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  • 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.”

  • Rupert Murdoch would take steps to maintain the Wall Street Journal's editorial independence and invest in journalism if Dow Jones approves News Corp.'s $5 billion bid to buy the company, according reports of his plans published on Thursday.

  • The board of directors of Dow Jones has decided to take no action on the $5 billion proposal from News Corp. , after a representative of the Bancroft family informed the board that they would vote shares constituting about 52% of voting power against the $60-a-share offer.

  • Dow Sets Another Record as Financials, Telecoms Rally Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 4:36 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher and the Dow ended at another record high, buoyed by sharp gains in financial and telecom stocks. "With strong earnings and reasonable valuations, you should expect stocks to go higher," said Ed Keon, chief investment strategist at Prudential. "I think the market represents good value."

  • Move over Citizen Kane, billionaires who want to play media tycoon are snapping up big names in the newspaper industry.

  • Carlyle Media Guru: Don't Bid Against Murdoch Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 10:04 AM ET

    Norman Pearlstine has a unique perspective on Rupert Murdoch's "stunning" bid for Dow Jones. Pearlstine, the senior advisor to The Carlyle Group's telecom and media team, was previously the editor-in-chief of Time Inc. -- and the former managing editor and executive editor at The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones' cornerstone asset. The publishing veteran told "Closing Bell" viewers his thoughts on the would-be News Corp. acquisition.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Stocks prices are edging higher this morning, following the direction of European markets. Lots of earnings news is out today, and talk of deals in the media industry swirl.

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    The Bancroft family is opposing News Corp.'s unsolicited bid of $60 a share, or about $5 billion, for Dow Jones, owner of the Wall Street Journal.  A representative of the Bancroft family said that members and trusts representing slightly more than 50% of the voting shares will vote against the News Corp. offer.

  • No.1 - Unusual Trading Of Dow Jones Options? Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 8:23 PM ET

    The big news today is, well, the news. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (NWS) made an unsolicited bid of $5 billion for Dow Jones (DJ), owner of The Wall Street Journal. Why is Murdoch willing to pay so much and why were Dow Jones options trading at 51 times their average daily volume, yesterday?

  • 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.

  • The Family Behind the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 5:01 PM ET

    The Bancroft family, which is opposing Rupert Murdoch's bid for Dow Jones, has owned the publisher of the Wall Street Journal since the turn of the 20th Century.

  • 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.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Dow Jones Story Hits Home Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 4:00 PM ET

    Hitting home: When a big story hits, it’s always very exciting. It’s also a bit nerve-wracking when the story, at least potentially, involves you personally. David Faber’s big scoop today qualified on both counts. During "Morning Call," David broke the story that News Corp. was bidding $60 per share to acquire Dow Jones -- sending quite a wave of excitement throughout our newsroom. It’s not just a potentially huge takeover deal -- it’s one that could change OUR lives tremendously.

  • Anybody Get The Dow Jones "Boost?" Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 2:59 PM ET

    Wow--there's one stock that certainly "paid off" today, and I'm wondering if any contest players got it. Dow Jones--the company that owns The Wall Street Journal, among other "things" saw it's stock rise more than 50% today--on the bid by Rupert Murdoch to buy the company. Murdoch is planning his own Fox TV business channel, and owning Dow Jones would certainly be a nice way to start the channel off.

  • Murdoch Covets Dow Jones for More Than Bottom Line Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    Media empire builder Rupert Murdoch may want Dow Jones for its editorial content and clout rather than any extra dollars the acquisition would add to News Corp.'s bottom line,  CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports.

  • Red Ink, NYT Changes & Baldwin Blues Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 10:04 AM ET

    On the heels of News Corp doubling the cost of his tabloid, the New York Post -- which is bleeding $70 million dollars annually -- Rupert Murdoch is looking for a plan. The mogul is gathering his top news executives in his Northern California Ranch next week for a three-day confab on how to transition his newspaper empire to the digital age.

  • It's Time for the Lightning Round! Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 7:50 PM ET

    It was an extra-long Lightning Round today. That means more callers, more genius from Cramer and more strategies for Home Gamers. 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.

  • This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Shia LeBeouf in a scene from "Disturbia." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures/Suzanne Tenner)

    The face of Hannibal Lecter was no match for Shia LaBeouf in a box-office battle of murder thrillers.

  • Early Buzz on the TV Network Upfronts Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 1:13 PM ET
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    Every year the TV networks gather with advertisers at Radio City Music Hall in New York in mid-May. The TV nets trot out their new shows, trying to lure advertisers with big parties and big promises of big hits, everyone hoping to hit the next "Friends." NBC starts off the upfronts on May 14 and I'll be there.

  • Grade the Trade Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 9:45 PM ET

    Tonight, the masters of Wall Street are going face to face with some of the best business school students in the country. Students from Indiana University, Villanova, MIT and USC are bringing their A-game via the webcam.