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Biggest Clean-Tech M&A Deals of 2009 Fri, 8 Jan '10 | 1:04 PM ET

In 2009, about 505 clean-tech deals took place. These are the largest.

The Ten Best Jobs in America 2010 Wed, 6 Jan '10 | 1:38 PM ET
What makes a "good" job? Salary? Physical demands? Stress level? As it turns out, numerous factors enter the good job/bad job equation.If you’re curious which job paths tend to be the most rewarding, JobsRated.com has just released a comprehensive ranking of the best and worst careers in the country. Ranking the jobs on criteria including stress, working environment, physical demands, income and hiring outlook, the JobsRated has compiled their list of the best (and worst) jobs in America. So, wh

JobsRated.com has released a comprehensive ranking of the best and worst careers in the country. So, what are the 10 best jobs in the country? Find out!

The Ten Worst Jobs in America 2010 Wed, 6 Jan '10 | 1:37 PM ET
If you think your job is bad, think twice... unless you've got one of the "worst" jobs in America today. It isn't much of a surprise that many of these low-rated jobs overlap with the most dangerous jobs. What's more, none have an annual salary above $40,000. has released a comprehensive ranking of the worst occupations, based upon several key criteria, including salary, stress and physical demand. What are the ten worst jobs in the country? Click ahead to find out.

JobsRated.com has released a comprehensive ranking of the best and worst careers in the country . So, what are the 10 worst jobs in the country? Click ahead to find out!

Top Selling Non-Gaming Apps of 2009 Tue, 5 Jan '10 | 9:40 AM ET
It’s hard to believe that is was just June of 2007 that apps made their big splash as one of the features of a new phenomenon called the Apple iPhone. Addictive and even lovable, these applications have become tools of life for many of us.People talk about their apps like a hit TV show … or the latest sports trade. To say apps are a phenomenon is putting it mildly.Click ahead for Apple’s list of the top selling non-gaming apps for 2009.

To say apps are a phenomenon is putting it mildly. Addictive and even lovable, these applications have become tools of life for many users.

Cramer's 9 New Dividend Plays Tue, 5 Jan '10 | 9:33 AM ET
Bonds and certificates of deposit have long been considered safer investments than stocks. But in an era of incredibly low interest rates, Cramer said, buying the former two could be a mistake. A CD right now might offer a 1.5% return, while 10-year Treasurys pay you 3.75%. A company with a high-yielding dividend, however, can generate more than 7% (see: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, among others). But even stocks with sub-4% yields these days may net more than those 10-years because dividends

Read on for Cramer’s nine newest dividend plays. Just remember: The numbers listed here were correct as of publish time, but they may have changed a bit since. So do your homework!

Hardest Cities to Find A Job Mon, 4 Jan '10 | 3:20 PM ET

Job search engine Juju.com ranked the cities that are the toughest places to find a job based on the number of unemployed in a metro area vs. the number of jobs available. Here's what they found.

Easiest Cities to Find A Job Mon, 4 Jan '10 | 1:39 PM ET

Job search engine Juju.com ranked cities based on the number of unemployed in a metro area vs. the number of jobs available. Check out what they found!

The Most Valuable Actors of 2009 Thu, 31 Dec '09 | 9:13 AM ET

Although no single star can be considered completely responsible for a film's box office success, theater owners have long been considered a reliable barometer.

Apple's Best and Worst Products Wed, 30 Dec '09 | 2:44 PM ET
As 2010 approaches, and the world awaits the next techno-treat out of Cupertino — think Mac Tablet in January — it gives us a chance to look at the best and worst from this company over the decades.Click ahead to see Jim Goldman's picks for Apple's heroes and zeroes over the years.

Click to see CNBC Silicon Valley Bureau Chief Jim Goldman's picks for Apple's heroes and zeroes over the years.

The highly anticipated blockbuster "Avatar" helped set records over the 2009 holiday weekend, generating $75.62 million in revenue, which contributed to the biggest total box office numbers in American history.  Along with revenue from the newly released Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks, the weekend of December 25-27, 2009 exceeded $259 million for the top 12 films in theaters, according to .In the wake of the record breaking weekend, BoxOfficeMojo compiled a list of the all-time high

"Avatar" helped set records over the 2009 holiday weekend, generating $75.62 million in revenue, which contributed to the biggest total box office numbers in American history.

Top 10 Best (and Worst) Mergers of All Time Tue, 29 Dec '09 | 10:50 AM ET
In the corporate world, bigger is often better. When it comes to legendary, industry-changing companies (think Microsoft), the more grandiose plans win out. The same is thought about mergers and acquisitions. Some mergers are so successful that we can’t remember a time when the two companies were distinct: Where would Disney be without Pixar, or J.P. Morgan without Chase?

