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  • Stocks opened slightly higher, once again following Europe’s lead—but this time to the upside. European markets are up 1 percent to 2 percent this morning, shrugging off S&P’s downgrade of Italy’s sovereign debt last night.

  • Tyco

    Swiss manufacturer Tyco International said Monday it plans to separate into three independent, publicly-traded companies to foster growth for each of the entities.

  • A "no" to euro bonds—but likely only for the moment. Ahead of the Sarkozy-Merkel meeting Tuesday, the Germans, predictably, are pushing back on the idea of issuing euro bonds (bonds guaranteed by all the euro zone countries)...but don't kid yourself: that's the direction the euro zone is moving.

  • Raj Rajaratnam, confronted by media as he leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Court House at 500 Pearl Street after being found guilty of 14 charges against him on May 11, 2011 in New York City. After eleven days of deliberation a jury convicted Rajaratnam with all 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy.

    Economic prosperity comes from open markets and a "level playing field," James Dinan, chairman and CEO of York Capital Management, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Ralcorp, the owner of Post cereals, has hired two proxy solicitors as it plays defense against unsolicited bids from rival ConAgra, according to a person familiar with the matter.

  • Flash Crash: One Year Later - A CNBC Special Report

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Flash Crash, the infamous day in which the Dow plunged 998.62 points or 9.2 percent and within minutes erased most of its losses. 

  • Consumer Staples  are on the move and gaining ground on earnings and deal news, many hitting multi-year highs. 

  • Investors dumping these kinds of companies might regret it, the "Mad Money" host said.

  • On Wednesday, the board of Ralcorp again spurned ConAgra’s unsolicited take-out offer, this time for $86/share. Will ConAgra go much higher?

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    Stocks closed broadly lower Wednesday amid sliding prices for precious metals and oil, and news of weakness in the U.S. economy.

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    Stocks sank across-the-board Wednesday as investors took a breather following disappointing economic news and a selloff in commodities. 

  • Ralcorp Holdings has rejected a $4.9 billion, all-cash takeover bid Wednesday from consumer food company ConAgra Foods.

  • Have bulls pushed the S&P so high, it's reached levels that are not well supported by economic fundamentals?

  • Food Economics - A CNBC Special Report

    As surging agricultural-commodity prices continue their march to multi-year highs, here is a look at twelve food stocks up more than 20 percent so far in 2011.

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    Stock index futures pared losses to trade flat amid a report on private sector job growth that was a little weaker than expected.

  • Following a flurry of takeovers, Cramer explains why more deals are likely.

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    Stocks closed modestly lower Monday, coming off highs reached after news of Osama Bin Laden's death, as investors considered the potential for terror attacks in retaliation for the killing.

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    Stocks fell in late afternoon trading on Monday, coming off highs reached after news of Osama Bin Laden's death, as investors considered the renewed potential for terror attacks in retaliation for the killing.

  • ConAgra's bid for Ralcorp valued the maker of cookies and pasta in the "low-$80s" per share, says a source with knowledge of the discussions. That would have made the premium just north of 25 percent, compared to where the shares were trading, the source noted.

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    Stocks closed at fresh multi-year highs on Friday shrugging off lukewarm economic news to focus on broadly strong earnings, as the Dow & the S&P 500 marked six consecutive gains for the month of April.