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  • The family that controls Dow Jones doubled the quarterly dividend it receives ahead of its decision to approve a takeover offer from News Corp. , the New York Post reported Monday.

  • The market's wild swings are expected to continue through the summer, analysts say, but investors should take advantage of the volatility instead of fearing it. "There's no reason to think these 100, 200-point swings won't continue," said Rob Brown, chief investment officer at Genworth Financial.  "That provides an investment opportunity."

  • The amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne is back, and this time he clobbered Homer Simpson. "The Bourne Ultimatum," the third movie in the espionage action series starring Matt Damon as a one-time CIA hit man searching for his past, grossed $70.2 million its opening weekend to rank as North America's top film at the box office, according to estimates.

  • Dow Jones Eyeing Deal with Christopher Bancroft: WSJ Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | 4:11 AM ET

    Dow Jones is considering a possible deal under which it would pay legal fees of shareholder Christopher Bancroft in a bid to get further support for its deal with News Corp., the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Thursday.

  • WSJ Editorials Defend Murdoch as New Boss Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 7:27 PM ET

    Rupert Murdoch's deal to buy Dow Jones won support on Wednesday in the editorial pages of his long-coveted Wall Street Journal, which defended its new boss and tasked him with upholding more than a century of journalistic principle.

  • Stocks Finish Sharply Higher After Late-Session Rally Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 5:42 PM ET

    Stocks rose sharply in the final minutes of trading, with the Dow posting a triple-digit gain, as bargain hunters snapped up beaten down shares after credit jitters weighed on the markets all session. "At some point we have to look at the recent downturn as being slightly overdone," Arthur Hogan, managing director at Jefferies, told CNBC.com.

  • A Whole Lot of Croc Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 11:22 AM ET
    Fake Jane

    A hospital in Pittsburgh is banning Crocs, the comfy rubbery shoes with holes in them. Hospital officials call them a hazard, fearing a nurse might drop a syringe on his or her foot and, bingo! One nurse tells the AP that's a croc. "I mean, I can get a needle stuck in my arm or my leg."

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 8:58 AM ET

    A selling wave in global stock markets is sweeping futures lower this morning as subprime and credit woes once more rise to the surface. A new disclosure about a third troubled hedge fund at Bear Stearns is rattling investors.

  • Dow Jones' Board Agrees to News Corp.'s Buyout Offer Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 3:02 AM ET

    Rupert Murdoch is set to achieve his decades-long dream of running the venerable Wall Street Journal after Dow Jones' board agreed to News Corp's $5 billion buyout offer. 

  • Stocks closed broadly lower after a mortgage lender said it is unable to borrow money and crude oil closed above $78 a barrel for the first time. "We think the corrective phase in the financials is not yet over," said John Roque, technical analyst at Natixis Bleichroeder.

  • News Corp. Wins Enough Backing To Acquire Dow Jones Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 5:45 PM ET

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has won enough shareholder support to acquire Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, CNBC's David Faber reported. A definitive agreement is expected as early as Tuesday night, Faber said, citing people familiar with the situation.

  • CNBC's Faber: Why the Bancrofts Changed Their Tune Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 3:19 PM ET

    Three months after CNBC first broke the news that News Corp.  was offering $60 a share to buy Dow Jones, enough of the company's controlling shareholders have now voted in favor of the deal, making it a reality.  These last three months have been a story worthy of the Wall Street Journal's pages, where it has often wound up, and the last 24 hours have been no exception.

  • CBS And Viacom: What Will Sumner Redstone Do? Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    CBS announced second-quarter earnings that disappointed on the top line, beat expectations on the bottom line, and landed flat with growth-hungry Wall Street. Revenue disappointed--down 3% to $3.37 billion on a loss of TV revenue from shutting down UPN and the timing of the NCAA basketball tournament.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Stocks are ready to spring higher on the opening as economic data, earnings and some merger news gets investor attention this morning. GM's better-than-expected earnings report is adding a positive tone.

  • Despite all the concern about the credit crunch, a big private equity deal seems to be moving forward. On Monday, John Malone, Chairman of Liberty Media tells the Financial Times he's considering enterting the auction for Richard Branson's Virgin Media. This could be a huge deal--the largest cable transaction outside the U.S.

  • Bancrofts, News Corp. Wrangle over Dow Jones Price Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 4:51 AM ET

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. appeared to be inching closer to a deal to buy Dow Jones and gaining enough support from the divided Bancroft family, but both sides were still wrangling over the price.

  • With a deadline to weigh in on News Corp.'s $5 billion offer for Dow Jones fast approaching, the outcome remains far from certain, said CNBC's David Faber.

  • Stocks closed higher, helped by buying in the financials sector, as bargain hunters shrugged off lingering concerns about corporate financing.  "The question many investors should ask  is whether deals are merely being re-priced, which seems appropriate, or will be cancelled," said Jason Trennert of  Strategas Research.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | 8:55 AM ET

    Futures are perking up this morning and are setting stocks up for a firmer opening. Traders are turning their attention to earnings and some percolating merger news, and there's a calm on Wall Street after Friday's late day, mad dash down-hill ride for stocks.

  • 'Simpsons' Movie Enjoys Huge Box Office Open Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | 1:48 PM ET

    After paying their dues on the small screen for 18 years, "The Simpsons" have become movie superstars in just one day.