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  • Investors were chattering about the sharp move higher in stocks this September and what to make of weakness on Monday. Should you position for further gains?

  • Stocks lost ground in the last half hour of trading and closed near the lows of the session Monday amid light volume and a flurry of merger and acquisition activity.  AT&T and American Express rose, Bank of America fell.

  • Stocks added to modest losses ahead of the close Monday amid light volume and a flurry of merger and acquisition activity.  AT&T and American Express rose, Bank of America fell.

  • Both the Dow and S&P traded lower Monday despite a flurry of M&A valued at $10.5 billion. What gives?

  • Stocks were slightly lower Monday amid a flurry of merger and acquisition activity and in the absence of significant economic news.  Alcoa fell, HP gained.

  • Stocks are sitting at 4-month highs as the Dow is still on pace for its best September since 1939 and its best quarter in a year. How good a month has it been? The Dow has only been down on 4 days in September — the fewest number of days in any month since April 2007.

  • 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.

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    After two years of prodding from Hollywood, the F.C.C. agreed to let movie studios activate technology to prevent films sold through video-on-demand systems from being copied.  That could open the door to a new era, the NYT reports.

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    Blockbuster failed to update its brick-and-mortar model to compete in the fast-paced digital age, and it's been trounced by Netflix and Redbox.

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    An Iowa egg producer at the center of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella apologized to a Congressional panel on Wednesday and acknowledged that his family operation had become “big quite awhile before we stopped acting like we were small.”  The NYT reports.

  • Chinese Yuan

    The United States government has singled out the Yuan's exchange rate as a troublesome issue, demanding appreciation to help improve the Sino-U.S. bilateral trade imbalance. With the multiple domestic economic problems facing America, many are seeing this as a ploy to help resolve them through this medium.

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    The country’s continued economic doldrums have stores scrambling for the once-ignored low-end customer, as people make fewer costly shopping trips to stock their pantries.  The New York Times reports.

  • Walmart Stores

    Walmart is gearing up for a move into small convenience stores in urban markets such as Chicago and Los Angeles as the largest US retailer seeks to revitalise its growth in its home market.

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  • Cheap labor was a main reasons why so many manufacturers moved operations to China. But with rising currency and labor costs will companies like Walmart leave?

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    The recent onslaught of negative economics reports and news stories may have many investors considering a more defensive investment strategy. Sounds like a reasonable approach, right? Not necessarily. ...A report from DailyFinance.

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    As retailers begin to gear up for holiday 2010, the Wal-Mart and Amazon seem to be preparing for another price cutting battle, which could put pressure on GameStop shares in the fourth quarter.

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    Toys 'R Us will soon debut at least 10 FAO Schwarz pop-up stores, meaning some folks won't have to travel to New York to dance on the big piano keyboard this holiday season.

  • Exactly 2 years have passed since Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, sending markets on a downwards spiral. Many sectors and stocks have still failed to recoup all of their losses since that fateful weekend.

  • Stocks snapped a four-day winning streak as the Dow and S&P fell after struggling with direction much of the day despite signs of strength in the U.S. economy.  Boeing and American Express fell, while HP rose.