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  • 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.

  • Microsoft  may face a new kind of antitrust punishment from the European Union if the company, already hit by multi-million-dollar fines, continues to defy it, the bloc's top competition official hinted.

  • Texas Instruments

    Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Raymond James, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he expects Texas Instruments’ earnings to improve in the second half of the year.

  • RIM to Roll Out "Virtual BlackBerry" Software Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 4:43 AM ET

    Research In Motion is set to roll out new software that will let users turn smartphones running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform into virtual BlackBerries.

  • No.1 - Microsoft vs. Apple Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 8:28 PM ET

    Next week is all about Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT), as both tech titans report earnings Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. So what’s the tech trade ahead of these two monster reports?

  • U.S. sales of video games, devices and accessories rose 33% to $1.1 billion in March, propelled by sales of new video game consoles like the last-generation PlayStation 2 from Sony, market research firm NPD said.

  • Google

    Christa Quarles, an analyst at Thomas Wiesel Partners, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that Google’s strong domestic and international growth suggest that the search giant will continue to dominate the Internet.

  • Google Earnings Preview Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 12:15 PM ET

    The big week in Internet earnings reaches a crescendo this afternoon when Google reports earnings. These numbers come at a fascinating time in the company's history.Google has become a kind of financial underdog, compared to other big names in the sector, including Yahoo, which is still licking its wounds, and eBay, which is enjoying its second beat-and-raise quarter in a row. A strange position to be in for a company trading at nearly $500 a share.

  • Hewlett-Packard Keeps Lead Over Dell in PCs Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 1:41 AM ET

    Hewlett-Packard maintained its lead over Dell in the global personal-computer market in the first quarter, market researcher IDC said on Wednesday.

  • Microsoft said it agreed to pay up to $180 million to settle a class-action lawsuit, claiming the company has used its monopoly to overcharge citizens in the state of Iowa.