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  • Following months of negotiations, General Electric and Comcast announced today a definite agreement to form a joint venture.  Here is a look at the top 10 M&A transactions this year.

  • With the health care debate continuing, how can investors make money in the sector? Barbara Ryan, managing director and senior pharmaceuticals analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, and Charles Boorady, health care providers analyst at Citigroup, shared their insights.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks finished lower Friday, despite a last-ditch attempt to rally, as technology shares took yet another hit — this time it was weak earnings from PC maker Dell. Still , for the week, the Dow gained about 50 points.

  • The S&P 500 fell for a third straight day on Friday after weaker than-expected results from Dell and DR Horton left investors questioning the strength of the recovery.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks declined Friday as technology shares took yet another hit — this time it was weak earnings from PC maker Dell. Merck was among the few gainers today as investors moved into classically safe bets like health care, consumer staples and utilities.

  • Earlier this week I reported that Dr. Allen Taylor who ran the Abbott vs. Merck cholesterol drug study, which Abbott's drug Niaspan won, would only say that ABT has paid him more than $10,000 in lecture and consulting fees. But he wouldn't be any more specific than that.

  • The Baltic Dry Shipping Index, a leading economic indicator used by market insiders to gauge global demand for dry commodities, hit another year-high on Wednesday. Urs Dur, vice president and logistics analyst at Lazard Capital Markets, discussed the index's significance and what investors should expect going forward.

  • Trading desks idle as light volume continues. It started on November 1st — sell-side desks started seeing a drop in trading volume, and it has continued through the month. What gives?

  • As the year draws closer to an end, investors are looking ahead to new investment strategies for 2010. Tobias Levkovich, chief U.S. equity strategist at Citigroup, shared his outlook.

  • When I do an interview with a clinical trial investigator I typically try to take care of what I call the "housekeeping" at the beginning or end.

  • Stocks opened lower on Tuesday, after a sharp rally in the prior session. Where should investors be looking and how should they play the markets? David Spika, VP and investment strategist at WHG Funds and Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management shared their outlooks.

  • A smart speech by the Fed chief has given investors the green light.

  • Live TV is best when things are happening and news is breaking right now. It's immediate and often, hopefully, more compelling.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    The Dow pared its gains in the final hour of trading after banking analyst Meredith Whitney said the recent market rally is not rooted in fundamentals and the U.S. economy is likely to fall back into a recession next year.

  • Plus, get calls on tech, pharma and more.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened higher Monday, building on two weeks of gains, as a weak dollar boosted commodity stocks and a government report showed retail sales rose in October.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened higher Monday, building on two weeks of gains, as a weak dollar boosted commodity stocks and a government report showed retail sales rose in October.

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    Even as drug makers promise to support Washington’s health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation’s drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years, reports the New York Times.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stock index futures are pointing to a higher open Monday after data showed that Japan's economy grew nearly twice as much as expected in the third quarter.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks clawed higher Friday as solid earnings from Disney and JCPenney helped offset worries about a drop in consumer sentiment. It was a wobbly morning but by midday, the  Dow was up more than 100 points, or 1 percent.