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  • StarCraft 2

    Normally, the release of a PC game – even a highly anticipated one – wouldn’t be a particularly big deal for investors. But when that game is “Starcraft II,” all the usual rules are thrown out the window.

  • With markets higher for three straight trading sessions, is this a summer rally and should investors put their trust in it? Ned Riley, CEO of Riley Asset Management, and Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, discussed their outlooks and best plays.

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    Under little-noticed new provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, whistleblowers who alert the SEC to potential fraud will for the first time be entitled to collect between 10- and- 30 percent of the money recovered by the government.

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    The world of hackers can be roughly divided into three groups. “Black hats” break into corporate computer systems for fun and profit, while the “white hats” help companies stop their disruptive counterparts.  But it is the third group, the “gray hats,” that are the most vexing for companies. The NYT explains.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Monday.

  • Stocks rallied to a one-month high Friday, led by industrials, as the latest batch of earnings reports gave another shot of confidence to recovery hopes. Verizon, AmEx and GE all gained more than 3 percent.

  • US stocks posted their second best weekly performance of the year, led by the NASDAQ Composite with a gain of 4.15%.  Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most.

  • Some technology bellwethers’ higher second-quarter profits are not being reflected in their stock prices, but investors shouldn’t be discouraged, according to Kennard Allen, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Science & Technology Fund.

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    Microsoft has known for a while that the trick to getting the Xbox 360 integrated into people’s living rooms is to load it with non-gaming features. It’s a strategy that was worked well for the company.... Now, though, Sony is quickly following suit...which could give it an advantage as the industry prepares for a crucial holiday season.

  • Stocks rose sharply Friday, led by industrials, after investors digested through the results of the EU bank stress tests and embraced a handful of encouraging U.S. earnings reports from earlier this morning. GE jumped after the firm raised its quarterly dividend.

  • The iPaq Glisten smartphone by Hewlett-Packard.

    In its bid to take on Apple and Google in smartphones, Hewlett-Packard won't use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.

  • U.S. stock index futures struggled to find direction ahead of the open Friday as investors waited for results from the European Union's bank stress tests and the next batch of corporate earnings.

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    Wall Street will be closely watching the results of the European bank stress tests on Friday even as the deluge of earnings continue.

  • After reporting great earnings results, Eric Jackson of Ironfire Capital thinks it's time for the software giant to raise, if not double, the dividend.

  • With a slew of companies reporting earnings after hours, the traders are sifting through the results in an attempt get you a step ahead. What's the latest?

  • Stocks logged their best day in two weeks Thursday as a strong batch of earnings reports revived optimism about the economic recovery. Regional banks rallied.

  • Microsoft

    The software heavyweight reported a profit and sales that improved over last year and both topped what Wall Street was looking for, helped by strong sales of Windows 7.

  • What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Jan.  22.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    Digital distribution has been a hot topic in the video game industry for years – with developers, publishers and retailers trying to forecast when it will become a real threat to traditional brick and mortar stores. New data, however, shows that time might be closer than many were expecting.

  • Microsoft

    Option prices are implying a 4.5% move in the post-market for Microsoft, slightly more than its historical average of 4%.