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Cramer’s Top 13 New Dividend Plays Thu, 17 Jun '10 | 9:53 AM ET
Cramer’s reason for liking dividend-paying stocks hasn’t changed: They can offer great protection in a volatile market. But these days there are two kinds of dividend plays that he recommends. First, the classic “accidental high-yielders.” These are the stocks with small payouts that wouldn’t ordinarily offer high yields. But because of downward pressure in the markets, which has hurt their share prices, those yields have shot up. Now investors get more bang for their buck. The added benefit of

We pulled together the best of best of these two kinds of dividend plays – Cramer’s 13 favorite names right now. They could offer just the kind of defense that you need.

Top-Grossing Animated Movies Thu, 17 Jun '10 | 9:32 AM ET
Bambi, The Lion King, Finding Nemo — all animated films that have become household names while breaking all sorts of records. Their state-of-the-art technologies and design made them instant classics and some of the top-grossing movies of all time.Here, we've compiled the top 10 highest grossing animated movies, offering a behind-the-scenes view of their groundbreaking technology, from Disney's earliest full-length animated movie to Disney Pixar's newest releases. See why these movies changed th

See why these movies changed the way animated movies are made, and broke box-office records in the process.

Top Entry-Level Employers Wed, 16 Jun '10 | 12:20 PM ET

Recent college grads are facing a tough job market again this year, but some companies and organizations plan to hire a good amount of entry-level workers in 2010.

E3 2010: Cutting-Edge Video Game Technology Wed, 16 Jun '10 | 10:36 AM ET
As it does every four or five years, the video game industry is rebooting itself this year. Instead of rolling out brand new game systems for the living room, though, manufacturers are looking to build on the market they’ve already created. “The video game sector is nearing a turning point, with the potential for new hardware innovations and a strong development pipeline to reinvigorate growth,” says Colin Sebastian, an analyst with Lazard Capital Markets. There was a lot of new hardware and tec

Instead of rolling out brand new game systems for the living room, though, manufacturers are looking to build on the market they’ve already created.

Greenest Brands Mon, 14 Jun '10 | 9:52 AM ET

Many companies have adopted sustainable practices and technology, realizing that consumers prefer doing business with environmentally responsible companies.

CNBC's New Studio at the Singapore Exchange Sun, 13 Jun '10 | 8:42 PM ET
Work in progress.

Here's a look at the building progress of the Singapore studio from the first day construction started to the day when the finishing touches were put into place.

The Best Selling Video Games of 2010 Thu, 10 Jun '10 | 3:27 PM ET
As the video game industry gets set to show off the games that will dominate the charts in the back half of 2010 and early 2011, what better time to see what has been driving sales for the first half of the year? After a disappointing 2009, software sales are down 11 percent so far this year, according to the most recent numbers from the NPD Group, which tracks game sales. That’s a shortfall of over $500 million. The numbers should begin to rebound in the coming months – but so far, 2010 hasn’t

After a disappointing 2009, software sales are down 8 percent so far this year but the numbers should begin to rebound. Here are the best-selling video games of 2010.

World Cup Countries: Rating the Economies Thu, 10 Jun '10 | 4:11 AM ET
Thirty-two countries will be represented in South Africa when the World Cup final starts. Five-time champions Brazil are joint favorites with Spain to lift the Jules Rimet Cup.But while attention will be on the pitch, economists and analysts at Goldman Sachs took the chance to assess the economies of the participants. Does gross national product have much to do with success on the pitch? Not really, Goldman concluded, pointing to a -0.17 correlation between GNP and Fifa's current world rankings.

Thirty-two countries will be represented in South Africa when the World Cup final starts. Five-time champions Brazil are joint favorites with Spain to lift the Jules Rimet Cup.

17 Ways To Clean Up The Spill Wed, 9 Jun '10 | 11:42 AM ET
With the Gulf of Mexico oil spill now the worst in US history, public pressure is growing on BP to contain and remove the ever-spreading slick. There are numerous potential cleanup methods, some that are already being used and others that are...well, rather non-traditional.BP has said it had  on alternate cleanup methods by the end of May and is seriously looking at 700 of them. With estimates of the total spilled so far ranging from around 700,000 barrels to over 2.5 million barrels, it will be

There are numerous potential cleanup methods, some that are already being used and others that are... well, rather non-traditional.

Fast Money's Trader Icons Tue, 8 Jun '10 | 5:24 PM ET
Who doesn't dream of greatness - swinging like Babe Ruth or punching like Muhammad Ali? But those guys are sports stars. If you're like us, your heroes are the legendary all-star investors, the heavy hitters who knocked the cover off the ball time and again with their winning trades.Following are the Fast Money icons - some of the greatest traders of all time.

Following are the Fast Money icons — some of the greatest traders of all time.

