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  • Yahoo!'s headquarters in California.

    Merger talks between Microsoft and Yahoo have reportedly broken down and are more likely lead to a cooperative effort of sorts, if they lead to anything at all, according to recent media reports.

  • Media stocks are cheap, so some big players in the industry are saying “Let’s make a deal.” This week's flurry of potential media mergers includes such heavyweights as News Corp., Dow Jones, Reuters and Thomson. Analysts say that the main driver behind the proposed combinations is that media stocks are relatively cheap, making companies ripe for picking.

  • Reuters

    Reuters Group appears willing to endorse a takeover offer from Canada's Thomson Corp., the Financial Times reported. Success or failure of the deal will depend on whether the two sides can convince directors of the Founders Share Company that Reuters' editorial integrity would not be compromised, FT said.

  • More Media M&A Madness Friday, 4 May 2007 | 3:30 PM ET

    Reuters received a takeover approach by a third party, but wouldn't say who. Those in the know say its Thomson group, the financial news company that aggregates information, like which analysts cover which company -- a service that we here at CNBC use quite often.

  • Merger and acquisition activity is on a roll, but is it really what’s driving the market bulls? Brent McQuiston, Wealth Trust Arizona vice president, and Sam Stovall, Standard & Poor’s chief investment strategist, shared their insights on “Morning Call.”

  • RealNetworks posted better-than-expected results for the first quarter, saying quarterly earnings rose amid strong sales and a solid performance from its digital music subscription business.

  • Symantec, the world's biggest security software maker, posted a lower fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' forecasts, sending its shares more than 5% higher in after-hours trading.

  • Rich & Richer: Golden Age of Philanthropy Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 4:27 PM ET

    With the stock market booming and wealth in America exploding, more of the rich and super-rich are giving big bucks to charitable causes.

  • Stocks closed higher and the Dow ended at yet another record high following better-than-expected economic data and healthy mergers activity. "We're getting that soft landing scenario people were hoping for -- inflation pressures are starting to ease," said Thomas Higgins, chief economist at Payden & Rygel.

  • Stop Trading! Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 4:07 PM ET

    The market may not bat an eyelash at deals worth $5 billion these days, but News Corp.’s offer of $60 a share for Dow Jones is a “game changer,” said Erin Burnett during her daily chat with Jim Cramer. But will it go through? Cramer thinks so.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.

  • M&A speculation and earnings updates were the catalysts behind some of Tuesday's most actively traded stocks.

  • The Supreme Court sided with Microsoft in a case that restricts the reach of U.S. patents overseas. The decision could impact other lawsuits against Microsoft and save the company billions because of the global scope of its operations.

  • Stocks posted their fourth straight week of gains, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its third record close in row. The markets were boosted by better-than-expected corporate earnings, which managed to outweigh a weaker-than-expected estimate of first-quarter economic growth.

  • Portfolio Managers Say It's Time To Buy Stocks Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 4:33 PM ET

    With the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting another record, investors are asking: buy or sell? Robert Zagunis, co-portfolio manager at Jensen Investment Management, and Jeff Mortimer, portfolio manager for Schwab Core Equity Funds, gave "Closing Bell" viewers their answer: buy.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 8:29 AM ET

    As if traders are taking a collective sigh ahead of this morning's gross domestic product report, stock prices are languishing in lower territory after their recent run. Earnings news continues to power prices of some standouts, like Microsoft, which is rising after yesterday's strong report.

  • Microsoft's Windows Vista operating software.

    Microsoft reported earnings of 49 cents a share for its fiscal third quarter, topping analysts' forecasts, as revenue booked on discounted license upgrades for the new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 software boosted results. Microsoft's quarterly revenue of $14.4 billion also outstripped estimates.

  • Microsoft Woes 2.0 Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 3:08 PM ET

    Wow! Talk about a busy earnings season. I haven't had much time to breathe lately, which explains the lack of blogs these past several days. The financial flurry has been non-stop and right now is the first chance I've gotten to catch that long-lost breath. And it gives me an opportunity to focus on Microsoft, which reports after the bell today.The Street is looking for 46 cents on $13.89 billion in revenue.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 9:01 AM ET

    Stocks are set to continue their move upward this morning, after world markets joined the Wall Street buying spree that pushed the Dow above 13,000 for the first time and brought the S&P 500 within striking distance of its 2000 high. Stronger-than-expected earnings continue to set the tone this morning, with reports from Ford, Exxon Mobil and 3M already in and Apple still aglow from yesterday's strong profit report.

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 11:53 AM ET

    Hey folks, here are today's trivia questions. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: According to the Alix Partners brand survey, which company was voted the least trusted brand in America? Your selection of answers is: Microsoft or Kraft or Ford or Sony. The news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: How many vehicles did Toyota sell worldwide in the January-March quarter? Your selection of answers is: 2.348 Million or 4.663 Million or 5.347 Million or 5.139 Million.

  • Microsoft Meets Deadline on Response to EU Charges Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 3:25 AM ET

    Microsoft has responded to European Union allegations that it is overcharging rivals for information that would make their products work better with Windows. The software maker also repeated its request for more guidance on what regulators consider to be an acceptable price.