Here we look at the top 10 best, and worst, mergers of all time: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Suze Orman's 8 Qualities of a Wealthy Woman Mon, 28 Dec '09 | 4:13 PM ET
It takes more than money to become a wealthy woman, according to financial expert Suze Orman. It also requires happiness, courage, balance and harmony.A wealthy woman is "generous, clean, wise and therefore beautiful," Orman explains, and she brings these qualities into every relationship, carrying them with her in every moment of life.So what does it take to be a truly "wealthy woman?" Click ahead to see what Suze Orman has to say.

It takes more than money to become a wealthy woman, according to financial expert Suze Orman. It also requires happiness, courage, balance and harmony.

The Unhappiest States in America Wed, 23 Dec '09 | 4:38 PM ET
As it turns out, some of the highest income states are among the unhappiest, according to a recent study by economists Andrew J. Oswald and Stephen Wu, of the University of Warwick and Hamilton College, respectively.

As it turns out, some of the highest income states are among the unhappiest, according to a recent study. So, what are the 10 unhappiest states in the US?

Biggest Value Swings for US Housing Markets Tue, 22 Dec '09 | 2:39 PM ET
The past two years have been tumultuous for the US Housing Market, with foreclosures on the rise and home values falling in most areas of the country, but how big have  THOSE changes really been and how does 2009 compare to 2008? In its latest report, real estate site  found that home value losses began to stabilize in 2009, reaching $489 billion in total losses during the year, compared with $3.6 trillion in 2008. Of the 154 markets tracked by Zillow, 48 saw value increases in 2009,  although i

The past two years have been tumultuous for the US Housing Market, but how big have those changes really been and how does 2009 compare to 2008?

The Best of 2010 Autos Tue, 22 Dec '09 | 11:26 AM ET
Each year, the editors of  convene to test, evaluate, and debate the performance, significance, and pure enthusiast appeal of the cars that make the biggest impact. Despite the auto industry coming off its worst year in recent history, “the level of excellence found during our annual All-Stars competition was at an all-time high and the competition was strong” said Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of AUTOMOBILE Magazine. “We whittled down a list of thirty-nine finalists to the ten Al

Each year, the editors of Automobile Magazine convene to test, evaluate, and debate the performance, significance, and pure enthusiast appeal of the cars that make the biggest impact.

Holiday Tipping Guide: 2009 Mon, 21 Dec '09 | 12:57 PM ET
Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Everyone's budget is tight this year, but tipping is still expected by those who count it as a considerable part of their income.

Ten Most Influential People on Wall Street Mon, 21 Dec '09 | 11:51 AM ET
Recently, released their ranking of the 25 most powerful people in the world of investment banking, including bank CEOs and star traders operating both on Wall Street and around the globe.During a time of historic transformation in the financial world, these individuals are not only head up some of the most influential companies, but they also in the position to shape the future of finance for years to come.At the top of the list both are familiar and under-the-radar individuals alike, but who h

The list includes the familiar as well as those under the radar, but which ones have the most pull? Click for the top 10!

Largest Bank Failures of 2009 Mon, 21 Dec '09 | 10:43 AM ET
Thirty-six banks have failed this year, up from the , which included Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in US history. While the banks that have closed this year are not as large as WaMu, there have been some substantial banks that failed with assets in the billions. Click on to find out which of them rank as the 10 largest failures so far in 2009.

So far, 140 banks have failed this year, up from the 25 that shut down in 2008, which included Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in US history.

The World's Best Places to Spend Christmas Fri, 18 Dec '09 | 4:02 PM ET
Each year,compiles their list of the best places to spend the holiday season.From traditional white Christmas destinations to  locales  that are more off the beaten path, Travel+Leisure  said it  lists places  that  break "the habit of staying home" and will "reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget." The list includes everything from places that are characterized by rich cultural history to tropical or Southern Hemisphere destinations that flip Christmas on its head with warm weather.So,

From traditional white Christmas destinations to locales that are more off the beaten path, Travel+Leisure said it lists places that will "reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget."

Government Debt Issuers Most Likely to Default Thu, 17 Dec '09 | 1:35 PM ET
With the recent news surrounding the troubled economies of Greece and Dubai, many have questioned the stability and safety of government debt issued by these countries. But whose debt is really in the worst shape?To answer this question CMA Vision, a subsidiary of the CME Group, has put together its "Sovereign Risk Monitor", which ranks the world’s most volatile sovereign debt issuers according to percent changes in five-year credit default swaps (CDS). The countries are ranked by their cumulati

With the news surrounding the troubled economies of Greece and Dubai, many have questioned the government debt issued by these countries.  But whose debt is really in the worst shape?

The Best Degrees for Next Generation Jobs Wed, 16 Dec '09 | 4:24 PM ET
The Millennial Generation – roughly defined as those currently in their 20s – has been hit particularly hard by today’s struggling economy. The national unemployment rate is in double-digit territory, right at 10.0 percent, but the rate for those in their 20s is even higher – currently standing at 14.8 percent for 20-24 year olds and 10.5 percent for those aged between 25-29.Given the current economic environment, twenty-somethings are experiencing increased anxiety about choosing the right majo

CNBC.com asked Jordan Goldman, CEO of Unigo.com, for his predictions of the hottest sectors and careers for the next generation and which majors can best prepare students to fill these jobs.