The World’s Most Infamous Rogue Traders Tue, 8 Jun '10 | 9:35 AM ET
Everybody knows that trading carries the risk of losing serious money, but rogue traders are defined by their wildly excessive, reckless, or unauthorized trading habits. As  over trades that cost French bank Societe Generale 4.9 billion euros ($6 billion) back in 2008, history indicates that his kind of rogue activity is more common than you might think. Rogue traders fascinate the public because they tend not to act out of greed. They don't care about money. They care about winning. Rogue trade

Rogue traders routinely breach their trading limits, and frequently concoct elaborate cover-ups to hide their losses. Here are some of the world's most infamous rogue traders.

The Most Iconic Baseball Cards of All-Time Thu, 3 Jun '10 | 4:02 PM ET
By Posted 3 June 2010On June 2nd 2010, Ken Griffey Jr, one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after 21 years playing the game. In honor of Ken Griffey Jr.'s retirement, I've put together my list of the most iconic baseball cards of all-time, taking a look at the cards that have most dramatically caught the eye of collectors around the country. Griffey Jr’s cards were highly coveted early in his career – not only because

In honor of Ken Griffey Jr.'s retirement, CNBC's Darren Rovell has put together his list of the most iconic baseball cards of all-time. Check out the list!

Scenes From Protests Over The BP Oil Spill Thu, 3 Jun '10 | 3:38 PM ET

Since the massive oil spill in the Gulf in Mexico first hit on April 20, protests against BP have been popping up in front of the company's offices and gas stations all over the country.

Cities Where Renting Beats Buying Thu, 3 Jun '10 | 11:14 AM ET
It's the age-old problem when looking for a place to live: buy or rent? To see which cities offer the best rental opportunities, real estate website  conducted an analysis of the most advantageous ratios between rental prices and home values. Trulia looked at prices for two- bedroom apartments, condos and townhouses for sale and for rent in the 50 largest US metro areas. Total costs include rent and renter's insurance vs. buying a home, which includes down payment, mortgage principal and interes

To see which cities offer the best rental opportunities, real estate website Trulia.com conducted an analysis of the most advantageous ratios between rental prices and home values.

Best Cities For New Grads Fri, 28 May '10 | 4:12 PM ET

With a tough job market, many college graduates may need to look far and wide for a place to start their careers. Here are some cities they should consider.

America's Coolest Beach Homes Fri, 28 May '10 | 9:57 AM ET
With summer heat just around the corner, you can bet plenty of people are planning trips to the shore. But what could be "cooler" experience than actually owning a mansion on the sand?  has compiled a list of America's Ten Coolest Beach Homes, and although the word "beach home" elicits thoughts of a secondary residence, all of the properties featured here include amenities rarely seen in homes around the country. All are listed for sale in 2010, and boast multi-million dollar price tags, stemmin

TopTenRealEstateDeals.com has compiled a list of America's Ten Coolest Beach Homes. Where are they located? Click to find out.

Street Food Goes Gourmet Fri, 28 May '10 | 9:54 AM ET
New York City—where hot dog carts seem to be on many street corners—is being infiltrated by a new wave of gourmet street food vendors. Most are doing business from trucks, making them more mobile. There are also quirky, new offerings, such as warm, grass-fed Angus burgers or crispy Belgian waffles topped with chocolate. And in yet another new twist, the owners use their Twitter accounts daily to announce locations, menu changes and answer customer questions. Check out these 10 gourmet food truck

New York City—where hot dog carts seem to be on many street corners—is being infiltrated by a new wave of gourmet street food vendors run by young entrepreneurs.

The 10 Best Stocks For the Spring Season Thu, 27 May '10 | 10:19 AM ET
Looking to clean up your portfolio this spring? Historically, some stocks have performed much better than the general market. CNBC.com looked at stock performance over the past ten years and calculated the highest average gains during the spring months of March, April and May. Of all the stocks to achieve a gain of 20 percent of more, 27 percent were in the financial sector, while 21 percent were energy-oriented. During the same March-May period, the S&P saw an average gain of 5.14 percent, than

CNBC.com looked at stock performance over the past ten years and calculated the highest average gains during the spring months of March, April and May.

Highest Profile Goldman Sachs Alums Wed, 26 May '10 | 2:52 PM ET
Goldman Sachs alums have an extensive history of being closely tied to Washington politics. From Sidney Weinberg in 1907 to Hank Paulson's central role during the 2008 financial crisis, Goldman alums have been deeply involved in government affairs. When the firm's success is correlated with influential positions of its alumni, conspiracy theorists speculate that there is a deep-seeded - or even corrupt - connection between the government and the elite Wall Street firm. On the other hand, Goldman

So, who are the most influential Goldman Sachs alums linked to Washington DC and beyond? Click to find out!

Escape From Havana: Personal Stories Tue, 25 May '10 | 9:48 AM ET
Between 1960 and 1962, more than 14,000 Cuban children were secretly flown to the United States to escape Fidel Castro's regime. Parents said goodbye to their children not knowing if they would ever see them again. The airlift over the Florida Straits became known as Operation Peter Pan or Operación Pedro Pan in Spanish.It was supposed to be a democratic revolution when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba. But Castro soon turned to communism and dictatorship. Rumors began to spread among the elit

In the following pictures, we tell the story of some of the individuals — the Pedro Pans — who struggled, adapted and even prevailed under incredibly difficult circumstances.

