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  Friday, 4 Mar 2011 | 7:57 AM ET

Nicole Lapin's Short & Long List

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
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Nicole Lapin, of CNBC's Worldwide Exchange, explains what she's long and what she's short this week.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 4:38 PM ET

The Mortgage Foreclosure Problem Meets Another Complication: The Proposed Regulatory

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 4:02 PM ET

Blackberry Game Changer: BBM Coming to iPhone & Android?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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This may be a game changer: Reports are circulating that BlackBerry Messenger is coming to Apple's iPhone and Android smartphones. The original report , which surfaced this morning on BGR is generating a lot of buzz—because it could change the competitive landscape of the mobile phone industry.

Blackberry Messenger, or BBM as it is frequently called by its devotees, allows Blackberry owners to communicate with other Blackberry users regardless of which wireless carrier they use.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 3:21 PM ET

Susan Tose Spencer: Unlikely NFL Negotiations Doesn't Get Settled

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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I have spoken to so many football fans that have told me they would love to be a fly on the wall where the NFL negotiations are taking place. I thought that myself so I figured why not talk to someone who has participated in one of the most contentious NFL labor talks? I decided to speak with Susan Tose Spencer.

She was the Philadelphia Eagles' vice president, legal counsel and acting GM in 1984. In the strike of 1982, she kept the Eagle's books and was involved in the labor meeting. Both sides held firm for more than a month and nearly a third of the the NFL schedule was canceled and neither side was really satisfied with the ultimate compromise.

Five years later both sides once again battled over the question of free agency. Right now, last minute talks are underway as the NFL lockout looms. Susan offered me her perspective on the discussions.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 2:31 PM ET

All's Mostly Clear on the Black Swan Front

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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Options traders are about halfway toward believing that an unusual event is about to take place that could rattle markets, according to a new market gauge that measures such Black Swan-type events.

The CBOE’s SKEW index, a gauge that seeks to determine the probability of an impact that goes beyond the Volatility Index, is off what would be considered a low level but well off its extremes.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 1:45 PM ET

Were Today's Jobs Numbers a Giant Headfake?

Posted By: John Carney
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Unemployed Americans attend a National Career Fair

While todays news about jobs in the service sector looks like good news, theres a strong possibility that it is evidence of a headfake.

Jobs in the U.S. service sector expanded in February at the fastest pace in more than five years, according to this mornings report from the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM service-sector index rose to 59.7 last month, from 59.4 in January. We've now had six straight months of service sector job growth.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 1:39 PM ET

Smart Men Are Open-Minded, Smart Women Aren't

Posted By: John Carney
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Why does intelligence appear to enhance a man’s dating and marriage prospects while diminishing a woman’s prospects?

It’s an explosive question for a number of reasons. First, we’re not really meant to notice these kind of gender imbalances—unless we’re lodging a grievance against “discrimination.” Second, at its heart it is about, well, matters of the heart—always a sensitive topic and one that many people cringe at exploring intellectually. Third, it’s about sex—something a lot of people are understandably uncomfortable talking about in public.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 12:44 PM ET

Rep. Charles Boustany: The Obama Administration Is Holding American Energy Producers Hostage

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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For Louisiana Congressman Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. is was a big week.

First, the Administration issued its first new drilling permit since the unofficial drilling moratorium was put in place. And at the end of the week, Medicare fraud was addressed in a hearing in Congress.

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is testifying on the Hill about the HHS budget and the implementation of the new law. I decided to catch up with Representative Boustany to discuss these two issues.

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET

Big Oil Not the Villian in Rising Oil—Blame the Expanding Commodity Market 

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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Concerns over the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa is keeping the price of crude at the century mark.

You can bet that when the oil companies start reporting record profits for the current quarter, they will be blasted by the Obama Administration and painted as villains. But should the blame of the rising price of oil and the profit taken on the backs of the consumer go beyond big oil?

I decided to sit down and speak with oil trader veteran Dan Dicker. Dan was an oil for trader of the New York Mercantile Exchange for 25 years and is the author of the forthcoming book, "Oil's Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy".

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  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 11:46 AM ET

Counterpoint: Smart Chicks Date Smart Guys

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
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I am certainly no genius, but, for the sake of this piece, let's call me a "smart woman." \(Sure, let's call John Carney a "smart man," too.\)

So, Carney recently made the argument that "dumb chicks have both greater opportunities and greater incentives to try harder to date smart men than smart women do." Interesting, but untrue.

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