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    This Friday Merck and Schering-Plough shareholders are set to vote on the mega-merger. When companies co-mingle it's standard operating procedure for heads to roll. So-called "cost-saving synergies" are a big reason why deals like this get done. But this out-of-the-blue departure seems to have nothing to do with that.

  • Pharma Stocks

    Everyone’s talking about the July stock market rally. And, of course, you can’t overlook the outperformance of biotech—big and small.

  • Dividend yields in the S&P 500 are down since late June, as a 6% rally for the US equity index this month has pushed yields lower, and companies remain cautious about increasing their dividend payouts.

  • Plus, get calls on the industrials, credit cards, M&A and more.

  • The drug companies help pay my salary. Not directly, of course (although I bet there are conspiracy theorists out there who are probably convinced they do), but they undoubtedly contribute a sizeable amount of advertising dollars to the company I work for.

  • The latest batch of earnings took a toll on the market Friday but the Dow still pulled off a gain in the final half hour of trading, capping its best two-week performance since 2000. Microsoft shares fell more than 8%.

  • Stocks took a hit Friday as a drop in consumer sentiment exacerbated losses triggered by a disappointing round of earnings from Microsoft, Amazon and AmEx. But the Dow poked higher in afternoon trading Microsoft shares fell nearly 10%.

  • Stocks skidded Friday as a drop in consumer sentiment exacerbated losses triggered by a disappointing round of earnings from American Express, Amazon and Microsoft.

  • Many companies have reported earnings that have surprised to the upside, but how will they perform for the rest of the year? Dan Genter, CEO of RNC Genter Capital Management shared his insight and investment strategy.

  • Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Goldman Sachs and Suncor Energy popped while Nokia dropped.

  • Investors should take a holiday from now on as the best part of the rally is over and now there are more chances that markets would go down, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, told CNBC Friday.

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    Harris Private Bank chief investment officer Jack Ablin says there are signs the stock market just might be setting up for a big run up....One indicator he is watching is momentum.

  • In our July 1 email blast, we speculated that after a nearly 100% rise in the S&P Financial Index from the March 9, 2009 lows, further strength in the overall market may have to come from a different sector(s).  Well, as of right now, we're wrong.

  • Mike Williams of Genesis Asset Management and Douglas Roberts of ChannelCapitalResearch.com shared their investment strategies. (Part One)

  • Mike Williams of Genesis Asset Management and Douglas Roberts of ChannelCapitalResearch.com shared their investment strategies. (Part Two)

  • Man, time flies. I can't believe almost a year has passed since the incident at ICAD. That's the big Alzheimer's Disease scientific research conference that was held in Chicago in late July last year. This year, it's in Vienna and it's going on right now.

  • Several economic reports were released Tuesday, and the actuality is far different from the headlines. The Producer Price Index came and registered an alarming increase of 1.8%. But if you factor out food and energy, the increase falls to +0.5%. Read further, and that increase is entirely due to a jump in the price of cars and other light vehicles. I

  • Investors are placing their bets ahead of a string of pharma earnings due both this week and next. What must you know?

  • The New York Stock Exchange, downtown New York City.

    Stocks closed slightly higher as a mostly positive start to earnings season was offset by the air quickly coming out of a rally in bank stocks.

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    How are the Fast Money traders gaming this market into the close? Following are the “Fast & Furious” trades - hot ways to play today's market moving events.