20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop - Q2 2010 Fri, 21 May '10 | 4:32 PM ET
It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are an

With data from ThomsonReuters, we took a look at which stocks have mean consensus estimates furthest above their stock prices (as of market close on 5/21/10).

Turmoil in Thailand: Scenes from the Crisis Wed, 19 May '10 | 3:31 PM ET
Thailand's political crisis has been boiling for several years, but in recent weeks the country's protests have become increasingly violent, with clashes between the "red shirt" opposition movement, pro-government activists and the Thai military. The turmoil dates back to 2006, when the standing government was overthrown by a military junta following nearly a year of political unrest. Since, Thailand has been in a state of flux, transitioning from martial law into a constitutional government, bu

Thailand's political crisis has been boiling for several years, but in recent weeks the country's protests have become increasingly violent, with clashes between the "red shirt" opposition movement, pro-government activists and the Thai military.

The Greenest States Wed, 19 May '10 | 1:52 PM ET
Governors around the country, from California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to Colorado’s Bill Ritter (D), have been signing legislation to attract green businesses, jobs and renewable energy sources to their states. But which state is the greenest? Green directory website , set out to answer that question by comparing a long list of data including water quality, recycling rate and water consumption. (.) Click on to check out the top ten.

So which state is the greenest? Green directory website Greenopia.com, set out to answer that question by comparing a long list of data including water quality, recycling rate and weco-friendly buildings.

Where Would Pre-Euro Currencies Trade at Now? Mon, 17 May '10 | 4:15 PM ET
The European Union’s single currency continued to slump, despite a $1 trillion rescue loan package, as traders and investors remained skeptical about the fiscal strength of euro zone members like Greece and Portugal. The euro hit a 4-year low against the dollar on May 17, and there has been speculation about whether the current currency union format will survive. Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to pull France out of the euro if an aid package f

Using those rates and the latest euro close of $1.236 on May 14, we can see how those currencies would trade against the greenback.

America's Most Dangerous Cities For Drivers Fri, 14 May '10 | 3:55 PM ET
Think you share the road with some bad drivers? As it turns out, some cities around the US have roads that are far more dangerous than others. Recently, conducted an analysis of the cities that have the highest proportion of its residents claiming a prior accident when searching for an auto insurance quote. The rankings are based on the information people must supply in seeking an insurance quote. Getting into even a small accident can result in increased insurance premiums. Insurance.com CEO Ro

Think you share the road with some bad drivers? As it turns out, some cities around the US have roads that are far more dangerous than others.

States Most In Need of an eCommerce Sales Tax Fri, 14 May '10 | 11:56 AM ET
In the wake of the recession, unprecedented budget gaps are pushing state governments to make difficult reductions in spending - from education cuts and worker furloughs to state-wide "garage sales" - to make up for revenue shortfalls. One point of contention is how cross-border sales taxes are collected. In some states, if a retailer sells merchandise via their website or catalog, but has no physical presence in the state, no sales tax is collected. Recently, the National Conference of State Le

In this environment, which states stand to collect the most from a cross-border sales tax, relative to their budget gaps? Click ahead to find out!

Best Performing Weight-Loss Stocks Thu, 13 May '10 | 3:45 PM ET
Nearly two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity is triple what it was a generation ago. It all adds up to a public health crisis, but for companies that manufacture or sell products, services, diets and foods designed to help people lose weight, it's a $60 billion industry that fattens their stock price. Here are some of the companies associated with the weight-loss industry whose stocks have performed well over the last five years, and are likely to co

Check out some of the companies associated with the weight-loss industry whose stocks have performed well over the last five years, and are likely to continue.

The 10 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time Thu, 13 May '10 | 3:17 PM ET
Ahhhhh, graduation season! That time of year when we take our youngest and brightest and kick them out of the academic nest and into the real world. Before they go forth, flapping and squawking into the world, we usually send in one of our top leaders of business, politics or pop music to offer some words of inspiration and wisdom to guide their flight path – or at least entertain them while they flail. And so, without further ado, here are the 10 Best Graduation Speechs of All Time -- from Will

Here are the 10 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time...from Will Ferrell to Steve Jobs and more!

America's Highest Paid CEOs Tue, 11 May '10 | 2:11 PM ET
Although it was a volatile year for the markets, in 2009 most companies saw dramatic upswings in share prices from March lows. Despite regaining billions in market value, many CEOs came under criticism for recessionary belt-tightening amid high unemployment. Some CEOs, however, are looking at what the Associated Press calls a “once in a lifetime pay bonanza,” in which executives received annual stock compensations when the market was at its lows, and then became considerably wealthier when stock

For comparison, we’ve also provided information on stock performance over the past year, although for some of these CEOs, their first day on the job was sometime mid-year 2009.

U.S. Cities With The Most Underwater Mortgages Mon, 10 May '10 | 10:45 AM ET
For individual homeowners, being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, or has “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure. , a firm that compiles US real estate and mortgage information, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity. Included in the data is the “Zillow Home Values Index,” which repres

Zillow.com, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity.

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