's $6.8 billion agreement to buy A.G. Edwards is likely to spur more acquisitions of independent brokerage firms, analysts say. The reason: banks are trying to bulk up on brokerage services, while traditional outfits like Edwards are dwindling in number and losing clients to cheaper online competitors.
Ionatron, Diageo, Starbucks, Bank of America and more...Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Here's the latest on what you're doing with stocks for the contest--and what they're doing to you!! It's pretty much dominated by earnings news, both good (LLTC) and bad (YHOO, ESLR). The most active and widely held lists remain the same. And a stock we took a closer look at yesterday, Seagate, had an impact on another stock--and not for the best. Here's the breakdown...
Good morning all. We hope you were able to watch Friday night's "How To Win" contest program. But if not, or even if you did, I'll re-cap some of the show in blog posts today. We'll start with some of the picks--I'm sure you'd like to know what the experts were hot about. So far, there are 443,291 contest registrations to date.
With only a few seconds left in the show, Cramer still manages to make the call. Here's what he had to say about Jeffries & Co., Force Protection and Union Pacific.
Coffee, tobacco, and work can each prove addictive for some executives. But CNBC's Darren Rovell says the newest monkey on C-level backs is a video game, Brickbreaker. And the supplier is the exec's very own BlackBerry handheld.
Jefferies agreed to pay about $9.7 million to settle charges that it lavished $2 million worth of gifts, travel and other entertainment to win trading business from mutual fund giant Fidelity, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.