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  • How should you put money to work in the wake of this uptick in M&A?

  • While the XLF is down 30% since last September, shares of Stifel Financial have climbed 31%. If you think that's impressive wait until you see our interview with CEO Ron Kruszewski!

  • Both the Dow and S&P closed in positive territory with optimism about potential M&A deals trumping concerns about trade friction between the United States and China.

  • Fortune

    For the first time, Fortune opened its 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list to businesses around the world (if they trade on a U.S. exchange and file quarterly reports)—a change that landed Canada's Research in Motion in the No. 1 spot and two Chinese companies in the top 10.

  • For the first time, Fortune opened its 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list to businesses around the world (if they trade on a U.S. exchange and file quarterly reports)—a change that landed Canada's Research in Motion in the No. 1 spot and two Chinese companies in the top 10.

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    The bears seized control of trading on Tuesday sending the Dow sharply lower as mixed economic data and disappointing sales from Best Buy sparked worries about a recovery.

  • Stifel Financial Corp (SF) posted higher-than-expected third-quarter results, driven by a rise in commissions and asset management fees.

  • What will it take? Plus, Cramer makes the call on Raymond James, Stifel, Wells Fargo, NYSE Euronext and more.

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    With Wall Street's fate in Washington's hands, we ask Stifel Financial CEO Ron Kruszewski what he thinks the future holds.

  • Another day - another merger! On Thursday, Wachovia (WB)  -- which is the nation's fourth largest bank -- scooped up regional broker AG Edwards & Sons (AGE) for nearly $7 billion . Yes, that AG Edwards, the venerable 120-year old St. Louis-based brokerage house. What does that mean for the future of regional brokers?

  • Wachovia's $6.8 billion agreement to buy A.G. Edwards is likely to spur more acquisitions of independent brokerage firms, analysts say. The reason: banks are trying to bulk up on brokerage services, while traditional outfits like Edwards are dwindling in number and losing clients to cheaper online competitors.

  • Hey everyone--Kiran Bhattarai takes the lead in the Second Chance contest on a strong performances by Jack in the Box and Stifel Financial ending the 27-way tie that existed after the popular Winn-Dixie trade on Tuesday. However the portfolio values are very tight among the leaders. Lisabeth Szczepanek follows close behind in second with only $10,904.60 separating her from the lead and even less separating her and our third place contestant Steve Ogullukian. He is only $2,216.608 behind Lisbeth.

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    Hey everyone, a bit later than usual, but we have the leaderboard for the finals with a new name on top. A few notes before we get to that. Some of the numbers were incomplete in yesterdays' post for a couple of portfolios. However, I want to make clear that the total for the portfolio values were accurate. We just had a little less of the complete picture for the trades. We're working to make sure we do the best job on that front. As for one stock--BPRG--it is a valid stock for the contest. Reuters data shows a market cap of $1.3B on 3/2/07--which was the date for contest stocks.

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    Good morning all. We have some info for you. The first Million Dollar Finals leader is Donald Tang who gained $73K on Mindray Medical. He's closely followed by Serge Amelyan with the same Mindray Medical trade. However, Serge used his remaining cash to buy 2 shares of CMGI at $2.44, which fell -2.46% Tuesday-- resulting in the $0.12 difference between him and Donald, and costing him the tie for first.