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Even with a bull market raging on, corporate America is still making like Ebenezer Scrooge when it comes to sharing the wealth with shareholders. Exxon Mobil (XOM), Microsoft (MSFT), Pfizer (PFE) and Cisco (CSCO) are all sitting on more than $20 billion, individually. Shareholders need to start demanding they put this money to work or return it. So which stocks should you buy in anticipation of that?
Cramer called two of the latest: aQuantive and Alltel. Here's the name he thinks is next on the list.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.
Salesforce.com's stock price climbed by more than 4% in response to a report that the online software pioneer is poised to team up with Internet search leader Google in a double-barreled attack on Microsoft.
Microsoft’s $6 billion bid for online advertising company aQuantive is a “game changer,” Cramer said.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.
Before he looks forward, Cramer wants to take a quick look back and bask in the glory of one the best slam dunk recommendations he's ever given.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 what's happening with the Second Chance Showdown. We have two new leaders that catapulted to the front of the pack with all-in bets on aQuantive--up 77.84% Friday. That was on news that AQNT has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft at an 85% premium. We noted in the finals post today how the top ten Second Chance Showdown leaders bought AQNT while the contest finalists, didn't. So, it's Linda Gordon in first with a portfolio value of $1,880,916.42.
Stocks ended the week mostly higher as strong economic data, soothing comments from Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke and continued M&A action kept buyers in the market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week with gains of 1.7% while the S&P 500 traded up 1.1%. Both indexes closed higher for the seventh straight week. Not so for the Nasdaq, however, which fell 0.2%.
Stocks closed broadly higher on Friday as the major markets hit new highs on takeover news and encouraging consumer data. "Right now investor sentiment is surging to the optimistic side," said Chris Johnson, founder and chief investment strategist at Johnson Research Group.
When is a $3 billion company really worth $6 billion? When you're Microsoft, looking for some kind of answer to the Google online advertising juggernaut, and still licking your wounds after losing the billion-dollar bidding war for DoubleClick.Which leads us to Microsoft's mega-merger with Aquantive, offering an 85% premium to yesterday's closing price. It's a bold move, a pricey move, a move Microsoft had to make, but not surprising given what's been happening in the online advertising world these past few weeks.
Microsoft said Friday it will purchase online advertising firm aQuantive Inc. for about $6 billion in cash, paying a premium to catch up with major ad deals by its competitors over the last six weeks.
Share buybacks are seen driving the market rally. But is the record buyback level really a good thing? Jerry Castellini thinks so. The president and CIO of CastleArk Management explained his optimism to "Squawk on the Street" viewers.
A late selloff pushed stocks lower at the close as strong economic data and encouraging comments by the Fed were offset by profit-taking and a spike in energy prices. "We're seeing a little bit of weakness, but the market not selling off tremendously is an overall positive," said Robert Pavlik, chief investment officer at OakTree Asset Management.
Shares of Sony jumped to a five-year high on Thursday after the electronics maker forecast a six-fold jump in annual profit on sales of LCD TVs and expectations for smaller losses in its game division.
Stocks moved broadly higher and the Dow logged triple-digit gains as investors were encouraged by large investments revealed by several billionaire investors. "We're in a bull market without any question," said Ned Riley, CEO of Riley Asset Management. "You can't deny this market because there is so much money being invested."
Billionaire investor George Soros reported Tuesday that he had more than doubled his stake in Microsoft Corp.'s common stock to 415,497 shares as of March 31 from a previously disclosed stake of 198,075 shares.
Sony reported a wider quarterly loss on Wednesday due to losses in its game unit, but it forecast a sharp rise in profit this year as it boosts sales of its PlayStation 3 video game machine and LCD TVs.
Bill Gates said an accelerating consumer shift to digital lifestyles had helped make the operating system the fastest-selling in history, and that premium editions have accounted for 78% of Vista sales.
Vicki from New York doesn’t anticipate an up-turn in the housing market anytime soon. She asks if she should short Bear Stearns (BSC) on the potential slowdown in its mortgage trading business?
Douglas Kass, President of Seabreeze Partners, a hedge fund that shorts the market, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he believes the bear will wake from his slumber and soon growl at increasingly sour market conditions.
For all you hear about the housing bust, you'd think prices aren't going up anywhere. One look at the Seattle or Portland, Oregon markets tells you it isn't true.