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Private Spies: Wall Street War Games

Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | 5:50 PM ET

Who doesn’t love a good spy story; whether it’s the latest James Bond movie or a rerun of Get Smart?

But with the cold war over, espionage is less about infiltrating borders and more about infiltrating board rooms.

That’s right, forget 007’s high performance sports car or Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone, today’s spy games are all about mergers & acquisitions.

And these high stakes games of spy-vs-spy are widespread - they even happen in industries that seem unassuming if not downright sweet.

You guessed it - spy games are widely practiced in the chocolate industry.

Hear more about it. Check out our conversation with CNBC's Eamon Javers, author of "Broker, Trader, Lawyer , Spy; The Secret World of Corporate Espionage.
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Private Spies: Wall Street War Games
Inside the world of private surveillance, with CNBC's Eamon Javers.


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Trader disclosure: On Aug 9, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Adami owns (AGU), (BTU), (NUE), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT); Adami’s wife works at Merck; Finerman owns (AAPL); Finerman's firm owns (ARM); Finerman & Finerman's firm owns (BAC); Finerman’s firm owns (BBY); Finerman's firm owns (LEA); Finerman’s firm owns (KFT); Finerman & Finerman's firm owns (JPM); Finerman & Finerman's firm owns (RIMM); Finerman’s firm owns (TSX); Finerman’s firm owns (GYMB); Finerman’s firm owns (PLCE); Finerman's firm owns (WMT); Finerman's firm owns (DAN); Finerman's firm is short (IJR); Finerman's firm is short (MDY); Finerman's firm is short (SPY); Finerman's firm is short (IWM); Finerman’s firm owns S&P 500 puts; Finerman’s firm owns Russell 2000 puts; Pete Najarian owns (HPQ) call spread; Pete Najarian owns (RIMM) call spread; Pete Najarian owns (GS) calls; Pete Najarian owns (V) call spread; Cortes owns (CIB); Cortes owns (FCX); Cortes owns (OAS); Cortes owns (QQQQ); Cortes is short US Treasuries; Cortes is short the Japanese Yen; Stutland is long (TLT) and short calls; Stutland owns US treasuries

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Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (RIMM)
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Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (C)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (TLT)

For Patty Edwards
Edwards owns (SPY) for clients
Edwards owns (QQQQ) for clients
Edwards owns (HPQ) for clients
Edwards owns (QCOM) for clients
Edwards owns (AAPL) for clients
Edwards owns (VZ) for clients
Edwards owns (C) for clients
Edwards owns (BAC) for clients
Edwards owns (MCD) for clients

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For Will Power
Robert W. Baird & Co. and/or its affiliates expect to receive or intend to seek investment banking related compensation from (RIMM), (MOT), (NOK), (GOOG), (AAPL) within the next 3 months.

For David Bank
RBC Capital Markets is currently providing The Walt Disney Company with non-securities services

RBC Capital Markets has provided The Walt Disney Company with non-securities services in the past 12 months

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SummerHaven Index Management is the creator and licensor of the SDCI to the U.S. Commodity Index Fund, and SummerHaven Investment Management is the trading advisor to USCI

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Ironfire Capital is long (MSFT)

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