2009's Top Selling Video Games ... So Far Tue, 15 Dec '09 | 1:50 PM ET
The year’s not over yet, but the picture of the video game industry’s top selling games is starting to become pretty clear. The NPD Group, which tracks sales of game software, has compiled a list of the most popular games through the end of November.Posted: 15 Dec 2009

The NPD Group, which tracks sales of game software, has compiled a list of the most popular games through the end of November.

Cramer: 10 Stocks to Buy Your Kids in 2010 Mon, 14 Dec '09 | 4:57 PM ET
There's nothing more gratifying than seeing your child's face light up when you give them the perfect present for the holidays. Oh wait, yes there is: Seeing them succeed throughout their whole life! And guess how you make that happen? You teach your kids about money and investing as young as possible, Cramer says. The earlier you start, the better off they will be. So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that cou

So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that could keep on giving – stocks!

Big Business of Illegal Gambling Mon, 14 Dec '09 | 11:15 AM ET
Across the United States, billions are being made outside the law. Illegal gambling may conjure images of mobsters, bookies and threats of violence — and while that underground world still exists — technology has made illegal gambling much more accessible and somewhat less shady. The same computer you use for work or to connect with friends can be used to wager outside the law. It's a thriving illegal business hiding in plain sight.

CNBC Investigates takes you inside the high-stakes world of illegal gambling where some people are cashing in while others face prison terms or even death.

20 Stocks with the Biggest Potential To Drop Fri, 11 Dec '09 | 4:18 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,  Wall 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. Out of the entire S&P 500, which stocks ar

Out of the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest price drops?  Here's the top 20, according to ThomsonReuters.

Top Sports for Illegal Wagers Fri, 11 Dec '09 | 2:32 PM ET
In the world of illegal gambling, sporting events are far and away the biggest money maker. Literally hundreds of billions of dollars are wagered illegally in the United States on sporting events every year — from the bar-room bookie deals for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars at a time, to the simple Super Bowl office pool (yes, buying that $5 square is illegal in almost every corner of the country), millions of people are in on the action. Click ahead to see the top sports for illegal gambl

In the world of illegal gambling, sporting events are far and away the biggest money maker. Click to see the top sports for illegal gambling.

Most-Downloaded Christmas Songs Fri, 11 Dec '09 | 11:22 AM ET
Radio stations are playing Christmas songs seemingly nonstop, but which ones are consumers actually buying? Since digital downloading is now the most popular way to buy an individual song, we took a look at sales compiled by media measurement company BigChampagne from Apple’s iTunes store. The digital store accounts for 69 percent of the downloaded music market, according to market research group NPD Group. The top ten-list turned out to be a mix of classics and fresh remakes from current artist

The top ten-list turned out to be a mix of classics and fresh remakes from current artists. Check out the top -ten songs for the week ending Dec. 2, 2009.

Holiday Gifts Under $10 - 2009 Thu, 10 Dec '09 | 8:02 AM ET
Price wars and saavy retailers ready to compete on price mean lots of great gifts under $10. Discount retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart have battled over who has the lowest prices on toys, books and DVDs, but this year's deals extend beyond discount stores and include items in home goods, beauty, apparel and technology.“Stores and shoppers were caught off guard last year,” said Ellen Davis, vice president of the National Retail Federation. “This year, retailers really had time on their side

Price wars and saavy retailers ready to compete on price mean lots of great gifts under $10. Here are some great gifts for men, women and kids that won’t drain your bank account.

Eight Exotic Gifts You Can’t Find in a Store Wed, 9 Dec '09 | 12:02 PM ET
is set to sell hundreds of exquisite and exotic items worth tens of millions of dollars in a series of auctions this week in New York City.They range from jewels and sculptures to books and maps. Many are from private collections and have rarely, if ever, been up for bid.The most valuable piece is a 39 carat diamond estimated to be worth as much as $5.5 million.Other highlights include a bronze sculpture of an Egyptian lion-headed goddess known as Wadjet and a six-volume atlas in Latin by Dutch

Christie’s is set to sell hundreds of exquisite and exotic items worth millions of dollars in a series of auctions. Many are from private collections and have rarely, if ever, been up for bid.

In a recession exacerbated by turmoil in the housing market, some areas around the U.S. may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. 2010 "Markets to Watch" reveals local markets that saw their real estate bubble burst but have since experienced month to month price appreciation and more than six months of favorable change: either decreasing year-over-year (YoY) price declines or YoY price gains. With this price data, it is reasonable to suggest that these 12 local markets are at, nea

Some areas around the U.S. may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. So, what are the real estate markets most likely to have hit bottom? Click ahead to find ou

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