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  • U.S. stock index futures struggled to find direction ahead of the open Monday despite a flurry of merger and acquisition activity. Wall Street managed to extend the September rally at Friday's close with the major indexes ending higher a fourth straight week on economic optimism.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Monday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Thailand's political turmoil earlier this year may have taken a toll on investor confidence, but businesses have remained upbeat about its economic prospects.

  • The S&P is now trading at its lowest level in seven weeks. When will the selling stop?

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    Don’t wait for the big July jobs report tomorrow to get an accurate read on the state of the consumer. Just search Google with the right sentence fragments.

  • Food and personal care giant Uniliver (think Hellman's mayonnaise, Ben & Jerry's, Lipton tea, Dove soap, etc.) the latest food company to report being caught in a vise.

  • Apple's iAd Network

    Apple's new iAd platform debuts today, but without any of the flash or excitement of Apple's gadget debuts.

  • Slim Fast Bar

    Growth in the huge weight-loss business has slowed, but  players and concepts continue to enter a crowded field, especially the low-cost kind.

  • Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

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    At either extreme, the social Web is empowering consumers. Before, the high cost of mass media put advertising out of reach for all but corporations. But now, social networking hands us a modern-day megaphone to shout our opinions and extend our influence far and wide.

  • Venture capital firms have invested nearly $20 billion into hundreds of green technology startups over the past five years, according to Greentech Media, a San-Francisco based research and media company. But with only a few of these startups expected to make it, how can the best be separated from the rest? CNBC asked Greentech Media Editor-in-Chief Michael Kanellos which 15 should be on our radar. The selection criteria included technological edge, potential to disrupt the market, quality of the

    With only a few green technology startups expected to make it, how can the best be separated from the rest? CNBC asked Greentech Media Editor-in-Chief Michael Kanellos which 15 should be on our radar.

  • Unilever

    With almost 6 billion people living in the developing and emerging world, the opportunity for expansion look very promising for consumer goods giant Unilever. Its top brands – Dove, Sunsilk, Ben & Jerry’s, Surf and Cif – are household names in most countries, while its products are sold in more than 170 countries worldwide.

  • Apple iPad

    Apple's iPad provides a ray of hope: it's forcing magazine publishers to adapt to a new dynamic format, a format that promises dual revenue streams.

  • With the melt-up continuing in the face of some serious headwinds, how should you trade this bull market that just won’t quit?

  • Axiron

    I can hear the commercial now. “Underarm protection that literally makes you feel more like a man.”

  • Fascinate

    Fascinating companies, like fascinating people, get under our skin and into our conversations. They challenge us and move us. They’re unafraid to ask questions, and incite a response. They incite strong reactions from a specific audience, writes the author.

  • A pause is all very well, but if the monetary crutch that has supported recovery is kicked out too soon, that double dip scenario could become a reality.

  • Shanghai Skyline

    China's economy likely grew by 13 percent in the last month of 2009 and market fears that the country is manipulating the data are exaggerated, Jim O'Neill, head of global economic research at Goldman Sachs told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Upbeat results from technology firms led stocks higher Friday, however the Nasdaq was the only major index to close in positive territory for the week. Is tech your top trade?

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    As the economy soured, consumers became increasingly resourceful in order to make ends meet. However, this doesn't always mean consumers are shopping on price alone. A new study released by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Booz & Co. and SheSpeaks looks at the factors influencing a shopper's decision to buy.